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Review of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Ranked #7 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Winchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

Loved this hotel. Stunning in every respect. Unbeatable service. We were lucky enough to get the pass to use the beach club which was amazing. It had the most enormous pool, with luxurious sun loungers looking out to sea. We were waited on hand and foot. We also hired bikes from the hotel and cycled in to town. Lovely ride along the coast but it was a little scarey with my son on his bike as we got in to town as it gets busy on the roads. Great shopping in the town and lovely restaurants too. All in all a perfect stay in a gorgeous and indulgent hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Riverbank, California, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stayed at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara for our 30th wedding anniversary.
What a beautiful place; lush grounds, friendly staff, wonderful food, perfect location! The property lends itself to a a very relaxing, quiet atmosphere. The decor of the resort is Spanish Colonial and beautifully appointed. The cost to stay is on the pricey side, but well worth every penny! Food was wonderful as well!! Will definitely stay again...

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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West Hollywood, CA
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

My boyfriend and I have stayed at Four Seasons properties around the world - this is my least favorite of all. It's not a total loss by any means, but they lose major points for breaking the cardinal rule when it comes to hospitality and customer service--managing expectations. This is actually my second (and last) stay at the property - so I already knew about the situation with paying an extra fee to access the pool they advertise on their website. This time I booked an upgraded room that included access to this property (The Coral Casino) in it's rate. For $1000 a night (plus tax) we were placed in a beautiful room - with one big problem. It was ON a parking lot - and not just any parking lot - one with a constant stream of trucks loading and unloading, honking, staff chatting, etc. We were actually in Santa Barbara on business and the noise was so loud I had to end a telephone call with a client because they couldn't hear me over the noise. After a few hours in this room, I called the front desk, and the staff was kind enough to offer us a different room away from the parking lot. The new room had a bigger bathroom and a bigger closet - but no fireplace, which would have been nice to use at night. Also, as I came to find out, the room was close to the train tracks. I've read about the train issue on TripAdvisor before- and thought ...how bad could it really be? A train sounds kind of charming, right? NO. Every three hours, including twice in the middle of the night, our room SHOOK like a 4.0 earthquake. This is not acceptable for the price we paid AND because there is zero language on the website, or in any of the 4S marketing materials, alerting me to this issue. I'd also like to add that the breakfast was nothing special - not bad per se, but certainly not up to par with the other Four Seasons properties - more like a Marriott breakfast (although I will say the setting for the breakfast is beautiful). One final issue with the hotel was that you should be aware of before booking is that there is zero service for Verizon Wireless. Their wi-fi also went down for about 12 hours while we were there. Since we were there on business this was a big problem for us. Luckily we got a signal over at the Coral Casino.
On a positive note I will say that the hotel is in a good location if you need to access the town of Montecito. It's also right off the 101 which makes it easy to find and easy to get to/from LA. The beds are great, the property is well kept, the staff is kind, and the Coral Casino (if you can get past the price tag) is excellent. We had a wonderful dinner at Tides and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Jennifer L
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Phoenix, Arizona
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

From the moment we arrived at the property we knew we were in for a treat. The grounds of this hotel are absolutely beautiful not to mention being right across from the beach. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. Our bags actually arrived at our room before we did. We were greeted with a lovely bottle of wine in our beautiful casita. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Sandelz
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

Don't be fooled by the pictures on the home page that rotate through a fabulous pool directly located next to the beach. That was one of the reasons we chose the hotel. Upon check in, we were notifited that we could access that pool for $200 a day. I think that is crap. If you don't offer it to guests, then don't put it on your home page as the main attraction! The staff simply apologized when I enquired about it and made me feel like I was asking for the world-very disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank LoriATate
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Highwood, Illinois
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara was wonderful. The grounds are beautiful, the room amenities really nice. Beds super comfy. Service was top notch. Fitness center was great. Hotel staff was always super helpful and kind. The Coral Casino, across the street from the hotel is posh and wonderful. Definitely worth it to stay in a room with a pass to Coral Casino if you are planning on swimming and hanging at the beach. Stayed here begg of July. Great for kids of all ages, my teenage girls were able to get around themselves.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank atwadell
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Additional Information about Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Property: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Address: 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 5*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in California, with private bungalows and terraces that overlook the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Set amongst 22-acres of lush jungle and tranquil gardens, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara defines luxury living and service on the American Riviera. ... more   less 
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