Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Santa Barbara, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

This Mediterranean-style village offers a location of stunning, natural beauty, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. What's more, you are close to all of Santa Barbara's many attractions. Here you can relax and un-wind by one of three zero-edge swimming pools or set-off for some pampering in The Spa at Bacara.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

Located between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains and close to Santa Barbara.

Hotel information

354 guest rooms, suites and private retreats, all with air-conditioning, private balcony or patio, flat screen TV, Keurig coffee-maker, Honor bar, safety deposit box, complimentary WiFi, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, bathrobes ad slippers. Village View Rooms have garden and landscape views with a private patio or balcony and 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping max 4 adults.

Partial Ocean View Rooms offer views of the Pacific Ocean aswell as the gardens with a private patio or balcony and 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping max 4 adults.

Ocean View Rooms offer the best views of the Pacific Ocean with a private patio or balcony and 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.

Junior Suites feature a gas fireplace, living area, furnished balcony with garden views and 2 double beds, sleeping max 4 adults.

Executive Suites, furnished balcony with garden views, separate living area with sleeper sofa, additional smaller bathroom off living area, private bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 4 adults.

Terrace Suites offer picturesque views of the lush gardens or Pacific Ocean, with a separate parlor area with a sleeper sofa, wet bar area, and a large furnished patio or balcony. Private bedroom has 1 king-size bed and there are 2 large bathrooms. Terrace Suites, sleep max 4 adults.

Signature Suites either have garden views, partial ocean views or ocean views and offer both luxury and privacy. There is a spacious living area with sleeper sofa and wet bar, an extra large patio or balcony, private bedroom with 1 king-size bed and 2 large bathrooms, sleeping max 4 adults.

The Sea Haven and Penthouses offer wraparound terraces with ocean views, 2 spacious bedrooms with king-size beds in each, 2 large bathrooms, spacious living room and dining area, sleeping max 10 adults.

The Residence is the closest accommodation to the beach and features a two-storey home with sweeping ocean views, 2 over-sized balconies, 2 spacious bedrooms with king-size beds in each, 2 large bathrooms, spacious living room with fireplace and dining room, sleeping max 10 adults.

The Bistro restaurant (Italian). Spa Café. Blend coffee bar. Bacara Bar. Beach House (casual beachfront dining). Foley Wine Tasting Room. 2 oceanfront zero-edge swimming pools. Poolside cabanas for hire*. The Spa at Bacara featuring an adults only swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and whirlpool (treatments*). Fitness centre. Daily exercise classes including yoa, pilates and aqua fitness*. Salon services by Bacara*. 4 tennis courts. On-site water rentals*. Monarch Kids' Club (seasonal). 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi available. On-site speciality retail shops. Valet parking $34 per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1726)
  • Very good (559)
  • Average (389)
  • Poor (272)
  • Terrible (235)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Idyllic setting, soon-to-be-perfect hotel

Aug 16, 2022 Venture34806842840 Charlottesville, Virginia

Warning - this hotel is not in Santa Barbara as its name suggests. And identifying as a male of the species, we were driving around coastal Santa Barbara having never asked for directions, figuring I would naturally stumble upon such a story book setting in such a small town. how had could it be to find? Very hard unless you are looking in… Read more
Warning - this hotel is not in Santa Barbara as its name suggests. And identifying as a male of the species, we were driving around coastal Santa Barbara having never asked for directions, figuring I would naturally stumble upon such a story book setting in such a small town. how had could it be to find? Very hard unless you are looking in Goleta, about 15 mins back up the PCH from which we came. I get it, RC Goleta doesnt quite have the ring to it… once arrived at this postcard inspiring setting, things were pretty fab. got upgraded to a partial ocean view suite with an expansive deck from which the ocean could, in fact , be seen from each of the 4 chairs offered. The suite, of course, was quite spacious and we made use of both rooms, bathrooms and the fireplace, even if just for effect! The grounds are gorgeous and you can get quite a work out getting around the property. Fortunately golf cart shuttles can be had in a jiffy for the less-ambitious or over-served. the spa was ridiculously large. I honestly could not find my wife in the pre-treatment relaxation area (apparently in addition to the same-sex, there is also a co ed and a roof top cabana areas for such purposes. Treatments were expert and plenty of goodies in the spa shop to complete the experience Being a bit isolated from Goleta, not many dining options other than the hotel outlets. Ended up at O Bar 3 of the 6 meals. the food was delicious, but the menu trends more lunch links (lots of tacos and fajitas) with only a few true entrees. Mind you, they are very, very good. had the octopus appetizer 2x, and branzino 2x and both the enchildas and chicken and ride were very good. Amazing south of the border flavors and fare. Do not miss the banana ice cream sandwiches. Breakfast at the Bistro was as expected == buffet for me and crabmeat omelet for my wife. Pool is active and lively but not overly noisy even though our suite overlooked the upper pool. Nice path along the beach and the beach itself was a nice walk Didnt get to try the nearby golf course which looked spectacular despite its public status. The resort, overall, needs some updating, which no doubt was impacted by covid and recent ownership changes. Not a single USB port in our suite, both rooms had single vanity and everything but the RC bed and tvs seemed dated and worn. Will definitely be back — now that I know where it is! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A stage stay. Not a real Ritz Carlton

