With a red-tile roof, trickling fountains in the courtyard, and an oceanfront plot accented with palm trees and bougainvillea, Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara has a chic Mediterranean vibe. It's a style found throughout the town of Santa Barbara—appropriately nicknamed "The American Riviera." The upscale hotel is tucked alongside West Beach, smack dab between bustling Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Harbor. The shops and restaurants of downtown are within easy walking distance.
Notable press: Conde Nast Traveler noted the hotel's "bright colors and smart style," while Santa Barbara magazine praised the hotel's renovations in 2009.
Stylish digs:Guest rooms feature hardwood floors, colorful decor, and view of the ocean.
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the on-site bistro every morning
Go for a swim in one of the two outdoor pools and Jacuzzi, or escape the heat in a poolside cabana
Play ping-pong on the grassy lawn near the pool
Borrow a bike: Use the hotel's beach cruiser bicycles to pedal around downtown Santa Barbara or along the beachfront pathway; rentals are free for two hours per day
Santa Barbara, California: Charming Beachfront Town Nicknamed "The American Riviera"
The sprawling 400-mile stretch of California coastline between San Francisco and Los Angeles is freckled with scenic, laid back beach towns. Yet Santa Barbara stands out among the pack, thanks to its prime location sandwiched between scenic beaches and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the east. It's urban, with a population of 90,000, but not overly so—the charming downtown along State Street is a steady parade of mom-and-pop shops, cafes, bars, art galleries, and movie theaters. A subtle Mediterranean influence graces most buildings: think red-tile roofs, stucco facades, and Moorish-style arches. The climate is breezy and warm year-round, providing an environment for lush tropical foliage to thrive; it's easy to see why the city bills itself as "The American Riviera."
To see where it all started, head to the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786 by a Franciscan friar. Docents offer guided tours inside the mission which houses an art gallery, Native American artifacts, and period furniture. Around the corner, Mission Canyon is a popular trailhead for several hikes in the front range of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Try the 3.5-mile round-trip trek to Inspiration Point for scenic views of the Santa Barbara coastline and the Channel Islands off the coast.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a partial ocean-view or ocean-view king room
Dates into June
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
Taxes: 12% occupancy, $2 nightly BID, and .08% nightly sales tax added at purchase
Additional fees: $10 nightly service fee plus tax added at purchase
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.
Two outdoor pools and Jacuzzi
Beach cruiser bicycles available for rent (complimentary for 2 hours)
The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check in
Must be 18 or older to check in
Traveler name must match ID at check-in
Credit card required at check-in
$10 nightly service fee plus tax added at purchase
12% occupancy, $2 nightly BID, and .08% nightly sales tax added at purchase.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Partial Ocean-View or Ocean-View King Room
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: noon
Service fee includes: breakfast, WiFi, bike rentals, and access to the outdoor heated pools, jacuzzi and fitness center
Parking: self parking available for an additional $18 per day.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available; contact property prior to check-in for requests and options.
Room upgrades: not available
Nearest airports: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA; 10 miles); Los Angeles International Airport (LAX; 98 miles)