Mar Monte Hotel Celebrates Grand Opening with Debut of costa Kitchen & Bar

Mar Monte Hotel Celebrates Grand Opening with Debut of costa Kitchen & Bar


Mar Monte Hotel Celebrates Grand Opening

Oceanfront Santa Barbara Hotel From The Unbound Collection By Hyatt Completes Final Phase Of Reimagination, Including All New Guestrooms And Amenities

Santa Barbara, Calif., June07, 2021 - The new Mar Monte Hotel has today completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar reimagination, with the much-anticipated opening of costa Kitchen & Bar, a modern take on coastal Mediterranean cuisine, served with ocean views right on America’s own riviera. As Santa Barbara’s newest lifestyle boutique hotel and part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, known for experiences that inspire guests to create their own stories and elevated yet unscripted service, Mar Monte welcomes guests back to all new guest rooms, and programming that reflects the distinct rhythm of the California coast. The 200-room hotel serves as a gateway to the American Riviera and is situated across the street from East Beach, just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and the famed Funk Zone.

costa Kitchen & Bar
costa Kitchen & Bar

costa Kitchen & Bar welcomes guests to a stylish space that reflects the “Cal-Mediterranean” cuisine Executive Chef Nathan Lingle has crafted, expertly melding influences from coastal Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, with emphasis on purveyors from the Central to Southern California region. A seafood-driven menu features sharable plates and signature dishes including whole roasted branzino with green olive salsa verde and brown butter kale; roasted market carrots with garlic chips, Meyer lemon yogurt and coriander pistou; and lamb scallopini with zucchini mint salad, charred feta, and smoked chile aioli. Crafted fresh bread, viennoiserie; seasonal plated desserts currently featuring creme fraiche cheesecake with texture of strawberry and Santa Barbara pistachio; and other pastry delights are showcased by pastry talent Alex Loretto. The classically rooted craft cocktail bar juxtaposes lighter, refreshing drinks with more spirited, richer libations. Winemakers from the Central Coast play a starring role in the well-rounded wine menu housed in an 800-bottle glass wine display.

“We are beyond thrilled to complete the final phase of Mar Monte Hotel’s re-imagination with the opening of costa Kitchen & Bar. It gives us great pleasure to welcome back the local community and our guests to a beautiful space that sparks joy and invites celebration,” said Ingrid Braun, general manager, Mar Monte Hotel. “costa is a pivotal part of completing Mar Monte’s transformation. We’ve not only created an inspiring hotel and thought-provoking experiences for the spirited lifestyle traveler but now also a culinary destination that invites wanderlust and celebrates the bounty of California.”

A whitewashed barrel vault brick ceiling frames the costa Kitchen & Bar space along with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in natural light in and the picturesque ocean view. The interiors were designed to reflect the bright textures of the menu, with vibrant and eclectic wall art, lemon hued velvet chairs and comfortable yet rich leather banquettes offering private respites to dine and reconnect.

Sister restaurant, Café Lido provides a relaxed setting and a soulful all-day dining experience by the pool with light, approachable California-Mediterranean plates including a variety of salads and snacks such as charred shishito peppers, salmon niçoise salad and prosciutto with arugula pesto baquette. The drink menu features local Spearhead Coffee, teas, fresh smoothies and vibrant cocktails perfect for enjoying poolside.


A reincarnation of the historic 1930s Vista Mar Monte, Mar Monte Hotel has been transformed with modern amenities and design following an extensive renovation project to establish a style of contemporary Santa Barbara. Mirroring the rise of the tide, the hotel’s spaces effortlessly flow from indoors to outdoors across three acres of Spanish-influenced grounds, from the hotel lobby and living room, to meeting & event spaces, dining concepts and outdoor terraces.

With interior design led by Los Angeles-based Beleco, bright white walls create an airy and welcoming atmosphere in the lobby and living room. Exposed beam ceilings and arches are complemented by feature chandeliers, terracotta tiled flooring and a large-scale ceramic tile art installation behind the reception desk, bringing Spanish-style elements into the space in a muted earthy color palette. The library, which opens out onto the courtyard, is the heartbeat of the hotel, and the space where locals and guests can interact through a variety of programming featuring local artists, winemakers and interesting personalities from around the region.


Offering mountain or ocean views, Mar Monte Hotel’s 200 guestrooms and suites are sophisticated and simply elegant with soft hues, natural textures, and textile-inspired carpeting. Accent seating provides a pop of color while vintage diver artwork above the headboard adds a hint of playfulness. Guests are welcomed to their rooms with in-room amenities including signature cheery orange flip flops and robes.

Guest Programming & Experience

From restoration to exploration, Mar Monte Hotel emphasizes connection with the local culture and community through its guest programming and amenities. Wellbeing at Mar Monte Hotel includes an in-house smoothie program, a variety of yoga classes open to guests and locals; in-room yoga mats; and custom maps for running or walking.

Among other programming that provides guests with an unparalleled Santa Barbara experience are rosé and oyster brunch; Mar Monte Moments featuring live music poolside on Saturdays; access to local tours and activities with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Coastal Concierge, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and more; and rotating chef dinners at costa, which will launch later this year.

Meetings & Events

Mar Monte Hotel boasts 10,000 square feet of dynamic meeting and event space with full oceanfront views of the Pacific for up to 220 guests. Indoor, outdoor and beach venues include two ballrooms within The Cabrillo Pavilion, The Yard, and The Living Room and Oceanfront Terrace.

Guestrooms start at $369/night and Suites start at $619/night. For more information or to reserve a stay at Mar Monte, please visit http://www.marmontehotel.com or call (805) 882-1234.

Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. More information on Hyatt’s commitment can be found here: hyatt.com/care-and-cleanliness

About Mar Monte Hotel

Located across from East Beach and just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, Mar Monte Hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, is a gateway to the American Riviera. The new 200-room boutique luxury lifestyle hotel evokes the spirit of Santa Barbara through classic Spanish-influenced design and thoughtful amenities; two top-tier restaurants, costa and Café Lido; a pool with oceanfront views; dynamic social spaces for weddings and special events; and an authentic emphasis on wellness, community and hospitality. With deep local roots, Mar Monte Hotel embodies the Santa Barbara lifestyle offering guests unprecedented access to some of the city’s best dining, shopping and attractions. For additional information or reservations, visit http://www.marmontehotel.com or call (805) 882-1234.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

More than a compilation of independent, one-of-a-kind hotels, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is a thoughtful curation of stories worth collecting. In markets from Barcelona to Budapest, these modern marvels, historic gems and revitalizing retreats provide thought-provoking environments that inspire collectible moments for guests seeking a sophisticated yet unscripted experience when they travel. For a full list of hotels in the collection, visit unboundcollection.hyatt.com. Follow @UnboundxHyatt on Facebook and Instagram and tag your photos with #TellYourTale.

About HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality investment and management company that owns and/or operates 82 premium select-service, full-service, upper upscale and luxury independent or branded hotels and resorts throughout the United States with annual combined revenues in excess of $2.2 billion. HEI’s branding partners include Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Accor. Taking a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees, HEI sets the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focuses on central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. To learn more about HEI, please visit http://www.heihotels.com.

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