Revitalized 1970s Motel Outside Santa Barbara - The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel

The Goodland, Santa Barbara is a one-stop shop, complete with a full-service spa, an art gallery, an outdoor pool, a custom airstream that occasionally turns into a margarita bar, loaner bikes, vinyl players, yoga mats and backgammon boards throughout the hotel, and a surprisingly delicious restaurant. 

I had my doubts about The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel, after researching where to stay for our way back to San Francisco. The various reviews online didn't fare the best out of all our options in Santa Barbara. 

Most of what I read consisted of complaints about this "old motel turned into an overpriced, mediocre Kimpton hotel."

Photo provided by The Goodland management. 

Well, I would have to disagree completely. 

It's totally rad that this 1970s motel was reborn into an upscale SoCal resort. Thanks to LA-based design firm Studio Collective, the property is like stepping back in time and walking through a mix of retro surf lodge and the movie Almost Famous. 

Simply put, the vibe is sexy. 

There is a more formal art gallery near the lobby, but I'd almost consider the entire hotel an art gallery. Photography and paintings grace the walls, funky surfboards hang from the ceilings, and vintage chairs are strategically placed throughout the hotel. 

Of my favorite vintage pieces, the first two below, were custom sourced through Studio Collective by Rebecca McBride. The last one is by Barrington Blue, California. 

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This was by far my favorite piece of artwork in the hotel. Below is a close-up of the psychedelic Kelsey Brookes painting, which hangs near the front desk. 

The pool sits in the center, capturing your attention toward pool parties and other social activities at the resort. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to partake in the excitement, but Glass Animals played here a few nights after I left. 

Music was an important aspect of bringing out this distinctive vibe. Crosley vinyl players were available in every room, with record options ranging from Ray Charles and Coltrane, to Zeppelin and Hendrix. If you really want a customized playlist for your stay there's a record concierge on staff

Yes, you heard me correctly. This chick was hired to create a soundtrack for your stay at The Goodland Hotel. If that's not a dope job, then I don't know what is. 

The rooms were minimally chic and comfortable, but frankly it was more interesting to spend time outside the room. 

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We sipped on delicious cocktails at The Good Bar, and had the option to play pool or backgammon, but chose to chill outside. 

Extending the art gallery to the outdoors, there was a fun mural that made for great photos and Instgrams, if nothing else, but added so much character to the hotel. 

Art consultant, and owner of RVCA, Pat Tenore curated these murals, and SF-based Victor Reyes, is the artist behind the two murals at the far end of the pool. 

The next morning we made our way back to The Good Bar for brunch, but much to my dismay there were only two options for breakfast.

I was slightly disappointed, until I tasted the egg sandwich that was one of the two options. With homemade bread and the perfect combination of spices, it was a pleasant surprise. 

They may lack dining options during the week, but from the food porn on Chef Derek Simcik's Instagram account, I imagine that his restaurant Outpost at The Goodland Hotel makes up for it. 

As a millenial I can only pretend to be as carefree and badass as they were in the 70s, but The Goodland Hotel makes it a tiny bit easier to reach that inner hippie surfer. Literally a one-stop shop to all things fun and funky, the Kimpton did this deep-rooted property justice. 

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BYOB the pool if you're looking to get an early start, during the weekdays the bar opens at 4p.m. And, love the color of the hotel room doors? It's Dunn Edwards colors, Snow Lodge, Down Pour and Mint Smoothie. Paint away!


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