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TravelPod Member ReviewsFess Parker's Doubletree Resort Santa Barbara
Across the street from the beach.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort Santa Barbara
This is a large sprawling complex on the quiet side of State Street, along the beach, away from Stearns Wharf. It's not cheap but the rooms are bigger than the average hotel's and all amenities are available.
A Rip Off
My room had a lovely room overlooking a garbage transfer station with about 75 garbage trucks and the attendant smell! Also there is a main line railroad track immediately adjacent to the hotel site. Trains are not too frequent but they must blow their whistle for a crossing not too far away. I can't believe people would pay resort prices for the facilities here. The room is nothing special. It is across a busy four lane highway from the ocean. Staff is unfriendly and unknowledgable.
This is my second visit to Santa Barbara and my second stay at the
Should have read the reviews
I went to Santa Barbara looking for the best hotel available. Don't let them fool you. The ocean view room that cost over $300 in the fall hardley had a view of the ocean. Make sure you look between the other buildings and trees in front of you...then you might be able to get a peek. The staff was very unknowledgable and were in desperate need of some customer service training. It is a beautiful hotel and could easily earn their reputation back if they cared enough about it.
Still a great place to stay with everything you need. Large pool, good workout room, nice tennis courts and steps from the beach. The grounds are very well manicured and everything seemed clean. We called for early check-in and were told "no problem". However when we arrived we were told check-in is at four, but they could accommodate us. Not the best customer service training in the world. Great location in Santa Barbara steps to beach and steps to State Street.
Ok but not as clean as it used to be!
Use to be the nicest place to stay. This really upsets me to say this.
But the last 2 times we stayed this summer, we stayed in rather dirty rooms, and payed a high price for anything to be at all dirty. The Carpets always were dirty. The people are always nice. Except for the front desk reservation clerks, they can be rather rude at times. But last time we ask for early check in and waited what seemed to be a long 1-1/2 hours for our room to be worked on. Please clean all the carpets and get new bedding the rooms look rather worn in many places, for anyone to pay $365.00 a night. Honestly it hurts me to even say this about our favorite place ever. Hope things change for the best!
We had what they called a resort view, which was a view of the pool. My first impression when walking to my room was of a messy guest laundry room and an unattractive elevator. The room size was okay but the accomodations were nothing special. The room was also not the cleanest, the return vents were flthy and the bathroom was of small size . The pool and jacuzzi were full of sand and in need of repair. size. We paid $325 for the room plus tax, I would say it was worth $150. When they built this place quality was not in mind. We also had the buffet breakfast, which was okay, but the service was terrible, and they charged my 2 and 3 year olds for the meal. The only positve was that the grounds were attractive . I would not recommend this place nor would I stay here again. I have stayed at a lot nicer fro less.
My favorite place to stay in Santa Barbara. Always feels safe and clean. The service has always been above average for me. It is a wonderful and delightful experience.
Fido friendly Fess Parker Resort
Great Fido friendly resort! We have two labs and they were treated like royalty. They were given doggie treats upon arrival plus they have an in-house masseuse for dogs! Right across from the beach and walking distance to shops and restaurants. 4-paws up!
This hotel is highly overrated. For the price of this hotel, I was deeply disappointed. The only redeeming factors of this hotel are the size of the rooms and its proximity to the beach. Otherwise, it is a hotel that pretends to be in the upper echelon of hotels but fails miserably. The staff are unknowledgable and rude. The bathroom toiletries are the same as I'd expect from a motel chain. (They claim to have Neutrogena products, and the bottles say Neutrogena, but they instead you get the overly perfumed conditioner and the run-of-the-mill french milled soap.) There is one swimming pool and hot tub for the complex that are always overcrowded. When I checked in, the reception person told me I was given a "pool-view" room, and there was no pool in sight outside our room. Customer service is not at its best here.