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“Better than Average Hotel, Recently Updated, Across from the Beach”

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The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Ranked #28 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Portland, OR
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Better than Average Hotel, Recently Updated, Across from the Beach”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed in a 2-Queen Room, it had a balcony but the view was just the trees shielding us from the front parking area. We paid about $109 + HiltonPoints, would otherwise be about $200. Good room for the 1-night stay during our road trip. The valet and bellman service at the front entrance was perfect assistance for our road-weary nerves that appreciated the help. The lobby and room was all nicely updated and stylish. Our bathroom was just average. Excellent room service with good quality food, and in-room movies. We camped out in the room and never left it until check out, and the bellman arrived quickly and the car was already waiting at the front door. I want to go back and spend a couple of days exploring Santa Barbara, and would stay at this hotel again.

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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
We are so pleased to hear from you and we thank you for your kind compliments about our recent renovation and the service you received from our team. Your feedback is not only valuable to TripAdvisor followers bu to the resort staff as well. They are always pleased to know that their efforts have made a difference for our guests. We look forward to seeing you again... hopefully real soon. Happy New Year.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

This beautiful resort is directly across from a public park/beach and within walking distance of many nice restaurants. The hotel has a beautiful main lobby and multiple buildings surrounded by lovely landscaping.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
We thank you for the wonderful review of our property. Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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LOS ALTOS
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We expect better room decor for the price we paid. The bathroom has not been updated and the room smelled musty. The parking fee was $19. The hotel is located close to the ocean and is convenient to shopping. Scenery is beautiful Overall the stay was OK.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
We noticed your stay at our property was in April 2013. We are pleased to let you know we are in the final stages of a major guestroom renovation project which will be finished by the end of this month. We hope you will have the oppotrunity to return to enjoy the new finished product. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to Santa Barbara and the resort
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The rooms were clean and reasonable size for the family of 4. We were able to swim in the outdoor pool in the middle of December. The views from the rooms were spectacular. Close to the main street with restaurants and shops.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Gardnerville, United States
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This hotel was very expensive, the hallways were very loud late at night and early morning. Every door slams. The restaurant was overpriced for the quality of breakfast food and it was poorly prepared. The best thing this hotel has going for it is the location!

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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
We are very sorry your experience was not as enjoyable as it should have been. We appreciate your constructive criticism and will share this with our Director of Food & Beverage.
Thank you for your kind compliments regarding the location of our resort.
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Grover Beach, United States
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Super comfortable bed, great, spacious big room. SUPERB DOG FRIENDLY HOTEL. Location of the hotel is PERFECT. It is central located (right next to the pier, restaurants and shopping). It is over looking the beach on one side and mountain scenery on the other side. Grass area is available for our beloved four legged family member (no need to walk very far).

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Close to the beach, shops, family-activities and good food, all w/in a mile! Venture further to the Vineyards and it's just magical....who needs Hawaii? The Fess Parker has it all and more, this is a dog-friendly hotel.

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Property: The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
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 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Luxury 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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Also Known As:
Fess Parker`s Doubletree Hotel Santa Barbara
Doubletree Santa Barbara
Doubletree Fess Parkers
Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort

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