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“Welcome Home Bliss” 5 of 5 stars
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Canary, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   31 West Carrillo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Canary Hotel Santa Barbara)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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burnleys, va
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Welcome Home Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Called from overseas to arrange a stay for a couple of nights to visit my home town after a deployment. Everyone from the person who took my call to the young man that helped us load the rental as we left were exceptional. Cookies for the kids in thier room at bed time, Coronas on ice for mama and I in our room. The staff was always looking for ways to make the stay better and it showed. Not pushy or in your face, just there.

Facility is in a great location for downtown and sightseeing, the old Greyhound station is moved so no bus noise or other issues related to being near the depot. AWESOME views from the rooftop pool, no bar or pool side service... later as Kimpton takes on more here? Only room service which seemed painful though it likely would not have been.

Loved the decor and the tiles! Not fancy or too nice to touch. Just really nice and accessible to the people that want to stay here.

Only a Kimpton for a few months so I look for even better things to come. They have the bones to make a great spot for years to come. All the usual Kimpton touches, Wine reception in evening, goldfish on demand, hip robes, good coffee in the lobby, and nice people.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeremy W, Manager at Canary, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Greetings Doc_Skid,

Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback. It is a pleasure to be able to give back to someone who has served our country! We are so glad to hear that our efforts did not go unnoticed and we sincerely appreciate the fact that you chose us to be the destination where you reconnected with your family. Thanks again for your review and service to our country!

We hope to see you again in the not too distant future!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Santa Barbara is known for its picturesque location and great climate. There is a great downtown Hotel with a rooftop lounge, pool , bar and the most amazing 360 degree views of this great city. It's even available for private partys. Check it out on the corner of Chapala and Carrillo Streets in down town Santa Barbara. Paradise Found!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeremy W, Manager at Canary, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Hi SpaGirl2010,

Thanks for taking notice of one of the most unique settings in all of Santa Barbara! Our rooftop is the perfect place to take a plunge in the pool, have a glass of wine by the fire or just to check out all of Santa Barbara's beauty with a 360 degree view. See we are doing on the rooftop each week by following the Canary and Coast Restaurant on Facebook! We have plenty of cool things to offer coming up.

Thanks for the review, hope to see you up on the perch one day soon!
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11 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Nothing better than Kimpton Hotels taking over this wonderful little property in downtown Santa Barbara. Discovered this place a long time ago, but the rates got out of hand and it was not worth it. Just off State Street, all restaurants walking distance, Starbucks and grocery store across the street. An amazingly friendly and helpful staff. Comfy beautiful canopy beds, rooms can run slightly smaller, however well appointed and an appropriate nod to the Spanish charm of Santa Barbara. Now that Kimpton took over we knew it would be no problem taking our furry four legged companion. They put a nice dog bed and bowls in the room, left doggy bags. Overall very happy to find my way back to the hotel and looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeremy W, Manager at Canary, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Hi there SeesItAll,

Thanks for recognizing all that we have to offer. From the Spanish Colonial theme to our downtown Santa Barbara location, we love our hotel too! Now that we are with Kimpton, we get to enjoy having our furry friends around to spend the days at the office with us as well. We can't wait to have you and your pooch back at the Canary!
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Antioch, California
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11 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

First stay ever at a Kimpton hotel and absolutely loved the Canary Hotel. Join the loyalty program for perks like free wi fi, raiding the mini bar and the not so secret passwords. I mentioned "Slip N Slide" and received free parking. The hotel is in a great location. There were so many places nearby to explore that we were able to walk rather than use our car. There are drinks in the lobby and water on the rooftop perch waiting for you after taking those walks. Love the extras in your room at the Canary - yoga mat and umbrella, binoculars for bird or people watching and foot stools to climb into the high beds. We were in Room 507 which had a balcony and great oversized bathroom. Will definitely return to the Canary Hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeremy W, Manager at Canary, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Greetings from Santa Barbara Belynda B,

Thanks so much for the wonderful review! It is great to hear that our attention to the small details is recognized. We love the feedback and hope you will notice some of the new things we have in store the next time you visit.
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

Based on prior Travelocity reviews, my wife and I picked this hotel for our anniversary. It was a great experience! The free wine at 5pm was great and we didn't want to leave the rooftop area - weather was perfect and we enjoyed just sitting up there and relaxing. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathrooms were nice. Great location too - right off of state street! It is a little pricey but I think that comes with the territory in this area. My only slight complaint is that they said they had "upgraded" us to a higher level room but our room seemed very standard - made me wonder it they "upgrade" everyone!! But overall, we'd recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Recently stayed here for 3 nights (traveling single) and was very impressed with the hotel and staff. For animal lovers, this is a dog friendly hotel. State Street and great restaurants are close by, not to mention shopping. The hotel and rooms are tastefully decorated (mine was on the small side but fine for one person). The rooftop pool was lovely with great views. The staff was courteous and very helpful. Wine in the lobby in the afternoon was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Distrito Federal, Mexico
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for just one night but truly enjoyed it. The location is excellent literally a few steps away from State street where all the action is: restaurants, shops, etc.
The hotel doesn't have much as for outdoor areas other than a small pool and a roof garden vs a resort like hotel, but the rooms are really cool and the location is excellent.

Room Tip: Stay away from rooms close to the elevator, the ring is quite noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 31 West Carrillo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Canary Hotel Santa Barbara)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Canary, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for the most stylish place to land in Santa Barbara? Come to the Canary Hotel. Nestled near State Street’s galleries, shops and restaurants, this fun-filled, full-service boutique hotel is a short stroll from beautiful beaches and a quick drive to wine country. ... more   less 
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Canary Santa Barbara
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