by Michael J. Shapiro | April 27, 2018
The 360-room Fess Parker, the coastal resort in Santa Barbara originally opened by the actor in 1986, has undergone renovations and a rebranding. As of this week, the resort is called the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The family of the late actor, together with Park Hotels & Resorts, will retain ownership. Hilton, which already was managing the hotel under its previous name, the Fess Parker, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, will now manage the property as part of its flagship brand portfolio. It is the first resort on California's Central Coast to fly the upgraded Hilton flag.
"We look forward to this next chapter for the property and to continuing our long-standing partnership with Hilton," said Eli and Ashley Parker, the son and daughter of Fess Parker, best known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and '60s. "The resort may have a new look and a new name, but it will continue to provide the same first-class visitor experience that has made both locals and travelers feel at home for several decades." 
 
All of the resort's guest rooms have recently been remodeled and redesigned with ocean and sky-blue tones, driftwood-inspired interiors and private balconies or patios.
 
The groups-focused property has more than 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, from newly renovated indoor and outdoor venues to outdoor locations with remarkable views. Plaza del Sol, for instance, is a semi-enclosed space with 180-degree views of the ocean and a connecting rotunda. The Grand Ball Room & Foyer can host indoor events for as many as 600 people.
 
Among the on-site food-and-beverage options are the Roundhouse, which offers California cuisine and a menu that changes daily, and Rodney's Grill, which specializes in sustainable seafood dishes and naturally raised meats. The Fess Parker Wine Tasting Room offers a self-service wine-dispensing system that allows guests to experience the local wines of the Central Coast.
 
Amenities include the Spa del Mar, a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, tennis courts and a variety of local tours.