Bacara Resort & Spa

8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA

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17.5
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms17.5
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18
  • Overall17.5
4
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

From the outside the resort seems amazing. Rooms and public areas are very nice.

What the hotel could do better:

This resort is not what it seems from the outside. The high end details are lacking. We stayed in a partial ocean view room and the view was perfect - except for the smell and smoke from the bistro grill underneath us. While browsing through the in room resort info we noticed how dirty the pages were including stuck on food from previous guests - nasty! Miro is closed leaving only one underwhelming restaurant to have dinner at. We're in SB wine country and the list was pathetic. The beach looked wonderful online but in reality is small and rocky. Bacara needs to step up its game to compete with the other SB big boys. We checked out after one day and moved closer into town.

Brian

Stayed June 2015

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Hotel Description

There are a few old historic hotels on the California coast, but as often as not, the reproductions are even better than the real thing. One doesn't come to California in search of authenticity, after all — here architecture and set design are simply different branches of the same discipline. So Bacara's youth (established 2000) should surprise no one, and can hardly be considered a disadvantage.

And they make them bigger than they used to — with 360 rooms and suites and a spa that could be conservatively described as “massive” (42,000 square feet), Bacara Resort and Spa verges on luxury overkill. The style is inevitably Spanish, all whitewash and tile roofs, and the buildings hug the ground, sprawled like a village, which lends a surprising degree of intimacy to such a palatial hotel.

Comfort (or “wellness,” in contemporary spa parlance) may be the overriding theme, but exclusivity is perhaps the key to the resort's appeal — and the prices reflect this fact. We mere mortals will probably find ourselves in the most humble of the guest rooms, which are, in the grand scheme of things, not really all that humble — meanwhile the suites quickly take off into extravagant territory, and even presidents may feel a bit intimidated by the sheer grandeur of the Presidential Residence. Then again, if you're into stunning natural beauty, over-the-top modern California luxury, or Ayurvedic oil drips, then you will probably find it a fair trade.

Please note: Bacara Resort & Spa is located in the town of Goleta, a 15-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara. The only on-site parking available is valet service for $32 per day.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 360 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour room service
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Golf nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Pets are allowed on request and charges apply. Up to two children under 18 years stay free of charge when using existing beds. All further older children or adults are charged USD 75 per night when using existing beds.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour room service
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Golf nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Pets are allowed on request and charges apply. Up to two children under 18 years stay free of charge when using existing beds. All further older children or adults are charged USD 75 per night when using existing beds.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

12pm

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