Canary Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara within walking distance to restaurants, bars and shopping
Roof top pool with views out to the Santa Ynez Mountains
Walk out to the city's Wine Tasting Rooms or take a 30-minute drive out to the Santa Ynez Wine Region
Newly renovated and beautifully styled, rooms feature fabulous four poster beds and unique furnishings
Not on the oceanfront, Canary is a city hotel but it is only a 1 mile walk, cycle or trolley ride to the ocean promenade
Best time to Visit
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The coastal climate of Santa Barbara is always a enjoyable surprise to the first-time visitor. This is particularly true during the winter months – roughly from October through March. Santa Barbara is a "get out in the sunshine and fresh air" place, with all the activities that it implies. A short drive into the Santa Ynez Wine Region (some 40-minutes out of town) the temperature is always around 10 degrees warmer without the ocean breezes.
Towering mountains, very close to the sea, shelter the coastal strip from inland heat and cold. The result is a comfortable year-round average temperature of 64 degrees, with an average maximum of 74 and an average minimum of 56 degrees.
All this means there is no "off-season" in Santa Barbara with sunshine all year round but the warmest months without morning fog and with higher temperatures July through October are often the best months.
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A stylish boutique full-service hotel located in downtown Santa Barbara, Canary is within easy walking distance of the city's best restaurants, shopping and wine-tasting rooms making it our favourite choice of hotel in the heart of Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is a beautiful Spanish Mission town tucked between the glittering Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Awash with picturesque whitewashed stucco buildings and red tile roofs, it's an idyllic place to relax on the Pacific Highway 1 route. Santa Barbara is blessed with great weather, and the ocean breezes, as well as easy access to California’s lesser known wine regions of the Santa Ynez Valley. Excellent wine-tasting rooms known as the ‘urban wine trail’ are dotted around the town itself, restaurants offer inspiring eating ranging from Mexican to fresh seafood, whilst boutiques and the Sunday arts market on the promenade has given credence to Santa Barbara’s title of the ‘American Riviera’.
With an ethos of personalised service and attention to detail, Canary brings a truly stylish boutique hotel to the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Located just off State Street guests can leave the car behind and easily walk to restaurants and bars in the evening.
Interiors by designer Michael Smith whisk guests away to the islands off the coast of Spain with Spanish tiles, fountains and Moroccan-themed antique textiles so typical of the area. In the 97 guest rooms and suites, a neutral palette accented by splashes of colour create sanctuaries for relaxation. With spacious and freshly renovated guest rooms, Canary offers the most comfortable and characterful of boutique accommodations in town.
Staff are helpful and friendly and are ready to help guests with requests from wine-tours to baby sitting. The Perch rooftop terrace offers a fireplace, rooftop pool and whirlpool and features panoramic views over the roof tops and out to the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountain range.
Canary offer 97 newly furnished and stylish guest rooms, all feature one-off furnishings and four poster canopy beds. The Canary offers spacious King Bed Double Rooms, as well over 20 Twin Rooms, seven Junior Suites and 15 One-Bedroom Suites with separate bedroom and living area making them an excellent option for families travelling with children.
All rooms are have a 42" flatscreen TV, and iPod and iPhone chargers. In-room high-speed Wi-fi is available for $10 a day.
Superior Rooms - 340-375 sq. ft - come with Frette Italian sheets, and ensuite bathroom comforts include a bathroom television, makeup/shaving mirror and designer toiletries. Guests can enjoy 42-inch television with DVD player, and iPod docking station. Air conditioning and laptop-compatible in-room safe are among the included amenities.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Canary Santa Barbara and the delightful concierge are able to organise in-room baby-sitting services.
Canary offers 24-hour room service; complimentary newspapers, morning tea and coffee and evening wine hour. In-room spa and wellness programmes are available and guests can access the state-of-the-art Spectrum Club gym.
Coast is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the bar is open daily. Food and service at the restaurant is superb. Being in the heart of downtown guests are also within strolling distance of Santa Barbara's best restaurants and bars.
The Canary Hotel is a boutique hotel conveniently located one block from trendy State Street. Borrow the binoculars from your room and venture out on the famous Red Tile Walking Tour. Along the way you will no doubt be distracted by the boutiques, art galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants, and antique shops. Santa Barbara’s beach and the wharf is a one mile stroll away or take the old-fashioned trolley down State Street for a just a few cents.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
The Canary is conveniently perched directly in the centre of Santa Barbara within walking distance of shops, restaurants, East Beach, Stearns Wharf and The Funk Zone - a band of warehouses that have been turned into wine tasting rooms, art studios and great urban eateries such as The Lark. The hotel has a true Santa Barbara style with colourful tiles and floral patterns galore, which is brought back down to earth by its contemporary rooms. The Canary also offers you a birds-eye view of the city from the rooftop pool and bar where you can also pear up at the iconic surrounding mountains, a perfect place to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand!
Holly Brightwell (Staff)
The Canary is in the perfect location walking distance from pretty much anywhere you would need to be in Santa Barbara! The restaurant here has an amazing reputation for locals and tourists alike it comes second on Trip Advisor and you can see why. The menu is creative and unique, using local flavours, fresh seafood and some American classics to give a really top dining experience. The waiters also have a huge wine knowledge and recommend wine that matches each course try their local wine, it was delicious! Overall the hotel has a quaint Spanish colonial boutique atmosphere mixing classic Spanish tiles with modern colours. The pool area is surely the best in Santa Barbara, with views you cant beat!
Explore Santa Barbara's Wine Country
Explore the picturesque Santa Barbara wine country at your own pace, visiting a selection of renowned wineries which can be found dotted amongst rolling vineyards. Whatever your taste in wine there is plenty to satisfy your palate here.
Indulge on the Urban Wine Trail
Created by a group of like-minded wineries, the Urban Wine Trail offers both novices and aficionados the opportunity to learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County’s best vineyards.
Santa Barbara Aerial Wine Tour
This unforgettable experience takes you high above the Santa Barbara coastline in a private cessna aircraft for spectacular views. Then touch down for wine tastings and a delicious gourmet lunch in the vineyards.
Santa Barbara Beach Ride
Take to the beach on an unforgettable sunset horse ride along the golden sands of Santa Barbara. With the ocean to one side and swaying palms on the other, a beach ride promises to be one of those California experiences you will always remember.
Your free family time in Santa Barbara - Scott Dunn suggests
Santa Barbara's climate and wine country is enough to capture adult imaginations but there's also lots of fun to be had for the children from the planetarium, the Ty Warner Sea Center, Santa Barbara's Sailing Club and Hendry's Beach for sand castles.
Your free time in Santa Barbara - Scott Dunn suggests
Santa Barbara is the 'American Riviera' with a beautiful sunny climate and Pacific Ocean breeze. Get out on the water by catamaran, see whales and dolphins around the Channel Island National Park and cycle along the palm-lined promenade on a cruiser.
Location & directions
Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Canary is a 20-minute drive to Santa Barbara Airport (10 miles), 3 miles away from Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, 5-minute drive to Condor Express Whale Watching Cruise, minutes from Paseo Nuevo and La Arcada shopping districts, within walking distance to Lobero Theatre (0.3 miles), close to Santa Barbara Museum of Art (0.3 miles), has easy access to horseback riding and hiking trails and is within driving distance to golf courses.
How to get there
11-hour 20-minute direct flight from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Santa Barbara is located just 2-hours driving distance North of Los Angeles (LAX airport).