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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
Staying at the El Encanto is a true escape. The hotel is elegant but not gaudy. The service is prompt and friendly but not obsequious. The grounds are a stunning throwback to the way California used to be. While this hotel is completely updated, the charm of the original El Encanto remains.
We travelled to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, and planned on staying at the El Encanto, but the restaurant service was so poor that we left and stayed at Bacara. The hostess sat us at a table with full sun, when I asked for a different table ten feet away with an umbrella set up, she replied, â€śI canâ€™t guarantee shadeâ€ť. I then found out why, as we were sitting down a staff member lowered the umbrella, I asked if we could keep the umbrella up, and was told, â€śNo we are setting up for dinnerâ€ť. She turned and walked away, it was 3:30, the sunset was in 2.5 hours, so it seemed odd. I guess at that point I should not have expected much, but I thought maybe they would take our order, but no, what little staff they had was setting up placemats and talking to one another. I left our table and ordered a drink, after 30 mins and still no waitress, we left hungry... thankfully Bacara took care of us. The El Encanto grounds are beautiful and we ran into friends who were staying at the hotel who mentioned that the rooms are fantastic, they also mentioned bad service at the restaurant (as did others in the valet line).
Travel10x - Laguna Beach, California
NOTE: I was not a guest at this hotel, so this review pertains only to the special events facilities. Located on a very high hill, the Belmond El Encanto (Spanish for â€ścharmedâ€ť) is a luxury boutique hotel overlooking downtown Santa Barbara with sweeping ocean views. With its Spanish colonial-style bungalows set among tree-lined grounds filled with flower gardens, the property manages to capture a serene elegance without resorting to gaudy opulence. We were here to attend a wedding, which was conducted at their picturesque arbor and lily pond. A wooden bridge was constructed over the pond for the bridal partyâ€™s processional and recessional, and enough chairs to comfortably accommodate the 150 guests (not counting the turtles and koi in the pond) were placed at each side of the pond. It was a lovely setting for the wedding ceremony. The reception was held at their Riviera ballroom, a large room with a heated outdoor patio. The sound system worked well, the dinner was beautifully presented and delicious, the desserts were decadent and the service staff was extremely professional. This is certainly not the sort of wedding spot for those who are trying to save money on the venue, but if youâ€™re fortunate enough to have a generous budget the Belmond El Encanto is a location that should be on your list to consider.
BruinDan - Fullerton, California
Our first night here was a year ago, paying almost $900 per night, and to summarize, it wasn't the best room/or/experience. We were then invited to spend another night (free of charge) and was given an upgraded room with wine, dessert, and champagne. Definitely made me feel welcomed and made the occasion even more special. Of course to get these upgrades and extras from the first-time around, I was probably supposed to pay over $1200-$1300. Aside from this, I am very grateful and happy to return to this beautiful hotel. They did an amazing job and we are TRULY grateful and blessed. The staff here is professional, responsive, helpful, and very kind.
Malenurse2013 - Fontana, California, United States
Review is long overdue- we stayed here for a weekend wedding. Has a great time- beautiful hotel. View from pool is amazing. Style of the hotel it great- cool and contempt- not stuffy- but still really nice. Rooms are all a little different in terms of lay out.
ANYM4321 - New York, NY