The Fess Parker – A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Fess Parker – A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara (East Beach), you’ll be convenient to Cabrillo Pavillion and Presidio Santa Barbara. This 4-star hotel is close to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara.
Make yourself at home in one of the 360 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations and minibars. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Cable programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants and 2 coffee shops/cafés, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include wired Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
How to Get There
This is a very beautiful resort right across the street from a nice stretch of beach. The pool is nice but small for the size of the property. We were inclined to go for a swim but there weren't any chairs available for us the entire afternoon and early evening of our stay. The resort charge includes a glass of wine and either 2 hours on a beach cruiser or $20 towards another bike type. There is a really nice path along the water or bike lanes along the main street.
Be mindful when choosing your room type. The mountain view rooms do have a view of the mountains, but they also look over the parking lot and the industrial area next door. They are also less than 40 yards from the train tracks. There are trains that run frequently, blaring their whistles loud enough to be heard with the door closed. I heard the first one at 6:30 am. This didn't wake everyone in our room, but if you're a light sleeper, be forewarned.
The Hilton Santa Barbara Resort has been refurbished since our last stay. It's even more beautiful than before. It's on East Beach and a 15 minute walk to Stearn's wharf and the restaurants there. We had a wonderful time and will be going back.
I chose this hotel because it’s I like the brand and try to stick with Hilton when we travel and because it is located across the street from the beach. I was a little disappointed with this property. When we arrived we were offered valet which I chose however the valet guy didn’t offer any details like maybe we should check in first to see where our room is located before choosing valet. Our room ended up being in a completely different building than the main building where’s the car was parked. After discovering this I cancelled the valet service and chose self park.
Check In was easy although the new guy missed a few important details about our stay but since he was new I didn’t make a fuss.
Our building was a short distance from the main lobby.... walkable but not with luggage. The hallway was dark, dated, and very musty smelling. My kids said it smelled like grandma’s house. LOL The room was a little larger than typical rooms but very dated and not impressive. The fridge kept our food at a slightly warm temp and our patio was uninviting. We were all unimpressed with the accommodations. A large ugly bug showed up uninvited the next morning which my son removed. The best part of the room was the double sink in the bathroom although the bathroom door was hard to close and placed awkwardly in the bathroom area.
Breakfast was $30 per person which we opted out. Way too pricey. I can’t imagine what was being served for $30 per person! We instead found a Rite Aid store about 5 minutes away and bought Fruit Loops cereal and milk for about 5 bucks. There’s a Starbucks in the main building but the employee said it actually isn’t a Starbucks they just sell the coffee there. LOL.
There were tennis courts, a salon, a fitness room, on site restaurant and bar and a gift shop. Overall this property didn’t feel like a resort property and was definitely priced high for what it offered. It should be more around the $200 per night range. We most likely will not visit this hotel again.
I’ve stayed at this property many times. Large property with lots of open space and beautifully landscaped grounds. Buildings are not tall so very few rooms for the size of the property.
Common areas in the main building are also large. Rooms are huge. You don’t find hotels like this anymore because it’s too expensive too build them that way. The property is a little dated so not a 5 star resort but a solid choice for this area.
Right across the street from the beach and a short walk to Stearns Wharf and State Street. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
A couple drawbacks. I hate it when hotels charge resort fees. Just put it into the room cost and have a higher published rate.
Also the breakfast was dreadful. Very poor quality at an exorbitant price. Even with the Hilton Diamond subsidy it was a bad value. Also there were lots of birds flying in and out through a broken door. I saw a bird on a serving spoon for the buffet. Disgusting.
I will definitely stay here again and I recommend this hotel just don’t eat here. Lots of better food options close by. Good family resort otherwise.
We stayed in the Hilton Santa Barbara last night and had to post these photos of mold and awful staining in bathroom. Not sure how this is acceptable for a $500+ a night room. We’ve never had an issue with Hilton’s before but this is unacceptable.