My husband and I just spent 3 days at Bacara. It was our anniversary and every year we spend it at a different resort. I always tell the resort ahead of time that it's a special occasion and the resorts always do something nice, whether it's a note, a bottle of wine, or just a Happy Anniversary at check-in, something. No such thing at Bacara.
At Bacara, you walk in and stand in a long line to check in. You are then told to wait outside for the Bellman to come take you with a golf cart to your room. In our case, the Bellman forgot about us and we just sat there for 15 minutes. We finally went and got him. He then drove us to our room, which was disappointing. It was a small room, decorated like every other normal hotel room you've seen at a Marriott or Hilton. The room was dark so I tried to open the doors, but there were no screen on them so we were swarmed with flies. One side of the door had a screen, but they had put a thick carpet in front of it (which was huge so couldn't be moved) which meant that the door wouldn't open. It's as though no thought was put into designing and decorating the room. When you pay over $600/night, you expect a little more.
We then went to one of the restaurants which had decent food at very high prices. The wine I usually drink (Conundrum) was on the menu for $18/glass. I buy it retail for $29/bottle at the grocery store. I understand charging alot for wine at resorts, but at least make it wine that you can't find at every grocery store for 1/3 the price!
There were a number of other little things, like the concierge not returning phone calls, mishaps with spa appointments, a 50 minute facial going for only 40 minutes, etc. Nothing earth shattering, but when you pay premium prices, you just don't expect those little things that annoy you.
The word average actually sums up our entire experience. There was nothing really special, other than its location which is spectacularly beautiful. Otherwise, everything else was just ok. In my opinion, the Four Seasons is far superior to Bacara.
- 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