I fell in love with Santa Barbara. The boutique Canary Hotel, just a block off the city's famed State Street, was one key ingredient of that love affair. I adore the Mediterranean architecture, the red tile roofs, the white-washed walls, the tiles, the wood. The Canary Hotel is housed in a beautiful building tucked quietly off the busiest streets, the epitome of a California wine country inn.
Elegant tapestries and artwork grace the walls of Canary Hotel. The common areas are simple yet refined. My room wasn't large. In fact, I believe it was one of the smaller rooms in the hotel, but it had such charm — and an incredible bed. It was a four-poster bed with a mattress I'd really like to take home, that enveloped me when I climbed onto it. The sheets were extraordinary. The dark wood furniture in the room was offset by crisp white linens and beautiful sage green accents. Even though it was a corner room facing the traffic, it was still remarkably quiet. I was able to sneak in a lovely nap when I arrived before heading out to explore Santa Barbara.
The special touches in the hotel were what really made Canary Hotel hit my top room list. I loved the adorable little green surfing frog squeeze toy left by the tiled bathroom tub. It made me smile. The hotel supplied plenty of items for me to borrow during my visit — binoculars for bird watching, a cookbook of local cuisine, a guide to the wineries, a walking map of downtown. Of course, they were all available for purchase should I want to take any of them home with me.
The rooftop pool and hot tub area is great. The view from up there is awesome, giving you vistas of the mountains, the ocean, and the Santa Barbara landmark red roofs and whitewashed buildings. It was ideal weather for sitting on the chaise lounge with a book, relaxing before heading back out to the stores on State Street or for some great wine tasting.
Canary Hotel is quite simply a beautiful little hotel that made me feel good. Combine a great hotel room with a magical town that beckons me, and I'm sure to pay Canary Hotel another visit.