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Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA, CA
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(805) 884-8515
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4.6 out of 5
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  • 25 Reviews


    Susana Trujillo

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  • The Hilton has absolutely gorgeous gardens and beachfront options. The catering options were great as well.

    Nicole Stocker

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  • Having our intimate destination wedding at the Hilton Santa Barbara, Beachfront Resort was the perfect venue for my husband and I. We wanted a high quality, romantic event, without a ridiculous price tag or an overly up-tight feel. Having all of our 65 guests join us from out of town or out of state, the resort was perfectly placed to host most of them - and for other guests to choose alternate accommodations within walking distance as well. Some of the things that stand out the most include how much we got within the one wedding package (food, drinks, equipment, location and more), and the high quality/attention to detail that was given to every aspect - even though it was a package. In addition the staff and service the day and night of the wedding was incredible, and our guests raved about the dinner quality and flavors of the food. The facilities having been recently updated provide a modern, clean, coastal feel which we loved. Proximity to the beach and the funk zone/downtow... Read more

    Jason

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    5 out of 5
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  • We went through the Hilton for our room block and for the day after brunch. All of the staff who worked with either me or my wife were fantastic, thorough, and exceeded our expectations even when another large event was also booked on the same day, limiting some of our options. The booking process was easy and they were able to expand the room block as needed. The day after brunch was great and the placement of everything allowed for plenty of room and outdoor seating.

    Tiffany

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our dream wedding and The Fess Parker Resort made it come true!!!!

    User2223206

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    5 out of 5
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  • One of the reasons we chose the Doubletree was because of the easy access to the beach and reception. We researched other locations, but found most venues lacking on beach access, or access would have been difficult on older guests. Plus,, with Doubletree providing all the food and tables, chairs, etc. it was one less separate vendor I needed to engage. Doubletree was definitely a winner for our beach wedding with around 100 guests. It was a gorgeous day at this beautiful location. The Reagan Room's (reception) large windows let in lots of light and gave us a gorgeous view of the beach. Our catering manager, Paige, was easy to work with, professional, knowledgeable and had good suggestions for my questions. I was impressed with how the serving staff seemed to move around almost invisibly. They were very professional and quick. The chicken was delicious! It was moist and had a great flavor to it. Definitely the best choice for us.

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    Thank you so much for the 5 Star Review! We recently underwent a hotel renovation and are now Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Please come back and visit us and experience Hilton!

    nikki

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wedding was spectacular. We had the celebrations of stations buffet and the food was delicious, so unlike normal wedding food. We didn't like the appetizers a our tastings so we had 3 tastings and they even made some off menu items for us like lamb pops. Our wedding was in the plaza with the overhead string lights and it looked gorgeous. They set up our ceremony across the street at the beach. Everything was perfectly done to my specifications. I got a great deal on our wedding suite. We got an early check in and a late check out, they moved our entire wedding block into the main building when i asked even upgrading some guests, gave out our welcome bags for us, they sent us champagne when we checked in and champagne and strawberries on our wedding night. The service exceeded our expectations.

    Erika

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    5 out of 5
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  • Paige and the whole team were wonderful @ the doubletree. They accomodated my 30 person destination wedding just as they did the much larger weddings they had that weekend. We could not have been happier. Thank you for hosting my dream wedding!

    Gladys

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  • Fess Parker was the best choice for our wedding and I truly believe for any wedding because they can accomodate for your needs on your big day as long as the date is available. Not only do they have an amazing view of the beach but they have SO many options that at one point my husband and I had to really think about what we wanted to do, we didn't expect all the choices! We had a small wedding (40 guests) and that was hard to find in Santa Barbara because most beautiful venues can only accomodate large wedding parties. But Fess Parker offered us various places to have our small ceremony (on the beach, in the rose garden facing the ocean, or in another small garden) AND we had various options for the reception (we could use the back room in their Steakhouse restaurant Rodney's, have catered food above their beautiful rotunda, or rent out a room inside the resort). They have more options for bigger weddings. In the end we had our ceremony in their rose garden facing the beach and large ... Read more

