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Review of The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

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The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Ranked #29 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, United States
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel, Great Experience, Great Price!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We would recommend this hotel highly for a couples or a family get away. Great location, just across from the beach and ocean. Beautiful grounds, gardens and pool area. The room was spacious, well decorated and clean with a very comfortable bed. All of this at a good rate. We will definitely stay here again. Has become a favorite!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Our experience of Fess Parker was one of a beautifully groomed hotel with great character. It is lovingly cared for despite its age and we found it very comfortable and clean. Renovation is ongoing so there is hope for anyone wanting more in the future. The location of the hotel is also excellent as everywhere is within walking distance. My only grumble was that the breakfast buffet was not tempting enough. Having been on the road, the previous 2 weeks, in other parts of California and Arizona I guess we had developed certain expectations. However, I would certainly recommend Fess Parker for a good stop in Santa Barbara. It is calm and relaxing but for omelettes, go to The Omelette Parlour!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hindhead, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

We chose the Fess Parker (DoubleTree by Hilton) in Santa Barabara because of its lovely location near the sea. We know that Santa Barbara is expensive but so is Monterey, where we have just been and tayed at the fabulous Intercontinental Clement Hotel there. At Monterey we had a suite overlooking the bay with the most attentive service imaginable in unashamed luxury. Here in the Fess Parker at Santa Barbara, we paid the exact same amount per night for an ordinary doublew room with a sea view. The standard of the room was really lacking. The bathroom needs modernising, the shower fixture was from the dark ages and the grouting was grey and dirty from years of being there. Yes, the view was spendid and it was a good size but we feel for the amount we were paying for the privilege of staying in Santa Barbara was outrageous for the quality of the room.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Monica, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

Other than being across from ocean, this hotel is trading on a decades old reputation. Charging $19 for parking on top of the room rate just doesn't cut it today. They do takes pets and that's a point in their favor. But the room and hotel accommodations are very dated.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hamshire, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

We spent a night here as part of our tour around California, unfortunately it coincided with the Tour of California cycle race that arrived at the hotel the same time we did. Because of the bike race, the traffic around the hotel was completely grid-locked and after a 11 hr flight from the UK, 90 minutes to get through US border control and then 3 hr drive to Santa Barbara from LA due to the traffic, to then take another hour to get close to the hotel and get in to the full parking lot perhaps we were not in the best of spirits when we arrived. It would have been nice if the hotel had placed something on their website advising potential traffic issues as well as the fact the hotel would be completely over run with the bike race competitors and organizers. We would have chosen to stay else where just so we had an enjoyable 1st night of our vacation.

the room we were given was pretty big, and well appointed, the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom again was sizable with a very nice shower and Spa bath. One area of concern was no matter what light switch we found on the walls, we could not light the entrance way to the room, not normally an issue, but with the layout of the room, we did walk in to some of the furniture a few times.

We ate and drank in the hotel bar, we found the food to be of good quality and the selection of drinks very nice. Our server was very friendly and gave us good service. Breakfast was a different matter, i do find it incredible that even though you are given free of charge breakfast vouchers for a buffet breakfast that the serving staff still expect a large tip for doing nothing than bringing a glass of OJ to the table, especially in this case, our server hardly acknowledged us, when asked a question we got 'grunts' in response.

Overall i did like this hotel for a 1 night stay, it didn't appear to be anything special, but after such a long day travelling, perhaps we were not as objective as we could be.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
We want to thank you for your candid review of your stay at our resort and apologize for the inconvenience and frustration created by the Tour of California Cycle Race. We were under the impression the brief closing of the street in front of the resort would not interfere with our guest's arrival. We will certainly keep your recommendation to post information on our website, if the City of Santa Barbara should decide to welcome this event again in the future. If your plans include a return trip to our area, we hope you will consider giving us another chance to serve you.
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New York, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

The only good thing I can say about this hotel is, it has a great location in Santa Barbara. Overall I found the hotel dirty and the staff dis-interested. I travel frequently for business and this Hotel was way below Hilton's quality level.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you for your candid feedback of your stay at our hotel. We are very sorry that we did not meet expectations and we’re actively working with our housekeeping team to focus on cleanliness and comfort throughout our property. We have noted the level of cleanliness you experienced. We’ll keep your concerns in mind as we evaluate refresh options at our property. Thank you again, and we hope you’ll stay with us the next time your travels bring you back to the area.
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

I was shocked by the room. The upholstery was not only dated but it was frayed and dirty - the furniture matched the rug. The bathroom was 1960's at best. I waited outside our room for another couple that was staying there and when I looked up at the hallway light.... the cobwebs were the best thing I saw as the hall light were filthy. The location was great, the grounds are okay - trains run frequently and loudly thru the back of the property where many rooms face. I was shocked that this was a Hilton. Never again. The place was crowded - have to think it was location, location, location.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you for your candid feedback of your stay at our hotel. We are very sorry that we did not meet expectations and we’re actively working with our housekeeping team to focus on cleanliness and comfort throughout our property. New perspectives about our hotel and the appearance of our guest rooms help us make improvements to our overall guest experience on an ongoing basis. We’ll keep your concerns in mind as we evaluate refresh options at our property. Thank you again, and we hope you’ll stay with us the next time your travels bring you back to Santa Barbara.
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Property: The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Address: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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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:
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#25 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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Fess Parker`s Doubletree Hotel Santa Barbara
Doubletree Santa Barbara
Doubletree Fess Parkers
Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort

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