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“Bachelor” Star Andrew Firestone Opens Courtyard Santa Barbara Downtown

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Jan 3, 2023

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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.

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“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

“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.


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