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“Nice, but not perfect. :)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bacara Resort Spa

Bacara Resort Spa
8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
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Ranked #6 of 10 Activities in Goleta
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Portola Valley, California
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“Nice, but not perfect. :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Beautiful facility, lovely rooms, great views and beach.

But the entire facility is a big place, so outside of your room you don't get this cozy feeling. It is a big hotel.

But honestly, for the money, is it a great value or a superior experience? It is just ok.

We had some spotty service experiences more irritations than anything else. No coffee cups in the room, requesting them to be brought to us, being promised they would arrive 'in a few minutes', when it took well over an hour. And I had to call twice to get the room serviced, which it finally was, at 5:30 pm. Those were the minor annoyances. But when you are paying for luxury, I think everything should be perfect.

The facility was really hopping. Lots of families for Mother's Day weekend. We had brunch, which was lovely, but on the high-end.

The pool was very busy, and there was hardly a place to sit. Again, not what I'd expected.

My wife had a spa treatment, which she raved about.

So there you have it. High-end, lovely place, but its largess is its downfall. For the money, I'd rather find a smaller B&B.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Large room - comfortable bed - huge resort with many hills”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night and the room was very comfortable ...although the large comfy chair was recently lacquered and was still off gassing (so we moved it to the balcony). We appreciated that the balcony doors had screens - so we could leave them open for the delightful breeze. It's a huge property with some buildings requiring a sizable hill to climb. The staff was helpful and friendly.

Visited May 2013
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“Relaxing getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We spent two nights at Bacara and loved the resort and all it had to offer. Great morning beach walks and a well equipped spa and fitness center. The on-site restaurant Miro had excellent service and a top notch menu that did not fail to please. A great place to go for a few days of peace.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful grounds but overpriced and not well-maintained”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The decor is lovely, and the grounds are beautiful. The common areas were very nice, but our standard room was small, and we could hear our neighbors' music at 2:00 am. There was no coffee to be had other than through room service or at the café. I would not spend the money to stay here again.

Visited December 2012
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“Rang in the New Year in Style!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

We spent a few days at Bacara over Christmas and enjoyed ourselves so much, that finding ourselves with no plans for New Years decided to head back for the party they had been advertising. The choice was outstanding! We had an amazing private dinner party in the wine cellar that exceeded our expectations with friendly and courteous staff that went out of their way to meet our needs. The wine cellar was amazing and I thought my husband may move in. After dinner we attended the on going party in the ball room to dance in the New Year. The DJ had the music selection absolutely perfect and no one wanted to miss a dance. Hats off to the General Manager, Kathleen Cochran, and the staff for always paying attention to the little details that have made every stay here so fantastic!

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