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"This was my 4th trip to Santa Barbara but my first time staying at the Fess Parker. It is a beautiful, clean, comfortable hotel and the staff was won ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 21 Nov 2015

Hotel Description

4-star beach hotel near Lotusland

Oceanside stay

A stay at this East Beach hotel places you within half a mile (1 km) of Santa Barbara Zoo and 3 miles (5 km) of Presidio Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Renovated in 2018

A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and 2 outdoor tennis courts are all featured at this smoke-free hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, express check-out, and free airport shuttle. You'll find 2 coffee shops/cafés and 2 bars/lounges for dining and drinks, and an outdoor pool is also on site.

MP3 docks, WiFi

The 360 guestrooms feature comforts like premium bedding and down comforters, while refrigerators and coffee/tea makers offer the conveniences of home. TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include WiFi and furnished balconies or patios.

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Mountain View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$192* Per night/room Sep 29 - Sep 30

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Partial View (Hearing)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible (Roll-In Shower)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed, Accessible (Roll-In Shower)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Partial Ocean View (Bathtub)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Mountain View (Bathtub)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort ratings based on 49 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Everyone (8) Couples (1)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 8, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 9, 2019 by Michael Glover

Thank you for your staying with us and your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back!

5 out of 5
The location was great, so close to the water. Starbucks was handy!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 7, 2019 by Michael Glover

Thank you for your staying with us and your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back!

5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 12, 2019 by Manager

Thank you for the 5 Star review! Come back and see us.

5 out of 5
We loved everything about it! Location, staff and of course the weather!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 20, 2019 by Michael Glover

Good Afternoon, Thank you for selecting Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. On behalf of the entire team, it was a pleasure to serve you and we hope a future stay at our resort will be included in your travel plans.

5 out of 5

Wonderful place to stay!

This was my 4th trip to Santa Barbara but my first time staying at the Fess Parker. It is a beautiful, clean, comfortable hotel and the staff was wonderful. I make the trip once a year and will definitely stay there again.

Posted by , from Arizona on Nov 21, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 24, 2015 by Matthew L

Dorothy, Thank you for the great review and for selecting our resort for your most recent stay in Santa Barbara. We are thrilled to know you will be returning and look forward to serving you again!

5 out of 5

Our stay at Fess Parker Santa Barbara

Pros: Everything
Location: My girlfriend and I walked to Stearns Wharf area and rented a surrey bike for 6 and pedaled it down the beach bike trail and picked up 3 other ladies.
I shared a room at Fess Parker Santa Barbara Double Tree Hilton Resort with 3 other ladies. We had 2 double beds and also a cot requested by one of the ladies. We had plenty of space in our hotel room and lots of towels. The resort is beautiful and very well kept. The beds were very comfortable and quiet. The staff was very accommodating. The ocean was just across the street and very accessible. We had a wonderful 2-day stay! We finished out our last evening by ordering a movie.

Posted by , from Alabama on Nov 3, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 7, 2015 by Matthew L

Mary, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We are very pleased to know you enjoyed your stay.

3 out of 5

Excellent location

Low staff in dining area for lunch. One bar of soap for 2 people, sink and shower! No hair dryer.

Posted by , from los angeles, CA on Oct 5, 2015

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3 out of 5

Getting old and needs upgrading

Our first room was ground floor adjacent to the pool. Very noisy. Tried to change took 2 nights to get a new room. Overall cleanliness was poor.

Posted by , from Pa. on Aug 26, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 28, 2015 by Matthew L

We apologize for the delay in locating a room away from the pool area. During the summer season and especially on sell out nights, our team tries very hard to assist guests with room moves, but at times it's difficult to accomplish right away. Thank you for your feedback and selecting our resort for your visit to Santa Barbara.

5 out of 5

Wonderful

Pros: Everything
I enjoyed my stay the staff was so wonderful and nice. I would definitely recommend this hotel when I come back to Santa Barbara

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015

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3 out of 5

Mixed feelings

The fess Parker is conveniently located near the sea front and downtown Santa Barbara, on spacious grounds.  It consists of a series of two story buildings scattered over a fairly extensive area.  I arrived at 3.40 pm and was told my suite was not ready, and to come back at 4 pm.  At 4 pm I was told the suite was still not ready.  After complaining that guests arriving after me were being awarded suites, I was up graded to the Presidential suite.  This was very spacious with amenities such as a huge Jacuzzi, but not overly luxurious. although very comfortable.  I noticed the staff moving around in golf carts, but no one offered to take us and our considerable baggage to our room, a distance of about 200 yards.  Also, my room was on the second floor, and there were no elevators  - I heard several other guests complain about being left on their own.  Although there was a concierge desk, it was never manned during my visits to the lobby, and the desk staff were not very well informed about the local attractions or restaurants.  Meals were adequate but expensive - use the many nearby restaurants instead. I also found the overnight parking fee a nuisance and unnecessary as the grounds were very spacious. All in all, a mixed experience. 

Posted by , from Dallas, TX on Oct 11, 2013

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About the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Location 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Property Features

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort offers its guests a full-service spa, outdoor tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. There are 2 restaurants and 2 coffee shops/cafés on site. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Public spaces have WiFi and wired Internet for a fee. A business center and limo/town car service are available. A spa tub, a 24-hour fitness center, and spa services are also featured at the business-friendly Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. A roundtrip airport shuttle is free (available on request). Parking is available for a fee. A complete renovation of Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort was completed in April 2018. This 4-star Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 360 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 8 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • 2 coffee shops
  • Built in 1986
  • Towels for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Concierge
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 2
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge) , Wired Internet access (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge) , Wired Internet access - surcharge

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (18.8 km / 11.7 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (2 km / 1.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort offers 360 air-conditioned accommodations with MP3 docking stations and minibars. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. Televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary weekday newspapers, and laptop-compatible safes. Additionally, rooms include safes and irons/ironing boards. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Amenities available on request include hypo-allergenic bedding.

  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort has 2 restaurants on site.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include outdoor tennis courts and a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Tennis lessons on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Spa Services

Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa, Day Spa del Mar. Services include facials, body wraps, and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, and hydrotherapy.

  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available on request from 6 AM to 7 PM. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport shuttle service is offered on request from 6 AM to 7 PM. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 35.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets: USD 50 per accommodation, per night
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 75 lbs)

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 30 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Phone calls
  • In-room safe
  • Concierge/valet service
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 5 and USD 45 for adults, USD 5 and USD 20 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 12.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 12.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: USD 12.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 25 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 35 per day
  • Pet fee: USD 50 per accommodation, per night
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 35.00 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 35.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • DoubleTree Fess Parker
  • DoubleTree Hilton Santa Barbara
  • Fess Parker DoubleTree Hilton Resort Santa Barbara
  • Fess Parker DoubleTree Hilton Resort
  • Fess Parker Hilton
  • Fess Parker Hilton Santa Barbara
  • Hilton Fess Parker
  • Parker DoubleTree Santa Barbara
  • Parker Fess Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Fess Parker
  • Fess Parker DoubleTree Hilton Santa Barbara
  • Fess Parker DoubleTree Hilton
  • The Fess Parker Santa Barbara DoubleTree by Hilton Resort
  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront
  • The Fess Parker A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort
  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Hotel
  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Santa Barbara
  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Hotel Santa Barbara

You should know

  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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