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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Restaurant has the best view of the ocean! We got a standard room for one night, and it was large, clean, and full of character. With every turn there are beautiful rustic details to appreciate. Service was fantastic. Gym is nice and large. We had a great stay and would recommend.
What can I say, this property has to be one of the most unique properties in the world. The location, the lush and historical landscaping and of course the charm of the physical hotel which is like stepping back in time.
This buffet brunch is done well. Huge assortment of food choices, meat, seafood, cheeses, beverages, salads, anything you might want. Desserts were also beautiful and delicious. It offers a beautiful atmosphere, complementary valet with brunch, free flowing mimosas. Perfect
Impeccable hospitality, great food (loved the Moroccan Feast), amazing bungalow, gorgeous grounds, a beautiful pool and an overall magical stay. Could not have been more happy or had a better Mother’s Day.
Our front desk receptionist was so accomodating when we asked for early check in because we needed to get ready for a wedding later in the day. We stayed in the Bungalos and had a private yard. It was nice and secluded just like our backyard.
The Tydes Restaurant was excellent both ambiance and service