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“It's all about the ocean” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

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The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103   |  
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Ranked #29 of 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Chicago, IL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“It's all about the ocean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Fess Parker has the best oceanside location in Santa Barbara, and that's reason enough to stay here, although the guest rooms and furnishings are showing their age and apparently a renovation is scheduled this year. I stayed three nights on business in May and was upgraded at check-in to an ocean view room on the first floor of the Dahlia building (although I was not told that it was a two queen bed room instead of the king I had reserved, and was too tired to change rooms at that point). My room had a nice patio that overlooked the ocean and Cabrillo Boulevard, and it was a nice place to sit outside. The room itself was large, had a nice HDTV and bed was fairly comfortable. But the room was very dark, even with all the lights on. The housekeeping was fine, although you could see that the filter for the ventilation system looked as if it not been changed in years. The hotel restaurant does a nice breakfast buffet. Adequate workout room, nice pool area (although it was too cool and windy during my stay). During my visit, I did go to see the Canary Hotel downtown, as I had considered staying there, but I was glad I chose the Fess Parker because of the unbeatable views. All in all, stay at the Fess Parker to enjoy the ocean.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Culver City, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The resort has a great physical site, just across the street from the beach, with sprawling grounds, a pool, tennis courts, etc. The interiors are way past due for refurbishing. The service was terrible. It took multiple calls just to get someone up to fix the in-room safe. Every day I had to call for extra towels, since they only left 2 for the both of us (therefore, nothing to dry my hair with). We called the concierge to get a phone number for the nearest pharmacy and they gave us a number that was one digit off. We got the correct number from the web. The Wi-Fi was the slowest I've experienced in 3 years. One night at the bar, only one bar tender was on board, even though there were several group parties. The Doubletree seems to be cutting corners everywhere. I could go on, but you all get the idea.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review of your recent stay with us. We sincerely apologize we did not provide you with the guest room amenities or service you have come to expect from us. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be taken into consideration as we work to improve all areas of our provided guest experience. We hope you will consider staying with us again in the future. Thank you!
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Modesto, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The staff are friendly and great. I love the old photos of Fess Parker and the history behind the hotel. The location is perfect for everything. We did not use the pool as it was always crowded. We did get massages from the spa and they were great.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chico, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The resort/hotel looks very nice on the outside, but could use some touch-ups on the inside. My room had peeling wall paper and holes in the bathroom door. The room was clean and the bedding seemed clean. The pool was nice, but there were loud teenagers in the pool until midnight. I wished the staff had done something about that to respect the quiet time rules. I had breakfast inside the hotel restaurant. I was not sure what they did to justify the high price of my scrambled eggs and potatoes, but maybe it was the price of convenience because the food was ordinary. It has a great location and I had an overall comfy stay.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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newbury park, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My husband took me back to my favorite hotel in Santa Barbara for my birthday. We had such a wonderful time. The staff at Fess Parker are just wonderful people. The hotel has great food and drinks. We loved sitting around the fire pit and listening to the waves crashing.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Washington DC, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Definitly recommend the resort, great location price accommodatiions. Only disconcering thing was that the hotel wings were not always secured with the key card. The door access were on the lock but they were never turned on so I recommend to the hotel to turn them on and require that individuals only get access via key card. Otherwise, it was an awesome place. I highly highly recommend

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Los Angeles
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95 reviews 95 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

There's no question the grounds of this large motel complex are beautifully landscaped, vibrant with colorful flowers, a spectacular view of the ocean across the street and it offers a variety of rooms for events, business meetings and special occasions. However, room service leaves a lot to be desired ($30.00 for a sandwich and fries and an hour and a half wait, not including tip), the rooms do not offer even the smallest of refrigerators or microwaves and the ice buckets were not clean and did not come with plastic liners. The prices are outlandish for the modest size of the room and bathrooms. Not to mention the condition. The word "frayed" comes to mind. The rooms, walls, floors, halls and furniture are aged, stained and marred. See accompanying pictures. It FEELS like an exciting resort when you first pull in. The spacious lobby continues that feeling. Beyond that, reality - and disappointment - sets in.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you for your review of your recent experience at our hotel. We sincerely apologize that you did not have an exceptional experience with us. Your feedback provides information regarding room service and guest room quality that we can improve upon. We are preparing for a guestroom renovation which will begin later this year and we hope you will consider staying with us in the future and seeing how we've improved. Thank you.
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Address: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#27 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort is steps from the beach and convenient to Santa Barbara's waterfront and downtown. Oversized rooms all feature balconies or patios; families and pets are warmly welcomed. Amenities include a year round heated Olympic sized pool, Spa, fitness center, salon, tennis courts, bike rentals, putting green, shuffle board, weekend wine tasting, 2 restaurants, ocean-view bar and 24 acres of grounds. Complimentary airport/Amtrak shuttle service available daily. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Fess Parker`s Doubletree Hotel Santa Barbara
Doubletree Santa Barbara
Doubletree Fess Parkers
Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort

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