Ratings based on 231 Verified Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93% of guests recommend
4.8 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.7 Room comfort
4.7 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from San Diego

Quick getaway

Posted Nov 13, 2017
We picked this hotel for my birthday weekend, just my husband and I. We thought the hotel was at their winery, but it’s not. The actual winery is about a 10 min drive away. There are plenty of other wineries near by. The hotel is cute, in the center of town. It is extremely overpriced. I was hoping for a lot more given the price. There is no hot tub on site and the gym is pretty small. Bathtub is small. The room was nice, it had a fireplace and beautiful crown molding. Nothing extra special other than those features. Our room needed a new shower head. There are some nice sitting areas on site and the hotel structure is pretty. They include breakfast with your stay which is good, however the service was slow. We could tell they need more staff. We also had dinner at their restaurant. They messed up a few times on our order. My husbands burger was well done, they forgot the corn in my grits and they forgot our cornbread. Just seemed short staffed this weekend. The town is very nice. We will return to Los Olivos but not to this hotel because of the price point. Overall our stay was okay, I would say 3.5 stars.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Lovely hotel in Los Olivos.

Posted Nov 9, 2017
Pros: Ambiance, location, ability to walk everywhere in the quaint town.
Cons: The dinner menu at the Bear and Bear and Star could be more extensive.
The room was large, extremely comfortable and very clean. We enjoyed dinner that evening and breakfast the following morning at the hotel’s restaurant, The Bear and Star
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 14, 2017 by Felipe Murcia, Hotel Management
Thank you for your positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Best regards,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Portland, OR

Amenities no longer offered elsewhere

Posted Nov 3, 2017
Pros: Every element of the hotel seemed well-conceived and scrupulously maintained. The owners and staff seem to take pride in the Inn.
Cons: I have nothing of which to complain.
Location: Los Olivos is a charming town, village really, with a concentration of wine tasting rooms that seems impossibly high.
Do you remember when good hotels regularly offered nightly turn-down service and left chocolates on the pillow? Many of the larger luxury chains have foregone these amenities. The Fess Parker Inn has maintained traditional standards. The room decor is also traditional, but almost plush in its furniture, linens, decoration. My evening here was one of the most relaxing I have spent in a hotel in many years.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 14, 2017 by Felipe Murcia, Hotel Management
Thank you for your positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Best regards,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Girls Weekend

Posted Oct 27, 2017
Perfect location. Within walking distance to tasting rooms, shopping. Loved complimentary breakfast. The homemade granola was delicious. Very relaxing and fun environment.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 14, 2017 by Felipe Murcia, Hotel Management
Thank you for your positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Best regards,
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Northeast

Beautiful hotel but very over priced, even for CA.

Posted Oct 10, 2017
Pros: Great staff, very good restaurant, excellent location, main hotel is beautifully decorated, nice outside areas, very clean.
Cons: Needs more luxury touches to justify the price.
The Fess Parker is a lovely hotel in a picturesque setting. Most things about it were wonderful, particularly the very friendly and helpful staff. It is, though, in my opinion, very over priced! I realize that I was there during a peak time period, grape harvest, but even with that taken into account, my suite was not worth the VERY steep rate. It was quite large but lacked the finishes you would expect at that price. The bed was uncomfortable; the mattress, however new, already had sunken spots and lacked support. The bedding also did not reflect the luxury price, with fairly rough sheets and a motley assortment of pillows, none of which lent itself to a good night's sleep. The bathroom shower doors had some rust on the bottom hinges and the baseboard moldings were fairly dinged up with paint missing and wood showing through. The ceiling fan was noisy, as were the vehicles that traveled down the main road in front of the hotel, even when the windows were closed. Also, if you have any mobility issues, the "spa section" of the property, which is across the street from the main hotel, has no elevator. The stairs to the second floor are fairly long and steep.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from YYC

