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Hotel Californian

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Property amenity
Room, 2 Queen Beds (Granada) | Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, individually decorated
Bar (on property)

Overview of Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian

5.0 star property

9.2/10 Wonderful

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Pet-friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationStearns Wharf6 min walk
  • Popular LocationSanta Barbara Harbor13 min walk
  • Popular LocationLeadbetter Beach18 min walk
  • AirportSanta Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal)16 min drive

Room options

About this area

Santa Barbara

Hotel Californian is located in Santa Barbara Beach, a neighborhood in Santa Barbara, and is in the entertainment district and near the beach. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and Reagan Ranch Center are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Stearns Wharf and Cabrillo Bikeway. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Earl Warren Showgrounds or UC SB Events Center. Relax and indulge in the area's winery tours, or seek out an adventure with mountain biking, hiking/biking trails, and mountain climbing nearby.

What's nearby

  • MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation - 2 min walk
  • Stearns Wharf - 6 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center - 7 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Harbor - 13 min walk
  • Leadbetter Beach - 18 min walk

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara Station - 4 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) - 16 min drive


  • Santa Barbara Shellfish Co - 3 min walk
  • Longboards Grill - 3 min walk
  • Moby Dick Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • Jeannine’s American Bakery & Restaurant - 2 min walk
  • Fishouse - 3 min walk

About this property

Hotel Californian

5-star luxury hotel located in Santa Barbara Beach
You can look forward to a poolside bar, a rooftop terrace, and a coffee shop/cafe at Hotel Californian. Active travelers can enjoy cycling at this hotel. Treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure, aromatherapy, or a facial at the onsite spa. Be sure to enjoy a meal at any of the 3 onsite restaurants. A garden, a library, and dry cleaning/laundry services are available to all guests.
Other perks at this hotel include:
  • An outdoor pool with sun loungers
  • Full breakfast (surcharge), bike rentals, and valet parking (surcharge)
  • An electric car charging station, concierge services, and meeting rooms
  • A ballroom, luggage storage, and a 24-hour front desk
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the location
Room features
All 121 individually furnished rooms include comforts such as premium bedding and laptop-compatible safes, in addition to perks like laptop-friendly workspaces and air conditioning. Guest reviews say good things about the clean, spacious rooms at the property.
More amenities include:
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) and free cribs/infant beds
  • Bathrooms with designer toiletries and tubs or showers
  • Flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Daily housekeeping and desks

Awards and affiliations

The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Parking and transportation

  • Self parking on site (USD 42.00 per night)
  • Valet parking on site (USD 42.00 per night)
  • Electric car charging station on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast available for a fee daily 7:00 AM–1:00 PM: USD 8-22 for adults and USD 5-18 for children
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar
  • 3 restaurants and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Bicycle rentals
  • Fitness center
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private winery tours
  • Public winery tours
  • Wine tasting room

Family friendly

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Soundproofed rooms


  • Ballroom
  • Elevator
  • Front-desk safe
  • Library

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service

Business services

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Rooftop terrace


  • 4 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Detox wraps
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Spa open daily
  • Steam room


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord
  • Braille signage
  • Elevator
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Low-height counter and sink
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Couples dining
  • Romance packages available
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Private bathroom
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Pay movies
  • Premium channels
  • Satellite channels

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Espresso maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar


  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laptop-compatible safe
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Slippers
  • Soundproofing
  • Turndown service

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Check-in from 4 PM - anytime
Early check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age: 21


Check-out before noon
Late check-out subject to availability

Special check-in instructions

An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 200.00 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 200.00 per stay
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees
Welcoming dogs only
Food and water bowls are available

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 50.0 per night
Free cribs are available on request at the property

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 35.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Shuttle service
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room bottled water
  • Additional inclusions

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

  • Fee for full breakfast: approximately USD 8–22 for adults, and USD 5–18 for children
  • Self parking fee: USD 42.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 42.00 per night
  • Pet deposit: USD 200.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 200.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 50.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Property is also known as

Hotel Californian Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Californian Hotel
Hotel Californian Santa Barbara
Hotel Californian Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Californian Hotel
Hotel Californian Santa Barbara
Californian Santa Barbara

Frequently asked questions

Does Hotel Californian have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Hotel Californian?

As of Mar 21, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Hotel Californian on Apr 3, 2023 start from CA $1,020.98, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Hotel Californian pet-friendly?

Yes, dogs are allowed at this property. There's a deposit of USD 200.00 per stay and a fee of USD 200.00 per accommodation, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.

How much is parking at Hotel Californian?

Self parking is available for USD 42.00 per night. Valet parking is available for USD 42.00 per night.

What time is check-in at Hotel Californian?

Check-in is from 4 PM - anytime.

What time is check-out at Hotel Californian?

Check-out is at noon.

Where is Hotel Californian located?

Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and Reagan Ranch Center. Stearns Wharf and Moreton Bay Fig Tree are also within 10 minutes. Santa Barbara Station is only a 4-minute walk.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Hotel Californian and receive a full refund?

Yes, Hotel Californian offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Hotel Californian cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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6/10 Okay


Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
We could not take a shower as the water never got hot. Not a five star experience !
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2023

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great staff, clean and quiet. Loved the stay and would stay again for sure
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2023

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2023

2/10 Terrible


Travelled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
No help with baggage, unfriendly check in staff, room rough and worn
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2023

4/10 Poor


Travelled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We spent 3 nights at hotel California. The most horrible thing is that the water is yellow due to ageing water pipe. And the front desk just explained as if it’s normal. And the solution provided was : turn on the tap for 10 mins, the colour will become light. I hope I can share the video of picture here for your reference.

4/10 Poor


Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
If you want to be a tourist in Santa Barbara, this is the spot. Walking distance to wharf, beach, "Funk Zone" and great dining. The staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. The hotel itself is a great taste of history and excellent amenities.

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Overall property is beautiful. One complaint: a 5 star hotel shouldn’t have “water hammer “ every time a toilet is flushed. (Room 329). Kept me up all night. Fix your damn pipes.

10/10 Excellent

SETH, Livingston

Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2022