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An Idyllic View of Santa Barbara From The Fess Parker Hotel

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  Site Where: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard [map], Santa Barbara, California, United States, 93103
April 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, we showed you the before and after pics of the Fess Parker's most recent renovation. The revamp ensured that the hotel will remain one of the city's flagship hotels going forward, at least as far as aesthetics go. We love the new rooms, and one thing that hasn't changed is the beautiful ocean and mountain views they provide.

Next week, we'll poke around town and dish on all the hotel news happening around town, including other hotel renovations as well as offerings you can expect from different properties this summer.

For now, enjoy this wonderful view from the hotel's Gardenia Building, and feel free to daydream about the warm California sun as we transition into spring.

[Photo: Will McGough]

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Before and After: The Fess Parker in Santa Barbara Gets All Dressed Up

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  Site Where: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard [map], Santa Barbara, CA , United States, 93103
February 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

The Fess Parker, a laid-back Doubletree by HIlton resort in Santa Barbara, Calif., has just finished much-needed upgrade to their 360 guest rooms and suites and we're happy to report the renovation managed to keep the resort's chill vibe but in a thoroughly modern way .

This is what the guest rooms used to look like. Um, plaid much? While we do appreciate the modern amenities, like a flat-screen TV and rolling desk chair, the rest of the room is a bit of a turn-off. Fortunately, it's all been changed.

Keep reading to see how much better the rooms look today!

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Orient-Express’ El Encanto Santa Barbara Has A Cow With Its Renovations

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  Site Where: 800 Alvarado Place [map], Santa Barbara, California, United States, 93103
January 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

It certainly looks like Orient-Express isn’t letting that whole rejected Tata offer get in the way of its renovation and expansion plans. We’ve barely told you about the disco break the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro enjoyed to come back in its former glory, and now reservations have started for a March opening of the historic El Encanto Resort in Santa Barbara.

One thing we already love? As part of its dedication to locally sourced produce, El Encanto will have its own cow: Ellie. Ellie’s milk will be used to make a special cheese only found at the hotel. How great is that? And it doesn’t stop there.

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Hyatt Opens Its First Hotel in Santa Barbara

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  Site Where: 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd. [map], Santa Barbara, CA, United States, 93103
July 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Santa Barbara is getting Hyattized, though too bad not in time to capitalize on the royal couple fever that hit the local hotel scene earlier this month. The 80-year-old Hotel Mar Monte has been transformed into the city's first Hyatt, the Hyatt Santa Barbara.

As part of its new persona, the oceanfront hotel has been getting renovations since February. The hotel has redone 92 of its 171 rooms, lobby, and pool and deck areas.

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