The Fess Parker – A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort
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- 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
Years ago I spent about 200 nights here. What a shock to see how their customer service has declined. Room not ready, no estimate of when it would be, front desk unresponsive. The baggage staff was very good and embarrassed by the lack of responsiveness of the desk staff. I spend 100+ a year in hotels and this will go down as one that was very poor. Last year we stayed at the Hyatt and it was one of the best experiences.
We had an ocean view room, but it's barely a view. First, there's a lawn in front of the room, then a road, then a sidewalk, more grass and trees and then the beach! We arrived on July 3 and discovered that people are allowed to camp on the grass by the beach that night. On July 4, it was a solid tent city along the entire beach. Multi generational families were having picnics, barbecuing, playing music (loudly) and enjoying the holiday. After the fireworks (~9:20 p.m.), the entire tent city was dismantled and everyone left!
The resort's pool area is small in relation to the size of the resort and there were no lounge chairs available when we got there. The pool was packed! To get to the beach you had to walk through people's "campsites".
The hotel charged a daily $25 resort fee which meant that we received two small bottles of water and 2 small bottles of Prosecco daily.
Our room was expensive ($700/night) and was definitely not worth the price. We would never stay there again.
Below are the pictures of a “partial sea view” for $495 per night without taxes or the resort fee. You can BARELY see the sea above the roof top across the way. (See my pics) I am a Hilton Gold member (even been a Diamond member for many years) and when I complained I was explained that “this is the way the room is categorized”. The hotel is only two stories tall so unless you have a full sea view room, forget it. If you want to stay in Santa Barbara, much better to book a B&B or a boutique hotel downtown and save a couple hundred bucks per night and be closer to the restaurants and bars, etc. The Hilton is across the street from the beach but it is still quite a way to the water. Since you can’t hear the sound of the sea, and the view sucks, its not worth the extra money!
Formerly the Fess Parker Doubletree, this Hilton has been remodeled and has an excellent location, staff and nice pool area. Walking distance to the beach, downtown Funk Zone, dining, tasting rooms and super friendly and professional staff!
The Hilton has recently had a huge renovation converting it from a Doubletree. The hotel is located across the street from the beach and a nice walk to Stearns Pier and the harbor. The The facility is excellent and looks and feels new.. The lobby is new and the rooms were remodeled and redecorated. The pool was very nice and very popular. Lounges were at a premium each day. The coffee shop in the lobby was very close to being open. Some of the staff were very friendly, helpful and were stars but many need coaching about greeting guests which should improve as they gain experience. That's what kept me from rating it a five. I will try the Hilton again.