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The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Ranked #30 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed February 20, 2014

Celebrated my birthday. Wanted a view of the water with a private patio. Wanted a comfortably large room with wifi. We got everything. Very courteous and helpful staff. Excellent facilities. Great parking. Had a fabulous weekend.

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was only our second time coming to Santa Barbara, and our second time staying at the Fess Parker. I just wish we could have stayed a little longer this time. I am a Hilton rewards member, so I do get a little different treatment, but then again, there is no reason you shouldn't be one too... My girl decided to surprise me and get me tickets to see New Politics in Santa Barbara, so I decided to surprise her and get the hotel room. We both were happy with the outcome. The concierges here are top notch. They ask you what you need every step of the way. I told them we were checking in, they told me leave the car, they would take care of it. They grabbed our luggage, took it to the room, and even had a cab ready for us, when it was time to leave for the show. The only thing someone messed up on, was I ordered my girl chocolate covered strawberries, that were supposed to be delivered before we got there, they finally brought them to us at 1am when we got home from the show, but they were perfect at that time.(I also got her a tin of cookies.)If you have never had double tree cookies, find one, check in for the night, ask for 2 cookies, and you will be addicted, yes addicted. We walked up to the front desk, and the lady working was as nice as could be, and they were busy. She checked us in, told me they had everything on file, and just needed to run my card through. She asked if there was anything special we needed, or forgot, then asked if we needed cookies, and water, we said yes please. She gave us 2 cookies, and 2 bottles of water, ice cold I might add, and we were off to our room. I didn't know what to expect since they were sold out, and only had 2 queen bed rooms left, but when we opened the door, it was like walking into heaven. The patio door was open, so there was a beautiful ocean breeze that came in. We walked over and looked out and saw the sun, sort of setting over the ocean. It was a very beautiful and romantic sight, especially since we haven't been away together in a very long time. Huge bathroom, huge bathtub, big shower, and an extra sink, outside of the bathroom so someone can brush their teeth, or wash there hands, if the restroom is occupied. They also have a huge closet, and add extra pillows, and toilet paper, in case you run out, I guess. The beds are very comfortable, and the pillows feel like the form fit pillows that mold to you. They have a heater and AC unit that works better than you could imagine, but there is no need for AC with that breeze. There is a huge flat screen TV and they have a lot of channels plus HBO.(Do you really go to Santa Barbara, kidless, to watch TV? I don't think so!!!) Hilton members get free Wi-Fi, but then again, do we need internet? Fess Parker owns their own winery, so they offer a bottle of Red Wine and a bottle of White Wine, no name, just red and white. $30 per bottle. They also have huge bottles of water in the room, that look like 1 gallon bottles, but they are $7.(We got 2 little bottles at check in, and they will give you more if you need) Down stairs in the lobby, they have a wine tasting tour, but we have yet to take advantage of that either time we stayed here. (Next time baby, I swear) They have a huge breakfast buffet spread. (Think Las Vegas, with just a lot better and fresher taste.) They have omelets, waffles, pastries, cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, croissants, oatmeal, and fresh juices.(They might have more, I just don't remember, we went elsewhere for breakfast.) At the end of our one day here, we have to say, we absolutely loved it. They have a huge pool. and Jacuzzi, and a great bar as well. There is so much to do in Santa Barbara, I am just glad we have a place like this that we can come back to and just relax. Thank you Fess Parker, you made our Valentine's Day weekend(Day Away) that much more special. Give it a try, and make some memories of your own...

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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2014

Wow! Thank you for the fabulous review. Our team is going to be delighted to read your comments and compliments! The details you have taken the time to share will be so helpful to our Trip Advisor community. We appreciate your business very much!

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Fess Parker Doubletree is our family's favorite getaway!! We have stayed at this property many times and each visit has been fabulous. The entire staff at the hotel has always been courteous and helpful. You can see that everyone takes pride in working at the property and is genuinely interested in making your stay enjoyable. The hotel lobby and grounds are beautiful! There is a very large pool and spa. Our boys also enjoy playing shuffle board and the small mini golf course. We have always had a very nice room with a patio or balcony. An ocean view room is highly recommended!! The location of the hotel is perfect for anyone visiting SB. The beach is right across the street. Stearns Wharf, State Street, and the SB zoo are all within walking distance. The SB trolley does pickup at the hotel and is a great way to see the city. The shuttle also runs directly in front of the hotel and is an inexpensive way to get to the pier and State St. Really, we cannot say enough about what a great property the Fess Parker Doubletree is. We cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Santa Barbara!! Looking forward already to our next visit!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

We thank you for the details and suggestions you provided our Trip Advisor readers. We are very pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. Your wonderful description of the resort and our service is amazing. We appreciate your business and the feedback you provided.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Great location Beautiful view nice grounds only to be destroyed by what sounded like a small diesel engine idling in my wall, from a bad bathroom exhaust fan. The Hotel grounds and views from the room are what stands out, even though the rooms are a little bit dated. Staff was polite and parking was plentiful.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Great place to stay just to get away. The rooms are very clean, and the staff make you feel at home; they're awesome. They also have a fully stocked bar in your room... no need to go anywhere if you want to drink! Be sure to stop by if ever in Santa Barbara!

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Happy to recommend this hotel. This is the best hotel I have ever stayed at. And the best hotel staff in the world!!! Staff were available, happy to help, ready to step in when another staff person was not available, never rushed, and interesting to talk to. I especially enjoyed hearing the story of Fess Parker Double Tree Hilton from the person who drove me back to the airport. I had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Gloria E - We are very grateful for your glowing review. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed the resort and especially the service from our team. Your comment "The Best Hotel Staff In the World" inspires us to keep doing all we can to make certain our guests leave here with similar feelings. We appreciate your business and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We were without water for about 6 hours, drinking or bathroom not available. NO REPARATIONS, comps or apologies. Completely unacceptable. Staff was very pleasant, poor rating indicating mgmnt irresponsibility towards customers.

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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Please accept our sincere apology for the inconvenience and frustration you experienced due to the unexpected water pipe challenge. Our team tried so hard to respond quickly to each report and I'm surprized that we missed your particular report of a problem. Please feel free to contact me direct with the details. It is important to us that you feel compensated for the problem you encountered.

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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 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: $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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Fess Parker`s Doubletree Hotel Santa Barbara
Doubletree Santa Barbara
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Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort

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