My wife and I stayed in the Canary for 3 nights during a California Fly-Drive holiday. Everything got off to a good start with a very efficient valet parking service and check in; the bonus was that we were upgraded to a suite which was very spacious and comfortable.
The location of the hotel is very convenient for the restaurants and shops of State Street and there is a very convenient shuttle that costs 50 cents each way (25 cents for seniors) that will take you down State Street to the beautiful Santa Barbara beach.
We ate breakfast twice in the hotel and was a little surprised that there was a charge for every item including coffee and juice. We are more used to paying say 25 dollars for a cooked breakfast including drinks. Despite this the staff were very friendly and the food and service was good.
The roof top pool is an excellent facility in the hotel but it can get busy up there. This is made worse when guests do not remove their towels from a sunbed when they have finished using it, resulting in other guests not knowing if it is free for them to use. We saw one group of 8 who had commandeered 8 sunbeds and in addition 8 chairs in one of the shady areas to eat their lunch.
From 5-6 pm each day complimentary wine is served in the lobby of the hotel. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to some of the hotel staff.
The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a short walk from the hotel and is well worth visiting. We also found the Hop-on bus tour a useful introduction to the city. Amongst the restaurants we particularly liked Bouchon. On May 1st we were very interested to see the mass evening cycle ride go along State Street; apparently this happens on the 1st of every month.
- 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