“[The] hotel’s stylish, design-forward interiors balance against the original hotel façade from the 1920s, perfectly embodying what’s both old and new in Santa Barbara.”

– Lauren Mowery,

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Condé Nast Traveler, 2018 The 2018 Hot List

"Interiors guru Martyn Lawerence Bullard used more than one million tiles in 27 different designs, transporting all the color and texture of Marrakech to the Cali Coast"

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Architectural Digest, 2018 Hotel Californian Celebrates Its Opening in Santa Barbara with a Little Help from John Mayer, Michael Keaton, and Bo Derek

"With its Spanish Mission architecture and Moorish- and Moroccan-inspired interiors by AD100 designer Martyn Lawerence Bullard, the Hotel Californian strikes a decidedly upscale note - goosing traditional Santa Barbara style with a shot of Bullardian glamour and élan."

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ELLE Decor, 2018 Martyn Lawrence Bullard Gives The Hotel Californian a Dose of Funk

"Whereas other beach hotels might feature a swell of rattan pieces, sea-blue art, and white linens, Hotel Californian favors graphic wallpapers, gold snake sconces, and emerald green club chairs."

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Goop Style, 2018 Where to Go and What to Wear This Summer

"After the inevitable wine- and cheese-heavy night in the Funk Zone, a few hours in the Majorelle Spa - essentially a Californian interpretation of a Moroccan hammam - with its steamy chambers, hot and cold circulation-boosting treatments, and skin-polishing aromatic scrubs."

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The Hollywood Reporter, 2018 John Mayer Performs Secret Set at Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian Opening Bash

"The opening event for the giant Santa Barbara property drew in the likes of Michael Keaton, Nicollette Sheridan, Jane Lynch, Bo Derek and John Corbett, who came out to dance, imbibe and enjoy an hourlong acoustic set from John Mayer."

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LA Confidential, 2018 Hotel Californian Five Star Experience

"Unlike most properties, the Hotel Californian is not hidden behind walls or a formidable façade, but is a one-of-a-kind presence that anchors three of the four corners at Mason & State Streets and allows guests to engage with the beauty and vitality of Santa Barbara."

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Los Angeles Times, 2018 A Weekend Escape to Santa Barbara is Still a Wonder Despite the Fires and Floods

"The 121-room hotel is an oh-so-Santa-Barbara kind of place, with beautiful facades and decor, cushy rooms, sweeping views and fine restaurants..."

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Modern Luxury Interiors, 2018 A Sense of Place

"Martyn Bullard's talents - whose attention to detail elevates it from mere hotel to bespoke luxury residence, complete with an exclusive rooftop infinity pool - is behind the first true five-star to open in Santa Barbara for some time."

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Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine, 2018 Living it Up at Hotel Californian

"The exterior of the hotel honors Santa Barbara with timeless Spanish architecture, however, a plethora of eye-catching Moroccan tiles, lavish modern seating, and vibrant colors illuminate the interior - think Gatsby with a Turkish twist."

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Santa Barbara Magazine, 2018 Making an Entrance

"The lobby alone is a graphic international experience with Moroccan tiles, Indian screens, and tables from Spain and Portugal."

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Sunset Magazine, 2018 Riviera Rising

"Celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard leaned into the property's Mediterranean ethos, creating a dream world of intricate wood screens, midcentury Italian furnishings, and a black and white palette punctuated by saffron and Turkish red."

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Sunset Magazine, 2018 International Design

"Forgo the beach for a swim in the rooftop pool - that is, if you can pull yourself away from the countless photo ops. There is not a bad angle in this place."

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C Magazine, 2019 Why Santa Barbara Keeps Getting Better

"Santa Barbara's revived Hotel Californian is every bit bold and beautiful." "And the Funk Zone's Hotel Californian recently unveiled Djinn, its Moroccan-inspired library bar and hideaway lounge serving up craft cocktails and evening entertainment."

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Architectural Digest Mexico Nuevo Glamour Californiano

"Mixing the glamour and the nostalgia, referencing the Moroccan, Spanish and Californian traditions, the hotel respects the past of the original Hotel Californian and opens up a new chapter with help from the design of Martyn Lawerence Bullard."

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Afar Magazine The American Riviera Gets a Modern Makeover

"Exit the hotel, and the best of the city is within walking distance."

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805 Living Local Hotels Adopt Pandemic Protocols to Provide Worry-Free Vacation Luxury

“Learn how to achieve the perfect pan sear on a piece of fish or make elevated hummus using a couple of unexpected ingredients via Tuesdays with Travis, a weekly culinary demonstration on Instagram offered by Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian.”

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Conde Nast Traveler 9 West Coast Road Trips to Take This Year

“In Santa Barbara, the Hotel Californian is a refreshing hideaway right on the coast, with ocean views, a great on-site restaurant (Blackbird), and a Moroccan spa.”

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Travel + Leisure 3 of the Best Places to Stay in Santa Barbara Right Now

“Sophisticated, classic, and totally refined are all the right adjectives to use to describe the Hotel Californian. With its superb location near the town’s train station, it makes for an easy getaway from Los Angeles.”

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Forbes Online Traveling For Labor Day Weekend? Here’s What To Expect

“The hotel’s stylish interior décor was designed by elite, A-list designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, embracing Santa Barbara style with impeccable, unexpected details and thought-provoking art at every turn.”

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Sunset Magazine, 2020 Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara

“The rooms are stylishly appointed and the spa is bedecked in Moroccan blue tile, but the location, just steps from the walkable Funk Zone with its galleries, shops, and 50 bars and restaurants, sets it apart from so many other beachside getaways in town.”

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VERANDA, 2020 15 Historic U.S. Cities That Feel Like Europe

“A stay at the Martyn Lawrence Bullard-designed Hotel Californian is a fabulous respite at the end of a busy day that also offers a can't-miss Mediterranean-style brunch.”

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Elite Traveler, 2020 Hotel Californian Launches ‘Iconoclasts…Indulge’ Package

"Situated just moments from Santa Barbara's West Beach, Hotel Californian effortlessly blends the laidback Californian way of life with glitzy Hollywood hospitality."

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Hotel of the Year - United States & Canada

"Preferred Hotels & Resorts is proud to recognize Hotel Californian as 'Hotel of the Year - United States & Canada'"

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LA Times Online, 2020 Kayaking and Cat Therapy on a Santa Barbara Getaway by Train

“I loved the hotel interiors that blended Moroccan decor with 1920s Hollywood glamour. My room, called Sestina King, was spacious, with a king bed and partial ocean view from the balcony. After months of being stuck at home, it was nice to feel spoiled.”

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