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Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort is quite a large resort complex just across the street from the beach and ocean in downtown Santa Barbara. With a series of large, Spanish style buildings with tiled roofs, it offers guest luxurious, newly remodeled (2007) guest rooms and suites on over 24 acres of land. Walk through the grand archway and in to an expansive lobby and you will be impressed with how such a large hotel can make you feel like being in a smaller Spanish villa.

When you walk in to the rooms, you notice one thing really quick -- you're not bumping in to any furniture. At an average of about 450 square feet, the DoubleTree has some of the largest standard guest rooms in the area (an old hallmark of when it was built as a Red Lion Resort). All guest rooms feature their line of "Sweet Dreams" beds - designed to give you a comfortable nights sleep and prepare you for a long day of sightseeing. Decor is modern and fairly simple with handsome, wood furnishings, crisp white linens, and a mostly beige/white color scheme. All rooms have flat panel TV's and either a balcony or patio with ocean, garden or mountain views.

Location? Tough to beat. Just walk across the street and step onto the lawn and then on to the beach or walk about one half mile into the center of downtown or rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals and take it into town. Just around the hotel you can walk along garden and palm lined sidewalks as you head to your guest room.

As far as romance, this is the largest hotel that we recommend, If you like being close to the ocean and to town, enjoy the amenities of a full service resort hotel (including four wonderful restaurants, full service spa, fitness center, pool, tennis, room service, high speed internet access), and like a large hotel room and all of the service qualities of a chain hotel, this would be a great fit for you.

Room Rates: $ 235 and up

Romantic Options:

- Take an easy, short stroll out to the beach and watch the sunset
- Rent a tandem bicycle and take it in to town

Special Amenties Include (some or all rooms):

  • Ocean View