Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
What We Love
- “Farm to straw” smoothies with fresh local ingredients at the organic juice bar
- The large spa with locally inspired treatments like antioxidant-rich grapeseed body scrubs
- Easy access to the beach, both at a beach club and on the cruiser bikes available for rent (a path leads from the hotel to Santa Barbara’s main waterfront drag)
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What To Know
- A bit of nickel-and-diming: $10 a night for basic WiFi, $31 a night for valet parking, $19 a night for self-parking, and charges to rent a bicycle or beach chair
- As with many historic hotels, the soundproofing leaves something to be desired
- Access to the affiliated beach club is free for higher room categories, but it’s $200 a day for those in superior or deluxe rooms
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
After an extensive (and expensive) restoration at the start of this century, the hotel exemplifies “American Riviera” style such as the terra-cotta-tile roofs, whitewashed walls, and brick walkways are lit by gas lamps outside. Inside there’s a rich Spanish-colonial feel, with adobe archways, wood-beamed ceilings, and historic and custom furnishings.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms are spacious and outfitted in typical, slightly conservative Four Seasons style with a muted gold and green color scheme. The suites have gas fireplaces, beautiful heated tile floors in the bathrooms, and large steam showers. Bath products from L’Occitane add to the luxury quotient.
The spa, designed by Peter Marino, is a standout, with 11 treatment rooms, some of which overlook the ocean and have fireplaces. Marino also designed the affiliated members-only Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club (not an actual casino) across the street. Open to club members and guests in higher room categories, it has a huge swimming pool, extensive gym (in addition to the one at the resort itself) and the terrific oceanfront Tydes restaurant serving modern Californian fare. Back on the resort side, the sunset terrace at the Ty Lounge (the hotel is owned by Beanie Babies mogul Ty Warner; hence the naming—and all the plush toys in the gift shop) is a local favorite and great place to end the day with a glass of local wine.
In the Area
There are nearly 250 wineries in the area, and it’s virtually impossible to spend time in Santa Barbara without a day of playing Sideways in the city’s tasting rooms. Standouts include Au Bon Climat, which has been making subtle pinot noirs for 25 years, and Kunin, known for producing small lots of Rhone-style wines. There’s also an impressive culinary scene, populated by straight-ahead neighborhood restaurants like the Hungry Cat, where seafood and a raw bar dominate the menu. Work it off by biking or walking along Butterfly Beach.
How to Get There
Great staff and beautiful location. I was there on business, but a great place to spend a long weekend in a secluded area of Santa Barbara with family. Great old California Spanish design. I will be back. Housekeeping service was extra helpful. Great people.
I have shared my experience at the Four seasons with several friends and family members already & plan on continuing to share because our stay was wonderful. Thank you for helping me make great memories with my mom to celebrate her birthday. Your staff, amenities, grounds, property and resort experience was incredible. I was traveling for business & staying at the Californian which was wonderful. We decided to extend my trip & have my mom join me for her birthday. She originally made reservations at the Hilton Santa Barbara but after arriving we realized it was not suitable for our trip so we made a last minute decision to move to the Four Seasons. As soon as we stepped on property my mom started to relax and felt so special. We don't get to travel very often together so it was well worth it to see her experience a wonderful stay. We loved the grounds, the staff and the Bella Vista restaurant.
The check in experience and check out experience is slow, when you ask for your bill emailed, it never comes, many of the locks at the property are broken, the ventilation has not been cleaned and multiple people at our conference left with bad sore throats.
We stayed here for four glorious nights in September 2017. From the moment we arrived at reception to the very sad time of our departure, we were enchanted by this wonderful hotel.
The staff were exceptional, without exception. Thoughtful touches abounded such as when we came back to our beautiful room after a swim in the gorgeous pool, to discover a welcoming bottle of Prosecco and chocolates for my wife and I to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. But our amazing hosts had gone even further; they had also left a popcorn machine and coke for our 8 year old son. He was delighted. His delight was amplified when he discovered there was a child size bathrobe and slippers for him to use. It's that level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail that sets the Biltmore apart.
The food we ate was magnificent. We enjoyed wonderful lunches, brunch and breakfasts at the lovely Bella Vista restaurant as well as a very special anniversary dinner at Tydes. However, what truly surprised us were the exceptional in-room meals. A potential downside of travelling with a young child is how often we end up eating dinner in the room. Here it was something we actually looked forward to - the waiter would set up a table with a table cloth and flowers in our room or balcony and present us with superb, fresh and delicious meals.
The hotel buildings and grounds are stunningly beautiful. We wondered around for hours taking it all in, as well as playing some tennis and croquet.
For a special occasion treat, we could not speak highly enough of this incredible establishment. Thanks for a magical few days.
We loved our room it was a very nice size and spotless. Rain shower and huge tub for baths. We enjoyed a romantic fire in our room with coffee on chilly mornings. Eddie at the pool provided amazing service, so kind, friendly and quick. Bed and linens are very comfortable. We ate at Tydes, breakfast at Bella Vista and lunch at the pool. Everything we ate was incredibly delicious and Sunday Brunch is not to be missed! I wouldn’t consider the rooms to be oceanfront as we are across the street from the ocean but you are the first building. Most rooms do not have views of the ocean but are on meandering paths across the property surrounded by lush plants, trees and flowers. The groundskeepers are doing an amazing job. The front desk was the only place that service wasn’t stellar. We had lovely massages at the spa in a gorgeous treatment room before we enjoyed the teas and calming music as well as the view of the spa lounge. All in all a lovely getaway.