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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This hotel is so perfectly situated to enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer. It's walking distance to the shopping district, a short car ride to the beach and the zoo, and close to many, many wonderful restaurants. The staff is really wonderful and made such an effort to make our stay peaceful. A plus for us was free membership to the gym directly across from the hotel. It's a large gym -- Gold's Gym -- and very comfortable for a mom AND a 24-year-old son.
This is a great location within walking distance of State Street and all it has to offer....We were greeted by friendly staff right from the beginning (valet service to the front end employees) and we were upgraded to a junior suite ......rooftop pool and area is very large with wonderful views of the entire city and hills...coffee is offered in the lobby every morning and wine and appetizers are offered in the early evening for the guests...beds were very comfortable and room was quiet even though we were one floor below the rooftop where many parties and weddings celebrations were going on...we were treated very special and look forward to returning ....
There’s nothing about this hotel that would make me want to recommend it. Although pleasant the staff were very un knowledgeable about their city. When asked for recommendations they were , I hate to say unless! So much so we had to find the local tourist information centre. The hotel atmosphere lacks, and the location for us was not good. There were hotels nearer the waterfront that were more appealing and brighter and airier, The Canary was dark and closed in, not what I was expecting for a lovely seaside city. We even struggled to get onto the Acclaimed rooftop bar due to private parties on 3 days out of our 4.Which doesn’t make paying residents feel special, as I say a disappointing hotel .