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“Stunning rooftop pool with amazing views!”

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Kimpton Canary Hotel
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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“Stunning rooftop pool with amazing views!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I spent 3 relaxing nights at this beautiful hotel as part of our trip touring around California! Valet parking ($25per night) and check in were smooth. We were initially very pleased with our room, beautiful king sized 4 poster bed and beautiful bathroom, however, when we got back from dinner and tucked up in bed we noticed a very loud noise emanating into the room which vibrated the bed slightly making it feel like we were on a aeroplane! We called reception who sent an engineer, it transpired this was a noise from the kitchen which could not be turned off (we were on the 5th floor). We were not happy with this noise and requested to move rooms, as there weren't any available that night we had to stay put, however we were offered a nights complimentary parking which we accepted. The next day we moved rooms, however we had to wait until 4pm for our new room to be available (our vacating our initial room at 10am) after initially being told it would be available by 1pm! This was a little annoying given that the prior occupiers of the room must have checked out by at least midday! No harm was done though and we really loved our new room which was very similar to our original room, but bigger! It also had a separate shower and bath and a TV in the bathroom. The only things that were missing from the room was the provision of complementary water (which should be expected in this grade of hotel) and a coffee maker (although we understand these were available on request). The pool area was stunning, it was a real sun trap and has panoramic views of the City and surrounding hills. There is a very hot hot tub which is lovely! The veranda area is also beautiful and relaxing! It is also really nice to go and chill on the rooftop after dinner next to the fire (which appears to be gas so doesn't actually give out much heat, however there are patio heaters which keep you nice and warm)! On the morning we were checking out we wanted to go up to the rooftop for one last look at the view, as there is only 1 elevator which goes up to the roof we ended up waiting for about 15 mins!!! It transpired that this was because the hotel were in the process of taking furniture and a bar etc to the roof for a private party! We felt there should be a separate service elevator for these purposes. Although it didn't affect us, the veranda was to be closed to guests that evening between 5-8pm for a private party which we would have been very annoyed about if we were staying as one of the main selling points of the hotel is that you can chill out on the veranda having a complimentary glass of wine between 5-6pm (but not a minute longer, we went down one evening at 6.01 and the wine hour couldn't be seen for dust) before dinner! Overall however we thought this was a beautiful hotel and would recommend it to a friend!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you so much for the 5-star review, Rachel! Though it appears there were a few bumps in the road traveled, it sounds like you still got to enjoy yourself here at Canary and for that I am so glad! I do apologize that we were so prompt with our complimentary wine offer end time. So you know, the front desk can sneak you a voucher for a “late” glass in Finch & Fork if you miss the complimentary wine. Our little secret, right? Again, thank you so much and I hope we have the chance to welcome you back again soon!
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

To date this is one of my wife's and my favourite hotels. It is sophisticated but relaxed with a welcoming feel. The staff were all very friendly and seemed happy in what they were doing.

The hotel is dog friendly and they actually have a hotel dog named Riley who resides behind the reception desk but who comes out for wine hour early evening.

Our room was above the drive but was very quiet and perfectly decorated.

The rooftop terrace and pool were outstanding. There was an amazing panoramic view of Santa Barbara and this was a great alternative to the beach.

Our stay at the Canary was idyllic and we will certainly visit again when we're back in the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Aw, Mark L, you have us blushing! Thank you so much for the beautiful review. We are so happy you and your wife enjoyed yourselves on your getaway and are glad to have been a part of it. Please come visit us again soon!
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Everything about this hotel was perfect, from the location (just a block away from the downtown shopping and restaurant area) to the staff (couldn't have been friendlier), to the room (spacious, comfortable and well-appointed) to the best part of all, the roof top pool deck. We will stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
What can I say, Wendy O? This review is fabulous. Thank you so much! And you know what we are thinking? PA’s only a short plane ride away and you know that rooftop is better with you on it… So get back here soon!
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The O.C.
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Booked this hotel based on availability alone. So happy I did. From the Valet, to the front desk, to the bartender, to the waiter, to the room service - this hotel is top drawer! The staff is kind, friendly and sincere. Our room on the third floor was large, airy and well appointed. A small balcony with wine and a throw blanket completed the ambiance. The linens and bed were so comfortable. Dinner was excellent. A nice selection of local tap beers in cold glasses - a must for me. Great location - easy walk to everywhere. Can't wait to return. Very happy the more standard luxury hotels were unavailable!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Oh wow, Peaceman, your kindnesses have taken us to a new level! Thank you so much for showing us the love! How absolutely serendipitous that you ended up staying with us. It sounds like fate was on both our sides! I truly appreciate your generous review and am so glad you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully we can do it again soon!
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Alyson Breathed
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

I will remember this vacation for the rest of my life. My daughter brought me here to celebrate my birthday. From check-in to check-out the staff modeled the quintessential hospitality attitude. The hotel's perfectly situated just off State - quiet, romantic, quirky like all Kimpton's with a beautiful pool and spa on the rooftop. Cocktails on the roof overlooking the entire city was incredible.

The bed and bed linens were heaven... but it was more the culture of the hotel that we loved.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Momquat, not only do you have the most awesome alias, but you are heaven sent! Wow – what a review! I’m so glad we made your birthday getaway with your daughter that much more special. Thank you so much for returning the love and sharing such beautiful thoughts about the hospitality and culture here. It is people like you that make it easy and so much fun! Please come back and see us again soon!
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Just off the main drag of Santa Barbara's State Street, the Canary offers everything you'd want for a quick weekend away. The staff is super friendly and helpful, the rooms well-appointed (hardwood floors, separate shower and tub, and four poster beds help), and the rooftop pool area provides great views of the hills and a sliver of ocean which is less than a mile away. Try to get a room on the 4th or 5th floor to minimize any street noise. 420-23 and 520-23 face south toward the ocean and are above the adjacent parking garage affording nice views. Dinner at the restaurant was only adequate, particularly given the multitude of great options an easy walk away. Valet parking only, and it's $25 a night ($15 for hybrids and EVs). Pet friendly, so you'll see plenty of dogs and some cats; if you have allergies, ask for a pet-free room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
HAZinn, it’s always great to hear such wonderful words and especially when they come from your neighbors! Thank you so much for choosing us for your quick trip up to SB and for sharing your positive experience with the TripAdvisor nation. And your opening line is so awesome; I may have to borrow it. And I promise to footnote! Thanks again and come see us soon!
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Just stayed at this hotel over the weekend and it was absolutely terrific! Every single person that worked there was friendly and bent over backwards to help us enjoy not only the hotel, but also Santa Barbara as a city. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Forget the backbends, you have us doing cartwheels over here, Kipker! Awesome review... we can’t wait to have you return!
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Property: Kimpton Canary Hotel
Address: 31 West Carrillo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3212 (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 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Canary 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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