After eight hours of driving we arrived in Santa Barbara to discover the wine bottles we had transported all the way from the Napa Valley had broken all over our luggage. Needless to say, tempers were frayed and our honeymoon period was beginning to feel like it was coming to a premature end. However, this all changed as soon as we stepped through the door of the Canary Hotel.
The friendly lady on reception greeted us with a warm smile and wished us congratulations and a happy honeymoon and informed us they had upgraded our room. She then went on to inform us that as Kimpton InTouch members (free to sign up) we were entitled to a $10 mini bar voucher and free Wi-Fi. They normally put on a complementary wine hour which we had unfortunately missed so here were two more vouchers for drinks in the hotel bar.
We were feeling much more like happy newly weds as we made our way up to the room. As we stepped through the door, we found a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us as well as a sweet note from the hotel congratulating us again on our marriage. I then proceeded to joyously bound about the room taking in all the little details: corner room with balcony, beautiful hardwood floors, giant four-poster bed with a step to help you climb up, fluffy robes, fabulous bathroom including a TV over the sink... the list goes on.
After quickly unpacking, we made our way up to the roof terrace where we found a lovely little pool and hot tub as well as outdoor fireplace and an abundance of comfortable seating. The candles dotted around and the incredible views of the surrounding mountains gave the whole place a magical feel.
I really can't recommend this hotel enough, the location is great - near the shops and lively bars and restaurants on State Street but just far enough way to provide peace and quiet when you need it. The rooms are spotlessly clean and decorated beautifully, the staff warm and friendly and the facilities such as the pool and bar/restaurant are some of the best I've come across in a hotel. I only wish we could have stayed longer!
- 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