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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 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Melbourne
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89 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Large hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here whilst on a coach tour of California. This hotel is huge, many different building and lots of winding corridors. Rooms were large and we appointed, I liked the double sinks. Comfy beds and beautiful pillows. Annoyed initially when after finally finding our room after a very long day we discovered the keys had not been activated. It appears this was the case for all on our bus, so it was a long trip back to the foyer. Breakfast was adequate although no maple syrup for the pancakes.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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Fort Riley, United States
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Beautiful grounds and the pool and gym were nice. However, don't pay extra for an Oceanside room. There is a busy road, not the beach that you see out your window. Overall value was poor. The room was about $400/night and then they wanted extra money for internet, parking, and breakfast. I received a much better value staying at a Hyatt Place or Hilton Garden Inn.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It's nice and on the water but can use some updating. Parking gates were left open throughout the weekend so I'm unsure why I had to pay for parking as well as the facility isn't gated either so I saw some homeless people wandering. Bathroom could have used a better cleaning...

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Orange, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The hotel is older but our room was remodeled and nice. The service was outstanding with every employee. The front desk, the valet, the bellman..... Very nice stay! The ocean is right across the street so it was GREAT! Restaurant was great and they even have a Starbucks in the lobby!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Portsmouth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The room tarriff isn't cheap but it is located right on the beachfront & does have good facilities, - swimming pool , spa , fitness etc..We had a junior suite which was ample in space & clean but poorly furnished , & in need of new carpets , paint , woodwork etc.. Even the main lobby & foyer although impressive in size fails on quality & finish which is a shame as it could be be so much nicer. We are not normally ones to moan but this was a special 10th wedding anniversary trip & we decided to spend extra money on a nicer hotel & after a very long drive down from San Fran we felt a bit let down. Hotel staff were very friendly & helpful though. Overall we enjoyed our stay in santa Barbara but would probably choose a different hotel if we were to return...

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I stayed at the Fess for one night whilst in Santa Barbara on business. The lobby is amazing and the check in was quick. My room was a fair walk, but this is normal as the hotel is very spread out into a number of blocks. The pool and spa looked very attractive and the grounds are very well kept and worth a walk around. I had dinner and breakfast they were both well prepared and tasty. The room itself was reasonably sized with everything in clean and working order. Overall a good hotel and I will stay here again when I am in next in the area.

One small nitpick was a charge for $30 that appeared on my credit card a couple of days after I checked out due to a supposed use of the minbar, which was quickly corrected with a short phone call.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atherton, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Rooms are very expensive and everything is added :
- Parking $20/car/day !!!!
- Internet $13/day and $16/day premium !!!!
- Bottle of water in your room $7 !!
- Paper cups for tea and coffee and one tea sachet for two days!!!
Grounds and location are nice but very old fashioned rooms and bathrooms with dirty brown carpets. Everything is is need of renovation.
Definitely not worth the price!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 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, June 19, 2014
We appreciate your review of your recent stay at our hotel. We see that you were unhappy with some of the charges, and we apologize if the charges weren’t clear when you booked the room. We work hard to personalize each guest's experience and try to keep costs affordable. Your review helps us maintain a focus on both of those areas. Thank you again for your review.
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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
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#22 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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