Kimpton Canary Hotel
What We Love
- Dynamite location on a quiet block in the middle of Santa Barbara’s shopping, dining and entertainment district
- Awe-inspiring views from the rooftop pool deck
- Aww-inspiring pet-friendly policy
- Nightly lobby wine hour
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What To Know
- Most shopping and dining are within about a 15-minute walk, but for wine country you’ll want a car (and the beach is about a mile away); Valet parking is available for $30 (plus tax) per night or $15 (plus tax) per day; hybrid vehicles get 50 percent off
- Kimpton Karma Rewards program members get free WiFi and a $10 credit toward the minibar or restaurant bar
- The hotel is pet-friendly: If you’re allergic to animals, request a pet-free room on reservation
- The hotel is nonsmoking
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Canary Hotel fits right in with the Spanish Colonial streetscape that dates all the way back to Santa Barbara’s late-18th-century mission. The lobby and restaurant are awash with terra-cotta flooring, stucco and colorful tile walls, and the hallways are done up in teal grass wall coverings and framed ikat tapestries. The Canary is part of the Kimpton group of hotels, which is known for its cheerful design, sense of humor and friendly, can-do staff, who you’ll meet over nightly lobby wine hour.
Bed and Bath
The mission motif continues in the 97 guestrooms. Think cushy four-poster canopy beds (with Frette linens), dark wood furniture and geometric rugs on hardwood floors. Yet the rooms are fully up to date, with amenities that are both practical (WiFi, plasma TVs, DVD players) and fanciful (binoculars for birdwatching, plush bathrobes in animal patterns, yoga mats and goldfish in a bowl on request). The colorfully tiled bathrooms feature rainfall showers and bamboo-scented bath products by Lather of Pasadena.
The rooftop pool deck offers Instagram-worthy views, particularly as the sun rises over the ocean or sets over the city. The in-house Finch & Fork restaurant highlights the region’s wines and agricultural bounty: farm-to-table takes on small plates, kale salads, flatbreads and grilled dishes like sea bass with sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and citrus hollandaise. For breakfast, California-inspired items (egg white or chicken and poblano omelets, huevos rancheros) accompany all-American fare. Work it off in the pool, or by using the free pass to the large gym just steps away. In-room spa services are also available.
In the Area
There are nearly 250 wineries in the area, and it’s virtually impossible to spend time in Santa Barbara without a day of playing Sideways in the city’s tasting rooms. Standouts include Au Bon Climat, which has been making subtle pinot noirs for 25 years, and Kunin, known for producing small lots of Rhone-style wines. There’s also an impressive culinary scene, populated by straight-ahead neighborhood restaurants like the Hungry Cat, where seafood and a raw bar dominate the menu. Work it off by biking or walking along Butterfly Beach.
How to Get There
Normally stay on the beach, so staying closer to downtown was new. As others have said, the hotel is lovely and the staff is excellent. We had a suite, which was located in a quiet area and had a super comfortable bed. My only knock would be the bathroom, while large, could use updating. Wonderful rooftop pool with view of the ocean and very good restaurant. About 1 1/2 miles from the pier and beach, but if you want to jog or walk, it's perfect. Also, use of the next door gym was included and very convenient. Within walking distance of great restaurants and shopping. Will stay there again.
Love this place, staff top class, food is gorgeous, I recommend new york strip, Rooms are great include 6ft king, close to beach as well, all round 10/10 great spot, we were greeted with car valet and glass of wine on arrival and checkin,
Well appointed upscale hotel with prime city location. Easy walking to State Street shopping and Restaurants. We even walked down to the Beach and Wharf- about a mile. Nice bed- only i thought it was a little strange that there wasn't a top sheet between me and the comforter.
Visited the hotel for the first time ever to celebrate my husband's milestone birthday. I emailed after making the reservation to ask if they could do something special for him and they sent up the nicest fruit plate and cheese with a bottle of delicious red wine. When we checked in we were offered a glass of wine from the reception desk as well. We spent time at the rooftop pool enjoying a DJ in the evening and then went back for a relaxing swim during the day. The hotel had thoughtfully provided bottled water, spa water, chilled spa towels, sunscreen and after sun lotion. In the room itself we had a beautiful canopied bed, a little sitting area next to a lovely iron balcony, and a bathroom with everything you would expect from an upscale hotel, plus a list of additional toiletries the hotel kept stocked just in case guests forget something. When we checked out, there was another bottle of wine, now one our new favorites, for the trip home. The hotel staff is one of the best we've ever encountered in many years of travel - thoughtful, professional, and devoted to making the guest experience completely and wonderfully memorable. We'll be back soon.
We had three rooms here for a total of 5 nights, including one suite. Santa Barbara has a lot of options, but in my opinion this one is very special. From the nice bell desk clerks to the professional & welcoming front desk staff, this hotel easily balances the line between friendly & all business. Excellent staff everywhere, the restaurant, room service, housekeeping. Clearly a well organized property with a great Santa Barbara mindset! Our suite had a romantic canopy four poster bed plus a love seat, coffee table, arm chair & built in desk/ wall unit with mini bar & Nespresso. We had room service here several times. The ambiance was upscale Santa Barbaran using dark wood furniture, Spanish tile & hardwood (might be laminate) flooring. The bathroom was well appointed & spacious. One special aspect about this hotel is it’s roof top desk with four direction views across the city, out to sea & having a decent sized pool with a good amount of seating - plus a little bar, lots of fireplaces & a generally relaxing atmosphere. Even bike borrowing goes on here! To cap it off, the Kimpton Canary is dog friendly & there were some real cuties enjoying the property. The Finch & Fork had great all day dining & some nice California wines with wait staff who knew wines. While not on the beach this hotel is just off State Street, with easy walkability to most of the places we visited. Thank you for a great stay!