"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 traveller on Sat 21 Nov 2015

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Hotel Description

4-star beachfront hotel near Lotusland

Beachfront retreat

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, 1 King Bed, Mountain View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
C$333 per night

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 46 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 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 (5) Couples (1)
5 out of 5
We loved everything about it! Location, staff and of course the weather!

Posted by on 20 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Mar. 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 21 Nov. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

24 Nov. 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 3 Nov. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

7 Nov. 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 5 Oct. 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 26 Aug. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

28 Aug. 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


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 23 Jun. 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 11 Oct. 2013

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4 out of 5

Great Location, lovely facility

Fantastic location central to beach, downtown and Montecito activities. Nice facilities, lovely indoor/outdoor café/bar with two "fire-tables" for romantic evening sipping. Some amenities are aging and need to be upgraded but we understand that this is planned for the fall. Overall a great experience in a beautiful city!

Posted by , from Seattle on 18 Jul. 2013

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5 out of 5

Very nice location by the beach and wonderful pool facilities.

Pros: Close restaurants, great location
Very nice location by beach and downtown. The pool facilities were really great. Beautiful resort on about 27 acres. We will definitely return!

Posted by , from Denver, CO, USA on 20 Oct. 2012

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3 out of 5

For the Price.....I Expected More.

Cons: No free Internet, Noisy, parking fee
We stayed mid week through the weekend. Check in was great, our room was ready two hours before check in time and the desk clerk was friendly and helpful. We stayed in a ground floor garden view room. The room smelled musty but appeared clean, other than stained carpet. After airing out the room with the patio door open, it didn't smell as bad. The white bed comforters were also stained with small spots. Furniture was pretty dated. The mini-bar fridge was not cold. Our coffee maker didn't work, but we had it promptly replaced. The beds were super comfortable and the resort was quiet at night until the weekend hit. There were a few weddings and some rather loud guests above us so we used earplugs. The location was plus, being right across from the beach. We ate at the bar once, and waited over 45 minutes for the one waitress working (not her fault) to take our order due to all the wedding guests. The parking fee was ridiculous considering what we paid per night to stay there. When the weekend hit and the weddings were going on, we could barely find parking. No free internet as well. I wouldn't really call this place a resort. It's an older hotel that was probably really nice in it's prime, but now it's outdated and overpriced. We saw several other places that we should of stayed at and saved a lot of money. We will not be returning to this establishment, nor can I recommend it due to the value for your money.

Posted by on 5 Oct. 2012

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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


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

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


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • 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.

Spa Services

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

Hotel Policies


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


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


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
  • Bicycle storage
  • Internet access
  • Phone calls
  • 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.

  • 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

  • Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront
  • Fess Parker`s Doubletree Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort
  • Doubletree Fess Parkers
  • Doubletree Santa Barbara
  • The Fess Parker Santa Barbara DoubleTree by Hilton Resort

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.