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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
Nearest Airport: SBA
Amenities for Belmond El Encanto
- General Information
- 84 Rooms and Suites
- Non-Smoking Property
- Coastal Cuisine
- On-Site Amenities
- 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
- Conference Facilities
Reviews for Belmond El Encanto
We reserved a table a Celebratory Anniversary dinner. As Central Coast Californianâ€™s we have heard raving reviews of this hotel and restaurant. We were primed for a first class experience. Upon arrival there was no valet insight. We asked directions to the restaurant and were shown the entry door. Inside was an employee at a counter ready to assist. I gave him my name and said we had reservations. He frowned checked his list and said â€śDo you mean the restaurant?â€ť Yes, pointing out there is no sign or indication that this was the â€śfront deskâ€ť for the hotel. He motioned with his hand that the restaurant is over there. We then went to the next desk and gave our name. This guy said he was the concierge and the restaurant is over there. By this time I was frustrated and finally found the restaurant podium. Glancing over our shoulder back at the â€śfront deskâ€ť we see the Concierge and the Desk Clerk laughing at us! The dinner was superb: Duck Breast was excellent as well as the Halibut. The view is impressive to visitors but the restaurant itself is unremarkable. The service was fine. No mention of the anniversary other than a lovely table. As we left the waitress came running after us apologizing that she forgot the anniversary and gave us three bon bons in a carry out container. Excellent food â€“ will return in spite of the help.
NotBigBux - San Luis Obispo, CA
We have stayed at this enchanting resort 3 times and are headed back next week for what has become my husband and my annual birthday getaway. We love everything about the El Encanto beginning with champagne offered in the covered outdoor patio looking out high above Santa Barbara during the short wait for our room. The unique and spacious rooms/bungalows, the luxurious spa like bathrooms and amenities, the excellent customer service and willingness to place us in a room with 100% satisfaction, the amazing pool with a spectacular view, frozen grapes and refreshments, poolside foot massage, luxurious towels and most attentive pool service and the meandering pathways with beautiful landscape are only a few of the reasons we return twice a year. The restaurant is lovely--taking full advantage of the beautiful view. The only small complaint would be they did not have Kahlua for an after dinner drink in the bar and they had run out of some other basic drink (I think maybe Heineken beer) I can't remember. I highly recommend the El Encanto for any perfect retreat.
kammymiller - Newport Beach, California
This is one of those places that is 5 star because it's not 4 star, but it's sort of just over the line. The grounds are nice and there are nice views from the restaurant/bar area. The service was mixed. Nothing big, but a few things were just off. I stayed here for a work trip and got in late. I clearly wanted to just go to my room, and had made that known, but the person at the front desk kept wanting to tell me about the spa, particularities of dining, etc. The next morning I'd asked them for some aspirin, which was available at the on property store right by the lobby, which was locked. The woman at the front desk said she couldn't open it but the spa could. The spa was closed even thought it's hours said it would be open. I said, no problem, I'm headed back to my room to get some work done, will you please follow up and send to my room. She never did. The wait staff did not seem knowledgeable about wine, which seemed a little off given the cost of the meal.
Byron R - San Francisco, California
Every detail about our trip was perfect. The staff (Shaun, Sabine, Nick, Macy and EVERYONE else) were wonderful. The rooms are perfect and the whole feel is just so enchanting. Will absolutely be back!
mkdunn - El Segundo, California
We had a great meal and wonderful service at this beautiful restaurant overlooking Santa Barbara. We arrived after dark, but I'd recommend arriving in time to see the spectacular sunsets and, weather permitting, sitting at a table outside.
ANDREW L - Barcelona, Spain