SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (July 24, 2023) – The Steward, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott, managed by Twenty Four Seven Hotels, has officially opened in Santa Barbara, Calif., embracing the rich history of its land and anchoring its efforts in being a good steward – of both its locale and its guests. Tucked between the ocean and mountains in California’s idyllic central coast, the new 87 all-suite boutique hotel offers travelers and locals alike a secret hideaway rooted in the land’s rich history with sustainability at its core.
“We are incredibly excited to open our doors at The Steward and welcome visitors and the local community to Santa Barbara’s newest boutique hotel,” said General Manager Damien Abrams. “Our guest journey will be like nothing else, as our team has worked to curate a hotel experience that celebrates our history and the Central Coast surrounding area in a modern way. We invite our guests to enjoy the enchantment of the land and explore our inviting spaces and offerings that feed the soul.”
Sitting on nearly five acres of lavish gardens, The Steward offers travelers a serene retreat with centrally located access to both the nearby beaches and vineyards. Providing an escape with a purpose, The Steward boasts a refreshing take on a sustainable getaway where guests will connect to the mystique of the property by discovering the enchanted forest and gardens, a historic barn repurposed as a fitness and yoga center and thoughtful interiors throughout.
“Sustainability lies at the heart of our ethos, and this hotel is a true testament to our passion for responsible hospitality. Our commitment to the planet drives the Steward’s array of green initiatives–from zero single-use plastics and beyond–just as our commitment to people drives its partnerships to benefit the Santa Barbara community,” said Jillian Katcher, president of Twin Bridges Hospitality, the asset management company for The Steward.
Originally purchased in the late 1860s by pioneer horticulturist Joseph Sexton, the land became home to his family’s estate, known as “The Sexton House,” along with one of the area’s first nurseries. Today, the Sexton House serves as a historical landmark in Santa Barbara giving guests the opportunity to explore many of his signature trees and plants that still grace the grounds. The Steward finds inspiration in Sexton’s desire to grow and nurture the land and emphasizes a passion for bringing the grounds to life with the hotel being a complementary part of the natural surroundings. With deep roots within the Santa Barbara community, The Steward promises to carry on Sexton’s work as a caretaker of the land, nourishing and growing his original nursery while empowering travelers to do the same.
Guests can find a refreshing haven within the refined, yet playful style, focusing on balancing California’s innate elements and vibrant open spaces with a Southern European farmhouse flair. Curated and designed in partnership with Los Angeles-based firm, SANDdesign, The Steward’s natural surroundings make its way throughout the property, both inside and out. The boutique hotel’s suites are reminiscent of historical, residential estate architecture combined with updated, modern touches and distinctive details including water-colored pictures of The Sexton House. Throughout the property, each detail is infused with care — from custom local artwork, a lobby library, an outdoor dining area to a cozy bar, all with a nature-driven aesthetic. With the intent to evoke a “Secret Garden” feel, guests are surrounded by many of Sexton’s original trees and unique plantings, with even the newer elements drawing inspiration from his gardens, such as pampas grass, birds-of-paradise, and palm and citrus trees. As visitors make their way through the garden, they will come upon whimsical touches from a wooden piano to intimate seating areas. The nature-inspired design features a palette of environmental tones with touches of citrus and deep foliage green, as well as interspersed accents of flora and hummingbirds.
Continuing to embrace the destination and the property’s commitment to sustainability, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Terra, meaning “of the earth,” incorporates locally-sourced ingredients that showcase and highlight the Central Coast’s agriculture through its connections with local farms and purveyors. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Augusto Caudillo finds inspiration in his rich connection to the community, having grown up in Goleta, Calif., combined with his passion to bring people together through food. His seasonally-driven menus draw inspiration from California and Mediterranean fare, and offer approachable, produce-driven dishes that are both aesthetically pleasing and nourishing.
While bringing The Steward to life, the team discovered a journal on-property from the 1930s that features one of the first recorded recipes for avocado toast. Guests will be able to try the original recipe featured on Terra’s menu. Additional thoughtful touches throughout the menu include herbs from the property’s very own gardens, botanical blooming tea service and organic mocktails in partnership with DrinkTilden for upscale sips sans alcohol. Terra’s pre-packed picnic kit will allow guests to dine al fresco amidst the whimsical grounds or while exploring the destination. A few standout dishes Caudillo has created for Terra include Pampas Grass King Avocado Toast, Santa Barbara Hope Ranch Mussels, Organic Chinook Salmon and Hummingbird Cake.
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To celebrate the opening, the property is offering its ‘Garden Package,’ including welcome botanical-influenced cocktails or mocktails for two, The Steward’s personalized candle with a curated custom natural scent inspired by the gardens and forest and its signature avocado toast board for two.
Starting rates at The Steward begin at $350/night. For more information on The Steward, please visit www.thestewardsb.com and follow @thestewardsb on Instagram and Facebook.
About The Steward
Now open in Santa Barbara, Calif., The Steward, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, offers a lush green hideaway, tucked between the ocean and mountains and rooted in California’s Central Coast. Sitting on 4.7 acres, the boutique hotel embraces the land’s rich history, originally purchased in the late 1860s by pioneer horticulturist Joseph Sexton to build his family’s estate, along with the area’s first nurseries with many of his plants and trees still gracing the grounds. The Steward carries on Sexton’s legacy and promises to serve as caretaker of the land— and its guests— with a commitment to sustainable practices, green initiatives, the inviting Central and Coast and enrichment. Guests can enjoy the property’s 87 suites; Terra, a signature restaurant inspired by the local agriculture; tranquil outdoor pool and gardens; intimate market and coffee experience, cozy bar with locally inspired cocktails, tasting areas and hidden moments scattered throughout the grounds. For more information on The Steward, please visit www.thestewardsb.com and follow @thestewardsb on Instagram and Facebook.
About Tribute Portfolio
Tribute Portfolio is a growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike. With more than 80 hotels open around the world, Tribute Portfolio has struck a chord with those who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling. From boutique resorts like Ermita in Cartagena and urban hotels such as The Vagabond Club in Singapore; to hotels in indie-spirited locales like Bellyard in Atlanta and Hotel Riomar in Ibiza, each Tribute Portfolio hotel celebrates its individuality, offering travelers a fresh, often colorful, perspective.
About Twenty Four Seven Hotels
Twenty Four Seven Hotels is a third-party management company that delivers highly specialized services in hotel operations, investment and development. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in the premium brand lifestyle, upscale & select-service segments. The company partners with premier hospitality brands including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Choice. Twenty Four Seven Hotel’s current portfolio includes 30 hotels in five states with approximately 3,500 rooms. For more information on Twenty Four Seven Hotels, visit www.247hotels.com.