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Cuyama Buckhorn

  • 4923 Primero Street, Santa Barbara County, USA
  • New Cuyama
  • 21 Rooms

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Cuyama Buckhorn

  • 4923 Primero Street, Santa Barbara County, USA
  • New Cuyama
  • 21 Rooms
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18.5
Verified guests have rated this hotel out of a possible score of 20

Set deep in the desert of Santa Barbara County, the Cuyama Buckhorn isn’t just any old motel — this mid-century classic was designed by the architect George Vernon Russell, who was responsible for a number of Los Angeles landmarks. It took a thorough restoration, but today’s Buckhorn features 21 guest rooms in a hybrid cowboy-Modernist style, while the restaurant, the self-titled Buckhorn, is pure cowboy.

The rooms are distinctive thanks to their original architectural features as well as their well-curated vintage pieces, with custom fixtures and furnishings bridging the gap. There’s an austerity to their visual impression, but the tactile comforts impart more than a little bit of luxury to the experience; the deluxe rooms, at the mid-to-high end of the range, are pet-friendly.

There’s a lovely little pool and plenty of outdoor lounge space, including shared patio spaces, and while Cuyama isn’t much of a destination just yet, the Buckhorn is well on its way to making it one. The Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar serves local and seasonal Californian cuisine as well as small-batch liquors and local wines; there’s also a grab-and-go market featuring local foodstuffs and the Buck Stop, a café featuring brews from Canyon Coffee. This hotel is implementing enhanced safety and cleaning measures as required by the Tablet Recovery Pledge. Our Customer Service team is happy to provide full details of each step being taken.

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Facilities & services
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)
  • Free parking
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Off street parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Central air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • EV Charging Station
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