Family Fun at The Fess Parker

The Fess Parker
Situated on 24 sprawling acres across from the Pacific Ocean and within walking distance to lively State Street, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Harbor and the Santa Barbara Zoo, The Fess Parker, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, is the perfect place for families to explore all that Santa Barbara, California has to offer…and the whole family will love the warm chocolate cookies upon arrival.

The newly renovated 360-room property includes kid-friendly amenities such as shuffleboard, a putting green, a pool, tennis courts, and bike rentals. Guests can also stroll to Chase Palm Park where there is a play structure and antique carousel.

Whether your family wants to relax and enjoy the property or get out and do some active sightseeing, the Fess Parker provides the amenities and location for whatever your family has planned.

Renovated Rooms at The Fess Parker

The AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort recently underwent an interior renovation by Los Angeles-based Design Group Carl Ross, Inc. that combined the traditional Santa Barbara Spanish Colonial design with a modern twist that included Spanish tile patterns and textured materials in a fresh earth-tone palette, custom made upholstered furniture, carpet, wall coverings and fixtures.

Most rooms offer the following complimentary amenities:

  • Furnished patio or balcony
  • High-speed internet access
  • Mini bar
  • Personal coffee maker
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe
  • In-room movies
  • Shampoo and bar soap (no hair conditioner)

Pets Welcome at The Fess Parker

As a pet-frienly hotel, the family can bring their favorite furry friend along too. Upon check-in, guests with pets receive a “doggie bag” that can include treats, a ball, Fido Friendly magazine, poop bags, pet service menu and a “Paw”- and “Purr”-riffic room service menu sporting Howlin’ Ground Sirloin and Albacore Tuna, cooked to order; pet-friendly dining is also available on the ocean view patio of The Set. The concierge can also provide a list of pet-friendly restaurants, hikes and beach in Santa Barbara so that you can take your pet with you.

On-Property Dining at The Fess Parker

Families will love the expansive breakfast buffet offered daily from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at The Roundhouse, located in the main lobby. The buffet includes things such as pancakes, sausages, omelets, cereal, muffins, fruit, yogurt, juice, and much more. The cost is $25 per adult, $12 for ages 5-12, complimentary up to age 5. It’s a great way to start the day. For a grab-and-go breakfast, snacks, treats, or Starbucks coffee, visit the Java del Mar.

Looking to lounge by the pool? Poolside meal service is available through the Terazza del Mar, which features burgers, fries, sandwiches and other lunch menu items.

Want to bring your pooch along? Lunch, diner and snacks can be served on the patio at The Set. There is an ocean view and two outdoor fire pits, which make it a casual and scenic place to wind down a busy day.

For a more elegant dining experience, head to Rodney’s Grill for items such as the Beefsteak Tomato Melt with provolone and Danish blue cheese, balsamic reduction, and chive oil, the Natural Filet Mignon with chive butter, roasted garlic and yukon gold mashed potatoes with bordelaise, or the Channel Island Almond Crusted Halibut with saffron couscous, wild mushrooms, and
tomato fennel broth.

Guest Services at The Fess Parker

The resort also offers the following amenities:

Outdoor Activities Near The Fess Parker

There are numerous family-friendly activities nearby The Fess Parker. Here are some possible itineraries:

Day One: 

Catch the Santa Barbara Trolley ($19 adult ticket) in front of The Fess Parker and spend the walking along Stearn’s Wharf, grabbing lunch Downtown, and touring the Old Mission.

Day Two:

Walk to the Santa Barbara Zoo, grab lunch on the patio at The Set, rent a Surrey (4-person bike) and take a ride to the Santa Barbara Harbour for an hour of standup paddle boarding.

Day Three:

Relax on-property with breakfast at The Roundhouse and a morning of putting and shuffleboard followed by a dip in the pool and lunch poolside at Terazza del Mar. End the day with a game of tennis and dinner at Rodney’s Grill.

Contact Information

The Fess Parker

A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort

633 East Cabrillo Blvd.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103