Bacara Resort & Spa  5 stars

8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, United States, 93117  show mapSave
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Editorial review:

Bacara Resort Spa is beautiful and romantic, with a Spanish style to it. The facilities are amazing, the rooms are amazingly relaxing, and there are restaurants featuring Basque, Mediterranean, and healthy food. There's entertainment for kids, an amazing spa, beautiful infinity pools with great views of the ocean, and a movie theater. The service varies greatly though, from snobbish to wonderful.

Overview

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains on 78 beachfront acres of the Gaviota coast, the fabulous four-star Bacara Resort Spa Hotel boasts one, three and four-story villas in a true classic California resort.

Besides its vast premises, the hotel comprises a contemporary well-equipped spa and fitness center, and internet corner with modern computers.

Apartments of the hotel features village views, partial ocean views, premiere ocean views, junior suites, executive suites, terrace suites, signature suites, sea haven, penthouse and the residence all arranged with high speed internet access, multi-line phones, well-stocked mini bars and Frette linens.

Three signature restaurants and three friendly bars and lounges serve delicious flavors of international, Mediterranean and local cuisine as well as great choice of traditional and creative drinks.

The hotel is just 10 minutes from Santa Barbara airport, Airport Municipal 5.9km and 5.8km from the nearest train station, Goleta Amtrak.

Year renovated   2012.  Number of rooms   360.

The location boasts sunny beaches of California's Central Coast, between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynes Mountains, well-known for its crystal clean air, breathtaking scenery and rich cultural life.

Distance to:

  • City Center - 17.7km
  • Airport: Municipal - 6.0km, Lompoc Airport - 57.7km
  • Train Station: Goleta Amtrak - 5.9km, Santa Barbara Amtrak - 19.7km

Rooms

All guestrooms at the hotel come with equipped with beautiful Spanish tile, a patio or balcony, soft Frette robes and luxurious slippers, irons, ironing boards and DVD players.

Village view rooms with one king or two double beds have views of Bacara's Mediterranean village and lush gardens.

Partial ocean view rooms come with a partial view of the Pacific Ocean and views of Bacara's Mediterranean village and lush gardens. Premiere ocean view rooms go with a full view of the Pacific Ocean.
Junior suites offer spacious guestroom with two double beds, extra dressing area and fireplace, and views of Bacara's Mediterranean village and lush gardens.

Executive suites have a large sitting room with sleeper sofa, chairs and a small dining area for four.
Terrace suites boast a master bedroom with one king bed, fireplace and small sitting area to a parlor with a sleeper sofa and wet bar, two luxurious baths and a large patio with views of Bacara's Mediterranean village, lush gardens, and the Pacific Ocean.
Signature suites come with a large sitting room with sleeper sofa, chairs and wet bar, which connect to a bedroom with one king size bed, fireplace and two luxurious baths.

The Sea Haven suites and penthouses have two bedrooms, each with one king size bed and full bath, a large living area, seating, dining area for eight, pantry with Viking appliances, two fireplaces, and wraparound outdoor terrace.

Besides, the two-story residence offers two oversized balconies, one with a beautiful outdoor fireplace, and seating for up to ten people, two bedrooms, each with a full bath, dining room for six seats, a large sitting room with a fireplace, wet bar, and large flat screen television.

Dining options

Miró restaurant, named after Spanish artist Joan Miró invites for new Basque-Catalonian cuisine served in luxurious interior inspired by the vibrant colors, artist's design and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.

The Bistro restaurant serves flavors of Mediterranean and continental al fresco dining complemented by charming ocean views.
The cozy Spa Café is known as a nutritious, delicious, and poolside venue serving all the best delicacies of international and local kitchen.

The Lobby Lounge features relaxed atmosphere, a fireplace and live music while guests will enjoy tasty light meals and beverages.
The Bacara bar serves traditional and creative cocktail drinks and fine wine along with snacks and salads.
Ocean terrace is rich with breathtaking and fresh ocean views, light menu and amazing outdoor fireplace.

A full breakfast is served and charges are applicable. 

Work

The hotel offers modern business corner with free Wi-Fi internet connection and computers to rent for your business events.

Leisure

Fitness and spa center features extended treatments such as glow refinement, peppermint foot treatment, spa services like a healing scalp treatment, hand, leg and foot massage, a warm Swiss shower, Sonya Dakar, Alpha Beta, men's preference facial, environmental defense facial, skin brightening facial and organic facial treatments.

Additional features

Bacara offers Kid's Club with such daily activities like games and movies with iMAC computers, air hockey and foosball, arts, crafts and science experiments as well as fly kites on the beach.

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from  4 pm

Check-Out

until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 18 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
Pets

Pets are allowed on request

Facilities

General
  • Parking
  • Car rental
  • Pets allowed
  • Currency exchange
  • Elevator
  • Trouser Press
  • Barber/Beauty Shop
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage storage
  • ATM/Cash machine
Internet

Wireless internet is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge

Guest Parking

Private hotel parking is possible on site (reservation might be needed) and the rate is USD 32 per day.

