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Foley Entertainment Group Announces The Purchase of Hotel Californian

Acquisition of 121-room urban luxury resort driven by Chairman Bill Foley's personal connection to Santa Barbara and the "American Riviera" demonstrates the organization's commitment to expansion of its hospitality portfolio

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

VEGAS (September 1, 2021) - The Foley Entertainment Group (FEG) announced today, September 1, the purchase of Hotel Californian, a 121-room urban luxury resort destination in Santa Barbara, California, located steps from the Pacific Ocean. Included in the transaction is the hotel's signature restaurant, Blackbird - an 88-seat, indoor/outdoor restaurant renowned for Executive Chef Travis Watson's elevated culinary offerings and a dedicated space that will serve as the future home of a Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar. The Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar will be opening in Fall 2021.

"The spectacular Hotel Californian is a wonderful addition to our growing portfolio of entertainment and hospitality assets," said Foley Entertainment Group Chairman Bill Foley. "Hotel Californian's reputation for five-star service perfectly aligns with the philosophy of Foley Entertainment Group and allows guests to experience true luxury at one of the finest oceanside properties in all of California. What makes the acquisition even more special for us is our family's connection to and love for the city of Santa Barbara. It is a magnificent place."

Foley Entertainment Group co-CEO Randy Morton also announced that day-to-day operations at Hotel Californian will continue to be led by Managing Director Warren Nocon, an industry veteran who joined the Hotel Californian team in 2013, managing its development from construction through the opening of the resort. As part of this seamless transition of ownership, Nocon will maintain oversight of all aspects of the day-to-day operations including sales and marketing, revenue management, spa, guest rooms, food and beverage and catering.

"We are thrilled to welcome Hotel Californian to the Foley Entertainment Group family," said Foley Entertainment Group co-CEO Randy Morton. "Hotel Californian has embraced the incredible opportunity of being part of the renaissance of Lower State Street and the growth of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. We look forward to innovative collaborations with the Foley Food & Wine Society and other FEG entities to enhance the guest experience even further."

Hotel Californian consists of three buildings occupying three corners of the intersection of State and Mason Streets, adjacent to the vibrant Funk Zone. The hotel features paseos, gardens, fountains, open plazas, and unparalleled venues. The venues include a rooftop deck with 360-degree views, a rooftop pool with ocean views, a stunning ballroom, together with best in class meeting and event spaces, a luxurious Moroccan-inspired spa, a spacious Presidential-level suite, and a myriad of fresh and distinctive dining options. A timeless adaptation of 1925 Spanish Revival architecture combined with cutting-edge interior design and state of the art technology, Hotel Californian is at the core of what makes Santa Barbara one of the most fascinating travel destinations and is embraced by Hollywood elite, stylish locals, and discerning international visitors. 

Located just two hours from Los Angeles, twenty minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, and one block from the Amtrak Station, Hotel Californian is ideally situated for travelers visiting from domestic and international destinations alike. Daily direct flights from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara make it an extremely accessible destination for the Southern Nevadan community as well.

Hotel Californian continues to redefine luxury in the celebrated American Riviera. The 121-room boutique hotel is a magnet for the Hollywood elite, international visitors and locals alike. Featuring dazzling spaces from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the iconoclastic enclave - part history, part imagination and all Californian - continues to drive the revitalization of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone while upending conventional expectations. Hotel Californian is Santa Barbara's urban luxury resort destination. For more information, please visit

The Foley Entertainment Group is committed to providing five-star service and experiences to its fans, guests, customers and clients. Established by Bill Foley in 2021, FEG operates the Foley Family's growing portfolio of entertainment properties which is highlighted by: the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League, two community hockey facilities, the 6,000 seat Dollar Loan Center venue in Henderson, NV scheduled to open in the spring of 2022, the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, Hotel Les Mars and Chalkboard Restaurant in Healdsburg, California, Hotel Californian and Blackbird restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, Whitefish Mountain in Whitefish, Montana, a number of other assets and any future acquisitions.

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