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“Really nice boutique hotel”

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Kimpton Canary Hotel
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Really nice boutique hotel”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We hesitated for a long time between this hotel and the four seasons. But we finally chose to stay at the Canary for its location, right in the center of the city, and we definitely don't regret our choice! Santa Barbara is one of our favorite place in California and the Canary hotel did a great job in capturing the atmosphere of the city.

Our room was rather small for US standards but big enough for the two of us and well decorated. The bed was really confortable.
The breakfast was very good (french toasts to die for...).
The swimming pool on the rooftop is also a big plus.
So don't hesitate to stay there, specially if you don't have much time to spend in Santa Barbara.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The Canary is an amazing location for a Santa Barbara stay. Rooftop pool and jacuzzi, lounge and seating make this a gem in the city. You have 360 degree views of the city including a picturesque view of the coast. The staff are friendly. The rooms are comfortable and modern. The amenities are good and everything is within walking distance. The in house restaurant is a nice spot for a breakfast or dinner. Definitely hit the roof and spend some time enjoying the cozy lounge chairs, pool, and view.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a very charming hotel and has a great bar. Beds are comfortable, but bathrooms are a little small. It was nice to be able to open the windows in the room to let the fresh air in, however the noise from the street is kind of loud. You can walk to a variey of different shops and restaurants. This hotel also allows dogs, all sizes. Very cool! Although we never saw one. There's supposedly a great view on the 6th floor, however there was a private event that they weren't allowing non-guests to enter.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed in 7 hotels on our recent California trip and the Canary was our favourite. I loved everything about it, from the wonderful staff, to the four poster bed, to the number of dogs around, to the free wine hour between 5pm and 6pm every day. The location cannot be beaten, and it has charm and character unlike so many big hotels.

The only tiny complaint I could make, if pushed, was that we weren't informed of the wine-tasting event taking place on the roof terrace one evening - we only found it by accident. It was a lovely event and we could easily have missed it.

But other than that, a fabulous hotel in a fabulous town, with fabulous staff - what more could you want?

On a side note, Santa Barbara is a fantastic place too!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

What's not to love about this style heaven!
Everywhere you looked you were inspired by lovely details - I loved the vibrant colors and unusual combinations. The room - although quite small - was very nice too.
Front desk and bell service staff were extremely attentive, helpful and friendly.
We enjoyed the perfect location in Downtown Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

It is difficult to fault this gem of a hotel. Luxury boutique sums it up perfectly. Very welcoming reception, a superb spacious well furnished room. A lovely bathroom with separate shower and bath. Communal areas were clean and well presented. Our teenage girls just loved the roof terrace and pool. From the great views, comfy chairs to the fruit flavoured ice water on tap it was faultless. Thank you Canary for a wonderful stay we can't wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Clark, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We are loyal Kimpton customers, so I always know that our home away from home will be lovely. The Canary was certainly no exception. Our room was large and well and well appointed, from the beautiful wood floors, to the huge bathroom. The hotel is completely charming from the quaint, but elegant lobby to the piece de resistance- the roof. The entire rooftop area is gorgeous- with a wonderful heated pool, a fireplace and several seating areas with beautiful chairs and sofas. In addition, the location is perfect- close enough to walk everywhere you'd want to go in the area. We did spend more that we usually do but I'd say it was completely worth it. Looking forward to a future visit to Santa Barbara and the wonderful Canary Kimpton.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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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 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Business 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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Canary Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Canary Hotel

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