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4.7 out of 5

"Bacara lived up to it's stellar reputation, despite the amount of construction going on. I would definitely stay here again. Got a partial ocean-view ... " More

By ProfT, from Central PA on Thu 23 Feb 2012

Hotel Description

5-star beachfront hotel near Sandpiper Golf Club

On the beach

Within 2 miles (3 km) of this Goleta hotel, you'll find Sandpiper Golf Club and Goleta Butterfly Grove. Glen Annie Golf Club and University of California-Santa Barbara are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Luxury amenities

This luxury hotel features an attached winery, a full-service spa, and 3 restaurants. Families will appreciate the children's club, kid-friendly dining, and in-room childcare. Enjoy the 3 outdoor pools and perks like free WiFi.

Free Internet, comfy beds

The 358 individually furnished guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as comfy beds. LED TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include balconies or patios and iPod docks.

Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$299* Per night/room Oct 15 - Oct 16

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Penthouse, 2 Bedrooms, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Fireplace, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

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

Guest reviews for The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019

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4 out of 5

Nice hotel

Cons: Noisy
We had a village room that we could hear everyone walking and talking in the hallways, so the rooms are not soundproof .if you are a light sleeper it's hard to sleep. The rooms are good ,ours had a gas fireplace.,tiles are worn.staff attentive and friendly.easteregg hunt was fun for the wifi in room.

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012

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5 out of 5

Heaven is a bit pricey

Pros: Quiet, excellent restaurants
Bacara lived up to it's stellar reputation, despite the amount of construction going on. I would definitely stay here again. Got a partial ocean-view room and it was wonderful. Very quiet and peaceful. Can't wait to return!

Posted by , from Central PA on Feb 23, 2012

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5 out of 5

Exceeded Expectations

My husband and I were looking for a weekend getaway, and this resort was gorgeous. The resort is definitely secluded from touristy attractions, so unless you plan on driving a ways away, plan to hang out at the resort. I had high expectations of the resort (rooms, landscaping, layout, ocean view) because of the pictures on their website, and I was very pleasantly surprised when I got there that what I was seeing was even better than the pictures. Since we took the train, we arrived hours before the check in time. The food at Spa Cafe was okay, but the Bistro was amazing, food, service, and the view. There was a wedding that weekend, so unfortunately, Miro was closed. The entire property was well maintained. Our tub stopper didn't work, and the maintenance staff completed the repair within about 20 minutes. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The resort is very hilly, so they have lots of service carts to take you around the resort should you decide not to take the scenic stroll. This resort is pricey, but I believe that what you get is well worth the cost. We will definitely be back to this resort.

Posted by , from Orange County on Oct 13, 2011

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 3, 2015 by

Dear ShayLovesTrains, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Bacara! I loved reading your review and hope to welcome you back again in the future! Kindly, Kathleen Cochran General Manager

5 out of 5

Very enjoyable stay

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
Beautiful spa hotel on the beach. Everything was top rate. Wonderful get away.

Posted by , from Reno, NV on Oct 5, 2011

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4 out of 5

Extraordinary property, great service. Handicap accessibility was an issue.

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet
We truly enjoyed our stay. The property is breathtaking. The hotel's employees were always happy to assist in what ever way they could. The physical geography that made the resort so wonderful made for difficult wheel chair travel. Though the staff would be happy to transport you on the electric carts that were available, arranging for that assistance took the spontaneous nature of a walk/ride around the grounds out of play.

Posted by , from Minnesota on Apr 13, 2011

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4 out of 5

An excellent getaway

Our stay was so tranquil and serene. The room was very clean and felt very secluded. It was a great stay.

Posted by , from San Diego on Apr 12, 2011

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5 out of 5

If you want the ultimate treatment and have money to spend, stay here.

Pros: Quiet, near ucsb
I've never spent this much money on a place to stay, but I've never stayed at such a nice place. I needed a hotel for one night for UCSB graduation weekend....which is almost impossible to get. All the usual suspects wanted a minimum 2 or 3 nights to have a room. So I bit down hard and reserved a night here figuring if I was going to pay the equivilant elsewhere and couldn't use the extra nights, why not splurge and enjoy it. Turned out to be a very good decision. The 'compound' is awesome. The staff is amazingly attentive.

Posted by , from Orange County, CA on Feb 10, 2011

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5 out of 5

Second time and will come again

Love it, they were doing construction when we were there but it was lovely. You feel like your some place else. Very relaxing and beautiful views. If I am coming to this area, I always check at Bacara first!

Posted by , from St. Paul, MN on Feb 3, 2011

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About the The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Location 8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117

Property Features

A winery is on site. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara offers its guests a full-service spa, 3 outdoor swimming pools, and 2 spa tubs along with a health club and a sauna. There are 3 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. Event space at this hotel measures 70000 square feet (6503 square meters) and includes conference space. Spa services, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the luxury The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Parking is available for a fee. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 5-star Goleta hotel.

  • 358 guestrooms or units
  • 22 buildings
  • 3 dining venues
  • 70000 sq ft of conference space
  • 6503 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2000
  • Winery on site
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Free WiFi
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (10.4 km / 6.5 mi)
  • Train station: Goleta Station (8.5 km / 5.3 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara offers 358 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Pillowtop beds feature Frette Italian sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. 48-inch LED televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. This Goleta hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include safes and complimentary bottled water. Microwaves, in-room massages, and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Private balcony or patio
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Minibar
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave available
  • Coffee maker
  • Frette Italian linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Unique furnishings
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.

Spa Cafe - Overlooking the pool and garden, this café specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and light fare.

Angel Oak - Overlooking the ocean, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

The Bistro - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

3 outdoor swimming pools and 2 spa tubs are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club and a sauna.

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

  • Golf driving range on site
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

The onsite spa has 36 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and body treatments. The spa is equipped with a sauna. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, and hydrotherapy.

  • Sauna in spa
  • Number of treatment rooms 36
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Massages


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

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


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


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 50.0 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 250.00 per pet, per stay
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Weight limit: 50 lbs
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card 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.

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

A credit 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.

  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions


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

  • Resort fee: USD 39.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Spa access
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Newspaper
  • Faxes
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • 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.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 39 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 39.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 250.00 per pet, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 50.0 per day

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

Hotel Names

  • Bacara
  • Bacara Goleta
  • Bacara Resort
  • Bacara Resort Goleta
  • Bacara Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Bacara Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Bacara Resort
  • Bacara Spa Resort Santa Barbara
  • Bacara Resort Santa Barbara Ca
  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara Hotel Goleta
  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara Hotel
  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara Goleta
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Goleta
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Hotel Goleta

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.