Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Santa Barbara, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

Luxury on the California coast, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara is elegant, sophisticated and traditional, all rolled into one. You can choose from six dining options, each with something slightly different from the rest. And if you like a pool, then you're going to be spoilt for choice here, as there're three zero-edge pools, two of them complete with picturesque views of the ocean. Take your pick from a choice of two natural beaches, and there's a huge spa, perfect for a bit of me-time pampering. The hotel has numerous awards under its belt, and it's really easy to see why - so come and see for yourself.

Amenities

  • Tennis
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Transfer time from Santa Barbara: 27 minutes.

Hotel information

358 newly-renovated rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, private patio or balcony, LCD TV, spacious bathroom with marble shower, mini-bar* and safe. King Bed Garden View Room, sleeping maximum 3 adults. 

One Bedroom Suite Partial Ocean View. Separate living area with sleeper sofa, wet bar and fireplace. Two full bathrooms with marble-encased showers. Extra-large patio or balcony, sleeping maximum 5 adults.

ANGEL OAK (steakhouse), THE 'O' BAR + KITCHEN (Latin cuisine and premium beverages), THE BISTRO (local produce and sustainable seafood), CAFFÈ (traditional breakfast and lunch dishes), POOL BAR (cocktails, frozen drinks, sandwiches and salads).

Two-mile natural beach. 3 zero-edged saline, heated pools with private cabana rentals*. Water sports* including surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Tennis*.

WiFi*. Spa and wellness centre*. Parking $53 per day plus tax (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has a resort fee of $50 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee includes: Pool access - Spa access - Fitness centre access -  Business centre/computer access - Newspaper - Faxes - In-room coffee. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.  

*Denotes local charge

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1801)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location can't overcome dated rooms & mediocre service

May 21, 2024 henry0421 California

This hotel is badly due for a makeover and better service. The check-in was the most scripted, rushed and robotic I've ever experienced. I can't speak for all rooms but ours was VERY dated and badly in need of a full renovation. In general, I would say that this felt like a three-star hotel and didn't read "luxury" at all. The grounds are… Read more
This hotel is badly due for a makeover and better service. The check-in was the most scripted, rushed and robotic I've ever experienced. I can't speak for all rooms but ours was VERY dated and badly in need of a full renovation. In general, I would say that this felt like a three-star hotel and didn't read "luxury" at all. The grounds are beautiful and access to the beach is a big plus but if you're looking for a true luxury experience with great service, there are much better options in Santa Barbara. As it stands, I can't imagine going back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truly five star service.

May 19, 2024 Ellen E O

We just finished four lovely days at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Without exception, every staff person was cheerful, friendly, and helpful. Our room was immaculate and stayed that way, with twice-daily service. The servers and bartenders were accommodating and helpful without being officious or smarmy in any way. The pool attendants remembered my… Read more
We just finished four lovely days at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Without exception, every staff person was cheerful, friendly, and helpful. Our room was immaculate and stayed that way, with twice-daily service. The servers and bartenders were accommodating and helpful without being officious or smarmy in any way. The pool attendants remembered my name and seating preferences. The grounds are beautifully kept. I honestly can’t think of a criticism. The people who wrote recent negative reviews could not have stayed at the same resort. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating why return. indeed?

May 18, 2024 Krishnajina Greenview, California

reviewing the The 'O' Bar + Kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara and the front desk. The food was poor and expensive. I ordered a $30. Both it and the fries were VERY heavily salted. I've had better tasting burgers almost anywhere. After spending over $100,we left only to be informed that they no longer validated parking and I… Read more
reviewing the The 'O' Bar + Kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara and the front desk. The food was poor and expensive. I ordered a $30. Both it and the fries were VERY heavily salted. I've had better tasting burgers almost anywhere. After spending over $100,we left only to be informed that they no longer validated parking and I owed $20 dollars for the daily rate. We'd been there an hour and a half. This was without any warning and without any signs or comment at the valet parking drop off. We went to find a manager, a tall blonde at the front desk (5/11/24 evening) who was not interested in helping until pointed out that we cold readily take our business elsewhere and would not return to the 'O'bar' if we were forced to pay for the valet parking. The woman reacted with barely concealed anger, irritation and resentment. When my wife suggested a manager be informed that it would be a good idea to let customers know about the parking fee, she responded with a tight-lipped, I am a manager. .... then she should know better. She might also want to re-take the customer service, manners and presentation portions of her training. We've stayed at many a Four Seasons and similar hotels and have experienced anything like this. Though we ended up having the fee waived, the entire evening crashed on that interaction. At best, we'll be hesitant to return. We're only too happy to spend our money where it is appreciated rather than where the hotel staff feel that they are entitled to it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Over Priced, In need of a renovation and feels like a Marriott

May 16, 2024 Melodie H

The grounds of this property are lovely. However, it is 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, and so you are limited to the resort for dining and entertainment, unless you drive 20+ minutes to town. The wineries are also 45 minutes away, so again not exactly convenient. The hotel staff is all very friendly. I was disappointed that it was our… Read more
The grounds of this property are lovely. However, it is 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, and so you are limited to the resort for dining and entertainment, unless you drive 20+ minutes to town. The wineries are also 45 minutes away, so again not exactly convenient. The hotel staff is all very friendly. I was disappointed that it was our 24th wedding anniversary and we were not given even a note congratulating us, nor a bottle of wine or some pastries in our room. We stayed 3 nights, spent over $2800 and you thought we might at least get a little recognition. The rooms are a bit tired, need a renovation. The shutters don't shut completely and so the room is light in the morning and it's difficult to sleep in. Two nights, Sunday and Monday the music was so loud from parties in the main building playing until 11:30 p.m. one night and after midnight on Monday. I called to complain, but it is ridiculous at a Ritz Carlton to have to do so. I had a facial at the spa, which was lovely, but was shocked that $67 (22% service fee) was tacked onto my bill. That made my 50 minute facial $375! I was not told that it was optional, so I paid the $67 service fee. The tennis center was far from the hotel, down a dirt path, and the facility was in disrepair. All the rackets were old, they didn't offer pickleball, the courts needed service. There were no towels or water offered. Parking is $75 per night, which is expensive. In addition, there is a resort fee. Overall, the cost is WAY above what I would pay for this resort. We stayed with the American Express platinum package, and there was some confusion about the breakfast that was included. Ultimately, they took the breakfast off of our bill. Another disappointment was that most American Express hotels allow room service as an option for breakfast. This one does not. The fitness room was very nice and well-equipped. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Well worth a repeat trip! You won't be disappointed.

May 14, 2024 George P

What can I say, , , It's a Ritz Carlton facility located right on the ocean in the lovely Santa Barbara area. Our room was delightful, and opened to an outside fire pit and a well manicured lawn. The food, the service, and the facility did not disappoint in any way. Beautiful grounds as you can see on their web site, and a wonderful swimming… Read more
What can I say, , , It's a Ritz Carlton facility located right on the ocean in the lovely Santa Barbara area. Our room was delightful, and opened to an outside fire pit and a well manicured lawn. The food, the service, and the facility did not disappoint in any way. Beautiful grounds as you can see on their web site, and a wonderful swimming pool with a great Bistro restaurant adjacent for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our stay was in Villa #1-104 from April 26 thru April 28, 2024 Read less