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February 13, 2018 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
93103
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
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Reviews for Belmond El Encanto

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

When the Thomas fire and terrible subsequent flood hit Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto opened their arms to evacuees and bent over backward to accommodate them including offering them very special rates. Juggling rooms and working with a tireless staff decimated by the crisis and unable to get to work because the 101 was closed, they valiantly worked 24-7 to meet and exceed guests' needs. Resort Manager Shaun O'Bryan was in total command of the situation and kept the property running smoothly and with great quality despite many hardships. Belmond El Encanto is a dream of a resort, set high above Santa Barbara in wooded and tropical gardens. Serving superb cuisine and with a world-class spa, it is a heavenly peaceful escape. We loved the heated pool and work out gym. We loved the piano player at night in the bar. We loved the bright young people working there. We loved dining on the terrace at night, Stay in a cottage or elegant room, it's all romantic and special. The hotel's courtesy shuttle will take you into Santa Barbara but, frankly, why would one ever want to leave this gorgeous place? If we could give it six stars, we would!

945WilliamT945 - Santa Barbara, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

A review for Sam Sutherland whom works the front of house there, I can honestly say the gentleman went above and beyond in looking out for me during my entire stay. A wonderful man representing everything the true spirit of the Golden Rule was meant to be, treat others how you yourself would like to be treated! Thank you, Sam! You're a genuine gentleman, and the El Encanto is a dream. Can't wait to return

Encantoguest - Santa Barbara, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Spare yourself the waste of money. The grounds are beautiful, but the service was so unbelievably terrible it really detracted from the experience. I had read other reviews complaining about the service, but figured we were mostly there to relax and enjoy the property anyway. I didn't realize how much the service would get in the way of even being able to do that. We arrived at 2:45, check-in is at 3. The man at the front desk told us the room would be ready in 15-20 minutes, so we take a little walk around, then come back. 3pm, we check and it's still not ready but we're again told it will be ready any moment, so we take a seat. Check again at 3:30 (no one has bothered to come update us themselves or say anything to us although we're sitting right there in the lobby) and it's still not ready. At 3:45 I ask to speak to a manager because we've now been waiting an hour. A manager named Emilio comes out and gives an insincere feeling apology, gives us an excuse that the hotel is very full right now in a way that felt incredibly disrespectful and inconsiderate of the fact that we've been waiting an hour without updates and it's way past check-in time for a very expensive hotel. I tell him that even if it's full, we should've had an update so that we could go do something else rather than just being told to wait so long. Finally at that point he offers to bring us a drink, which we did not even care about because we wanted to be able to actually relax and do something on our very short vacation. The manager had told us he'd come tell us when the room was ready but he never returned. Finally at 4:15 I get a text saying it's ready, an hour and half later and an hour and 15 minutes after check-in time. We go outside to see that our bags have been taken off the luggage cart and dumped on the ground, meaning both that our bags and my wrapped birthday gifts are now sitting in the dirt and that someone must have arrived after us and been taken to a room first. We planned this trip as a nice birthday getaway, and overall I felt extremely disrespected, brushed off, and like they wasted a lot of the little time we had there. Once I got back my mom called and told me she had called them and requested that they leave something for me in the room for my birthday and asked if I got it. No surprise that that never happened. We stayed in an AirBnb the next night and it was a much nicer experience.

mayad7 - Oakland, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm going to start off with--WOW! These cottages are handsome and exquisite. It was our first visit and from the time we got out of our car when we arrived to the time we got back in it to leave, we were treated with classic chivalry and respect. Lush grounds make for a beautiful backdrop for a romantic stroll, the sunset from the pool is stunning, and the outdoor comfortable dining was the frosting on the cake. Definitely, this is the place to celebrate a special occasion!

AsEyeSeizeIt - Fountain Valley, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having lived in Santa Barbara for over fifteen years it had been a dream of mine to stay at the El Encanto, our night there was everything I hoped it would be and more. Since this was a night away from our young kids my husband wanted to add some extra special surprises, with the creative help of Macy Weiser l was delighted with the many personal touches, After returning from a walk around the beautiful property with breathtaking views there was a bottle of champagne and the nicest cheese and chocolate spread I have ever enjoyed. When we got back from our dinner we were greeted with a romantic illuminated heart shaped candelabra on out front lawn. All of the staff was extremely friendly and helpful, we appreciated the bellman taking the time to highlight all of the features of our elegant room. We loved using the courtesy shuttle to take us to and from down town and being locals ourselves we could really tell how knowledgeable our driver was about the area. I whole heartedly recommend staying at the El Encanto to anyone visiting Santa Barbara or looking for the "staycation" of their dreams..........my husband and I are expecting our third in August

SmoothTalka - Santa Barbara, California


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