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“Book Hotel Californian. [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, Forbes.com

Conde Nast Traveler, 2018 Hot List Cover

"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"

Architectural Digest Feature

 "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."

Elle Decor Feature

"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."

Good Style Feature

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

Condé Nast Traveler, 2018 Hot List

Architectural Digest, 2018

ELLE Decor, 2018

Goop Style, 2018

Hollywood Reporter Feature

"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."

LA Confidential Feature

"Unlike most properties, the Hotel Californian is not hidden behind walls or a formidable facade, 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."

Los Angeles Times Feature

"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..."

Modern Luxury Interiors Feature

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

The Hollywood Reporter, 2018

- LA Confidential, 2018

Los Angeles Times, 2018

Modern Luxury Interiors2018

Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine

"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."

Santa Barbara Magazine

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

Sunset Magazine, 2018 Summer Guide

"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."

Sunset Magazine, 2018 Travel Awards

"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."

Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine, July/August 2018

Santa Barbara Magazine, Special Issue

Sunset Magazine, 2018 Summer Guide

Sunset Magazine, 2018 Travel Awards

C Magazine

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

Architectural Digest, Mexico

"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 from Martyn Lawerence Bullard."

AFAR Magazine

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

C Magazine

Architectural Digest Mexico, February 2019

Afar Magazine, January 2019 Edition

U.S. News & World Report 2019

#1 Hotel in Santa Barbara

#13 Hotel in California

#65 Hotel in USA


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