Canary, a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Santa Barbara, California, United States

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Pros

  • Beautiful, spacious rooms feature four-poster beds, hardwood floors, and bathrooms with Spanish tile
  • Rooftop pool attached to a large patio with pretty views
  • Attractive restaurant focuses on local produce
  • All rooms have flat-screen TVs and iPod docks; even the bathrooms have TVs
  • Free nightly wine hour, as well as free coffee and tea in the lobby
  • Free access to the gym next door, including the workout classes
  • Pets allowed; no fees or size limits apply
  • Free Wi-Fi for Kimpton InTouch Guest Loyalty Members (membership is free)

Cons

  • No spa (but in-room spa services are available)
  • Rooftop pool is small

Bottom Line

The Canary has been a notable luxury property in Santa Barbara for a number of years, and its purchase by the boutique Kimpton Hotel brand in early 2012 has only increased its appeal. The hotel mixes upscale, classic Santa Barbara decor with a laid-back vibe; the cheerful lobby has pale yellow walls, chandeliers, wrought iron details, and leather couches. The spacious rooms may be the highlight; all are decorated with four-poster beds, hardwood floors, colorful pillows and throws, and bathrooms outfitted in Spanish tile. Tech amenities include iPod docks, flat-screen TVs (both in the room and the bathroom), and Wi-Fi. The hotel's features are plentiful and cater to all types of travelers: meeting rooms, a restaurant serving locally sourced fare, a small rooftop pool, and freebies including a nightly wine hour. The hotel does not have a spa or fitness center, but in-room spa treatments and free access to the gym next door help compensate. It's within walking distance of attractions on State Street, but it's a trek to Stearn's Wharf and the beach; most guests will opt to drive or take the trolley.

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 Location

Within walking distance of attractions on State Street

The Canary is centrally located just off of State Street, known for popular shopping, dining, and nightlife. It's home to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and is a short drive to both the wharf and harbor, where guests will find whale watching, sailing, and the beach. An electric shuttle regularly runs between downtown and the waterfront.

Santa Barbara is an affluent community in Santa Barbara County, home to five colleges and universities, as well as a large yachting population. Swaddled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, this charming town is known for its Spanish-style architecture, surfing, and the nightlife dotting State Street.

  • 13-minute drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • 5- to 10-minute walk to shopping and dining along State Street
  • 18-minute walk or 3-minute drive to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  • 20-minute walk or 3-minute drive to Stearn's Wharf and the beach
  • 5-minute drive to Condo Express whale watching
  • 7-minute drive to Santa Barbara Sailing Center
  • 9-minute drive to Montecito Golf Course

 Bottom Line

The Canary has been a notable luxury property in Santa Barbara for a number of years, and its purchase by the boutique Kimpton Hotel brand in early 2012 has only increased its appeal. The hotel mixes upscale, classic Santa Barbara decor with a laid-back vibe; the cheerful lobby has pale yellow walls, chandeliers, wrought iron details, and leather couches. The spacious rooms may be the highlight; all are decorated with four-poster beds, hardwood floors, colorful pillows and throws, and bathrooms outfitted in Spanish tile. Tech amenities include iPod docks, flat-screen TVs (both in the room and the bathroom), and Wi-Fi. The hotel's features are plentiful and cater to all types of travelers: meeting rooms, a restaurant serving locally sourced fare, a small rooftop pool, and freebies including a nightly wine hour. The hotel does not have a spa or fitness center, but in-room spa treatments and free access to the gym next door help compensate. It's within walking distance of attractions on State Street, but it's a trek to Stearn's Wharf and the beach; most guests will opt to drive or take the trolley.

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Address

  • 31 West Carrillo

Room Types

  • Canary Presidential Suite
  • Deluxe Guest Room
  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Premier Guest Room
  • Superior Guest Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 97
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Address: 31 West Carrillo
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