The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, USA
358 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Quiet
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

There are a few old historic hotels on the California coast, but as often as not, the reproductions are even better than the real thing. One doesn't come to California in search of authenticity, after all — here architecture and set design are simply different branches of the same discipline. So the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara's youth (established 2000) should surprise no one, and can hardly be considered a disadvantage.

And they make them bigger than they used to — with 358 rooms and suites and a spa that could be conservatively described as “massive” (42,000 square feet), the Ritz-Carlton Bacara verges on luxury overkill. The style is inevitably Spanish, all whitewash and tile roofs, and the buildings hug the ground, sprawled like a village, which lends a surprising degree of intimacy to such a palatial hotel.

Comfort (or “wellness,” in contemporary spa parlance) may be the overriding theme, but exclusivity is perhaps the key to the resort's appeal — and the prices reflect this fact. We mere mortals will probably find ourselves in the most humble of the guest rooms, which are, in the grand scheme of things, not really all that humble — meanwhile the suites quickly take off into extravagant territory, and even presidents may feel a bit intimidated by the sheer grandeur of the Presidential Residence. Then again, if you're into stunning natural beauty, over-the-top modern California luxury, or Ayurvedic oil drips, then you will probably find it a fair trade.

Please note: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is located in the town of Goleta, a 15-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara. The only on-site parking available is valet service.

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, USA

Amenities & Services

  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Beauty salon
  • Steam rooms
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Golf nearby
  • EV Charging Station
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Beachfront
  • Tennis court
  • Designated smoking area

Need to Know

  • No special conditions apply for groups.
  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 70 per day.
  • Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.
  • Children of any age are allowed.
  • Children up to and including 2 years old stay for free when using an available cot.
  • Children up to and including 17 years old stay for free when using an existing bed.
  • People no matter the age stay for US$50 per person per night when using an available extra bed.
  • Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
  • Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Check in: 4 pm
Check out: 11 am

Credit cards accepted

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