The Leta, a Hidden Oasis in Santa Barbara County


January 8, 2024
Words by Marisol Acosta
Photos courtesy of various

Just 15 minutes from the heart of Santa Barbara lies a charming little oasis. The Leta nestled upon the hills of California’s Gold Coast entices guests to play or relax in the ambiance of this mid-century modern hotel.

Stepping onto the property is like stepping back in time….with all of the comforts of our modern times, of course! No detail was spared in making the décor fit a nostalgic vibe that is perfect for a welcome party or a bachelorette weekend.

Throughout the palm tree-lined walkways of this shady retreat, you’ll find details calling back to the area’s historic beaches and artistic influence. Offering a host of comforts to make your stay all the more relaxing, guests can enjoy on-site amenities to help rejuvenate and recharge.


Gather your party and sip and chat, enjoying delectable wines at the daily social hour with complimentary Santa Barbara Winery wines from 5 to 6 p.m. Take in the murals on the walls and halls adorned with art at The Leta providing a picture-perfect backdrop. Grab your girls and indulge in a refreshing plunge in the heated outdoor pool or lounge there with a handcrafted drink from the bar. At night, the gas-powered firepits glow reminiscent of beach bonfires inviting you and your friends to talk, chill and relax.

The on-site restaurant provides a chic yet laid-back setting. CAYA, meaning “come as you are,” offers a tasty culinary experience for your palate from sustainably sourced ingredients. Toast your pre-wedding excitement at brunch or gather your friends and family for a welcome dinner. Drawing inspiration from the fresh coastal flavors of Santa Barbara, CAYA’s fare pairs perfectly with a good time.


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Feel like starting a dance party in your room with friends? In an alcove in the lobby, you will find a tiny record store supplying new and loaner records. You can check out a record player and head back to your room to soak in the vibe and treat your ears to your chosen sounds.

When it’s time for you and the “I Do Crew” to rest your heads, elegance and comfort await in your room. The rooms exude a nostalgic charm with their vintage-style furniture and homely ambiance. The plush pillows and linens invite coziness after a long day of pre or post-wedding events. After a shower, you can slip on a Frette robe from the closet for that extra pampered feeling.

And the best part? Your furry friends are not just allowed, but welcomed! Dog bowls, beds, bags, and leashes are happily provided upon request, ensuring your pets feel as pampered as you do.

While you may never want to leave the hotel with all of its amazing attributes, the area has much to offer in terms of art and culture. Feel like doing some shopping? In mere minutes, you can be among the historic architecture and eclectic shops in Downtown Santa Barbara. Fancy a little history? Tucked at the foot of the Santa Ynez mountains are historic Spanish missions that are open to the general public. Do your tastebuds crave some California Wine? Head to any of the nearby wineries that are the pride of the County.


Experience the hidden gem that is The Leta, where every stay is a timeless journey.

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