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
Stayed here 2 weeks ago with my daughters while visiting UC Santa Barbara. I am in love!!! The grounds are so pretty, the plants & flowers and views. The bungalows are very spacious. The staff is so attentive, especially the valets. Had not planned on sitting down to breakfast each morning but the terrace was great and we ended up sitting down to breakfast each morning and taking our time and enjoying the views. The gym was great, water, towels and fruit for your convenience. The pool area was beautiful, attentively staffed all day. Again water and fruit as well as sunscreen set out for your convenience. I'll be back since my daughter has decided to attend UCSB.
NJMom0309 - Oakland, New Jersey
Was invited on a last minute getaway for a girls weekend and had no idea what a treat I was in for! It's one the most beautiful grounds, views and spaces I have ever stayed. Mike Munno at the Front Desk was an incredible host upon arrival and told us about the history of this incredible property - which just adds to the charm! Five Star service all the way. Dreaming of when I can go back....
natalieintelluride - Telluride, Colorado
This is the best kept secret in Santa Barbara. I am almost hesitant to write a review because I don't want everyone to find out about this secluded, luxurious, classic California style gem in the hills. I say California style because it is lux, but casually elegant with no pretense. this place has character and charm - like the city of Santa Barbara itself. This is not a corporate, sterile luxury resort. Before you go further, I am ONLY reviewing the Sunday champagne brunch offered at The Terrace. I did not stay overnight so this not a review of the hotel. But the brunch...it all started on a glorious Sunday morning. We drove up and were greeted by the valet staff - who were dressed in suits. Very classy, but like I said, no pretentious attitudes here. Upon entering the lobby we were directed to the hostess to be seated for the Sunday Bellini Brunch. We did not have a reservation but fortune was kind and there were plenty of tables so we were seated right away. The brunch includes unlimited champagne (Moet - nothing cheap here), a beautiful appetizer plate of assorted seafood delights, your choice of a lunch or brunch style entree (among other things, they have new york steak, rack of lamb and breakfast dishes on the menu) and then, for the grand finale, as if stunning views of the ocean from the hilltop and decadent food was not enough - there is a dessert station in the hotel wine room. It is magnificent. The floating island with creme anglais is a must try. This dish is a classic dessert that does not make its way on modern menus any more, but after having it at the Belmond, I am a believer that it should make a big comeback. The service was wonderful. My husband and I lingered on as long as we could and truly felt sad to have to leave. The reason I say this is the best kept secret: it truly is hidden away in the hills through residential areas of SB. You can't walk or even easily bike here from downtown. And finally, if you've read this entire review you deserve to know, the price for the feast I described: $75 per person. It cannot be beat. Do not deny yourself this experience. I plan to go back AND stay at the hotel too.
Thank you doesn't seem enough for the wonderful Easter Brunch! Shaun O'Bryan and his staff truly have what it takes to make your El Encanto experience above and beyond any other. The kindness of the staff starts as soon as they open your car door! Our Easter Brunch was delicious, so many dishes to choose from......then off to the dessert tables!!! Shaun choose the perfect seating for our family, up stairs balcony, overlooking the beautiful coast! Truly a delightful experience for all of us. Looking forward to coming back soon to take advantage of all that El Enconto has to offer!
adamsonsautoandtow - Ojai, California
The Belmond El Encanto is quite simply MAGICAL! The property is absolutely smashing and the staff top notch. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts outside every morning and poolside bliss. The room was stunning, comfortable and clean. The VIEWS are breathtaking! And not that you ever want to leave, but the location is perfect to head into town. I will definitely return!
pamela k - New York City, New York