Opposite the ocean in fabulous Santa Barbara and reasonably priced by the standards of one of America's most expensive towns, what could detract from your stay? Well, the trains will, unless you order a room facing the ocean of the 'pool. The train tracks run right behind the hotel's parking lot and if you have a mountain view room be prepared to hear them all day and much of the night.
That said, we like Fess Parker. It's friendly and laid-back and has a great Reception, bell hop and front of house team. Though the service by the restaurant staff at breakfast was awful - rushed, surly, forgetful and careless.
Rooms are spacious and well appointed, and although well maintained haven't had any major refurbishment since we were last at the hotel 8 years ago. There's a lovely 'pool and good laundry room if you need it and the hotel is both family-friendly and dog-friendly which makes a nice change.
Apart from the train noise affecting some rooms and the un-Amercian levels of service in the breakfast bistro, this is a great hotel with a friendly, relaxed and welcoming vibe, perfect for Santa Barbara. We're looking forward to staying here again.
- 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