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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2474
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 11/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#7 of 12 hotels in Goleta
Along the bluffs and beaches of the Gaviota Coast lies The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, our Santa Barbara, California resort offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky. Our resort features innovative and artful design that is in keeping with the intimacy and aesthetics of a Mediterranean village. Unwind at an award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or relax beside one of three zero-edge swimming pools and 26 private cabanas. The resort's 358 newly-renovated guestrooms and signature suites artfully infuse luxurious interiors with modern technologies for a true sense of comfort. Additional resort amenities include a new oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, four Har-Tru clay tennis courts, a Foley wine tasting room, and the adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Tennis court
Valet parking
Paid private parking on-site
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Table tennis
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Private balcony
Room service
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Dan McCoy wrote a review Yesterday
Encinitas, California1 contribution
We came here for a 20 year anniversary and enjoyed our time immensely. Our room was clean, comfortable and quiet. The ocean views from around the property are incredible. Try the lounge chairs closest to the ocean! Or eat at the Oak Room patio where both the views and the food are stellar. We will definitely come again!
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Ocean View Kings are the bomb
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SPT wrote a review Yesterday
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My first time here, and I thought it was stunning! Private villas were beautiful and comfortable - facilities and activities were plenty. While at the bottom cabanas, I noticed a lot of dust, on the curtains and spider webs around the light fixtures. Still enjoyed my experience though. All necessary COVID precautions were enforced.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
aslx1973 wrote a review Nov 2020
San Francisco, California2 contributions5 helpful votes
I booked a 5-night stay at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in Goleta, CA using 200,000 Marriott Bonvoy rewards points. At no point during the reservation process did I request a "paid upgrade". However, at checkout I was charged $150 per night + taxes + fees for an "upgrade" to a Double Queen room. Including taxes, I was overcharged ~$1000 for the stay. I tried to resolve the issue unsuccessfully with a Reservations Manager at check-out, and repeatedly (7-8 calls and messages to the hotel) over the past month. The Reservations Manager has been non-responsive when I've left voice messages, and has not taken any proactive steps to resolve the issue. In conversation with Marriott Bonvoy customer service, they said the hotel should contact Marriott Property Support, and that this issue would be resolved, and I would receive a full credit. Over a month later this issue remains unresolved. I've submitted a dispute claim with AMEX Bonvoy Credit Card, posted this experience on social media, and filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. It has been an incredibly frustrating experience and not something any guest should have to face.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Don't bother visiting this property...but if you do, stay away from Bldg. 15, which is a long...
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Response from Angela White, Other at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Responded yesterday
Good morning, Please allow me to apologize for the issues that have taken place. We would like to speak to you as soon as you have availability. My information is as follows: Angela White Executive Assistant to General Manager angela.white@ritzcarlton.com 805-571-3124
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JasonFromArizona wrote a review Nov 2020
Arizona151 contributions106 helpful votes
By far one of the best Marriott family properties Ive stayed at. There is a definite dedication to service throughout the staff at the property. My suite was absolutely beautiful with an amazing view. Food in the restaurants was also great. Can’t wait to visit again!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
lindawohlers@bellsouth.net wrote a review Nov 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
As I write this, I am still waiting for access to my room which was to have occurred at 4:00. The front desk staff blames the delay solely on house keeping. It is a hotel problem!!!! People check out at 11 and in at 4. They know how many rooms need to be cleaned and how long it takes to clean each one, which makes it a simple math problem. This is their business!! I will comment later on the room assuming I ever get in it. I will never stay here again!!! This is a Ritz Carlton for goodness sakes, but totally unlike any in which I’ve ever stayed. The hand sanitizer dispenser at the front desk was even out of hand sanitizer.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: I would suggest you choose another hotel
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$404 - $907 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Which popular attractions are close to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Nearby attractions include Goleta Butterfly Grove (1.5 miles), UCSB Lagoon (4.5 miles), and Rancho La Patera & Stow House (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bistro, Cajun Kitchen, and Jane At The Marketplace.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rancho La Patera & Stow House (3.9 miles).