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“Beautiful grounds, comfy bed, very quiet at night! Great location!!”

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The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Ranked #29 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Upland, California
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35 reviews
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“Beautiful grounds, comfy bed, very quiet at night! Great location!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

Rooms outdated otherwise I would have given it a "5". I liked the easy parking and the location with plenty of bike and walking trails right by the ocean. In my opinion too far to walk to State Street for shopping and restaurants, so be prepared to drive or take a taxi. About a mile walk from Stearns Wharf and restaurants. I was here on business and the lunches in the atrium were especially delightful!!! Ocean view and good food (and great coffee!!!)--what more could you ask for! My only complaint was the service did not match the price--I have had much more attentive service at other hotels in this price range.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the south courtyard (away from the pool) in the Camellia building are very quiet and I...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at our resort. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the grounds, location and comfortable bed. We are in the planning stages of a major guestroom remodel and hope that you will consider us for your next trip to Santa Barbara. If I can assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me personally. We appreciate the opportunity you gave us to serve you and hope to welcome you back soon.
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Santa Ana, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Hotel Grounds, Location, Food, Employees, Pool, all excellent! However, I would not recommend this hotel to a friend only because the room was very outdated and had a musty smell that would not go away. From the old furniture to the popcorn ceiling with a big ugly patch job, it was bad.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
Thank you for your compliments regarding the grounds, location, food and service you received from the staff at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort. We appreciate your input and pleased that we had the opportunity to serve you. We just completed renovation of our lobby areas and are in the planning stages of a major guestroom renovation project. We hope you will give us another chance to serve you in the future. I would be pleased to assist you with your arrangements and make certain that you enjoy your time at our resort.
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South Orange County, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Considering that this is rated a 4 star property, the place just didnt measure up. Even other guests mentioned in passing that the place is overdue for some TLC. Best asset is the room size which includes a sitting area with a sofa, coffee table and easy chair. This an older property. Hallways are narrow with low ceilings, room doors are not sound proof and slam shut waking the soundest sleepers on the whole floor. There were stained ceiling tiles in the vanity areas, bad grout in the tubs and many areas that needed paint touchups. Coffee in the main restaurant was excellent though which helped after a noisy night.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Great service and facilities and amazing views. Good value for the money.we stayed about 7 months ago and the power went out so we had to make a 2 hour drive home at 9pm. A few days later we received a letter from the hotel manager inviting us back for a complimentary stay. We finally took advantage of that and they upgraded us to an ocean view room and had some nice complimentary treats sent to our room. My only complaint is the rooms are very outdated. With a little renovation this might be the best place to stay in Santa Barbara.

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mlavine, General Manager at The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
Thank you for your comments regarding your return visit to our resort and giving us the opportunity to extend our warm Santa Barbara hospitality once again. i was so pleased to read that you enjoyed thegreat service, facilities and amazing views. The renovation project you suggest in your note is already in the planning stages. We hope that you will consider us for your next trip to our area. If I can assist you prior to or during any future visits, please don't hesitate to contact me personally. Your business is extremely valuable to us and we hope to see you again soon.
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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Good hotel for Santa Barbara, rooms could be updated a bit. Hotel bar and service, as well as food quality was very good. Cafe for food was similar to Marriott services. GREAT location

Room Tip: We loved our room overlooking the pool - centrally located in the hotel
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

We stayed 1.5 days - had a really nice visit, including use of the pool and jacuzzi. Great location, property well maintained, staff very accommodating and friendly. Food/drinks a bit pricey.

Room Tip: Get a room close to the pool or mid-property if you are traveling with a crew.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed in December and were given lovely connecting rooms close to the pool. The staff was friendly, helpful and welcoming. The rooms were clean and quiet. The grounds are great to walk through and the kids enjoyed all the amenties plus the park a block away. Would definitely recommend to families. Pet friendly too.

Room Tip: Book a Courtyard or ocean view room.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Address: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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:
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 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 (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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Doubletree Santa Barbara
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