This Retro Santa Barbara Hotel Is The Best : The Goodland
A retro Santa Barbara hotel located walking distance from the Pacific Ocean, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop. The Goodland is like no other with a vintage Airstream and Woodie parked out front, Crosleys accompanied by vinyls in each room, and an overall laid-back vibe.
Read on for my full review and photos.
Let me start by saying that The Goodland is the perfect place for a girl’s trip. It’s relaxing, a great location, and pet-friendly. Celina, her puppy, and I arrived early morning at the hotel after an hour and 45 minute drive up the coast from LA. The Goodland is actually in Goleta which is a 10 minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara, so you really get the laid-back feel.
The perfect escape.
As we pulled up, I was so excited because
my WiFi automatically connected I have a deep love for retro, timeless vibes, and the infamous Goodland airstream and Woodie were parked right out front. (#retrodreamsaremadeofthis) To top it off, as soon as we walked into the bohemian chic lobby, we laid eyes on the VNYL shop which has a small, solid selection of classic vinyls to play on your own personal Crosley in the room. I recommend some classic Fleetwood Mac.
The inviting interiors combine a 70’s eclectic, yet effortless California bohemian surf vibe. This retro Santa Barbara hotel was definitely designed and decorated with Pinterest and Instagram in mind, as each corner is unique, tells a story, and is photo-worthy.
Tip: The Goodland’s restaurant, The Outpost, doesn’t open until the evening, so for an afternoon snack you can ride one of the hotel bikes a block over to Backyard Bowls for an acai bowl.
We were lucky and got a pool view room on the first floor which was really convenient. I loved the simple, bohemian surf style decor. The bed was super cozy.
The pool is super cute, but the best thing about the pool area is really the day bed situation. I was able to really sprawl out and relax on the cozy day bed. It was like having an actual bed outside, where you can work, tan, have a picnic, or all the above. But also, the beautiful Santa Ynez mountains as a backdrop is pretty noteworthy as well. (You can literally roast marshmallows by the fire pit, drink wine from the pool, and enjoy the mountain view – from the hotel common areas.)
Restaurant & Room Service :
So the hotel doesn’t have room service which is the only thing I was bummed about. But the restaurant, The Outpost, is delicious. The retro-chic indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar has a menu that changes each season with options for all foodies. We ordered the cauliflower (which donates $2 to CHEFSCYCLE for No Kid Hungry – LOVE), a kale salad, and of course – chips & guacamole.
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