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Bacara Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Goleta
Certificate of Excellence
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Newport Beach, CA
Reviewed September 10, 2004

Very nice resort, but we were surprised that there were so many kids at the pool! Floaties and all. Didn't think this would be a family place, but it appears to be.

Food is expensive. Romms are very nice.

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Reviewed August 29, 2004

I just spent three days at the Bacara and must say I was a little let down. Our local newspaper had some information about reports of poor service, but we decided to go anyway. Motel 6 would of been a better choice.

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Reviewed August 25, 2004

All three times we have stayed there the service and amenities have been outstanding. Of course I suppose it's POSSIBLE that someone's individual experience could be a fluke ... but every staff member of the resort we have come in contact with appeared to take a genuine interest in our well-being, ready to do whatever they could to make us happy. In fact, when we had left our video camera in the room -- doiscovered after we got back home -- they not only found it, but volunteered to mail it back to us at their expense. The ambience is that of open-air grandeur and luxury, without that feeling of pretension that one often gets from snooty staff at similarly priced resorts. My only gripe is their $150 per day charge for private cabana rooms that hardly anyone uses. including us. An open-air canope cabana is $75.

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City, State
Reviewed August 17, 2004

On arrival at Bacara all was impressive with the courtyard reception and friendly front desk, the resort layout is very appealling and the room was a good size for our needs. However, room service was poor with a limited selection and pedestrian service, the staff service levels left a lot to be desired especially around the pool. Miro the resort's "fine dining" experience is at best average and over-priced for what is served and nowhere near as good as local SB restaurants like Bouchon. One issue that is omitted from the website photos is the close proximity of the resort to an offshore oil and gas platform. More worrying is the onland receiving terminal for the oil and gas some 500 yards from the resort. The oil and gas production contains highly toxic hydrogen sulphide gas - hence the discreet but alarming emergency warning signs in close proximty to the property. Had we known of the existence of this facility, no matter how "small" the risk of an accident or the fact that the hotel had "never had an emergency" we would never have gone to the resort in the first place. Overall Bacara was a disappoint that never lived up to the glossy website. Maybe they sensed our disappointment as they did not even bother to ask if we enjoyed our stay when we checked out.

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Reviewed August 11, 2004

We just vacationed at Bacara for 8 nights, best resort/hotel we've stayed at in a long time. The new treatments in the Spa are unbelievable, Miro's new menu is excellent and the service is too, weekend buffet's in Bistro showcasing Lobster, Beef Wellington etc is terrific. Young staff that care and attitude beats the old traditional service of most 5 stars. Departures, Travel & Discovery Channels have been promoting Bacara for the past few years and now we know why. Edgy and cool people all over the place, in shape and good looking and their attention to kids will ensure we keep coming back. Can see why one of the "locals" review wasn't positive....locals of Santa Barbara don't deserve such a neat resort and believe it is out of their league........to non locals......try it, you'll love it

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Reviewed July 15, 2004

Strange place. People follow you to the beach and ask where your from all the time. I felt like a criminal half the time.

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Walnut Creek, CA
Reviewed July 12, 2004

I don't know what some of your dissapointed reviewers expected, but I had one of the nicest weekends ever at Bacara, celebrating my birthday with my husband. Although the service was a bit spotty, the staff made up for it by being so friendly, and always very accomodating when asking for specific requests. I don't know how they did it, but they always greeted us by name! And with a smile too. The grounds are gorgeous, and I didn't feel that it was too spread out-it was just right to allow for the more secluded feel. Plenty of carts around to carry those that can't walk the very short walk up the hill. The outside fireplaces all over the property made it a treat to enjoy the outdoors at night even when it got a bit chilly. If I could find any complaint at all, it would be that the poolside cocktails should come with bendy straws so that you don't have to sit up to sip your Margarita (one of the best I've had, by the way)! I will definitely be coming back.

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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 Business Hotel in Goleta
#1 Romantic Hotel in Goleta
#2 Family Hotel in Goleta
Price Range: $471 - $1,174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Bacara Resort
Bacara Spa Resort Santa Barbara
Bacara Resort Santa Barbara Ca
Bacara Santa Barbara
Bacara Hotel Santa Barbara

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