Hotel Californian

Whisk yourself away to another world at Hotel Californian, a Santa Barbara hotel with a difference.

This boutique bolthole showcases a stunning design that draws influences from Morocco and southern Spain, all white-wash walls topped with terracotta roofs, and interiors encrusted with almost a million tiles across the entire space. There are also nods to Moorish architecture through keyhole arches, plush drapes, hanging lanterns and star motifs, among many other enticing design elements.

This exquisite look is coupled with top-end features, such as the dazzling rooftop deck with swimming pool and Jacuzzi tub, overlooking the beach and Santa Ynez Mountains.

Then there’s the Majorelle Spa, twinkling with blue and white mosaics which provide the backdrop to Moroccan treatments, steam room sessions and beauty therapies.

When it comes to dining, Hotel Californian presents three haunts: Blackbird, a sophisticated restaurant and bar; Djinn, the hotel’s resident cocktail lounge; and Goat Tree, a more casual affair serving lip-smacking breakfasts and brunches. It’s also within touching distance of Santa Barbara’s top restaurants and wine tasting bars, so you really are spoilt for choice.

Rounding it all off are the elegant guestrooms and suites, every one of which displays the same Moorish style interspersed with contemporary artwork. Many also come with balconies, views of the Santa Ynez Mountains or ocean, plus deep-soak, egg-shape bathtubs big enough for two, just going to show that Hotel Californian really does stand head and shoulders above the rest.


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Accommodation Options

Hotel Californian guestrooms are indulgent, design-conscious affairs that exhibit a stylish fusion of Andalucian influences and contemporary fixtures. Expect ornate latticework, monochrome palettes, a mix of materials including marble, bronze and leather, plus eye-catching fittings like colourful artwork and bold furniture. Meanwhile, the mod-cons come thick and fast in the form of 65-inch TVs, Nespresso machines, bespoke toiletries, and a minibar laden with larger-than-usual bottles of various top-end tipples; a nice touch.

Almeria Guest Room
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The Almeria flaunts a 450sq ft floorplan complete with either a king/queen-size bed or twin setup.
Sevilla Guest Rroom
sevilla guest room
Sevilla offers 490sq ft of space and a small balcony that overlooks the hotel courtyards or Santa Barbara. Choose between a king/queen-size bed or twin setup.
Granada Guest Room
granada guest room
Make use of the spacious living area in the Granada Guestroom, a 550sq ft abode featuring a balcony, views of the hotel courtyards or Santa Barbara, and a king-size bed or twin setup.
Sestina Guest Room
sestina guest room
Admire views of the ocean from Sestina’s balcony and enjoy 490sq ft of luxury including a king/queen-size bed or twin setup.
Cordova Guest Room
cordova guest room
The 640sq ft Cordova Guestroom benefits from captivating ocean views, a large balcony or veranda and king-size bed; perfect for couples.
Tangerinn Guest Room
tangerinn guest room
Soak up the sumptuous atmosphere of the 670sq ft Tangerinn Guestroom, complete with a king-size bed, deep-soak bathtub, seating area, fireplace, balcony or veranda and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Magellan Suite
magellan suite
Take things up several notches by opting for the Magellan Suite, 1,280sq ft of luxurious design incorporating a living room, king-size bed in the separate bedroom, fireplace, dining area and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Alcazar Suite
alcazar suite
Prepare to be spoilt with the Alcazar Suite, a 1,705sq ft haven with two bedrooms (featuring king and queen-size beds), beautiful living and dining rooms, a mirador overlooking the ocean and en suite with deep-soak tub.



Fine drinking and dining await at this smart bar and restaurant, a bronze-gilded space where white and black shades rule supreme. Choose from a menu brimming with Mediterranean dishes, sip a perfectly concocted cocktail or high-quality wine, and finish with an irresistible dessert like the semifreddo with white chocolate and sorrel sorbet.

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Goat Tree
Goat Tree

This is a relaxed, café-style eatery where you can pop by for a freshly brewed coffee or just-made pastry, pick up treats for a picnic lunch or linger over a long brunch. Come back for the generous happy hour from 3-7pm, offering wine, beer, small plates and more.

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Expert mixologists draw on their creativity to concoct inventive cocktails at this sleek bar, found in the hotel library.

Activities and Entertainment

Hotel Californian is well-placed to make the most of Santa Barbara’s many delights, whether you seek culture, adventure or nature. Stroll through the pristine 37 acres of Ganna Walska Lotusland, beautiful botanical gardens, or head into the Santa Ynez Mountains nearby. Try a surf lesson, or delve into the farmer’s market to pick up local produce and soak up the atmosphere. What’s more, Hotel Californian is irresistibly close to Santa Barbara’s acclaimed Funk Zone, a neighbourhood brimming with art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, artisan workshops and other creative haunts, with tasteful graffiti emblazoned on the wall to enhance a quirky atmosphere. Also, in the area are wine tasting bars and cellar doors, so visitors can head out from the hotel to sample all that Santa Barbara’s winemakers have to offer.


This beautifully designed boutique hotel houses an irresistible array of facilities, starting with the rooftop deck, pool and hot tub. Perched up on the fourth floor, this elevated sanctuary boasts panoramic views of Santa Barbara and the coast, with terracotta-coloured daybeds positioned to face the heated swimming pool and Pacific Ocean. Then there’s the Majorelle Spa, a blissful hideaway starring just four treatment suites, steam rooms, a hair and beauty salon plus therapies influenced by Moroccan techniques and elixirs. Finally, Hotel Californian also sports a gym where you can opt for personal training, yoga classes and meditation sessions, helping you reach that zen state. 


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