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Bacara Resort & Spa

#1 of 10 Hotels in Goleta
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8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Checked in 26 June and checked out after one night. Beautiful location. The rooms are in desperate need of renovation. We waited 3 hours for check in and our first room was below ground facing cement wall?? Hideous; strong odor in room and A/C was broken. Engineering came and were courteous but said "it is what it is" and most... More 

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4 Thank Travelwriter2014
GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Travelwriter2014- Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your recent stay. Although I am pleased you found the location beautiful, I apologize the accommodations and aesthetics were not up to par. Your feedback is valuable to us so that we can learn specific concerns. I hope we have the pleasure to welcome you back in... More 

Tamworth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed here during our trip down the west coast. It is a beautiful spot and a luxurious hotel.the staff were very friendly and helpful and the views are amazing. There are some great places to eat, a great restaurant,a bistro overlooking the sea and a bar which serves great food at reasonable prices. There is also a Spa cafe... More 

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Thank Steve S
GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Steve S, Thank you for selecting the Bacara Resort and Spa to be a part of your family travels from England. I am truly elated that we exceeded your expectations. We are blessed with an amazing location, great food and a genuinely kind and service oriented staff. Your compliments and comments will be shared with the Bacara team. I... More 

Hollywood
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

After a dozen visits since they opened in 2001, Bacara Resort & Spa always exceeds our high expectations! We have traveled the world, yet we drive two hours from our home in Hollywood and are transported to paradise. General Manager Kathleen Cochran and Director of VIP Services Merlyn Taggert deserve high praise because they are fabulous! The kindness and professionalism... More 

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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear cocoakc, As an experienced traveler and loyal guest of Bacara your review means a great deal to me and our team. We continually strive to exceed our guests expectations and create a memorable experience. I am sincerely elated that we are able to always provide you with an exceptional stay. Thank you, Kathleen Cochran General Manager Bacara Resort &... More 

Porto, Portugal
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Although there is no doubt that this is a beautiful spot, and the room was lovely, there were serious flaws which left us regretting our booking. I felt taken advantage of at every turn, with some concocted resort fee offering wine (I dont drink red wine and was given, begrudgingly, a small bottle of Moscatel instead) internet access (most hotels... More 

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3 Thank Lininportugal
GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Lininportugal, I am very saddened to read your review and disappointed that we were unable to meet travel needs and expectations. Your experience is not indicative of what most of our guests find when they visit Bacara. Please accept my apology and my wish that your future travels prove to be more enjoyable. Thank you, Kathleen Cochran General Manager... More 

Shell Beach
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Bacara is a beautiful place to stay. The grounds are lovely and so well kept. The staff is incredibly friendly (right down to the housekeepers and maintenance staff.) The young men who drive you around the grounds in golf carts are full of great information. The rooms are well laid-out -- and the bedding is so luxurious. I've done several... More 

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Thank Sandy O
GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Sandy O, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star experience at Bacara. Your compliments about our staff and the exceptional service you received will be shared with the team. I am truly pleased to read that you were able to experience all that Bacara has to offer. I sincerely hope you will have the opportunity... More 

Costa Mesa
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31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Do it! It was our 20th wedding anniversary and I had set my sights on Bacara. We had a partial ocean view room, but it felt more like a full view. Our patio was very private, engulfed with foliage. The Bistro restaurant was fantastic - great ocean view on the patio, they made our dog Biscuit feel so welcomed, the... More 

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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear JanetLB56, I am honored that you chose to stay at Bacara for your 20th wedding anniversary. We are grateful that you would think of us for this very special occasion,congratulations! Thank you for your compliments regarding our resort, its amenities, and our staff. I will be certain to share your experience with the Bacara team. Warm regards, Kathleen Cochran... More 

Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Fantastic stay at Bacara. The grounds are gorgeous and expansive and the accommodations are beautiful. On this visit we found an app that helped us navigate the resort and realized all the activities and amenities that were offered…Cloud Nine. If only the app could give us more hours in the day to enjoy the pilates, yoga, spin, wine tasting etc!... More 

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Thank Nellnicko
GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Nellnicko, Thank you for commenting on your recent stay at Bacara. I was pleased to read that you were able to experience what Bacara is all about, a destination resort with a great deal to offer all who visit. We look forward to your next stay in hopes that your time with us will allow you to enjoy more... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Did not meet the mark! I was here last year on a extended weekend and it was stellar! Came back last weekend for my second visit and it was a true rude awakening. What happened to this place. Are they under new management? The service was lousy, there were holes in our room towels, the rooms looked dirty and not... More 

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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear 12F, Thank you for taking time to share your recent experience at Bacara. I feel very unsettled that your return visit did provide you with an experience similar to your last visit to Bacara. I will reflect on your review and share your concerns with the Bacara team. I hope that you will allow us another opportunity to earn... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was our second stay at the Bacara. The grounds are so beautiful and relaxing. The rooms were very nice, clean, beautifully decorated. We purchased a room with a partial view, although more expensive, it is worth it. They have bld. 1- 19 I believe and we stayed in 18 and 19. Ask for a room on either the second... More 

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Thank Sha D
GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Sha D- Thank you very much for your 5-star review. Your detailed review is wonderful - and were sure that other travelers will appreciate as well. I did want to offer clarification with regards to your concerns about our signage. The state of California requires all hotel and restaurants to post this information. Again, thank you for all of... More 

Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We just spent 3 nights at Bacara with our young family, our 2nd stay in 10 months. Our children loved the pools and the jacuzzis there. We paid for a garden view with a great special rate, but surprisingly got a pool and ocean view room on the 2nd floor. Nice! The room was nice and clean. The beds were... More 

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Thank TravelBug128
GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear TravelBug128, Thank you for your loyalty as a returning guest. As a senior contributor to TripAdvisor your experience means a great deal to me and my team. I am please to read that your family had a great time and that you found our service to be friendly and professional. I am very proud of the team at Bacara and... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
The Bistro
The Bistro
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bacara Resort & Spa offers a luxurious hotel and family experience right outside Santa Barbara, California. Experience laid-back luxury and contemporary comfort at Bacara. Nestled on 78 magnificent beachfront acres, Bacara provides a vacation experience like no other. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, we’ll pamper you with dazzling facilities, suites and the incomparable Santa Barbara sun and surf. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bacara Resort & Spa

Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
Location: United States > California > Goleta
Price Range: $482 - $985 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bacara Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 385
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Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Bacara Resort
Bacara Spa Resort Santa Barbara
Bacara Resort Santa Barbara Ca
Bacara Santa Barbara
Bacara Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Goleta
#1 Romantic Hotel in Goleta
#2 Family Hotel in Goleta
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