The Fess Parker has the best oceanside location in Santa Barbara, and that's reason enough to stay here, although the guest rooms and furnishings are showing their age and apparently a renovation is scheduled this year. I stayed three nights on business in May and was upgraded at check-in to an ocean view room on the first floor of the Dahlia building (although I was not told that it was a two queen bed room instead of the king I had reserved, and was too tired to change rooms at that point). My room had a nice patio that overlooked the ocean and Cabrillo Boulevard, and it was a nice place to sit outside. The room itself was large, had a nice HDTV and bed was fairly comfortable. But the room was very dark, even with all the lights on. The housekeeping was fine, although you could see that the filter for the ventilation system looked as if it not been changed in years. The hotel restaurant does a nice breakfast buffet. Adequate workout room, nice pool area (although it was too cool and windy during my stay). During my visit, I did go to see the Canary Hotel downtown, as I had considered staying there, but I was glad I chose the Fess Parker because of the unbeatable views. All in all, stay at the Fess Parker to enjoy the ocean.
- 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