Need to know
24, including two suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
There are only bar bites available at the hotel after 3pm, but the front desk will happily point you towards the neighbourhood’s finest eateries for dinner.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, gym, swimming pool, in-room spa treatments on request, lemonade and candy bar every afternoon, underground parking, electric car charging stations and free Linus bikes to borrow. In rooms: private outdoor balcony or garden, deep soaking bath tub, Nespresso machine, Smeg fridge and Diptyque bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Every room is painted in a soothing light blue (a nod to the ocean less than two miles away) with accents of pistachio green, Seventies-inspired checked curtains and chintzy upholstery – it’s a playful Palisociety mishmash that shouldn’t work on paper but charms your socks off in person. If pushed, we’d suggest plumping for the Grand Studio with its eye-popping pink ensuite, adorable balcony and full-size Smeg fridge (handy for dipping into your Funk Zone wine haul).
The palm-fringed outdoor swimming pool is heated, family-friendly and just about large enough to swim lengths in (just). Sunloungers and pastel pink umbrellas line the sides and stripey towels complete the retro aesthetic.
There’s no spa but in-room massages and beauty treatments can be arranged in advance with the front desk. The gym is equipped with top-spec equipment and Peloton bikes.
Anything but monochrome – there’s a lightness about this place that makes you want to do your inner five-year old proud. Girls of all ages should channel Katy Perry in bubblegum brights, jelly shoes and daisy-printed pedal pushers; boys should go unapologetically Palm Beach in green trousers and a bright pink cashmere cable-knit. Revert to funereal black as soon as you get home like it was all a technicolour dream.
All common areas and one guest room (the Grand Studio ADA) are suitable for wheelchair users.
For a charge of US$150 a booking, small dogs (up to 30lbs) will be inducted into the ‘Pawlisociety’ pet program – perks include dog beds, toys and organic treats, plus dog walking on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara.
All ages are welcome but the hotel isn’t geared towards children. Families should opt for the Grand Studio Double which has two queen-size beds or El Apartamento which has a kitchenette. Cribs and extra beds are available on request.