When I take the time to write a review...you know there's an issue! I mainly want to let everyone know that Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara isn't worth the money. I promise that there is no way this is just my experience but the facts. The only way this wouldn't be true is if you had tons and tons of money and didn't care. You probably should weigh the information before you decide to stay at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara.
Location: You need a car if you are going to stay there, unless you plan to say at the resort the entire time. It's not near anything. Of course, if you spend that kind of money to stay there, you might should be glued to the walls! But the town of Santa Barbara is very nice and worth seeing (and it is not that near Bacara - about 20 minutes by car.)
Beach: It is awful - and do NOT walk on it. The petroleum from the plant (that you can see on the water) is so bad that it gets all over your feet, shoes, hands, etc. They even have these petroleum wipes when you get off of the beach because they know of the issue. If I had know about the petroleum wipes and issue - that the petroleum on the beach and in the water was that bad, I would have never walked on the beach. It's also an ugly beach - and no sail boats or anything nice is in the water because of the petroleum.
Resort: Very pretty - and very similar, if not identical, to any hotel/resort you would find in Mexico. There wasn't anything spectacular that would make appropriate the extremely high rates charged by Bacara. Rooms with no view and a pretty inferior outside balcony/sitting area are almost $600 and ocean view is more than $800 --- generally speaking. There are rates that range from $440 to $2,000 - but you can expect more than $500 - for no view. Views...just about unaffordable.
Rooms: Not even slightly interesting or intriguing or comfortable to stay in them for any longer than necessary. The beds are great as are the linens - but the decor is just like anything very standard/pedestrian you would find in Mexico.
Inside room stuffs: Nice bathrobe, horribly scratchy towels, great body and hair products. No toothpaste, no mouthwash or anything extra like that.
Food: Very good. Very very expensive.
Service: Good in some areas, not so good in others. I'd say all in all, the service at pool was great. At front desk - not good. In restaurant, in between. With car service and bell service very good.
Gym: Terribly old equipment. They clearly bought their equipment used because the spa isn't as old as both the cardiovascular and weight equipment are. Having bottled water and attendants that hand water and towels to you is a really nice touch though.
Pool: Very pretty. Tons of screaming children. There are 2 pools - 1 a children's pool - 1 for adults, though laced with children. There is a jacuzzi too - but it's at the edge of the kids' pool and also packed with children.
Tipping: You have to tip everyone --- the pool guy, the car guy, the bell people, the maids, etc. Bring lots of $5's and $10's.
Cleanliness: Very clean.
Who goes there: PACKED with families with children, which is so surprising considering how expensive it is!! It is absolutely a family resort. It secondarily ya couples' resort.
Value: HORRIBLE. The value for the money is just not there.
Suggestion: Don't stay there. You can take the money that you would spend and find a charming B&B or nice hotel, which would be much much less expensive...then spend the money taking yourself out to several glorious dinners and shopping!
- 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