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.
In 1925, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The fever-dream of celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Hotel Californian’s Rooms honor the iconic Spanish Colonial and Moroccan influences of Santa Barbara, with a modern take on comfort and luxury. Featuring custom and comfortable bedding and amenities, along with the option of Juliet balconies with picturesque views of courtyards, paseos, and the iconic oceanfront, Hotel Californian embraces this city’s rich history, whilst unafraid to challenge the status-quo.
UP TO 450 SQ. FT. | KING, QUEEN OR TWO QUEENS
Classic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture blended with Moroccan influences and unexpected custom furnishings from Martyn Lawrence Bullard encourage you to enjoy a contemporary take on classic Santa Barbara.
UP TO 490 SQ. FT. | KING, QUEEN OR TWO QUEENS
Embrace the coastal California lifestyle and relish Juliet balcony views of picturesque courtyards or the city from the comfort of your room.
UP TO 550 SQ. FT. | KING OR TWO QUEENS
Spread out and enjoy seating areas and/or balconies with views of Santa Barbara and Hotel Californian’s European-inspired paseos.
UP TO 490 SQ. FT. | KING, QUEEN OR TWO QUEENS
Ocean views invite you to share a cocktail or Santa Barbara wine al fresco on your private balcony.
UP TO 640 SQ. FT. | KING
Enjoy sea breezes and ocean views from your oversized verandas and balconies, inspiring unhurried relaxation.
UP TO 670 SQ. FT. | KING
Our largest accommodations feature fireplaces and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains from Juliet balconies or verandas, offering a residential feel steps from the Funk Zone and a stone’s throw from the Pacific.
Hotel Californian’s suites offer additional space and are situated perfectly to capture the breathtaking waterfront and towering Santa Ynez mountains. Our suites bring opulence to the wharf and blend the iconic with the unorthodox to create the ultimate destination, unafraid to challenge and exceed traditional expectations.
1280 SQ. FT. | KING
This one bedroom suite with a fireplace, views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and a sitting room adorned with custom furnishings encourages comfortable relaxation or socializing with friends – your choice.
1705 SQ. FT. | KING & QUEEN
Hotel Californian’s “presidential suite” is the only guestroom in the State Building – providing the ultimate Santa Barbara retreat set amongst the city’s vibrant Funk Zone. 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.