Just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta, the hotel is the destination in this case
It’s a few minutes from the UCSB campus so the non-guest clientele is young
The inner garden rooms feel tucked away and are best for light sleepers
A $25 (plus tax) resort fee per night will be collected at the property
Parking on site
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Post-modern hacienda serving up surfer chic and So Cal’s greatest hits
The inviting interiors combine ‘70s-era macrame and historic artifacts with graphic textiles and modern photography for an adorably whimsical effect. Cramming every nook with something interesting, the hotel begs discovery. You just might learn something new, for instance that James Dean used to race nearby, or revisit something old while sitting at one of the two backgammon tables in The Good Bar. The Goodland’s organic vibe saves the nostalgia from being overwrought, and the chalkboard with the daily surf report, hanging surfboards and large art pieces from a surfing great, Herbie Fletcher, retain a sportiness that is the essence of the Santa Barbara lifestyle.
Bed and Bath
The rooms have a more rugged, undone chic look than other slicker hotels in the Kimpton boutique chain. Twee touches endow the minimalism with warmth and personality, like the portable Crosley turntable with a few classic selections from the hotel’s own archives, perhaps Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours or OutKast’s Stankonia. The shower stalls in the average-sized bathrooms have stone bottoms and a weathered mosaic wall, suggesting an outdoor shower. And, of course, you’ll find the fresh-scented C.O. Bigelow products that are Kimpton exclusives.
Outpost, the hotel’s restaurant, could be decorated by Wes Anderson, it’s that cute. Its menu reads like a list of Southern California cuisine’s greatest hits: You’ve got your fish tacos, your fresh oysters, queso, kimchi pork belly and, of course, kale salad. With all of the nibbles, don’t neglect unfussy mains like the perfectly pan-seared halibut with Israeli couscous. The lagoon pool, heated year-round, is decked out enough for an afternoon lounging on a poolside bed without being a scene. No reserved cabanas here. The Goodland emphasizes its burgeoning street art collection with a gallery off the lobby and outdoor murals. Further proof this hotel wants you to have a weekend of quirky fun? The vintage Woodie and Airstream trailer out front. (But they’re not for hire—yet.)
In the Area
Goleta is the outdoorsy “sister city” to Santa Barbara, about 20 minutes south. Commandeer one of The Goodland’s free commuter bikes for a spin on the Obern Bike Trail, which winds through the grasslands down to Goleta Beach Park. There, have lunch at the Beachside, a popular little cafe straight out of another era. In fact, cyclists have it made in Goleta with all of the road biking and mountain biking options around. Did we mention that The Goodland has a surf theme? So, there’s that, along with standup paddling at the shore. Inspiration Point is an easy hike a short drive away that features an excellent lookout over the ocean and surrounding hills. And just over those hills, find the Santa Ynez wine country about 45 minutes away.
5650 Calle Real
Goleta, California 93117
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Holiday Inn Santa Barbara-Goleta is Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) - 2.2 km / 1.4 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.