Aug 14, 2022 arielmF2129XU

Stay with family and paid a fortune. Rooms are small, outdated and very noisy. AC didn’t work so we called at 10pm the front desk and no one came. We called again. Nothing. So we didn’t sleep the all night. Zero. At breakfast we waited 45 minutes for our meals. No one apologies. The resort is very crowded. I’ve stay in lots of Ritz Carlton around… Read more
Stay with family and paid a fortune. Rooms are small, outdated and very noisy. AC didn’t work so we called at 10pm the front desk and no one came. We called again. Nothing. So we didn’t sleep the all night. Zero. At breakfast we waited 45 minutes for our meals. No one apologies. The resort is very crowded. I’ve stay in lots of Ritz Carlton around the world last 20 years and this is the worst. Only plus is a very professional and nice check in by amazing person I forgot her name (from Serbia originally). Other then the bottom line is that I’m not coming back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely stay

Aug 14, 2022 LBDKSK Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lovely hotel with excellent staff. As usual for a Ritz-Carlton. Located on beach. Three pools- including a small quiet adults only pool. Nice spa. Beautiful grounds. Easily located off the freeway so exploring the area is easy using this as a base.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just a low-level Marriott - total dissappointment for our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Aug 13, 2022 RJS_92694 New Almaden, California

Soooo disappointed in this place! Came here for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, as we canceled our trip to Europe due to Covid and the war. Thought we would go to a really nice place to celebrate for a few days - boy, were we wrong in our choice! This is nothing more than a WAY OVERPRICED Marriott - don't waste your time and $$$$$. The rooms have… Read more
Soooo disappointed in this place! Came here for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, as we canceled our trip to Europe due to Covid and the war. Thought we would go to a really nice place to celebrate for a few days - boy, were we wrong in our choice! This is nothing more than a WAY OVERPRICED Marriott - don't waste your time and $$$$$. The rooms have been neglected, the place is dirty, the staff isn't trained, and some are rude. My wife couldn't get the cafe to make her an Arnold Palmer since they would have to brew tea... how's that for service? We asked for a split of champagne, and they brought my wife a 1 cup of champagne. This place has NOT been maintained, it's dirty with dead plants and trash that need to be cleaned up! Pathways are filthy and stained. Oh, and the toilet paper is like sandpaper - why do they buy the cheapest, thinnest, roughest paper on the market. We won't be back - especially at the exorbitant prices they charge for a Marriott! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great mother daughter spa time

Aug 13, 2022 Slammy805 Portland, Oregon

Took my teen daughter for a “fancy” pedicure which was a b-day present. Staff was courteous, attentive and friendly and made us feel welcome and comfortable. We used all the fun spa things; steam room, sauna, hot tub, pool, lounge etc and then had a wonderful pedicure. Fani and Noy were our nail artists and they took great care of us. Our toes… Read more
Took my teen daughter for a “fancy” pedicure which was a b-day present. Staff was courteous, attentive and friendly and made us feel welcome and comfortable. We used all the fun spa things; steam room, sauna, hot tub, pool, lounge etc and then had a wonderful pedicure. Fani and Noy were our nail artists and they took great care of us. Our toes looked amazing and it was just a wonderful afternoon all around. There was some confusion about the valet cost being validated which seemed silly after how much it cost (just validate, OK? Or add it to the overall cost. There is no option BUT to valet park) but that’s my only criticism. Read less