December 14, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California

The beachside city of Santa Barbara, California is known for its beautiful coastlines, gorgeous weather, and stunning Spanish architecture, but restoration of Belmond El Encanto, one of the city's most notable and long-standing hotels will soon be the leading reason to travel out West. Belonging to the elite and eclectic collection of luxury hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other distinctive travel experiences presented by Belmond, El Encanto is sure to delight guests as of its grand re-opening in March 2013. Built in the 1920s, the hotel has been lovingly restored with meticulous attention to detail, so guests enjoy the original charm and elegance of the space, with contemporary conveniences and preferred five-star amenities such as a boutique spa. The hotel's airy California-style bungalows enjoy sweeping views of the property's lush, landscaped gardens, and in the distance, the glimmering Pacific Ocean.

Coming from the Spanish phrase meaning "the charm," Belmond El Encanto's expansive landscape is romantic, secluded, and the ideal space for a large group of loved ones, or an intimate pair. On-site dining incorporates local and organic ingredients to produce delectable coastal cuisine, while Belmond El Encanto's private event space is perfect for weddings, parties, conferences, or retreats. Enjoy the brilliant California sun in one of Santa Barbara's premier neighborhoods, while you indulge in the luxury of never having to lift a finger at Belmond El Encanto, a truly exhilarating experience.

Location of Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto
800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, California

Nearest Airport: SBA

Amenities for Belmond El Encanto

  • General Information
  • 84 Rooms and Suites
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Dining
  • Coastal Cuisine
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Pool
  • WiFi
  • Music & Movie Library
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • iPod Docks
  • Iron/Ironing Boards
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Luxury Linens
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Rain Showers
  • Work Desks
  • Business
  • Conference Facilities
  • Interests
  • City
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Reviews for Belmond El Encanto

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

Tonight, My Wife and I just had, probably one of the best meals and dining experiences that we have had in a long time! Always wanted to try the cusine at the Belmond El Encanto and we sure are happy we did! From the moment we drove up to valet, to the hostess in the dining room and the impecciable, seamless service of Kelly, our server and the other servers on the terrace, who always made sure we were comfortable. Their attentiveness to detail and prompt service adds so much to the experience. Polite and excited to serve. I can't remember an employee at a hotel, resteraunt or other hospitality staff as professional, elegant, passionate about their job as these employees at Belmond El Encanto, quite the experience. Thank you, Belmond El Encanto, for one of, if not the most enchanting dinners we can remember, what a special night. The view, with the balmy sunset views, I began with a glass of Tattinger Rose Brut. Sorry, but I may not drink another California Sparkling again, Really! Right after the Champagne arrived, a basket of varied freshly baked warm bread with the best butter I have ever had, some spice from Mexico and topped with a black Hawaiian salt, you will love it! I ordered the Kale salad Burrata cheese, crushed pine nuts, local strawberries, aged balsamic My Wife Celeriac and Apple soup with Shiitake crisps... we loved both of our starters. For Entree, I ordered the Artisan Garganelli Pasta- Castroville artichokes, Bloomsdale spinach, lemon zest, ricotta salata. Having lived in Venice for 6 months, I would consider myself a pasta snob, this was fabulous. The Chef used the perfect amount of salt and pasta cooked to perfection! My Wife had the Wagyu Flat Iron steak- Sweet potato, shishito peppers, onion crumbs, scallion espuma 56 , she had the steak cooked well done. She claims it was the best steak she has ever had. and yes, we went for it, dessert. I had the doughnuts w/a citrus sauce and vanilla ice cream ... unbelievable! And my Wife had the Chocolate soufflé w/creme brule sauce, salted carmel ice cream on top of chocolate cookie crumbs, candied cashews,flamed bananas... with a glass of tawny port. I don't were we have been before that all seems so mediocre compared to tonight's dinner, but we are forever grateful for this complete sensory experience of visual, views, service, culinary, history, charm all top notch and well deserving of the Forbes 5 star rating. Thank you again, Belmond El Encanto, we are spoiled and will be back!

Bitsylou - Sausalito, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I love staying here. When our daughter got engaged, we all agreed that this was the perfect choice for her wedding. Beautiful grounds, great staff and charming rooms. Enough can not be said about the level of service at this hotel. Devin Drake, Catering Manager, was fantastic! She arranged for guest rooms, the ballroom, the menus, the set up of the ceremony. Too many things to mention here. The wedding was on September 16th with 125 guests. Everything was perfect from the ceremony at the pond, wonderful food, great bartenders and waiters, and beautiful ballroom. Many wedding guests stayed at Belmond and could not have been happier with their rooms, the pool, the restaurant and outstanding service.

Suzanne W - Los Angeles, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

The special treatment here certainly starts with the great parking valets! All are friendly and helpful with special thanks to "key fob doctor" and future MD Jason who helped bring my key back to life, and Samuel and the rest of the team. I appreciated and enjoyed an upgrade to a very comfortable,nicely appointed and large bungalow with a fireplace.I enjoyed eating a tasty lunch and breakfasts served by well trained and friendly staff and five star unpretentious service seems to be the norm here in all areas. If you are looking for a quiet oasis in Santa Barbara choose El Encanto and relax!

TripMember050120171 - beverly hills

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

Stayed here for 3 nights in early November 2017, which is a great time to visit Santa Barbara. The guys at the valet stand/greeters at the front doors of the hotel really make this stay an incredible experience. We had a room in the back of the property with a separate seating room and a great patio that looked down over the property. It is very well taken care of. I used the pool, steam room and gym. The staff at the spa (where the steam room is located) are excellent and were super nice. The small issues we had were the following: The shuttle service they provide is nice but seems a little disorganized and the valet is always busy so call ahead for your car. Two of the nights we stayed they pulled out the sleeper sofa for turn-down service which was weird, because it was never requested. I would certainly return to this property on my next visit to Santa Barbara.

lltman - Austin, Texas

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

Love staying here. The staff was amazing. Got my favorite room 102. The view from the porch is amazing. Had great service at the bar and some amazing appetizers. Love this place can't recommend it enough.

Tommy L - Bakersfield, California, United States

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