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Canary Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

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 favorite choice of hotel in the heart of Santa Barbara.

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

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Insider's View

Canary may not be oceanfront but its in a prime location to walk to restaurants and bars in the evening. In California where the car is king, its nice to leave the car behind and indulge in some wine over dinner.

Maudie Tomlinson

Insider's View

Constructed before building regulations were laid out in Santa Barbara restricting buildings to 3 stories, The Canary has 7 and therefore arguably has the best views in the area from the amazing rooftop pool and terrace.

Camilla Swift

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Minutes away from the Canary is the Urban Wine Trail, where you can sample some of the region's finest wines in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Camilla Swift

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Visit the local farmers market which is on every Tuesday and Saturday 4-8pm

Scott Dunn team

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The hotel enjoys a complimentary wine hour every day from 5 -6pm

Scott Dunn team

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Finch & Fork restaurant is an absolute must and the sea scallops are amazing!

Greg Salmon

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If you want some quick eats then personalized wood fired pizzas from Persona are a stone’s throw away.

Greg Salmon

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Canary Santa Barbara or take a look at our itineraries to California


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 personalized 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 color 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 traveling 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 Room

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 organize 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 programs 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, theaters, 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.

Location & Directions

Santa Barbara, California

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.

When to go

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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