Activities
  • Spa & wellness center
Services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Massage services
  • Limousine service
  • Shops/Commercial Services
  • Maid Service
  • Butler service
Dining facilities
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • In-room breakfast
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
  • High speed internet access
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Conference facilities
Children's facilities
  • Child care
  • Kids club
  • Game room
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
  • Wheel chair access
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Steam bath
  • Beach
  • Jacuzzi
  • Exercise gym
  • Fitness center
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service
  • Heating
  • 24-hour room service
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Terrace

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All guestrooms at the hotel come with equipped with beautiful Spanish tile, a patio or balcony, soft Frette robes and luxurious slippers, irons, ironing boards and DVD players.

Village view rooms with one king or two double beds have views of Bacara's Mediterranean village and lush gardens.

Partial ocean view rooms come with a partial view of the Pacific Ocean and views of Bacara's Mediterranean village and lush gardens. Premiere ocean view rooms go with a full view of the Pacific Ocean.
Junior suites offer spacious guestroom with two double beds, extra dressing area and fireplace, and views of Bacara's Mediterranean village and lush gardens.

Executive suites have a large sitting room with sleeper sofa, chairs and a small dining area for four.
Terrace suites boast a master bedroom with one king bed, fireplace and small sitting area to a parlor with a sleeper sofa and wet bar, two luxurious baths and a large patio with views of Bacara's Mediterranean village, lush gardens, and the Pacific Ocean.
Signature suites come with a large sitting room with sleeper sofa, chairs and wet bar, which connect to a bedroom with one king size bed, fireplace and two luxurious baths.

The Sea Haven suites and penthouses have two bedrooms, each with one king size bed and full bath, a large living area, seating, dining area for eight, pantry with Viking appliances, two fireplaces, and wraparound outdoor terrace.

Besides, the two-story residence offers two oversized balconies, one with a beautiful outdoor fireplace, and seating for up to ten people, two bedrooms, each with a full bath, dining room for six seats, a large sitting room with a fireplace, wet bar, and large flat screen television.

Large Junior Suite
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Bed type: Double Beds
Size: 50m2
View: Garden view
Room facilities
    Double Room
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    Bacara Resort & Spa Double Room
    Bacara Resort & Spa Double Room
    Bacara Resort & Spa Double Room
    Bed type: Double Bed or King Size Bed or Two Single Beds
    Size: 41m2
    View: Garden view, Sea view, Ocean view
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      Suite
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      Bed type: Double Bed
      Size: 79m2
      View: Ocean view, Garden view
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        Standard Quadruple Room
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        Bed type: Quad
        View: Garden view
        Executive Suite
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        Bacara Resort & Spa Executive Suite
        Bed type: King Size Bed or Double Bed
        Size: 74m2
        Room facilities
          Ocean Double Room
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          Bacara Resort & Spa Ocean Double Room
          Bed type: King Size Bed
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            Signature Suite
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            Bacara Resort & Spa Signature Suite
            Bacara Resort & Spa Signature Suite
            Bacara Resort & Spa Signature Suite
            Bed type: Double Bed or King Size Bed
            Size: 86m2
            View: Garden view, Ocean view
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              What's nearby

              What's nearby.

              The premises and its surrounding feature surf boards and body boards, exclusive sailboat, yacht or catamaran excursions, surfing, windsurfing and para-gliding, whale watching, horseback riding and oceanfront biking trails.

              Local Attractions

              • Coronado Butterfly Preserve
                1.6km
                Ellwood Mesa, Goleta
              • Glen Annie Golf Club
                3.3km
                405 Glen Annie Rd, Goleta
              • Rancho La Patera & Stow House
                5.0km
                304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta
              • South Coast Railroad Museum
                5.0km
                300 North Los Carneros Road, Goleta
              • Fairview Gardens
                7.2km
                598 North Fairview Avenue, Goleta

              Near the hotel

              • Sandpiper Golf Course
                400 m
                7925 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
              • Sandpiper Golf Club
                400 m
                7925 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
              • Goleta Butterfly Grove
                1.0km
                7701 Hollister Avenue, Goleta

              Restaurants Nearby

              • The Bistro

                61% likes this, based on 92 reviews
                Food: American, Mediterranean
                Price Range: USD 22 - USD 37

                40 m
                8301 Hollister Ave

                Phone: 805-968-0100

              • Spa Cafe

                82% likes this, based on 54 reviews
                Food: Vegetarian, Healthy
                Price Range: USD 21 - USD 36

                40 m
                8301 Hollister Ave.

                Phone: 805-968-0100

              • Miro

                81% likes this, based on 116 reviews
                Food: Contemporary, Californian
                Price Range: USD 50 - USD 75

                1.4km
                8301 Hollister Ave.

                Phone: 805-968-0100

              Getting there.

              The Bacara is 10 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport which has daily connections from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

              Once travelling by car move north on William L Moffett Place towards Fowler Road and then S Fairview Avenue. Afterwards take the US-101 North ramp to the Winchester Cyn Road exit towards Hollister Avenue. At the motor courtyard entrance of Bacara you will see directions for parking site.

              Getting around.

              Airport pick-up is available on request.

