Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
We are pleased to announce that the historic Hotel Oceana in Santa Barbara has re-branded as Hotel Milo Santa Barbara. The Independent Collection (IC) hotel’s name honors the history of its location and the city of Santa Barbara itself, evoking a true beach-side boutique experience.
In the spirit of the IC, the hotel’s name is drawn from Santa Barbara history. Milo Potter was not only the city’s first true hotelier, but was pivotal to the development of Santa Barbara as a city. In 1903, just two years after his arrival in what is now Santa Barbara, he opened Hotel Potter in the very same spot where Hotel Milo now sits. This large resort near the beach attracted visitors from all over; especially those coming from L.A. Guests would check in for month-long stays and soon began to take a serious interest in the city of Santa Barbara. By the 1920’s, guests started to permanently reside and create a real community where there was not one previously.
The name of Hotel Milo really speaks to the essence of the Independent Collection, which at its heart, is all about the neighborhoods in which our hotels are located. Hotel Milo guests will have essential Santa Barbara experiences at their fingertips, such as the Urban Wine Trail, the Funk Zone and those beautiful white sand beaches. What is most impressive about Hotel Milo is the richness of the history and the vibrancy of the community.