Had a two day stay after receiving an email about this venues conversion to a Kimpton. We are fans of the Kimptons, so off we went. Location is great - right in the middle of all the downtown action - easy walking. The hotel itself is still working out all the bugs that will make it a Kimpton. Hubby booked a room with balcony and we brought a bottle of wine to enjoy on said balcony. They failed to tell us that it is actually a large window that is made to look like a balcony - it opens, but that is it - hubby paid extra for this. Room is beautiful - bed is fantastic, bathroom lovely. Make sure to keep your door latched even when you are in the room. We heard two quick knocks and the door unlocked and someone was in the room for turndown service - good thing I had clothes on! They have a beautiful, if under utilized roof patio with a lovely views of the whole area. If you wish to have a coctail there you must either go to the bar and bring it with you in the elevator or find someone on the roof to call down for room service to bring it up to you - weird and pricey if it comes from room service - another reason to bring up that nice bottle you just bought from the vinery you visited with you when you go up!
I would skip the restaurant - had breakfast there both mornings and cannot recommend it unless you order granola like I did the second morning - that was good -
The gentlemen at the door when you arrive are first rate. They not only greet you by name but make you feel very welcome, and are a wealth of great info on where to eat and day trips. Jordan recommended Brophy's for dinner as a local hangout and it was so good we ate there both nights! He also mapped out a day trip of places to see and wineries and we had a blast! Bridlewood winery is not to be missed - so beautiful and we would've never found it had Jordan not told us about it- Front desk could learn a lot from these gentlemen
I hope that given a little time that the management can work out the little issues that were apparent there and it should morph into a very cool place to stay in no time
- 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