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Bacara Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Goleta
Certificate of Excellence
sierra madre, ca
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2004

went for one night....it was perfect. Great service. The hotel was 89 percent full this weekend and we had the pool to ourselves at night. Also hand dipped chocolate strawberries instead of the usual small chocolate on you pillow at turndown. Wonderful!!!

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2004

As someone who often stays at the country's top luxury resorts, I found my experience at the Bacara on memorial day weekend to be impeccable. The service was incredible - the staff went out of their way to help us. The concierge gave great restaurant recommendations & made the reservations for us. They also helped us plan trips outside of the resort to the local wineries & sailing. Everyone from the bellboys to the maid were extremely friendly. Maid service was excellent, & they have you choose which time you would like your room cleaned when you check in. The beds are extremely comfortable & the rooms are well decorated.

Although they claimed the resort was at full capacity, it did not feel crowded at all due to the well-planned layout of the resort. The beach is beautiful, albeit rugged, and we never had a problem getting a seat at the pool. The spa was empty, my partner & I were the only guests in two of the exercise classes there. You do have to walk a little bit to get from building to building, but it is not long & makes the resort seem that much more spacious (i guarantee the reviewers complaining are overweight).

Lastly, this is a perfect resort for a gathering of friends or family- there are numerous comfortable gathering areas outside & inside overlooking the ocean. I highly rec. this resort to anyone looking for first class service.

5 Thank Kikik1234
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed May 29, 2004

I am very surprised by the negative reviews about this resort. My best friend and I just returned from a three-day girls' weekend there and had a fabulous experience. It is pricey, no doubt about it, but we felt pampered and catered to the entire time, from the bellmen to the spa employees to the restaurant staff. We never had to wait for a cart or for assistance at any time. The pools and grounds are beautiful and there was no sulfur smell anywhere. The spa is top-notch. The food at all three restaurants was absolutely delicious. We can't wait for an opportunity to go back again!!

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5 Thank farley42000
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed March 18, 2004

We stayed here for a weekend, planned at the last minute without knowing too much about the place. We stayed in a gorgeous, oceanview suite that was perfect. We enjoyed the wood-burning fireplace, the huge patio, the music channels, the "Fresh" products/ammenities and everything else. Our room was so nice we decided to stay in the first night and order room service. We ordered six appetizers and all were excellent. The spa is one of the nicest I've ever been to. Everyone was exceptionally friendly and went out of their way to do anything for us, even delivering our purchases from the gift shop to the room. If you are not willing to spend $1,000+ a night (not including food and drinks) don't go. I would not want a $500 small, gardenview room either. I've stayed in many 5 star hotels all over the world and this is my favorite place, especially because of the room we had. We are going again next month and I can't wait!

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Reviewed January 26, 2004

The property and grounds are beautiful but like ancient civilizations all that is left are the ruins as proof the "advanced" civilization was there.

I arrive in Bentley and expect this place to be amazing as prices are out of this world!!!!

Service is Garbage -- service is better at Holiday Inn!

Be an idiot and stay here and dring Silver Oak or Opus and everyone (whell only yourself) will think you are cool.

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Property: Bacara Resort & Spa
Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
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Location: United States > California > Goleta
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Goleta
#1 Business Hotel in Goleta
#2 Family Hotel in Goleta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bacara Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 358
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along the bluffs and beaches of the Gaviota coast lies a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, Bacara offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky. The resort's innovative and artful design 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. ... more   less 
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Santa Barbara Bacara Resort
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