Luxury Californian hotel in Santa Barbara sells to Foley Entertainment Group


SANTA BARBARA, Calif .– The quaint Hotel Californian, near the Santa Barbara waterfront, has been purchased by Foley Entertainment.

President Bill Foley has had close ties to the Santa Barbara area for years, and his Foley Estates winery is located nearby in the Santa Ynez Valley. He also has several real estate investments including sports teams, restaurants and is the CEO of Fidelity National.

The 121-room State Street hotel in Mason covers three corners.

In a statement, Foley said, “The Californian Hotel’s reputation for five-star service aligns perfectly with the philosophy of Foley Entertainment Group and enables guests to experience true luxury at one of the finest properties. on the oceanfront of all of California. What makes the acquisition even more special to us is our family’s bond and love for the city of Santa Barbara. It is a beautiful place.

Operations will continue to be handled by General Manager Warren Nocon, who has worked at the hotel since 2013.

Foley Entertainment Group Co-CEO Randy Morton said, “The Californian Hotel has seized the incredible opportunity to be part of the rebirth of Lower State Street and the growth of the Santa Barbara Funk Zone. We look forward to innovative collaborations with the Foley Food & Wine Society and other FEG entities to further enhance the customer experience. “

The group is also announcing plans to make the Blackbird restaurant the future home of the Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar, with an opening slated for this fall.

Prior to the Three Corner Californian Hotel, the original building stood only on the southwest side and was built in 1925. It was damaged shortly after it opened in a major earthquake.

The modern luxury version of this monument reopened in 2017.

It has distinctive designed elements from entry places to single rooms. There’s also a rooftop pool, meeting spaces, and easy access to the waterfront, Funk Zone, and downtown.

Prior to this development, State Street’s “Gateway to Santa Barbara” was in transition after years of neglect and vacancy that left many businesses, including car dealerships, restaurants, and retail spaces empty.

Morton says: “It really looks like we are in the best location and it is very welcoming and very comfortable and everyone is exceptionally warm and friendly.

The transition comes at a time when Santa Barbara is recovering from the pandemic and the slowdown in hotel activity.

Nocon said, “One of the most exciting things about this deal, it’s now owned by a local and that means everything to us. We’ve always wanted to be the Santa Barbara experience.”

The Foley wine portfolio has 21 labels and they are arriving at a new corner headquarters for the Foley Food & Wine Society at State Street and Mason.

We’re going to taste all the Foley wines, we’re going to have some lovely bites that will be made by the Chef here at the Californian Hotel. and it’s going to be an amazing experience, you can sit inside, sit outside, watch everyone walk around watching the sunset, ”Morton said. “The decor, the design is absolutely exquisite and it fits perfectly into the luxury segment of the Foley entertainment group.”

For those coming from the waterfront to downtown, “this is the entrance to Santa Barbara, the original name of the Entrada de Santa Barbara project, this is who we are and this is what we want to be for. always, ”Nocon said.

Staff and management are part of the transition, to the property known for its one-of-a-kind design features, restaurants, three wine tasting rooms (Margerum, J. Wilkes and Melville), McConnell ice cream and a destination for special events including many weddings and group reunions.

Nocon says, “This is the core of who we are is not going to change. We have to support locally, we support to support our restaurants, we need to support the people who come to work here.”

The plans are already being rolled out under the new owner. The first signature event will be the launch of the Foley Food and Wine Society tasting room on September 28.

“We will be engaging in the community and welcoming all of the locals who live here,” Morton said.

The Foley Entertainment Group reports that it has a portfolio that includes the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League, two installations of community hockey, the 6,000-seat Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, NV, slated to open in spring 2022, the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, the Les Mars Hotel and the Chalkboard Restaurant in Healdsburg, Calif., the Californian Hotel and Blackbird Restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA, and Whitefish Mountain in Whitefish, MT.

The seller is Woodridge Capital Partners led by Los Angeles developer Michael Rosenfeld who was able to take a stalled project, relaunch it and bring it to fruition with the opening in 2017.

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