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Reviewed 13 October 2014

With the money spent by customers, the service at the "resort" is seriously lacking. There is no attention to detail here. At each and every turn, from deliveries that were supposed to be placed in the room, valet people who don't understand their job, to cabana people who don't understand that service from 11-7 does not mean service to 5...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

DearRobert M - Thank you for your honest feedback about your recent stay with us. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for your experience as it was in no way indicative of our service standards. I will be addressing your concerns with the team to prevent your situation from reoccurring. Again, thank you for taking the time...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 13 October 2014

This is a fabulous place to spend time if you want to relax and reset. The location is unparalleled as it is directly on the beach, outside the crowded city and away from people. The staff is first rate, and make for a warm and inviting experience. You are truly a guest at this resort, and they take personal care...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Matt D - What a wonderful 5 star review to read! Thank you for not only choosing Bacara Resort & Spa but for also taking the time to share your feedback from your stay with us on Trip Advisor. I am absolutely elated to hear you enjoyed the location and atmosphere. I am even more pleased to hear you...

Lancashire
Reviewed 11 October 2014 via mobile

Bacara is pure luxury. From the moment you drive up the place oozes class! All staff were very friendly and helpful, the public areas are gorgeous and grounds immaculate. Our room was to die for with loads of room and sea views. The pool area was very nice with plenty of loungers and great hot tubs. Definitely take a stroll...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear BoltonBlogger- You truly experienced what many guests see in Bacara! Thank you for taking the time to share your positive thoughts on Trip Advisor. It is wonderful and warms my heart to read the details of your stay. Thank you, Kathleen Cochran General Manager Bacara Resort & Spa

los angeles
Reviewed 11 October 2014

nice spot, but sort of overwhelmed by the huge crowds. also felt deceived by the "Upgrade" room given at front desk, the extra 50 bucks meant being given a 3rd floor room with a view of a rooftop with dried green "something" on the roof, not an upgraded room. kinda felt deceived, but already paid my extra 50 per night....

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear jolaca09 - Thank you for choosing Bacara Resort & Spa for your recent visit to Santa Barbara. I am truly happy to hear you enjoyed the beautiful location the resort has to offer. I do apologize you felt deceived by your room upgrade. I hope in the future you never hesitate to bring up any concerns you have with...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 8 October 2014

I have really mixed feelings. Beautiful resort. Well maintained grounds, glorious ocean view, professional staff. There are so many things that Bacara really does well. I came up from L.A. for a 50th birthday Staycation0 and definitely felt pampered and relaxed. Enjoyed an amazing hot stone massage and the spa facilities were top notch. Lunch and cocktails by the pool...

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Dear Erika C.- I’m happy to hear you were able to experience all the beauty and serenity Bacara Resort & Spa has to offer. We’re truly ecstatic you chose to spend your 50th birthday with us. Pampering, relaxation and a hot stone massage is definitely called for given such an event. That being said, I would like to offer my...

Sonoma, California, United States
Reviewed 7 October 2014

It is an unbelievable sight as you look down the steps to the main pool and out to the ocean. The view is framed by palm trees and cabanas- just about perfect. Outside, up a flight of stairs is the Bistro, where you can dine in or out under the sun or stars. It's really nice at night when you...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Pam- Thank you for visiting Bacara Resort & Spa. I’m so happy to hear you chose to be part of our family again. You have my sincerest apologies for your experience at the front desk, and we certainly do not want you leaving our resort feeling anything other than happy, relaxed and peaceful. I will certainly bring this issue...

Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Reviewed 6 October 2014

The Bacara is all about atmosphere and Ocean views. If you feel like your pulling into a movie set your right, movies and commercials are filmed there from time to time. I love the Spanish decor, fountains, indoor and outdoor fireplaces..very romantic! My favorite rooms have a fire place in the bedroom and a balcony with an Ocean view. There...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Maggie- Thank you for sharing your kind words and your exceptional experiences at Bacara. It is experiences like yours that we strive to provide every guest at our resort. We do welcome Hollywood from time-to-time and indeed hosted ‘The Bachelorette’ this year. Thank you for writing the tip on the room selection. Like you, rooms with a view, balcony...

Pasadena, California
Reviewed 6 October 2014

Beautiful resort. Highly recommend. Its so well conceived and runs so smoothly. Didn't experience any of the problems that have been published. this was our first time at Bacara. Room was ready an hour early. Location without having known where the best place would be was perfect for us. Beach is so close and walked it everyday. The food and...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear MrsCKR - I am so happy to hear your first trip to Bacara Resort & Spa was so wonderful and earned us the honor of such a lovely 5 star review! It is wonderful to hear your thought on both the food and staff as your feedback will surely be shared with the team. Also, thank you for sharing...

Chester, New Jersey
Reviewed 5 October 2014

I was there in July for a business conference with my wife. From all of the hype of this place, I was left disappointed. The location is beautiful right on the Pacific. Unfortunately, it is covered in rock and if you walk on the beach you will have oil/tar on your feet from a oil spill that happened a while...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear NJRES, thank you for your rating and response. We’re truly happy you found our location beautiful. You are correct, rocky beaches can be less than ideal, but we try to be eco-friendly and leave the beach in a natural state; the oil you experienced on the beach is a natural phenomenon known as ‘oil seepage’ that affects all Santa...

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Reviewed 4 October 2014

Decided to choose Bacara to host our work retreat (9/26 - 9/28). This was my 5th time planning this so I have an idea of what I want/expect. Here were our previous venues in the order that I rank...1. Grand Del Mar 2. The Lodge at Torrey Pines 3. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa 4. La Quinta Resort. What I...

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Saysum- Thank you for your feedback. As a meeting and event planner, we truly value all of your thoughts. It is wonderful to hear you would be happy to come to our resort in the future. Have a wonderful rest of the year and hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Kathleen Cochran General Manager Bacara Resort &...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
The Bistro at Bacara
The Bistro at Bacara
Cuisines: American
Things to do
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Breakfast Available
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Along the bluffs and beaches of the Gaviota coast lies a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, Bacara offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky. The resort's innovative and artful design is in keeping with the intimacy and aesthetics of a Mediterranean village. Unwind at an award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or relax beside one of three zero-edge swimming pools and 26 private cabanas. The resort's 358 newly-renovated guestrooms and signature suites artfully infuse luxurious interiors with modern technologies for a true sense of comfort. Additional resort amenities include a new oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, four Har-Tru clay tennis courts, a Foley wine tasting room, and the adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bacara Resort & Spa

Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
Region: United States > California > Goleta
Price Range: $665 - $1,283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bacara Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 358
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Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Bacara Resort
Bacara Spa Resort Santa Barbara
Bacara Resort Santa Barbara Ca
Bacara Santa Barbara
Bacara Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Goleta
#1 Business Hotel in Goleta
#2 Family Hotel in Goleta
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