Courtyard Santa Barbara Downtown and its Saint Remy restaurant debuted on the Santa Barbara scene on Dec. 26. Former The Bachelor star Andrew Firestone, along with co-founder Jess Park, of StonePark Capital, are behind the development and transformation.
“As Santa Barbara natives, Jess and I are thrilled to re-introduce this classic downtown hotel with timeless mid-century architecture and style,” said Andrew Firestone, co-founder, StonePark Capital. “We are also proud to partner with Azul Hospitality to bring to life the first Marriott branded hotel to the city of Santa Barbara.”
Spacious guestrooms boast balcony views over the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean, and feature walk-in showers, large vanities, mini refrigerators, high-speed WiFi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.
“Courtyard Santa Barbara is wonderfully located for both leisure and business travelers to indulge in all that the destination is known for, including its beaches, museums, dining options and wineries,” said Antonio Morales, general manager. “At Saint Remy, every meal is uniformly inventive and crafted with the rich history and culture of the coast. It brings the local dining scene a new hotspot for date nights, private parties and gathering with friends.”
Other hotel amenities include a pool, whirlpool, firepit, two large rooftop decks, flexible seating spaces, a state-of-the-art fitness center, EV charging stations, valet and self-park options, and meeting and event space. At Saint Remy, a 50-seat restaurant, enjoy fresh, locally sourced food prepared with a Mediterranean coastal spin.
As travelers look for ways to slow down, be present and be a little more mindful during their trips, some hotels and resorts tout a new accommodation concept: the deconstructed hotel. Just like a deconstructed dish separates all of the dish’s individual ingredients so one can experience each separately but still enjoy the overall effect of the whole, a deconstructed hotel breaks down a property into its separate components, requiring a traveler to move between each in a more mindful, present manner.
Cherry blossom season is right around the corner. Check out these hotels and destinations to see cherry blossoms in their prime.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
What’s the No. 1 city for partying? The answer is Miami, at least according to new research from experts at casinossweeps.com. The site analyzed numerous party-related hashtags on Instagram to uncover the most Instagrammable party cities in America.