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“Shabby Chic Boutique Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kimpton Canary Hotel

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Kimpton Canary Hotel
Ranked #6 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Derry, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Shabby Chic Boutique Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

After an 11 day tour of Hawaii, we decided to add a week of relaxation in Santa Barbara before our long journey home.

We chose the Canary because of it's central location as we didn't want to hire a car or rely on transport to get about. It was a great choice for the aforementioned, and other, reasons e.g. friendliness of reception staff - nothing was a bother and we were greeted with a smile and a wave every time we entered or left the hotel. They printed out maps, checked out specific shops we wanted to visit i.e. what location they were in, how we would get there etc. A special mention for Lauren who confirmed out transport back to L.A. Airport.and to Eddie who came to speak to us every time he passed to ensure we were having a good time. They could certainly train hotel staff worldwide on how to treat guests.

The daily complimentary wine hour between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m. proved a great ice-breaker among guests. It was a wonderful end to our trip - thank you.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cameron100
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Thank you so much, cameron100! So glad we were able to help you unwind – especially after what sounds like an awesome time in Hawaii! Thank you as well for the shout outs for Lauren & Eddie. Our team has a great time taking care of our guests and I’m so glad you felt the love. Come back and see us again soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here during a brief business trip to Santa Barbara & definitely plan to return for a personal trip soon! The rooms are very non-typical for a hotel & the common areas are very nicely decorated -- one of my favorite hotels!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
What a coincidence, tmustangp… you are one of our favorite guests! Love the props and hope we can have you out for that personal trip soon!
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

From the minute we pulled our car into the garage, to the bell service and front desk reception, we had 5 star service. The people who staff the facility, genuinely seem to like what they do. The rooftop lounge area and pool were a treat. Never felt crowded. The location can't be beat.

Rooms are spacious, great beds, linens and pillows...all around wonderful comfort.

Hope to visit again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ear-ringer
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Ear-ringer, your review was short, sweet and absolutely lovely as well! Thank you so much! You’re right, we absolutely love what we do here and are so glad you did too. Come back and see us again soon
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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

OK, it's not only the rooftop that makes the Canary great, but it's a pretty awesome feature! A friend recommended the Fess Parker Doubletree for our stay in Santa Barbara but I thought the reviews were a little mixed so I did a little more looking and found the Canary. Perfect! Where to begin? It's in a great location just off State Street, close enough to walk to shopping, restaurants, and the beach, as well as hit the tasting rooms on the Urban Wine Trail. The staff were all very friendly. The hotel has a great Santa Barbara casual-yet-chic style. Like all Kimpton hotels, our room was small, but well-appointed and very comfortable. The four poster canopy bed isn't something you get at your average hotel, so that was kind of special and romantic. How about complimentary wine and small appetizers at Happy Hour? Yep.

Back to the rooftop...it's a gorgeous, spa-like setting with 360 degree views of Santa Barbara. With a pool, hot tub, fireplace and lots of places to lounge comfortably, you might never want to leave the rooftop. It's a great place to watch the sunset over a glass of wine. I can't wait until I can come back. Thank you Kimpton and the staff at the Canary for a special experience!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank boulderkir
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Um…boulderkir=awesome should be the name of this review! WOW! Thank you so much! Your review was amazing and I am so grateful you chose us for your visit. It sounds like you had a blast creating your SB adventure and I am so happy we were a special part of it all! Thank you again and we can’t wait for you to return!
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had the privilege of staying a few nights at The Canary over the 4th of July. I cannot say enough great things about this boutique hotel. We were pleased with every aspect of this hotel, including service and accomodations. The fact that this hotel is so close to State Street makes it easy to have shops and restaurants at your fingertips. We were able to use the complimentary bikes from the hotel and ride around State Street down to the pier and along the ocean. Doesn't get much better than that! The hotel had a fun rooftop celebration where everyone could watch fireworks as well, complete with a DJ, photo booth and full bar. The daily wine hour from 5-6 was a plus as well! All in all, this hotel exceeded our expectations and we look forward to returning for another stay in the future. Well done, Kimpton.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Jv2008, the privilege was ours! Thanks so much for staying with us over the crazy holiday weekend and for choosing us as the place to enjoy some fireworks and fun!! Thank you as well for the wonderful review. We look forward to your return as well and hope to make more memories with you again soon!
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had stayed in a Kimpton Hotel in San Francisco a couple of years ago and enjoyed the feel of the place so this got the vote when we were overnighting in Santa Barbara - it didn't disappoint.

Really friendly and efficient valet parking and bell boys - always good news after a long drive. Wonderful decor everywhere with a hint of quirkiness that seems the hallmark of this chain. Our room (double premier king) had a four poster bed and was very well equipped but perhaps a little small for a long stay. One complaint - the shower was a triumph of style over substance - looked great but was a poor performer. Despite those reservations otherwise a very nice room.

The public areas make this place - the bar and restaurant are very nice - loads of interesting artwork and features, great food too. On the roof a fantastic terrace with pool and jacuzzi - very plush sunbeds, towels etc. I relished my 'Howard Hughes' moment going up there in my leopard print trimmed hotel bathrobe - much amusement in the lift!

The location is good - right in the heart of all the bars and restaurants without being over looked or too noisy - it is right on the street but we weren't bothered by too much traffic or noise. We caught a cab to the harbour/beach but walked back - a reasonable distance but very 'do-able' if you have no mobility issues.

Great tip from the concierge was Brophy Bros restaurant in the harbour - wait for an outside table - the view and food are great.

The rooftop terrace a real 'wow' factor in the evening - with the fire lit and a view of the whole city and surrounding hills I couldn't imagine a nicer venue in the town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank martinwilliams10
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Dear Howard Hughes – I mean martinwilliams10 – it sounds like you did your overnight trip in style!! LOVE that you took the robe for a spin and enjoyed the pool in proper lounge fashion. I would hope for nothing less! Thank you so much for all your kind words about the staff and your visit. Promise us you will come back in the near future… your robe is waiting!
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great boutique hotel. We opted for a slightly larger room than standard w king bed and liked our room very much. There is a fitness club next door and State Street is half a block away. State Street has every store you could want to shop in plus great wine tasting rooms and restaurants. The hotel is about a mile to the beach so we got our exercise while window shopping down State Street. The restaurant in the hotel, Finch and Fork, is very good. I had Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for breakfast and they were delicious. Also had a BLT w Avocado for lunch poolside. Service was great as was the very accomodating staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lisa W
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Caroline_Dyal, General Manager at Kimpton Canary Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Lisa W, you are a woman after my own heart. Shopping down State Street is my favorite exercise too! So happy you enjoyed your time with us as well as our amazing restaurant! Come back and enjoy some shop-olympics again with us soon!
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Property: Kimpton Canary Hotel
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 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Business 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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