We stayed in rooms 208 and 210 that have nice views out across Cabrillo Blvd. to the long, oceanfront park and water. The Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel is a huge facility, but not many of their rooms have this kind of view so choose carefully when booking. We like staying here because it's close to the beach but away from the touristy hustle and bustle of the Stearns Wharf Pier area. Plus, there aren't as many homeless street people in the immediate vicinity, although there is a growing population of homeless in Santa Barbara. Quite a few homeless types sleep on the nearby beach, and there is a small softball field to your right as you drive into the hotel from the beach area (to the left if you enter from Milpas Street) and a lot of homeless tend to congregate there. It does leave you feeling a little guilty for spending hundreds of dollars and staying at such a nice place when confronted with the fact that many people are struggling these days. We stayed here five nights. Although there is a package plan that allows you to include breakfast in their restaurant, we opted for a AAA rate instead giving us the freedom to enjoy other breakfast opportunities in Santa Barbara. Heather on the Reception Desk was remarkably efficient at looking up my history of room choices in the past and, unlike some hotels where they do not guarantee specific rooms, she was able to block them out no problem. Thank you, Heather! Our rooms were modern and clean. I didn't care much for the constant Christmas music blaring loudly from speakers in the Barros Los Arcos lounge area, but it WAS the holiday season when we stayed there. The hotel now charges $15/per night to park your car there, and the automatic key card entrance and exit gate didn't always work efficiently but that was a minor matter. The bellboys (including Chris) were quick, friendly and efficient. Sunrises and sunsets from our room were quite enjoyable. FYI the train tracks and train station are fairly close and you do hear train noise at all hours, but you get that practically anywhere in Santa Barbara. This hotel is extremely pet friendly, so there are dogs everywhere...but from the rooms we had, it was obvious that a lot of dog owners let their pets do their business on the grass without picking up what they deposited on the lawn. I'm not sure if the hotel provides plastic bags for this sort of thing but that would be a good idea. Santa Barbara is a wonderful spot to explore, and close enough to enjoy taking an Island Packers boat trip to Santa Cruz Island for the day or to drive up into the local wine country. The weather in December can by a bit unpredictable. It was overcast and slightly cool on the day we arrived and when we left, but absolutely sunny and mid 60-degrees during the rest of the week which is pretty good for Santa Barbara in December. Can't wait to come back!
- 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