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Nestled in the Funk Zone, an up-and-coming neighborhood in Santa Barbara famed for its food and drink, Hotel Californian offers stylish environs framing picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Comprised of three buildings and breezy outdoor courts, Hotel Californian's architecture is a nod to the iconic Spanish Colonial Revival style with a distinctive Moroccan twist, with interiors elevated by the stunning work of celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. From its conception, Hotel Californian has enjoyed praise from publications ranging from Architectural Digest to Forbes Online for its inspired design, exciting location, and thoughtful offerings. Explore Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, CA and, by extension, explore the vibrant culture of The American Riviera.

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Hotel Californian has been honored to be featured in a number of articles from publications like Elle Décor, Condé Nast Traveler, and Goop Style. Read our recent press and submit media and influencer inquiries on our Press page.

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Characterized by a distinctive architectural style, elevated furnishings, and stunning views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Californian is truly a feast for the eyes. Don’t take our word for it though, visit our Gallery and see for yourself.

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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.

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In 1925, Hotel Californian first opened as a gateway to the beach and downtown Santa Barbara, CA. 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 burgeoning 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.

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