It's hard to create a feeling of authenticity that doesn't feel gimmicky when theming a hotel. The Goodland definitely got it right. Kimpton renovated an old Holiday Inn into a throwback surf hotel. The art, the old woody, and all the little hidden hangout spots made it feel like an adventure. My girlfriends and I kept saying we felt like we were lounging around a pool in a retro Palm Spring hotel but we were in Goleta!
The rooms were small but comfortable. It had all the amenities you would need. The bed was super comfortable! I slept like a baby all 3 nights. I loved the record player in the rooms. There is nothing like the sound of vinyl!
The breakfast during the week was limited to breakfast sandwiches which were so so. However, there was free daily coffee and fresh made to order juice. The weekend brunch was fantastic! The chiliquiles were to die for. I got a massage by Trish (I think that was her name) and it was hands down the best massage I've ever had.
The hotel just opened so there are some kinks that need to be worked out (pool service during the week would be nice). With that being said I loved the hotel and the feeling I had when when I was there. I will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel is a boutique hotel in Santa Barbara's sister city Goleta. This new hot spot features an outdoor pool, on-site spa, fitness center offering daily classes, restaurant and lobby bar. Evenings are filled with live music, movie nights in the courtyard and more entertainment. The Goodland is conveniently located near UCSB, Goleta's business district and downtown Santa Barbara. Stay with us today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Santa Barbara - Goleta Hotel Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Holiday Inn