The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18
  • Overall18
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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 the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara'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), the Ritz-Carlton Bacara 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.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 358 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)

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Pets are allowed on request and charges apply.

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  • Penthouse

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 King Beds
    • 2000 ft²/185 m².
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    Views: ocean.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • kitchenette
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
  • Suite, 2 Bedrooms (Sea Haven)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 King Beds
    • 2000 ft²/185 m².
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    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Suite, 2 Bedrooms (Residence)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 King Beds
    • 3700 ft²/343 m².
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    Views: ocean.

    This room includes:

    • patio
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
  • Standard Double, 2 Double Village Garden

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Sea Haven

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Deluxe Room - 2 Queen Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

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    • patio
  • Standard King Room, Fireplace Village

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • patio
  • Standard King Room, Village Garden

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Deluxe Room - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Village Garden King with Fireplace

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • ADA Village Room- 2 Double Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • working desk
  • Partial Ocean King With Fireplace

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Village Room- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Partial Ocean View Room - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Partial Ocean View Room- 2 Double Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Ocean View Room - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Superior - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Superior Room - 2 Queen Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Superior Room, 2 Queen Beds (ADA)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Ocean King With Fireplace

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Single Room (Mobile Room)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Double/Full Bed
    • 452 ft²/41 m².
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  • Junior Suite - 2 Double Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 545 ft²/50 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Executive Suite - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 820 ft²/76 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • sofa sleeper
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Suite King Bed Partial Ocean (Terrace)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
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    Views: partial ocean or garden.

    This room includes:

    • terrace
  • Terrace Village Suite- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 1 person
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Terrace Ocean View Suite- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Terrace Suite Garden View King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • terrace
  • Signature Suite, King Bed, Partial Ocean

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
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    Views: partial ocean or garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Signature Partial Ocean View Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Signature Garden View Suite- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
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    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Signature Ocean View Suite- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
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    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
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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.

Credit cards accepted:

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

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

12pm

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