My wife and I stayed at the Fess Parker for 2 days in early May 2007.
We had a Deluxe Ocean View King Room and unfortunately the balconies all connect so there is very little privacy. There is also a fair amount of families here, so if looking for a romantic getaway, there are alot of kids there.
The restaurant service was horrible. The person could not spell my name after 5 tries when "checking in" at the front. The food was "ok". There was a bird flying around inside the restaurant and the staff didn't seem to care.
The rooms are recently remodeled and my room was huge. It had very high ceilings and a huge sitting area. The rooms themselves are very quiet and soundproofed (unlike the balconies).
This resort has a TON of acreage right on the Santa Barbara East Beach within walking distance to Stearns Wharf. You have to drive to the State Street shops, but it is a short drive.
You can rent bikes and ride up and down the beach sidewalks. Very cool setting.
In all, this is a VERY expensive hotel and is worth it in some ways (room, location, etc.) but not in others (food, service, etc.). I'm not sure I'd stay here again unless I bring my kids, in which case it might be the best bet in the area given its location. Mixed bag overall.
- 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