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Founded in San Francisco in 1981, Kimpton Hotels has boutique hotels in cities across the US, including accommodation in Santa Barbara. Now part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Kimpton Hotels still focuses on offering stylish hotels, many in historic buildings, with state-of-the-art facilities and a personal service.
Kimpton Hotels was one of America's first chain of boutique hotels. All of Kimpton’s accommodation is unique in style, and offers a high standard of service and amenities, some with upscale restaurants, deluxe spas and swimming pools.
When you stay with Kimpton Hotels, you’ll enjoy coffee and tea in the lobby, complimentary wine hours every evening, and bike hire, and pets are welcome without charge.
Book a room in a Kimpton Hotel in the heart of downtown and you'll be within walking distance or a short bus ride of many of Santa Barbara's main attractions, including the Mission Santa Barbara and the Spanish Colonial style Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
Santa Barbara is renowned for its shopping. Head north up State Street to the Historic State Street Plaza, an open-air mall with designer brands, and indulge in a little retail therapy.
For a quieter experience, book into a Kimpton Hotel in nearby Goleta. It's close to Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California's Santa Barbara campus, or you could spend the afternoon at the nearby Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, a five-acre estate with one of the largest collections of orchids in the world.
After a day shopping, head back to your boutique Kimpton hotel for a complimentary glass of wine, or head down to Funk Zone, the stretch between downtown State Street and the beach, where hip wine bars, pop-up diners and art galleries cluster in this quirky arts community. For dinner, nip over the road to Stearns Wharf, an old wooden pier lined with chic seafood restaurants and waterfront bars for a late-night supper under the stars.