Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Review

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1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93108
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Editor’s Review of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has an illustrious, 100-plus year history under multiple names, with a variety of owners and managers. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts acquired the property in 1987 and two years later, completed an extensive $19-million dollar restoration that created a lighter, airy ambiance, while preserving the original Spanish Colonial architecture that remains today.

In 2000, Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies, purchased the property from the investment firm that had owned it, kept Four Seasons as its manager, and has since invested $305 million dollars in renovations to the main resort and Coral Casino Beach Club, completed in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In addition, a recent soft goods
... more renovation included the installation of new custom Four Seasons beds.

Today, the resort still has its casually elegant vibe, and is kid-friendly, too, with spacious rooms, a unique pool with a diving board and wading pool, and an array of activities from croquet and dance parties to S'mores nights and pool games, perfect for families.

Though Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara is not technically in Santa Barbara, this 20-acre stretch of coastal property is about three miles south of Santa Barbara's pier and many restaurants, and only a five- to 10-minute walk from boutiques and cafes in the unpretentious community of Montecito.
Our Editor Loves
  • Elegant, spacious and comfortable rooms
  • Beach access, bicycle rentals and S'mores
  • Breathtaking coastal casual setting
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Each of the 207 Spanish colonial rooms is decorated in rich golds, greens and blues, with elegant wood furnishings, comfortable upholstered chairs (many with ottomans), and gorgeous Spanish tile in the bathrooms and even on furniture tops. But the decor is not the only highlight.

Four Seasons' innovative new mattress system, developed in partnership with Simmons, enables each guest to personalize his or her mattress with three different toppers that can be changed in minutes, for a feel that ranges from plush to firm. In addition, the beds have a "Gel Touch Foam Center" to absorb extra heat and increase comfort (which works especially well for pregnant women and women of a certain age). Add to that the down duvets and pillows -- hypoallergenic available upon request -- and you can see how good sleep can be a vacation highlight.

In addition, all rooms come with a CD and DVD player, clock radio, thick terry cloth robes, ionic hairdryers, refrigerated mini-bar, in-room safe, twice-daily housekeeping, complimentary Wi-Fi and national newspaper selection.

Cribs and rollaway beds for kids age 18 and younger are free, however, extra beds are not permissible in two double bed rooms.

Superior Rooms
These 350-square-foot rooms have one king or two double beds, a full Spanish tile bathroom with a rain shower, comfortable club chair seating, and a view of the gardens or courtyard.

Deluxe Rooms
Located throughout the resort, these 350- to 450-square-foot-rooms have one king bed, and potentially a pool view, in addition to garden and courtyard view options.

Premier Rooms
All categories from here up include complimentary access to the pool and amenities at Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club Pool. In addition, these spacious 450- to 550-square-foot rooms feature one king or two double beds, a seating area for two, a separate tub and shower, and some have fireplaces. Located throughout the resort and with a variety of views, the Grand Premier runs the same size, but with a king bed, a sofa bed, and the ability to add a crib.

Executive Premier Rooms
Located in the main building and with ocean views, these 550- to 650-square-foot rooms have a fireplace, as well as one king bed and the ability to add a rollaway or crib.

Four Seasons Executive Suites
Also located in the main building on the first and second floors, but with garden views, these 600-square-foot suites, while large, have one king bed and the ability to add either a rollaway or a crib.

One-Bedroom Suites
Located throughout the resort with garden and courtyard views, these 700-square-foot suites have one full bathroom and one guest powder room, in addition to one king bed and the ability to fit a rollaway and a crib. The Deluxe version of these suites offers more space (900-square-feet) and a queen sofa bed.

One-of-a-Kind Suites
There are six additional, one-bedroom suites that range in size from 850 to 1,400 square feet. Each has its own unique decor and features, from a second floor balcony overlooking the pool to elegant dining tables for six and two with a secluded outdoor patio with a fireplace.

Ty Warner Cottage
This 2,000-square-foot "cottage," named for the hotel's current owner, has three bedrooms, each with its own luxurious bathroom and in-room sitting area, and two have their own large patio. In addition, there's a parlor, fireplace, kitchen, dining table for eight, and another outdoor dining table on the main patio that faces the Monte Vista lawn.

ADA compliant rooms are available, and connecting rooms can be guaranteed in advance.


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