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The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Ranked #30 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Beautiful property facing the ocean, large, comfortable rooms, variety of sizes of rooms, some with fire places, super dog friendly, relaxed but well appointed common areas. Good food, too.
Ideally located - close (walking distance) to State St area of Santa Barbara - enjoy the restaurants, shopping and museums. About 45 min. from Wine Country, too.

Room Tip: check out the fireplace rooms in winter months, and suites - sometimes on sale!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Overall a decent stay. The property is huge! My room was great though. Decent size and a wonderful view of the ocean. I was in the main building and it was a hike to get to the stairs or the elevator.
The breakfast buffet was $25 a person, but the selection and service was great!
My room was super clean with high end products They have wood shutters on the windows/sliding door, they are nice but be careful they can be delicate. I really think Doubletree brands need to start including a refrigerator in their rooms. It seems so common in "lesser" properties, they need to step up and offer this to their guests.
Housekeeping was top notch too. Great sheets and bed. I didn't get a cookie though when I checked in. :(

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you for your very thorough review of our resort and wonderful compliments. We appreciate your suggestion regarding the refrigerators in each guestroom. For any future stays with us, please know that we have refrigerators on site and our staff would be pleased to deliver to your guestroom on request. I don't know how we missed the cookie and wish I had know about this while you were here, We would have made sure a special delivery would have been made to your door! Thanks again and come back and visit us again real soon.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Santa Barbara was a highlight of recent visit to L.A. area. We decided to make the Pacific Coast Highway drive and spend the night in Santa Barbara. The resort is beautiful and the front desk staff, valets and restaurant servers were wonderful. The rooms were very clean, had comfy beds, great towels and spectcuar view. We only wished we were staying longer to enjoy the spa and pool area. Our next visit will definitely include a stay at this resort and a visit to Fess Parker's Winery.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

What a wonderful review of our resort. We thank you for your very kind compliments regarding how pleased you were with the service from our front desk team, valet and restaurant servers.
We hope you have the chance to stay longer next time and take the tour thru the countryside to experience the charm of the Santa Ynez Valley and Fess Parker's Winery.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The conference was for 110 people and the hotel dealt with the numerous problems with ease. The catering was timely and the value for money was good for the receptions, banquet dinner, and the breakfasts and breaks. A nice experience for all participants with many extremely happy attendees.

The hotel is located in a beautiful setting with both views of the beach and the mountains.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

We appreciate your review and thank you for selecting Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort for your conference. It is always such a pleasure to learn that our guests are happy with their experience. We take pride in the fact many our our groups have selected our resort for their conferences year after year, some for over 20 years! We greatly appreciate your business and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back!

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We were return visitors and found the hotel rooms and facilities just as glamorous as previously, however Hilton must spend some dollars updating. The corridors were drab dark yellow walls with somewhat grubby carpeting. The rooms and bathroom cosmetics as good as ever. Beds are wonderful.

Room Tip: Accept the upgrade offer of $25! Best money ever. We went from car park view to partial sea-view, o...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2012

We thank you selecting our resort for your return visit to Santa Barbara and appreciate your review of our property. The plans for a major renovation project are underway and we are all looking forward to starting the renovation in 2013. Very pleased to learn that you took advantage of the offer to upgrade and thank you for mentioning this option in your comments.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Staff was excellent. Resort is beautiful. But room on dark side as not as nice as other rooms I've had in the price range
Bathroom was not at all luxurious. I am just used to more perks when paying over $300 a day

Room Tip: Staff and service excellent. Room was on dark side and not as updated for the price
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I took my mother on vacation and this was our choice in Santa Barbara. Our suite was very nice, lots of room. No view, but when we were in the room it didn't matter. The distances between rooms and services was difficult for her; I wish I had realized this earlier.
This hotel is set in an outstanding location with the beach right across the street with great walking and lots to see, including beach activities. I would definitely stay here again; although the place does need updating it is still in an outstanding location.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3611
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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) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#25 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $204 - $613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort is steps from the beach and convenient to Santa Barbara's waterfront and downtown. Oversized rooms all feature balconies or patios; families and pets are warmly welcomed. Amenities include a year round heated Olympic sized pool, Spa, fitness center, salon, tennis courts, bike rentals, putting green, shuffle board, weekend wine tasting, 2 restaurants, ocean-view bar and 24 acres of grounds. Complimentary airport/Amtrak shuttle service available daily. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Fess Parker`s Doubletree Hotel Santa Barbara
Doubletree Santa Barbara
Doubletree Fess Parkers
Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort

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