The Kimpton Goodland is a 158-room boutique hotel located in Goleta, a short drive from Santa Barbara, and the fact that there’s a section on its website advertising its availability as a photoshoot location tells you a lot: this is very much a place to see and be seen. The hotel is arranged, like a motel, around a sparkling, puddle-shaped swimming pool that’s surrounded by towering palms, which is easily accessed from the stylish, surfer-chic rooms that line it.
But this is more than just an Insta-perfect place to hang out. The Goodland’s restaurant, Outpost, is an excellent spot to grab a bite made with locally-sourced ingredients, while Good Bar brings washed-out beach vibes to the hotel for those in need of a cocktail. Plus, there are complimentary yoga classes for fitness-minded guests, and a regular trivia night for those who want to exercise their brains instead of their muscles.
The Kimpton Goodland is situated in Goleta, just ten minutes in a car from the center of Santa Barbara, which is where most guests are likely to want to spend a good amount of their time when they’re not in the hotel. It’s also a great jumping-off spot for Santa Barbara wine country, which is roughly 30 minutes away in a car.
1. Inspiration Point: For stunning views via an energizing hike.
2. Cold Spring Tavern: For hearty grub in an atmospheric former stagecoach stop.
3. Loquita: For Spanish bites in a lush, tucked-away courtyard.
Time Out Tip:
Don’t miss the chance to mingle with a free drink (or two) at the Goodland’s Evening Social Hour, which takes place from 5-6pm every day.