Winter 2018

Photo: Spyglass Bistro and Bar at Hilton Garden Inn

The year ahead will be one of the most transformational periods for the Santa Barbara South Coast in decades. A number of new properties are coming online and more are expected to open in 2018. With additional Santa Barbara properties rebranding and remodeling and exciting new restaurant developments, there hasn’t been a better time to rediscover Santa Barbara for meetings and events.

Bacara Resort & Spa Rebranded to the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Bacara Resort & Spa was recently acquired by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and has rebranded to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara will provide the legendary personalized service and luxury facilities guests of The Ritz-Carlton brand have come to know worldwide. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the iconic resort has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that includes all 358 guest rooms and suites as well as enhancements to the resort’s six culinary venues ­­­­­­– including signature restaurant Angel Oak helmed by Executive Chef Vincent Lesage. The oceanfront property offers direct beach access and has future plans to enhance its three swimming pools, foot luxury spa, its salon and fitness center, as well as event and meeting venues. Just minutes from Santa Barbara, the rebranded resort is in close proximity to the region’s best vineyards, making it the perfect destination to recharge and enjoy endless opportunities on The American Riviera. Click here to learn more.

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The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort to Renovate and Rebrand as Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, one of Santa Barbara’s iconic beachfront resorts, is undergoing a two-pronged phase interior renovation and will soon rebrand. Upon completion anticipated for this spring, the property originally named after Fess Parker, the Hollywood TV and film actor known for his portrayal of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, will be reintroduced as Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Built in 1986, the property will remain managed by Hilton and jointly owned by Park Hotels & Resorts along with Fess Parker’s children. Phase one of the renovation started in October 2017 with a full refurbishment of the guest rooms, lobby, Roundhouse Restaurant and Java Del Mar, the resort’s grab-and-go coffee bar. Phase two of the renovation began in January 2018 and consists of the resort’s extensive meeting space, including two ballrooms, the ballrooms’ foyers, numerous meeting rooms and nearby public restrooms. Click here to learn more.

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Residence Inn by Marriott now open in Goleta

New all-suite, extended-stay hotel, Residence Inn Santa Barbara Goleta by Marriott, opened in November 2017. Conveniently located near Santa Barbara Airport, the Amtrak station and U.C. Santa Barbara, this new hotel offers a stylish and tech-savvy retreat. The 118 suites features fully equipped kitchens, spacious bedrooms and separate workspaces. Relax in outdoor spaces featuring a pool, fire pit and sports court. Or take advantage of a state-of-the-art fitness center, free daily breakfast and Wi-Fi, and The Residence Inn Mix™ evening social. Guests can explore and enjoy nearby world-class beaches, golf courses and the booming craft beer scene in Goleta.  Click here to learn more.

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Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta opens

Groups seeking a contemporary vibe will enjoy the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta with 142 guestrooms and over 3,500 square feet of space for meetings, events and weddings. Each guest room features modern homelike amenities including a 50-inch HDTV, microwave and mini fridge. Guests can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Garden Grille. Host an event or entertain clients fireside atop the hotels scenic rooftop at Spyglass Bistro and Bar. After a long day of meetings, order an evening meal from room service or stock up on snacks from the 24-hour convenience mart. The hotel also features a modern fitness center and outdoor pool. Click here to learn more.

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Scratch Restaurants from “Top Chef” competitor to open at Montecito Inn

“Top Chef” and “Chopped” competitor Phillip Frankland Lee of LA’s Scratch Restaurants and his wife, pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee, will launch four eateries in the Montecito Inn from late 2017 into early 2018. The concepts are expected to include Frankland’s Crab & Co., a casual seafood restaurant; The Monarch, which will have a wood-burning oven and bar; Silver Bough, a “modern approach to the grand fine dining tradition”; and Margarita’s Homemade Ice Cream, which will include ice cream flavors inspired by pastries, Kallas-Lee’s specialty. (Camembert ice cream topped with sourdough breadcrumbs, anyone?) Montecito is an upscale neighborhood featuring some of the area’s most stunning stretches of coastline and a haven for celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, who have homes there. Click here to learn more.

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On the Horizon:

  • Santa Barbara’s highly anticipated beachfront resort, Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito, will open in summer 2018 with 124 guest rooms and 37 suites, 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including a 6,000-square-foot ballroom.
  • The 88-room Hyatt Place on upper State Street is also expected open in 2018.
  • An expansion of Harbor View Inn will add an additional 34 rooms and suites to its existing 115 room/suite inventory in summer 2018.