Before I publish a full review of the property, I thought it would be important to mention that the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara recently rebranded as the Mar Monte Hotel, returning to its original name. The hotel is now part of The Unbound Collection from Hyatt.
Mar Monte Hotel, Part of The Unbound Collection From Hyatt
The Unbound Collection is described as unique hotels within the Hyatt portfolio:
“Maintain your independence and individuality with The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, an exclusive portfolio of upper-upscale properties designed to captivate travelers seeking distinctive experiences with the reassurance of Hyatt.”
Not sure what “upper-upscale” means, but The Unbound Collection allows many historic properties to maintain unique elements while still remaining under the Hyatt brand.
In the case of the Mar Monte, the hotel has reverted back to its original name. First opened in 1931, the hotel has been a fixture of Santa Barbara for nearly 90 years (an interesting history of the property here). Hyatt took over the property in 2011, then still called Mar Monte, and transformed it to the Hyatt Santa Barbara. The hotel was later added to the Hyatt Centric portfolio, branded as Hyatt’s modern boutique chain. That really didn’t fit, as the hotel is neither modern nor particularly boutique (the hotel has 200 rooms).
I’ve been a regular guest at this hotel over the years and always enjoyed the beautiful and convenient location, though not the rooms. Mind you, I didn’t mind the rooms, but found them (and the hotel itself) to be rather tired. Here are some pictures:
Last year (stretching into last month), the Hyatt underwent a renovation in which each guest room and the common areas were refreshed. Each room now has air conditioning, a remodeled bathroom, new carpet, fresh paint, and a more modern look:
The hotel remains a Category 4 property, making it one of the best uses for your free anniversary night from the World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase. My family escaped from the heat and smoke of LA to enjoy a couple days here last weekend. I’ll shortly publish a detailed review.
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