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Bacara Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Goleta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2007

this is my third visit, still amazing, went for only 1 night, food at the Bistro was expensive but amazing (try chicken w/ goat cheese), had the enviromental facial and a swedish massage both excellent..........breakfast at the spa cafe was very good, service is top notch, place wasnt too full so even though I was only there 1 night, I definately relaxed.........had a garden view room, building 13, room 101 very close to the pool and spa.......forgot my toothbrush and toothpaste, hotel had a new set for me in less than m10 minutes.......

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3  Thank Karinna
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Reviewed March 30, 2007

Paper-thin walls, service from Motel 6, beaches covered with tar, splendid view of an off-shore oil rig, incompetent masseuse... the list goes on

Avoid at all cost or cost you it will ... only the toilet paper is free.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank LaurentL
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Reviewed March 29, 2007

My stay at this hotel was a big disappointment especially given the
'standard' room rate of $600/night. The room was nice, but the immenities were nothing more than a Holiday Inn. An employee at the spa didn't show up for work on the day of treatment and we were left sitting in the quiet room for 30 min before being informed that they didn't have anyone to assist. The manager offered to "comp" lunch, but we were still charged for a glass of wine, tax and gratuity (not to mention our $600/nt room and parking!). Overall a big disappointment for a hotel and spa that claims to be tops.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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5  Thank LATraveler17
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Reviewed March 24, 2007

Probably our most disappointing stay ever. For $775 per night it is reasonable to expect excellence in every aspect of a stay. This property is overpriced, not luxurious and well, just pitiful. The main dining room was pretentious with bad food. Our room was small, noisy and more like a Holiday Inn room, and I do not mean to disparage Holiday Inn's. For this price, can't they afford to give you a couple of free bottles of water on your nightstands?Not to be poor in taste. I have felt softer tissue paper in airport bathrooms. The swimming pool outside our room was more like a community pool, teeming with screaming children. This place is just bad on every level. The best part about staying here is leaving.

Stayed: March 2007
8  Thank MAB155
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Reviewed March 5, 2007

This is probably one of the most amazing places I have stayed. The customer service was second to none and the place is just beautiful. Architecturally gorgeous and right on the Pacific Ocean. The food was great (expensive but worth it) and the amenities such as the spa and pool were wonderful. A perfect hotel....wouldn't mind being there right now!!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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3  Thank elmfeld
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Reviewed February 26, 2007

Our one night stay at Bacara was extremely disappointing. For the price tag of $425 per night, we expected much more. Our room was so poorly constructed, that we could vividly hear our neighbor complain about the noise through the walls. Our bed shook every time anyone on our floor closed their bathroom doors. Dining and drinks were way overpriced for the plain to mediocre flavor and service. The best thing was a bowl of apples in the spartan lobby. The resort layout was confusing and tedious. Would not return or recommend to anyone. The valet smoked in our rental car.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank BarbeQ77
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Reviewed February 26, 2007

My Wife and I spent the President's Day weekend here and had a great time. Overall, the staff and service here are excellent, the food was good, our room was spacious (regular room), and the atmosphere was relaxing. We came on a weekend that did not appear too busy.

Spa - great service by hostess and therapists. Our massages were some of the best we've recieved. The gym has a good variety of machines and weights. Very state of the art. Staff is also present in the room to address any needs you have.

Pool - very low key and relaxing. Even the kids were subdued. Saw a few "B list" celebrities by the pool with thier families. Everyone seemed to respect their identity and privacy. Poolside drink service could use improvement.

Kids Club - They have a great Daycare center onsite with lots of activities. We saw an open buffett of fruit and healthy snacks the kids could choose from at thier leisure - same quality of food offered at the restaurants.

Restaurants - We did not eat at Miro, but ate at the cafes and the bar. Great food and excellent service. I suggest you make reservations for dinner.

Price - I read some complaints on the cost of this resort. This resort is 1st class and comes with a price. We got what we paid for. Expect 5 star resort pricing similar to Ritz Carlton. We felt the staff was a little more candid and personable then the Ritz.

Landscape - great walking trails a nice little beach. This hotel is built into a hill, so if you're not into walking up and down, there are staffed golf carts that will take you where you need to go. Lots and lots of golf carts around.

We'll definatley consider this hotel for a return trip.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank averagefamilyguy
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Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
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Location: United States > California > Goleta
Amenities:
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: $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
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