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)
- READ MORE: 72 hours on Highway 1
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
Stayed here for 3 days in business. The hotel was older but well maintained. The staff was excellent and always attentive. Food offerings and service during our meetings were above average. Only disappointment was that the majority of rooms have no view of the ocean. Otherwise a beautiful venue.
You can’t beat the location of this hotel or the impeccable service of the staff. The bungalow I booked initially was stunning but smelled a little musty as it is surrounded by lush and verdant jungle. I’m sensitive to smell so I asked to move to a similar room type and was moved with ease and no hastle. The front desk staff here are simply the best. The beach club across the street is marvelous and worth the whole stay. I had a lovely meal outside at the hotel proper and slept like a baby in the most comfortable bed. Go if you can, and stay forever.
We made our reservation on the mobile app. We paid for the upgrade. When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by the valet from there on every experience was flawless. The front desk professional upgraded once more to a room that was beyond our dreams. She was amazing. I stay at many luxury hoteks and they have earned my loyalty from here on out.
The Biltmore Santa Barbara is a fabulous property rich in beauty, exotic grounds and plant life, luxury,and service worthy of a Four Seasons hotel. My visit was short, but I felt completely restored as if I had been there for days. Service was incredible! Can't wait to come back.KMZ
Great Hotel with excellent service. Wonderful Sunsets from the Bar. Great food at the bar. The customer service was excellent and very much enjoyed. Breakfast was very nice presented ala carte each mornin.