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I was really excited to check this hotel out - the rooms and rooftop looked phenomenal. However, I would never pay $650/night for this hotel ever again. As others have mentioned, it’s really dated. The room we were given was very very small, and so was the bathroom. Not sure if it was just a bad room, but that would be odd considering they are definitely not at capacity due to COVID. We didn’t spend time at the pool, but it looked nice. Had a drink on the rooftop - again, dated pool loungers and furniture. I get that Santa Barbara is expensive, but this felt like a 3 star hotel to me. We’ll try somewhere else next time, or wait for a remodel at the very least!!
A bit over payed
The hotel is located in the very center, next to state street. A valet parking is offered even if a self parking is available next to the hotel. The staff is friendly, the rooms are spacious and well equipped (toiletries, clean iron, board ) but missing bathrobes and slippers. A restaurant is located at the ground floor, to get breakfast.
Nice older rooms with high ceilings.. We were attracted by roof pool. Lovely roof marred by loud pop music with no way to tune it out. Not certain who clientele is that would enjoy the music as most customers seem older.
I'm not mad, just disappointed
Not really any bang for your buck. On a weekday, the standard King room is $350/night and that seems relatively reasonable for a hotel of this calibre. However, weekend rates are almost doubled and we paid nearly $700 for a 1-night stay (that's Ritz territory). Regretfully, this hotel does not hold up to that kind of price. While the location is top-notch (super walkable downtown), the room was doing little to justify its $700/night price tag. Bed was big and comfortable, but furnishings, fixtures, bathroom and mostly everything was outdated and showing significant signs of wear and tear. While the circa-1999 TV in the bathroom was an intriguing artifact from the last millennium, it did not distract from the fact that the bathroom is in a desperate need of a remodel. Unless you teleported to the hotel or possess the ability to fly, you will pay an extra $36/night for parking. Alternatively, you can battle it out for metered street parking and drag your luggage to your luxury 4-star hotel. Overall, if you want to be as central as possible and explore SB on foot, this is a good choice if you can snag a weekday rate and plan to spend most of the day out and about. Just don't expect serious luxury.
Another Amazing Kimpton
My wife and I stayed at the wonderful Kimpton Canary a few months ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the staff, room, pool, jacuzzi, wine hour and valet. Additionally, the Kimpton is well located just off state street near shopping and restaurants. We can't wait to return.
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