Starting in July the former Holiday Inn at 5650 Calle Real in Goleta will be rebranded as “The Goodland” and run by Kimpton Hotels, which also owns Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Reader Cris let me know that the new Goleta hotel will include a restaurant named “Outpost at The Goodland” featuring Executive Chef Derek Simcik.

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  1. David says:

    Kimpton Hotels are boutique chain found in many large metropolitan cities. They usually have quirky features like giving you a goldfish upon checkin or rooms with neon lights. You pay a small premium for this “designer” level accommodation. A Holiday Inn on Calle Real will easily be their cheapest property. Very confusing.

  2. Gerald Bostock says:

    Agreed; seeing “former Holiday Inn” and “Canary Hotel” made me raise my eyebrows. Guess they’re counting on Goleta business travelers and UCSB? May not be so far off base.

    Here’s background on the chef:


  3. Judy says:

    The property is being completely remodeled. Won’t resemble Holiday Inn in any way!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I hope the restaurant is good… Goleta needs more upscale quality dinner options.

  5. garfish says:

    Don’t get too “Cutesy” in the Goodland and all will be well.

    • Charlotte says:

      Define “cutesy” for us. Goleta isn’t Mayberry, circa 1965. ( although, sometimes I wonder if the food scene in Goleta was better then??).

      • Rex Of SB says:

        I just wish people would drop the “Goodland” appellation altogether. It’s being way overused, to the point that it’s rapidly becoming cloyingly precious. “Goodland” is right up there on the obnoxious scale with Hello Kitty and Hummel figurines.

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