    Shelby Swanson

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  • We booked this venue in March 2018. We scheduled an appointment with the coordinator- at the time it was Amy. The venue was the Fess Parker Doubletree, but about two months later it turned into the Hilton Santa Barbara. They were very upfront about the remodel and name change, and even allowed us to pick from their prior pricing (which was cheaper) when making decisions about food and lighting. We were given an estimate of room block rates around $299/night for our guests. That was a huge selling point for us because we’d have so many guests coming from out of town. Once finalizing our room block rate, the venue told us our guests would have $499/night. We were shocked and disappointed. We fought about this for a month or so and the hotel came down to $349/night, but could only offer us 10 rooms at that rate. Apparently the hotel had a conference already pre-determined for that weekend and was pretty booked up. The venue is popular and even we had a hard time securing a date 15 month... Read more

    User3202015

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  • Highlights: - the catering staff are amazing and pretty easy to work with. Chuck and Aimee were very good about responding to me via email, and I had a lot of questions. They were also very flexible with scheduling walk-throughs, tastings, and upfront about what would have otherwise been hidden costs. - the food (salmon, prime rib, risotto, salads, veggies) were actually really good. It's hard to make good-tasting food for a large group, but the hotel did a great job - we had a Sunday brunch the day after the wedding, which was Easter, and it poured down rain so we couldn't use the Los Arcos Patio as planned. The hotel moved us to another area and treated it like it was no problem. - if you do the wedding package, the bridal suite is included. We had a ground floor room facing the ocean - beautiful. We also came in with a LOT of wedding decor/supplies. The gentlemen at the valet were so nice helping us unpack and then repack the car - especially since it poured down rain ... Read more

    User5640492

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  • We are so glad we chose the Fess Parker as our wedding venue. They set up our beach ceremony beautifully and our guests all had amazing panoramic views of the ocean during our reception in the Reagan Room. We received many comments from our guests about the delicious food as well! We had envisioned a fairy tale beach wedding, and the Fess Parker fulfilled that vision beautifully.

    User4593712

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  • The Fess Parker is a stunning venue. It dazzled our guests from back east. We loved working with Chuck Henderson and Aimie Lalas. Chuck helped us to find the perfect rooms for both our Wedding and Reception. He was very good at explaining all the intricate details, even multiple times. He's extremely patient and understand. Which helped take the stress out of planning such an important event.

    Danielle

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  • All in all I think that the FPDT is the most beautiful place to get married in SB. Granted, I am exceptionally bias. Paige was exceptionally helpful and we really appreciated everything that she did for us. The wedding was great. The only bummer was that the servers broke a candle holder at the end of the night and lost some napkins and we got charged for it. i know it happens but that was frustrating. Overall, we had a great 10 months of planning with them and I would recommend them as a venue. The hotel as a separate entity has a lot of problems with booking and such.

    Latisha

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  • Not a good place to get married if you don't want to be overcharged and have them charge your credit card for things that you haven't authorized. Just because Paige has a credit card on file, the whole hotel thinks they can charge things on it when you didn't even authorize those charges. Very illegal if you ask me! I wouldn't recommend this venue at all because they'll tell you one thing and do another and they'll charge you for things at the last minute that they never discussed with you in the 9-10 months of planning until the day before your wedding you'll get BEOs of charges when you have no time to review them. You can discuss anything you want with Paige and then it'll all turn out the opposite especially alcohol charges and pre wedding events. Don't do any sort of pizza party or pool party here unless you want it to rack up to $2000 for maybe 50 guests! Very poor communication on her end. I was happy with her up until few days before the wedding and then even worse the day befo... Read more

    User3627808

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    3.5 out of 5
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  • Had our bridal shower outdoors and although everything was reviewed with the head of staff the day before, the instructions were lost and no one even had a clue we were holding a shower. Very upsetting. Once we finally flagged someone down and they got everything in order all went very well. Wait staff was a little slow but very friendly and the food was good! Beautiful outdoor setting! We also stayed the weekend here and were very happy with our stay otherwise. The rest of the staff was very friendly and accomodating!

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