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Rooms mix classic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with Moroccan influences and unexpected custom furnishings from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard – making for a modern take on seaside Santa Barbara. Guestrooms feature signature Moroccan-inspired tile wainscoting, bronze oil-rubbed bath fixtures, mashrabiya patterned bathroom vanities and closet doors, and premium cocktail carts with gourmet snacks.
Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with Moroccan influences and unexpected custom furnishings from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard create a modern take on seaside Santa Barbara.
Featuring over 1 million tiles—many hand painted and flattened in Morocco—Hotel Californian’s design is as dazzling as the natural beauty of the American Riviera, in an entirely unexpected way.
the Hotel Californian first opened as a gateway to the beach and downtown Santa Barbara. Only eleven days later, the historic earthquake and fire of 1925 rocked this city, and the hotel, to its core. Following the destruction, Santa Barbara was rebuilt in a way only a Hollywood dreamer could imagine—a thoughtfully designed playground meant to capture the allure of an imagined California. Architects of Santa Barbara’s then new Spanish Revival style aimed to create a feeling of affluence and exoticism entirely unique to the town.
Hotel Californian finds itself at “La Entrada,” or the entrance, to the burgeoningly cool food & wine centric Funk Zone, and steps away from the iconic beachfront and pier—the perfect location to explore the best of what Santa Barbara has to offer, all accessible by foot.
Explore the Hollywood playground...
From Your Tangerinn Room
Up to 670 Sq. Ft. | King Bed
Tangerinn Guestrooms feature fireplaces and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains from Juliet balconies or verandas, our largest roomtype.
A residential feel, steps from the Funk Zone and across from the beach.
The Alcazar Suite
Home To Stars and Iconoclasts
1705 Sq. Ft. | King and Queen Bed
Hotel Californian’s Presidential Suite is the only guestroom in the State Building – providing a private Santa Barbara retreat set amongst the Funk Zone and the beach. Spacious seating and dining areas offer the option to entertain or settle in for a long stay. A corner mirador niche provides a romantic vantage point from which to enjoy stunning ocean views and sunsets.
Ocean Views from your Private Balcony
In A Sestina Guestroom
Up to 490 Sq. Ft. | King, Queen, or Two Queens
Start your night with a cocktail from our Funk Zone craft Mini Bar, and look out over the land you're about to explore.
Your Own Zone
Hotel Californian brings the Funk Zone bar scene right into your room. Pony bottles of local spirits and small-batch mixers will energize your evening, or help you recover from the night before. Local partners ensure only the finest spirits, while tonics & snacks mixed especially for recovery means you won’t miss a beat of vacation time.
An in-room cocktail can be as exciting as a night in the Funk Zone, whose proximity to the hotel means you won’t ever have to worry about driving.
Crossroads of Culture
Named after the Moorish Troubadours of medieval Spain, our Room & Suite names honor the original iconoclasts of the Mediterranean.
Almeria, Sevilla, Granada, and Cordova honor the royal cities of Moorish controlled Medieval Spain, while Sestina pays homage to the song style of these illustrious bards. Tangerinn—a beat poet expat enclave—memorializes the famous bar in Tangier where authors Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac found inspiration from these epic poets, and William Burroughs wrote his famous novel Naked Lunch in the infamous Room #9.
Turn Down Service
That Blurs Past and Present
As you return to the hotel each night, you’ll find your room perfectly prepared for slumber by a Hotel Californian djinn, or genie. Though their whereabouts may be mysterious, we assure these creatures can do no harm, and are only there to lend a helping hand.
You may notice a special offering left behind--short poems or experiences from legendary ex-pats, mysterious and inspiring quotations, or recommendations from local iconoclasts will keep each evening unpredictable.
Resort Fee Amenities & Inclusions
- Custom Hotel Californian bicycles
- House Car transportation service (within a 2-mile radius)
- 24-hour state-of-the-art Fitness Center
- Tesla & standard EV car chargers
- Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access
- Complimentary tech & game library
- Complimentary local calls
- Beach chairs and umbrellas
- Access to exclusive on-property activities & events
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