The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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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
  • Adjoining rooms
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Off street parking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.\nDue to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.\nSpa and gym facilities at this property are unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).\nWhen booking for more than 14 persons, different policies and additional supplements may apply.\nWiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.\nPrivate parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 50 per day.\nPets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.\nAll children are welcome.\nOne child under 3 years is charged USD 0 per night in a child's cot/crib.\nOne older child or adult is charged USD 50 per night in an extra bed.\nThe maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.\nThe maximum number of total guests in a room is 6.\nThe maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.\n

Credit cards accepted:

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

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

11am

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  • CLBL

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 ft²/0 m².
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  • Penthouse

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 King Beds
    • 2000 ft²/185 m².
    Amenities

    Views: ocean.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • kitchenette
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
  • 2 Bedroom Penthouse Suite

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

    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • terrace
    • working desk
  • Suite, 2 Bedrooms (Sea Haven)

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

    • patio
  • Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite with Ocean view, Fireplace and Balcony

    • Fits 6 people
    • 2002 ft²/186 m².
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    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • iron
    • kitchenette
    • laptop safe
    • minifridge
    • patio
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This suite has a balcony, sofa and patio.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Ritz Carlton Villa

    • Fits 2 people
    • 3700 ft²/343 m².
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  • The Ritz-Carlton Villa Ocean View

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

    This room includes:

    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • on demand movies
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • terrace
    • turndown service
    • working desk
  • Suite, 2 Bedrooms (Residence)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 King Beds
    • 3700 ft²/343 m².
    Amenities

    Views: ocean.

    This room includes:

    • patio
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
  • Partial Ocean View Room - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Garden View Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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  • Standard Double, 2 Double Village Garden

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Sea Haven

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Deluxe Room - 2 Queen Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Deluxe Club

    • Fits 2 people
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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  • QNQN

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
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  • Standard King Room, Fireplace Village

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • patio
  • Partial Ocean View With Balcony

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

    This room includes:

    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • terrace
    • working desk
  • Standard King Room, Village Garden

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    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
  • Superior Room - 2 Queen Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Partial Ocean King With Fireplace

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Fireside Garden

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Ocean View Room with Balcony

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

    This room includes:

    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • working desk
  • Partial Ocean View Room- 2 Double Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    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
  • Superior - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Ocean View Room - 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Superior Room, 2 Queen Beds (ADA)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Village Room- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Ocean King With Fireplace

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    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.
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Standard King Room

    • Fits 3 people
    • 452 ft²/42 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden or courtyard.

    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This double room features a balcony, bathrobe and view.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Standard Queen Room

    • Fits 4 people
    • 452 ft²/42 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden or courtyard.

    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This double room has a balcony, patio and tile/marble floor.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • King Room with Balcony and Partial Ocean View

    • Fits 3 people
    • 452 ft²/42 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This double room features a balcony, tile/marble floor and patio.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • King Room with Balcony and Ocean View

    • Fits 3 people
    • 452 ft²/42 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This double room features a balcony, fireplace and bathrobe.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Junior Suite - 2 Double Beds

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 545 ft²/50 m².
    Amenities

    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.
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • sofa sleeper
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • 1 Bedroom Suite Partial Ocean View

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
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    Amenities

    Views: partial ocean.

    This room includes:

    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa sleeper
    • terrace
    • working desk
  • Terrace Village Suite- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 1 person
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • 1 Bedroom Suite Garden View with Balcony

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

    This room includes:

    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • terrace
    • working desk
  • One Bedroom Suite - Garden View

    • Fits 2 people
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

  • Terrace Ocean View Suite- 1 King Bed

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • One Bedroom Partial Oceanview Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

  • Suite King Bed Partial Ocean (Terrace)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
    Amenities

    Views: partial ocean or garden.

    This room includes:

    • terrace
  • 1 Bedroom Suite Ocean View w/ Fireplace

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

    This room includes:

    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minifridge
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa sleeper
    • terrace
    • working desk
  • Terrace Suite Garden View King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 850 ft²/78 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • terrace
  • Signiture King Suite with Sofa Bed and Partial Ocean View

    • Fits 5 people
    • 850 ft²/79 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • sofa
    • sofa sleeper
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This suite features a balcony, sofa and air conditioning.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Signature King Suite with Sofa bed and Fireplace - Ocean View

    • Fits 5 people
    • 850 ft²/79 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • sofa
    • sofa sleeper
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This suite has a balcony, sofa and patio.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • One-Bedroom King Suite with Sofa Bed and Terrace

    • Fits 5 people
    • 850 ft²/79 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • patio
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • sofa
    • sofa sleeper
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • This suite has a balcony, flat-screen TV and tile/marble floor.
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Signature Suite, King Bed, Partial Ocean

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
    Amenities

    Views: partial ocean or garden.

    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Signature Partial Ocean View Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
    Amenities

    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.
    Amenities

    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.
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • flat panel television
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • One Bedroom Suite Ocean View

    • Fits 2 people
    • 925 ft²/85 m².
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour room service
  • Adjoining rooms
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Off street parking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.\nDue to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.\nSpa and gym facilities at this property are unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).\nWhen booking for more than 14 persons, different policies and additional supplements may apply.\nWiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.\nPrivate parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 50 per day.\nPets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.\nAll children are welcome.\nOne child under 3 years is charged USD 0 per night in a child's cot/crib.\nOne older child or adult is charged USD 50 per night in an extra bed.\nThe maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.\nThe maximum number of total guests in a room is 6.\nThe maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.\n

Credit cards accepted:

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

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

11am

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