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
We stayed at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara last week to celebrate our 12 year wedding anniversary. We were in California to attend a friends wedding and decided to stay in Santa Barbara Four Seasons for the first part of our trip to celebrate our marriage and we were blown away by the whole Four Seasons Santa Barbara experience. We are both very busy back home, have four younger boys and this was an amazing treat for us. Service was top notch. The property beautiful. Food delicious. Everything was incredible. We will be back and we highly recommend staying here.
FS Santa Barbara has one of the best settings of any hotel in the country. Its directly on the sandy beaches of Santa Barbara and has some of the most lovely, lush jungle gardens throughout. Most rooms don't have ocean views but jungle/bungalow rooms make you feel like you're in the heart of Central America.
The service was outstanding and so were both restaurants.
Some other reviewers complain about the train noise. As some one who is super noise sensitive, I was worried about this. But, the train maybe comes every like, 6 hours? Its not a disturbance at all and when it does come through, its not that bad.
Service was attentive and friendly. The resort is pretty and rooms are unique. Food is just average - nothing special. The pool is nice but small. If you want to use the coral casino pool it’s $200/day. I don’t know if that’s new or not.
While we had a great stay, we are at the new Rosewood Miramar and it’s gorgeous with a huge pool and beautiful grounds. I would probably stay there next time.