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The Fess Parker Santa Barbara Hotel - A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort 4 of 5 1 13

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Wedding: 8/16/2013
Member Since: 4/27/2012
BEST PLACE FOR A BEACH WEDDING!!!!    posted 9/6/2013

If you are looking for an all-in-one resort for your beach wedding then look no further. Not only is it located right off the beach, but the resort itself is beautiful and the service and amenities are unbeatable.

Think about it, no one plans on getting married twice so you got one shot to make it everything you’ve ever wanted. And if you’re reading this, then you obviously want the best deal with the best service. And face it, if you want a beach wedding, it will be a little pricey but it will not bankrupt you. And after looking up and down the so-cal coast, the Fess Parker Double Tree Resort met every one of our needs in choosing a wedding venue.

Our venue wedding/catering coordinator, Paige Reid, made everything so easy. There are so many options in regards to the ceremony, reception, catering, room reservations and she catered to all of our needs. She was always available via email/phone or even to come in and visit and always confirmed details with us. Everything you need to have a fun and memorable wedding is offered at this resort. Trust me, if you plan on having your wedding at this resort (in which you should) you will be in good hands.

Not only was it the best day of our lives, but it was memorable for all of our guest. We received endless compliments on the breath taking view, the service, food, and the resort. One of our guest stated, “I’ve been to many weddings, and this is by far the best most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to.” Our wedding was a little on the conservative side. We chose to do a simple/elegant themed wedding, and that alone made the wedding perfect. The best thing about the venue is that it’s good as is, no need to throw out a bunch of money to dressing it up.

There will be so many other details to your wedding to worry about, trust me. But if your wedding is here, you can rest assure that everything involved with the Fess Parker’s team will be taken care of professionally… no worries =)

Best of luck in choosing a resort.
But trust me, you always want to go with someone's experience. And after hearing horror stories of people cutting corners trying to save a dollar on their wedding, it was worth every penny investing in this resort.

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Wedding: 5/12/2013
Member Since: 5/24/2012
Beautiful venue, well organized and helpful staff    posted 6/19/2013

We had a 300 person Indian wedding (all day) here on mother's day, and with that busy of a weekend for the hotel, we had no problems whatsoever. Our contact, Chuck, was very helpful in getting us organized and answering our questions. They met us half way or more on all of our requests. Also, I love the beach, but dislike the gross feeling of salt/sweat and tangled hair, so this was the perfect venue. The beach was right across the street, the wedding outside and you could still enjoy the scenery. For the amount of people we needed to fit, this was a very reasonable venue from a cost perspective. I will say that the rooms were very expensive even with a room block, but there are many other hotels walking distance away where guests may want to stay.

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Wedding: 12/31/2012
Member Since: 8/12/2012
Venue    posted 1/18/2013

We were very happy with our venue. The food was wonderful and the staff was extremely helpful.

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Wedding: 6/30/2012
Member Since: 1/8/2004
Wonderful team!    posted 10/30/2012

The team at the Fess Parker Heather, Britney and Chelsea managed our large room block so well! They were so helpful and patient with all of our guests and any took care of any problems that came up. They were very accommodating. The weekend of the wedding was great. It’s such a beautiful right across the street from the beach. Our room had a gorgeous ocean view and a huge patio. It was so fun having so many of our friends in the same hotel. Everyone hung out at the pool, or met up at the bar after the wedding. And we all had an awesome brunch together on Sunday. The nice staff and fun atmosphere made the weekend.

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Wedding: 8/12/2012
Member Since: 7/27/2011
Great Location    posted 8/27/2012 (modified 10/1/2012)

We had our wedding on Plaza del Sol in August. The plaza is separated from the beach by a road, and looks out into the hills. The scenery is amazing. The walkway above the plaza is great for a cocktail reception. The staff is extremely competent, and the food is amazing. The in-house lighting service is expensive, so we brought an outside vendor without complication. Our contact (and the senior catering manager) Paige Reid is very responsive and helpful =)

A few additional notes: This is not a cheap place, as you can see from the cost of service, but the service is worth the price. The plaza is one of several places for weddings at the resort, and it's outside, so it was a bit windy in August (candle concerns).

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Wedding: 8/29/2008
Member Since: 6/14/2004
The location MADE our wedding!    posted 11/2/2010

Vacationing as a child in Santa Barbara, I always admired the beauty of the Plaza Del Sol located at the Fess Parker Doubletree. I always thought about how cool it would be to have a party there. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would host a party there much less my wedding! We had a wedding all planned out to be held in my hometown of Bakersfield, CA at a family estate but after the passing of my grandfather, that was no longer an option. We were left wondering where we’d have the wedding with only 8 months to go. We quickly made a trip over to Santa Barbara and toured the Fess Parker with Paige Reid. Still loving the location, we were unsure if we would be able to afford it. We went home that night to crunch numbers and look at the options. We knew being able to have a completely outdoor wedding was important to both of us and having it at the Fess Parker would allow us to do so by having it in the Plaza Del Sol. The menu options were great and so much was included in the package itself that we decided to go for it! I am so glad we did.
We worked with Chuck Henderson and Dora Olvera during the planning process and could not have been more happy with the service that we received from both of them! Both are so professional, detailed oriented, and understanding. They were always just an e-mail or phone call away when I had questions or concerns. Everything was always in order and when our guest count unexpectedly took a turn for the worst falling from 135 guests to 70 guests, they were there with options that would allow us to meet our food minimum. What a blessing in disguise since we were able to turn our wedding day into a wedding WEEKEND at the Fess Parker with them hosting the rehearsal dinner on the rotunda on Thursday and providing our guests with breakfast in the Fiesta Room on Saturday.
Chuck checked in with me at least 3 times on the big day to make sure we were good to go which made me feel at ease. Both of them helped with anything that they could and worked so well with our day of coordinator, Debbie Hews. Chuck, Dora, and Debbie were the core of our dream team for sure! The rest of the staff at the Fess Parker held to the same standards. From the gentlemen that were helping set up our ceremony and reception, to those working up at the desk while we checked in/out, to those who served as our dinner and breakfast captains and oversaw the meals - all were fabulous.
My husband and I keep kidding that they made us feel like celebrities for the weekend, but the truth of the matter is, they did! They spoiled us beyond belief and there aren’t enough words to say how much we appreciate their services! I had already recommended the Fess Parker to several other brides who decided to book there as well during my planning process and now that our big day is over, I will continue to do so! If you are planning a wedding, I highly recommend looking into the Fess Parker as they have so many areas to hold the event and options for it. Did I also mention that the wedding cake, wine and sparkling wine, an oceanview room for the wedding night, chairs, linens, votives, and breaksfast for two is also included! We upgraded our oceanview room to the king executive room for our stay and are saving our breakfast certificate for our 1 year anniversary. We will be back to celebrate every year as the Fess Parker holds a special place in our hearts. I can’t recommend the Fess Parker enough!


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Why travel when the charm and romance of Santa Barbara beckons? Just imagine your wedding on the beach, under the stars, or by the cozy fireplace in our variety of scenic and unique venues. And for couples still planning 2013, we have a special offer just for you. Please contact us for details!


  • Price Range: $$$
  • Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
  • Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
  • Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
  • On the Water: Yes
  • Tented Area: No
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Onsite Catering: Yes
  • Outside Caterers Allowed: Yes
  • Kosher Available: No
  • Liquor License: Yes
  • Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Valet Parking: Yes
  • Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
  • Liability Insurance: Yes
  • Site Fee: Yes
  • Capacity: More than 400
  • Style: Hotel/Resort, Unusual/Alternative

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