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TRAVEL ADVENTURES .  .  .

                     COASTING with BONNIE CARROLL


NEW HILTON SANTA BARBARA RESORT OPENS IN MAY


Beautiful New Lobby Features Seaside Inspiration

As a Santa Barbara local and journalist I have spent countless hours working at this iconic hotel, and much leisure time enjoying the lovely location with family and friends. The new renovation is such a welcome event and everyone is looking forward to getting a glimps of the beautiful and poignant changes made for the new re-branding.

An authentic Santa Barbara experience with renovations is upon us, the team and the Santa Barbara community eagerly await the unveiling to view the transformation of the iconic beachfront resort. Property renovations are not the only aspects of the hotel’s rebranding. General Manager Neil Poisson, said he is excited for the team to share their enthusiasm while engaging all their Guests in promoting the fresh new look & feel, while exuding the new Hilton pride.

After months of planning and anticipation, the day is fast approaching when the Fess Parker Hotel, established in 1986 and most recently branded as a Doubletree Hotel, will be reintroduced as the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Both the Parker family and Hilton remain key stakeholders in the resort. The two phases of the interior renovation, which started in October 2017, are set to be completed and signal the grand opening event scheduled in late May. The extensive renovation process included full refurbishment of the guest rooms, lobby, Roundhouse Restaurant, Java Del Mar (the resort’s grab-and-go coffee bar), two ballrooms and their foyers, numerous meeting rooms, and nearby public restrooms

Look for new culinary inspirations From coastal cattle ranches to sustainable seafood sourced from local fisheries Discover an Authentic Taste of Santa Barbara at Rodney’s Grill, where we serve all-natural hormone-free beef and only the highest quality aged USDA prime steaks and chops. The culinary team, led by Executive Chef Kirk DeLong, has devised a handful of Chef Specials that pay homage to early California cuisine with culinary inspiration from Native American and Spanish cooking styles, herbs and spices.

The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Team will unveil several new guest packages to enhance the guest experience on property and off as well as “I am a Loved Local at Hilton Santa Barbara,” an exclusive savings membership card for Santa Barbara residents that offers 20% off at the hotel’s dining outlets, Salon Del Mar, Spa Del Mar and tennis center.

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