Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFour Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
The hotel has a lovely old fashioned charm. Very Spanish in style set in magnificent gardens. Staff are very all very professional. Had a very relaxing three day stay. Would definitely return.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
We had a wonderful stay in Montecito's Four Seasons, in November 2004. I was disappointed with some of the critical reviews I read here, but our stay was great!
We had our two dogs with us, and they were welcomed with their own dog beds, bowls and treats. And the dog room service was delicious!
The location is superb, right on the beach, and the adjacent Casino cabana club is open for use by resort guests. Watch the sunset over the ocean from the Casino's jacuzzi - or swim in their impressive lap pool.
The ongoing construction did not bother us much, it was the loudest at the front door of the hotel. Also, we kind of liked the train.
Excellent Service; Interesting Rooms
We recently stayed at the FS SB since our friends were getting married at this resort. The wedding was beautiful and the food was delicious.
Overall, I was very happy with this resort. The level of customer service was outstanding, just like FS Hualalai. From the moment we drove our car up, everyone was extremely helpful and attentive. We had reserved a deluxe fireplace room. We did not really have a view. The property has an adobe mission feel, so if you do not this style, you will not like the rooms. The room itself was not out of this world but it was still fantastic. The bed was sooo comfortable. The room had a nice plasma tv.
Since this is an old hotel, you do hear sounds from the second floor. It is not terrible since I knew this is an old property. This resort is doing a lot of renovations, be sure to get a remodeled room. We had their Sun brunch and it was fantastic. The food was excellent and remember to sit outside since the ocean is just across the street.
Not up to par
We just returned from a two-night stay in a moderate room on the Bed and Breakfast package and we were not happy.
$500 a night for the level of room we got was a joke. The room and furnishings were beaten and the bathroom was worse than any other that I have seen, either at a luxury resort or more moderate hotel. For the price I paid, I expected a bathroom bigger than a phone booth and with tile and fixtures that had been upgraded since the 1970's. Having stayed at many other Four Seasons resorts and hotels in the past, I was shocked at how mediocre this experience was.
On the plus side: great location, great food, nice pool and amenities, and wonderful staff.
Not On Par with Other Four Seasons
I've stayed at this property a few times, and regularly stay at the Four Seasons all over the country. I have mixed feelings about this particular property because the activities on site are top notch, yet the rooms are not at all up to par with other Four Seasons and the service is spotty.
On our most recent visit this past summer, we were disappointed that the bungalow we rented was virtually unihnabitable during the day. With the huge amount of construction happening on the grounds, it was noisy and there were constantly people walking right by our room. We had to keep the shades drawn at all times if we wanted any privacy. At least once a day some kind of maintenance work was being done right outside the window and it was disruptive and annoying. One morning, the maintenance people were shouting and chatting outside our window at 6:30am which woke us up and kept us up for at least a half an hour.
The cleaning service person had the most horrible timing we've ever seen. Once the cleaner came and we asked her to come back in 10 minutes since we were leaving. She came back 3 hours later, just as we were returning back to the room. Another time, we called to have our room cleaned and let them know we'd be gone for an hour or 2. But instead of sending someone right away, the cleaner came right as we were getting back to our room. Hence, we had no cleaning service one of the days.
The service in general is really mixed at this Four Seasons. We had very friendly and accommodating food servers at the restaurants, some helpful concierge service and reception desk staff. Yet upon check out, we wanted to offer our feedback, but instead of a friendly and customer service oriented response, the reception desk staff was snotty and borderline rude.
While this is a classy and beautiful resort, I am ambivalent about spending upwards of $500 a night for a "Four Seasons Minus" experience.
Excellent In Every Way Possible
My wife, our children (ages 9 & 11), and I were satisfied in every way imaginable by our stay at the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara-- this despite the on-going renovation project. The hotel is beautiful and the staff does a terrific job. We were there for a week in April 2004 and absolutely loved it.
Enjoyed stayed, but left with bitter feelings
Went to the Four Seasons for a relaxing one night stay. My husband and I enjoyed the old santa barbara charm of the hotel. Forty five minutes after we checked out I realized I left a blouse hanging in the closet.
It was the only garment that I had hanging in the closet. I immediately called the hotel to have someone retrieve the blouse for me. After 3 hours of calling and being told someone from security would check, I was told there was no blouse there. That experience really tainted the my stay with the hotel.
