I live in los Angeles and visit this hotel often to escape the heat. I remember when it was a Red Lion (and the chekout time was 1 p.m.) While I can't argue with some of the complaints below, the housekeeping really is lackluster, overall I find it to be a good hotel. Particularly for folks with dogs.
The ocean views are the best in Santa Barbara. ALL ocean view hotels are across busy Cabrillo and the low walls and incredible landscaping provide an excellent buffer. I have stayed in many SB hotels and this one has the best ocean view in the City Area. As to the train, it runs behind ALL the ocean area Hotels in the city including the Four Seasons. Live with it or don't stay near the beach. One can't blame the hotel for the train or escape it elsewhere.
The rooms are huge and nicely furnished, but the 13 inch tv is awful and the channel selection spartan. But hey, get outside. The grounds are impeccable and full of blooming plants. Not just grass though there is plenty of that too.
I am perplexed about the pool complaints. It is huge, warm. surrounded by massive shade structures and a lovely trellis at one end. There are the usual screaming kids on the weekends so don't get a pool view room if you don't like noise. That goes for almost any resort these days.
The workout room is cramped with second-rate equipment but I still can get a good cardio-wrokout there. The best bike path in SB is right across the street. The SB area is a bike riders paradise.
For anyone with pets this place rocks! Our dogs love it there and they get treats, and other gifts on arrival. At present there is no charge. There is also not resort fee and a very reasonable parking fee. As to the people that object to dogs, I object to loud, out of control kids, which are much more common but I would not ask the Hotel to ban children. I have found the resorts canine visitors to be better behaved than some of the human guests.
The rooms service food is excellent and quite fairly priced. The food service staff seems to stay and they remember us.
I have stayed at the Four Seasons and it is great too. They also allow dogs in the cottages but charge for it. They have the train noise and almost no rooms with an ocean view. The rooms are nicer there and the level of service is much higher... as are the prices. I regularly comapre the hotels rates and find the Bilmore to be at least 200 dollars more a night than the Doubletree. For one with unlimited funds and a pet the Four Seasons is the best, but remember no ocean views.
The Doubletree is not perfect, but overall I find it best combination of location/cost in the SB area when traveling with my pets. I can't count the times I have set on the Patio and watched the beachfront come alive.
For me this is like a vacation home without the hassels.
- 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