The Hotel Californian

Rapunzel's new best friend of interiors, Martin Lawrence Bullard, was commissioned to design the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara in 2017.

The Hollywood Reporter says of his work, "The bones of the seaside property are the original Hotel Californian, first opened in 1925 as part of a new wave of Spanish Colonial Revival structures in Southern California, and nearly destroyed by a massive earthquake just one week after opening. In keeping with its heritage, Bullard infused the new structures and restored the original building with more of that architectural style, with a modern Moorish and Moroccan influence and Art Deco touch. But while the genre sounds quite typical for Santa Barbara, it’s rich with evocative and surprising details."

They go on to write, "Bullard’s luxe, plush touch isn’t just felt in guest rooms and the 1,700-square-foot presidential suite — he designed the entire property to feel opulent but easy-going. There are paseos with fountains and gardens, an expansive rooftop deck with panoramic 360-degree views, an ocean-view rooftop pool, glamorous ballroom, well-curated Isla boutique by Maris Collective (with a dedicated installation by resort wear brand Figue), and signature 70-seat Mediterranean-meets-contemporary American restaurant, Blackbird, along with a street-facing gourmet cafe and market dubbed Goat Tree. Hotel Californian is poised to not only lure out-of-towners but locals and nearby residents — which include industry heavyweights Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow — for dining (expect plenty of Santa Barbara uni) and pampering in style, with no pretense. Just what Hollywood needs."

Miss Allegra Rose is due to scoop dear Rapunzel away for a girls coastal retreat later this month. In the meantime, visualize yourself here with us or book ahead.

Martin Lawrence Bullard