Simply Decadent and Heavenly Hotel in Fabulous Montecito
This hotel and its setting are simply unparalleled anywhere; this must be one of the most breathtaking spots on earth. The gorgeous hotel overlooks the famed Butterfly Beach, only a stone's throw from the downtown of Santa Barbara. The hotel itself is in the exquisite SB enclave of Montecito. A famous casino is across from the hotel and sometimes hotel guests have privileges there. The hotel itself is pure class and is elegant with a Spanish flair. My favorite place to have a drink and listen to live jazz and dancing is La Sala which is so comfortable, like one's own livingroom and is known for its simple elegance and impeccable taste. Like everything else at this hotel, the service here is perfection. The server was so attentive and concerned, and the food was marvelous. I also love the comfortable rooms, romantic setting and both the terrace dining area and the more formal La Marina dining rooms. The hotel's lush grounds complement the beauty of the ocean setting, one can almost hear the ocean talk in the rooms and common areas. If you want a simply unforgettable and elegant atmosphere with taste, this hotel would be your dream. One could not fashion a more perfect and beautiful place to call home temporarily. Would be ideal for weddings and other special occasions as well, a real couple's place and one of my most cherished places that will always be special in my heart. A must experience you will never forget.
Wish I'd stayed at Bacara
Our 4 night stay here was a comedy of errors from the start. Despite the fact that I had requested early check-in, and, in fact, arrived at the 4:00 regular check in time, our room was not ready for another 30 minutes- unacceptable at 475 a night- and the same thing happened to other people there. Yes, it was President's DAy weekend and very busy- but the reason you stay at a place like that is that you expect top-notch service no matter what the circumstances. Secondly, the reservation person had told me that the interior renovation construction was to begin Tuesday. In fact, it began Monday at 11:00 am. When I complained, the front desk guy said they weren't supposed to start until one. He went out to talk to them, and the loud, incessant banging stopped for about 20 minues, and then resumed. Not exactly what I was looking for when I decided to sit by the pool. The walls were very thin--I could hear our neighbors laughing into the night- it felt like a college dorm. Overall, a surpisingly third-rate experience.
The hotel is so beautiful and the service is exceptional. It's such a romantic setting. Loved staying there. Had the most friendly and informative bell man. Being massaged at the spa while listening to the ocean was heavenly. And, amazingly, the food served at the pool was actually good...not the usual poolside fare. Only complaint, the spa hostess was not particularly helpful or apologetic when i discovered they had messed up on my boyfriend's massage time. Otherwise, an outstanding hotel.
I wish I could live in Santa Barbara!
If you're planning a beautiful and relaxing escape spend (and I mean spend$$$) it here. Santa Barbara is breath-taking. We were fortunate to spend our 5 days at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Hotel was lovely and rich in history. Situated on the ocean front you can see dolphins playing while you enjoy your breakfast at the hotel's La Marina restaurant. Morning walks are glorious on the beach...safe and everyone seems relaxed and friendly. A 5 minute walk from the hotel takes you to the village of Montecito where little shops and restaurants are abound. Oprah sightings are common. San Ysidro Ranch / The Stonehouse restaurant is about 10 minutes drive from the hotel. Excellent food! If you want something a little different visit Monty Roberts' Flag is Up Ranch. He's known as The Horse Whisperer (the real one). We witnessed a demonstration by one of his students and now have a great appreciation for his communication skills. Vineyards spot the Santa Ynez Valley. Firestone has recently become more popular due to the show "The Bachelor". Whale watching just off the pier is a real hit. Even if you don't spot one it's just nice to be out on a catamaran floating away a couple hours with the sun kissing your face. Whether you want a peaceful of activity ladened vacation this is the place to be. Pricey but worth it!
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... staying as long as possible the next morning as the drive to L.A was only a couple of hours. It was agreed that hiring a speed boat was the plan. Having the bikes was cool as there was no worry about having a drink, although the other challenge was we had to have them back before dark as they had no lights! As soon as the sun went down and we finished pudding we did the ride back down the pier and back to the hotel. I would say we just made it, although we did stop and ...
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... It wasn't fancy, but the food was good.
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I though both Maggie and Gel licked the bowls clean.
around 11pm we all called it a night and went off to ...
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Well that's all for this edition of our blog. From here it's off to Ventura.