Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, USA

At the centre of Santa Barbara’s waterfront stands the Hotel Californian. Celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is responsible for the hotel’s striking elegant design, that combines elements of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and modern Moorish decor.

Situated between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, scenic views and show-stopping features such as a rooftop pool, Turkish-inspired spa and fashion boutique are the standard here. It is the perfect luxury base from which to explore sun-kissed Santa Barbara, nicknamed the ‘American Riviera’.

The Hotel Californian is also renowned for the gourmet fare it offers; the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine is the focus at Blackbird, while the Goat Tree delivers seasonally curated picnic baskets along with pastries and baked treats. For a deep sense of tranquillity head to Majorelle, the on-site spa where the luxuriant Moroccan interiors are as impressive as the one-of-a-kind treatments.

Just opposite the hotel is the Funk Zone, the city’s renowned creative district surrounded by graffiti murals and contemporary art. Sipping your way through Santa Barbara’s world-class wine selection is a must, as well as absorbing the views at the Channel Islands National Park and attending a concert at the iconic Santa Barbara Bowl.

Suites

Alcazar Suite

This is the most exclusive accommodation at the Hotel Californian and the only guestroom in the State Building. One of its special features is a corner mirador niche, which offers romantic ocean and sunset views, while the generously sized dining and living area is perfect for entertaining guests in your suite.

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Two Magellan Suite

Whether socialising with friends or enjoying a quietly secluded break, the Magellan Suite has ample space and a comfortable atmosphere. The one bedroom has a king sized bed and the sitting room is adorned with custom furnishings. It is also blessed with stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

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