Ratings based on 1,856 Verified Reviews
4.1 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
by A verified traveler from Los Angeles
Beautiful out front - beyond that - not so muchPosted Jul 6, 2017
Pros: The look from the front... that's all
Cons: Read my above comments
Location: Beautiful and close
The hotel is beautiful upon arrival. It is in a great location for the beach and town. Bellman and valet are nice. Beyond that, I'll never stay there again. Pool was dirty both in the water and around the edges. The bathroom was that of a two star hotel. Shower nozzle needed to be replaced months before we checked in. Paint and floor grout were in disrepair. Even though it was a holiday we still needed to be on line for work... it was all but impossible the entire stay. Connecting to the hotel network was all but impossible, or, if we did connect we were constantly being kicked off the network. If we were lucky to connect for a few minutes we'd have terribly slow data. Phone calls to the front desk and the tech support service yielded little to no help at all. Nice looking from the photos on line. Beautifully situated location. Terrible hotel for the impression given
by A verified traveler from Los Angeles, CA
across the street to the beachPosted Jun 22, 2017
Our room had a small patio which led us directly to the pool. Pool was a good size and great for families with children. We were there during the week and it was not busy at all.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Mesa, AZ
Very Pleased.Posted Jun 20, 2017
Location: About a half-block east of the hotel is Tri-County Produce (335 S. Milpas St.), and it's not to be missed.
The Fess Parker was a very good choice for my wife and me. Our room was clean, spacious and quiet, the property overall is lovely, and it was in an ideal location (an easy walk to downtown, and literally across the street from East Beach). Regarding reviews that suggest that the hotel is "dated," we saw no signs of that; our room and the public areas, while not brand-new, were certainly up to date, and we had no complaints. The only hiccup had to do with the front desk staff, which seemed inexperienced and a bit robotic in their communication. (But the concierge and bell staff were great.) Also, guests who book their reservations through Hilton seem to get preferential treatment (e.g., free WiFi). Neither of those issues was a deal-killer, though, and we would recommend this hotel to others.
by A verified traveler from Otange county CA
Nice hotel, excellent staff, but...Posted Jun 7, 2017
The facility and the service is excellent. The only negative unfortunately is not a hotel issue. There is a large homeless population and quite often they can be heard yelling from the front lawn. We chose an ocean front room and in this case out was a negative since we could hear and see this activity on a daily basis. The entire city of Santa Barbara seems to be the same way... shuttles 50 cents are a great convenience, but this is also a translation method for the homeless. I feel for them, many seem to have mental issues, not sure if the city has a shelter, since they can be seen seeking pin benches, etc. We won't be returning to Santa Barbara.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from New York
Close to the beach and downtown Santa BarbaraPosted May 30, 2017
Cons: Decoration, bathroom would need some refreshing
Location: Great, 2-min walk from the beach, 10 min to the town across either a nice park or the boardwalk
Big hotel at a walking distance from the beach and State St downtown SB. The room decoration is really old fashioned, same for the bathroom. Standard US breakfast
by A verified traveler from Palm Desert
Close to activityPosted May 30, 2017
Pros: Landscaping and pool area are very nice. Room was spacious
Cons: Building maintenance could be improved; needed some work.
Location: Across the street from the beach and close to downtown State Street.
This hotel is a decent property with a good location. Property is beautiful, but could use some maintenance on the structures. Price is high for what you get.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great location and hotelPosted May 24, 2017
This hotel was perfect! It had everything we needed- we didn't have to leave BUT we could easily walk over to The Funk Zone and State street!
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from CA
Relaxing view from the patio Under a pergola.Posted May 22, 2017
Great Hotel I enjoyed the beach view from the restaurant, with an extraordinary breakfast. The stuff was very cordial. Rooms clean only thing short in toiletries and I would had loved received more handtowels. Overall for one night stay I would go back.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great experience....Posted May 21, 2017 on Orbitz
Beautiful view... Walking distance to pier and places to eat...
RafPosted May 19, 2017 on Hotels
Everything was perfect!!!