The Wine Country Inn NOT located on a Winery

Posted Sep 24, 2017
So I assumed that we'd be staying at an actual vineyard in Santa Barbara for this reservation,however, the Inn was located in the town of Los Olivos along with shops. Inn had 19 rooms, with some rooms in a separate bldg across the street from the Main Inn. We were assigned a room "across the street" and not offered any assistance. On opening the door, a malodorous, musty scent overpowered the room and we returned to Reception to report the unpleasant air. They were most helpful in reassigning another room, this time to the 2nd flr, Main Bldg. We again schlepped our things across the street and upstairs using an elevator. Decor and room finishings were lovely, bed was very comfortable and the bathroom luxurious. Keurig coffee maker and water were great in room. Music and noises from a Chef's Table dinner hosted that evening for their "Special Guests" carried into our room until late into the night...we were directly above the Dining Room. Fireplace in room did not work. Next morning, went down for Brkfst, included with reservation and found wait staff very disorganized and unprofessional. Our older waitress addressed us as "kiddies"! BTW, we are in our Senior years so found the attitude and tone disrespectful and unnecessary. It took an hour to get our meal and when we finished at 10:30, we were advised by Reception that check out was at 11:00 am. We left before 11:30 feeling less relaxed than expected. Overpriced for mediocre service and food. Lovely setting/decor.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

nice but disappointing first impression

Posted Sep 17, 2017
Pros: Incredibly comfortable beds
Cons: the addition of a hot tub
Nice place however expected more of a pleasant welcoming. Wednesday Sept 13 at approx 4PM, young woman at Front Desk was borderline rude. Expected much more from a hotel of this caliber.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 21, 2017 by Felipe Murcia, Hotel Management
Dear Traveler, I appreciate your feedback and first impressions are of utmost importance to us and in the hospitality business, so we will make sure to address this. The Front Desk Agent that greeted you always get's stellar reviews, so while we are not dismissing it, it may have been a one off. In regards to the hot tub, please next time you book give us a call and we will inform you of the rooms that feature a Jacuzzi tub. Once again I appreciate your feedback, which helps us to improve and strive for perfection. Best regards,
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Quaint hotel in heart of Wine Country!

Posted Sep 14, 2017
Rooms were great and located in a very quaint, quiet town! Close to so many wineries. Tasting rooms all within walking distance, but close st 5 or 6pm. Vineyards are all driving distance. Beautiful patio with fireplace and fountain and plenty of seating. Parking easily available. Restaurant has limited menu, food is delicious.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 15, 2017 by Sandra Corona Front Office Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you liked your room and enjoyed the food at The Bear and Star restaurant. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner. We do offer a limited Bar menu from 9:00 pm- 9:45 pm on the weekends and 3:00 pm -5:00 pm during the week. As for the tasting rooms in town, they stop tastings at 5:15 pm daily and the Wineries stop at 4:45 pm. There will be a few tasting rooms in town that will close a bit later. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to have you back again soon. Kind Regards, Sandra Corona Front Office Manager
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler

Great inn located in a wonderful small town

Posted Sep 12, 2017
Pros: Location location location
Two restful nights for recharging between busy touring days
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 15, 2017 by Sandra Corona Front Office Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time away with us. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Sandra Corona Front Office Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from San Diego

Very nice boutique hotel - Wine Country SB County

Posted Aug 24, 2017
Pros: Everything. Loved concierge service. Rooms elegant and spacious.
Cons: Maybe the parking area.
Location: Restaurants, Wineries, very nice cute towns, Solveng
I was gladly surprised when a hotel concierge contacted me by message on my phone welcoming in advance and offering any help we might need to make restaurante or winery reservations. Check in was nice, reception is nice, rooms were fantastic. We had some wines at night, nice selection at the bar, loved the decoration. Breakfast is in a restaurant next to the bar, loved the decoration, breakfast was very lovely. Small menu but very interesting. Pool looked nice, warm. Secluded. Would love to stay here again
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 26, 2017 by Felipe Murcia, Hotel Management
Dear Gustavo, I appreciate your feedback and detailed description of our Inn. As a small boutique hotel we have the time to go the extra mile and i'll be happy to share this with the team who certainly will appreciate your comments. We hope to welcome you back soon. Bets regards,