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“Pleasantly Surprised and Will Definitely Return” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108   |  
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Ranked #5 of 59 hotels in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
“Pleasantly Surprised and Will Definitely Return”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We spent our first anniversary here. Stayed at San Ysidro Ranch for our honeymoon and decided to try this property by the beach this year. We were greeted with a bottle of champagne and strawberries in our room. Had a wonderful stay in a deluxe cottage suite. Exceptional service. Really impressed with in-room dining service. Food was prepared and delivered perfectly. Wonderful spa treatment with a very knowledgable massage therapist, in a room with an ocean view so you can hear the waves during your massage. Excellent service from everyone at the hotel. I thought it would be hard to beat San Ysidro Ranch, but we were pleasantly surprised. Great to be across the street from Butterfly Beach and have access to the Coral Casino. Looks like we will have to alternate between the two properties now.

Room Tip: Cottages offer more privacy. Some people complain about the train, but it is really not that loud...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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surrey, u.k.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

O.K. I must admit it's now a few years since I was last at the legendary Biltmore but going by recent Tripadvisor posts it has not lost its status as a top location. Speaking of location, I have travelled extensively over the past 20 years and I can't think of any places that would better the beautiful approach to this hotel, on a golden sunny evening it's pure paradise. Decor is wonderful, none of your so-called "designer" crap which by the way is usually a pseudonym for someone who hasn't got a clue in their head about appropriate design. The Biltmore was built in an age when design meant real talent. Highly recommended for anyone visiting this part of the world!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

My favorite hotel. I love going here for a conference most year so I can afford it. The hotel has been beautifully redecorated. Ask for a cottage which are huge rooms and very well appointed. This classy hotel is warm and inviting without being stuffy. The restaurant is very yummy but the cost is steep. Oatmeal, juice and toast for $35. Suggest that you eat in either near by Montecito (try Chava) or Santa Barbara. The Christmas decorations were plentiful, joyful and tasteful, as is everything at the Biltimore. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Cottage room 482 was huge and very nice.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

I can't say enough good things about this hotel. The gardens are stunning, the architecture and charm of the buildings and grounds make for a very special sense of place. Add to that the direct ocean front setting in Santa Barbara and you can't go wrong staying at this historic property!

Rooms

We booked a Deluxe Suite category and were placed in the main building. Huge living room with fireplace, patio, a large bedroom and a luxurious bathroom with beautiful heated tile floors. Decor was restrained and conservative in a typical Four Seasons fashion. Also typical of Four Seasons the furnishings were practical and comfortable.

Service

Typical Four Seasons service. Prompt, professional service delivered with a Southern California casualness. Many of the staff have been there for years. Housekeeping and front desk were quick and efficient.

Dining room waitstaff were a bit slow and disorganized. We had breakfast a few times and one dinner in the hotel and were not overly impressed with the service nor quality of the F&B.

The main hotel pool, not the oceanfront pool, does not have attendants nor waiters. When ordering food the guest is expected to walk to the unstaffed attendant's stand and pick up the phone and ring room service. Very tacky and slack for a Four Seasons. And unjustifiable when paying FS prices for food and beverage!

Spa & Gym

I had an excellent massage; the facility is very pleasant yet nothing exceptional. Gym is ample and well equipped for a hotel gym.

Overall I highly recommend this hotel due to the architecture, amazing gardens and spirit that only a historic property can have. Not to mention the perfect beachfront location in Santa Barbara. Back this up with Four Seasons management and service and it's a winning choice!

Room Tip: Deluxe Suites are very large and well appointed.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carmel, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This property is superb! A piece of California history that should not be missed by any visitor. This time we went only for Sunday brunch, but what a treat. In earlier times we have also stayed at the hotel. Even to stop by for coffee - don't miss stopping by the Biltmore!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Altadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

The Biltmore was a wonder place to send our 20th wedding anniversary.The hotel and gadens were lovely, plus the use of the Coral Club across the street was an added bonus! We enjoyed being close enough to walk into Montecito for dinner.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending one night at the hotel recently.
The minute you drive into the driveway, you feel as if you are in Shangri La.
Beautiful greenery and flora. The welcoming staff was very warm and pleasant, bellman was very gracious and knowledgeable, even though he has only been with the hotel for 2 months(he looked as if he could have played half back for some football team...very buff and in great physical shape), front desk staff was terrific. We had a deluxe room with 2 beds, requested foam pillows, which were on our beds when we checked into our room. Very large, spacious and very comfortable with the Spanish flare as the hotel exudes. Loved the patio and the bathroom. Very spacious walk in closet. Had snack in the bar which was very inviting. Would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for 5 star service and accommodations.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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Address: 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 5*
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