Californian Hotel sold to Foley Entertainment Group

By edhat staff

The luxurious Hotel Californian located on Lower State Street has just been sold to the Foley Entertainment Group.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League team in Las Vegas that belongs to the same group with Bill Foley as president. Foley is no stranger to Santa Barbara County as he also owns the Foley Estates and Firestone estates.

“The spectacular Hotel Californian is a wonderful addition to our growing portfolio of entertainment and hospitality assets,” said President Foley. “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 oceanfront properties in all of the world. California. What makes the acquisition even more special to us is our family’s connection and love for the city of Santa Barbara. It is a beautiful place. “

Foley Entertainment Group Co-CEO Randy Morton also announced that the day-to-day operations of the Californian Hotel will continue to be led by General Manager Warren Nocon, who joined the Californian Hotel team in 2013 to manage its development, from construction to the opening of the complex. . Nocon will maintain oversight of all aspects of daily operations including sales and marketing, revenue management, spa, rooms, food and beverage, and catering.

The 121-room resort spans several city blocks with three buildings on State and Mason streets near Stearns Wharf and the Funk Zone. Venues include a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views, a rooftop pool with ocean views, a ballroom, meeting and event spaces, a Moroccan-inspired spa, and a presidential suite .

The transaction includes the hotel’s 88-seat indoor / outdoor restaurant named Blackbird. It will serve as the future home of a Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar that will open in fall 2021.

The sale price was not disclosed.

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