I've stayed at a few other Kimptons for business. This time we traveled with our family during a vacation. It was a quick one-night stay on our way down the coast.
The staff are young, energetic, and helpful, from valet parking to check-out. We arrived after the complementary wine hour, so were given coupons for free drinks to use in the restaurant - a nice touch I haven't seen anywhere else.
The rooms were great, with two exceptions: one, there is no sheet, just a wraparound cover for the duvet, which requires keeping the room ice-cold so you don't sweat to death; and two, there is no "noise privacy" with the shutter-like bathroom doors. This isn't limited to this Kimpton, or a lot of other new upscale hotels, and I really don't get it - why would I want my traveling companions to hear me in the bathroom?! Other than that, comfy bed, great southern California decor, and enough room in our room with two queen beds for us and our son.
The restaurant was perfectly fine. I was surprised that there were so few people eating there, given that the hotel was full. Perhaps it was due to the proximity of so many other options outside the hotel.
One complaint about service: I booked two rooms four months in advance and expressly noted on the reservations for each that I was booking two rooms and wanted them close together. The only rooms available were on two separate floors. Not a big deal, since it was just one night and our other kids are college age, but a trifle annoying and would have been problematic if they were younger.
Overall, I'd certainly stay here again and would recommend it to others.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Canary Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Canary Hotel