              The hotel is just 10 minutes away from the Santa Barbara Airport, 90 minutes away from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and 5 hours from San Francisco and Silicon Valley, while Train Station Goleta Amtrak is 5.8km away.

              Parking onsite is available for extra fee.

              Bacara Resort & Spa Reviews

              Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Bacara Resort & Spa

              Average guest rating

              6.8
              out of 10
              Very good
              Based on 31 reviews

              Rating by category:

              Service
              6.1
              Value
              5.9
              Dining
              9.0
              Location
              8.1
              Rooms
              6.9

              Individual guest reviews

              • Beautiful ocean views and architecture, people, stop making such a big deal about this, luxury hotel great service and out of town position. The staff is extremely friendly, rooms range from very good to excellent and the pool is lovely as was breakfast. Happy hr in the bars consisted of all you can drink beer and wine, spa is one of a kind.

                Awful stay and not worth the money. Front desk not helpful to 1st timers and this restaurant is way overpriced. Alcohol is expensive as expected.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.0
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  5
                • Value
                  7
              • Gorgeous views, nice place and the room was beautifully decorated in simple SB style. Staff were very friendly and the bath tub was big enough to fit 2 people very comfortably. Pool bar service was good, all of the meals we had were quite tasty as well and the food we had at the dinner was excellent.

                The layout of the hotel is ridiculous and the spa treatment are extremely expensive.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.2
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  8
                • Value
                  5
              • Beautiful location, wonderful stay and the workout facilities were first rate as well. The lobby bar was spectacular, service was exceptional and our room was comfortable, and the food was delicious. The fresh soap products were very nice, the meals we had were very good and the fitness classes at the spa were awesome and free.

                Expensive extra cost of parking in hotel car park, not worth the price and the restaurants are also very overpriced.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  7.8
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  5
                • Value
                  6
              • Our room was spacious and had a great view of the pool and the ocean, everyone at the hotel provided excellent service, all of the staff were helpful and courteous. The bed was really comfortable, restaurants had quite good food, especially Miro and the spa was absolutely gorgeous and the massages were wonderful.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  7.8
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  9
                • Service
                  10
                • Value
                  2
              • The pool area is beautiful and large and over looks the ocean, overall, the hotel is very nice. The staff is pleasant, helpful, the room was great , the service is wonderful and the food is good. The facilities are magnificent.

                The very upscale restaurant on the property was very expensive and this highly touted spa destination was not quite I expected.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.0
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  8
                • Value
                  4
              • The food at the bistro was outstanding and the proximity to the ocean is a lovely additional bonus, much better places to go ato $400 per night and up. The staff is fantastic, room service and restaurants are excellent, spa is clean, and I always receive a great massage the practitioner.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.8
                • Location
                  8
                • Rooms
                  7
                • Service
                  10
                • Value
                  10
              • The rooms are amazing, the location can't be beat, the staff is friendly and helpful, the hotel is bring renovated we did not know we booked. The service is great and balconies are a real plus and the bathroom is extremely well appointed. Food is always excellent, the spa and treatments are fabulous.

                The restaurants were average and expensive.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  9.2
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  9
                • Value
                  8
              • The hotel is great and the pool is nice and the bell servce was excellent.

                Service was spotty and our room was very small, dark, the carpet smelled, and we had an old TV. Food was not equal to the high price.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  6.0
                • Rooms
                  5
                • Service
                  7
                • Value
                  6
              • The hotel overall is beautiful and service and attitude of employees is friendly. The pool and and grounds are gorgeous.

                Wine could not be ordered from the restaurant and delivered to the room.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  6.4
                • Rooms
                  5
                • Service
                  10
                • Value
                  4
              • The views throughout 90% of the ride were amazing views of the coast and the Bistro and bar food was as good as any hotel I've stayed at. The staff were attentive and the service was great at all the dining establishments, our room was just as beautiful, 32108. The spa was very disappointing.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.2
                • Location
                  10
                • Rooms
                  8
                • Service
                  7
                • Value
                  8
              • Beautiful pool area and the restaurants are fantastic i can't wait to go back in June, this place is simply amazing. The front desk is very helpful and the vip director, the rooms are nice size, Spanish themed. Gym is great.

                Poor service, the bar scene was also very busy and trendy on a monday night, also the food was mediocre at best and way way overpriced.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  7.8
                • Location
                  8
                • Rooms
                  8
                • Service
                  7
                • Value
                  8
              • Fabulous location and romantic Hotel. The service was amazing and the room was very clean. The bar had a great selection of alcoholic beverages and the foods we sampmled were superb. The pool was nice.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.0
                • Location
                  8
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  10
                • Value
                  4
              • The staff on the grounds, very friendly and helpful, luxurious, huge rooms, excellent food. We relaxed by the pools.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  9.6
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  9
              • The pool was luxurious and the staff seemed nice, our room was a huge dissapointment.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  8.0
                • Rooms
                  10
                • Service
                  6
              • Beautiful setting and the gym was great and had a very nice staff. Our room had 's own private patio and overall was spacious enough for two.

                My rating for the hotel:

                • Average rating
                  4.6
                • Rooms
                  2
                • Service
                  4
                • Value
                  8
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