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Belmond El Encanto

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #3 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
Martha G Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have just gotten home after an amazing 4 days at the best resort in America. We were here for a wedding but made a vacation of it and had such an amazing time at this hotel. From the minute we arrived, we were greeted by the kindest staff. We had 2 meals a day at least at the hotel... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Exquisite two day stay in this opulent and relaxing setting. The hotel consists of beautiful individual bungalows. Service is excellent and the restaurant cannot be faulted. Pool time was amazing and room and hotel maintained impeccably. Our room was tastefully colonial furnished. About 10 mins drive from State St for shopping and great dinner locations. The walks around the grounds... More

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Santa Barbara
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we tried to use a gift certificate and were quietly billed for extra charges we didn't realize until it was too late. The management was not customer friendly and just wanted to be right We won't be going back!

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear Lynn B., I apologize for any confusion regarding the inclusions of the gift certificate you purchased at a charity auction. I have sent a private email to you and would love an opportunity to speak with you about this matter. We have researched all of the inclusions as well as any additional charges and it seems that all was... More

California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I cannot think of anything constructive to say about the service or quality of the room or restaurant when it comes to this hotel. The staff is attentive with very professional management who demonstrate why years of experience matter. If you are staying in Santa Barbara and want the very best on all levels of service, stay at Belmond El... More

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear bob411, You flatter us! Thank you so much for staying at El Encanto! We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Laura M More

Scottsdale, Arizona
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173 reviews 173 reviews
47 hotel reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a miserable night at another hotel, we checked in here. From the first contact on the phone, I knew this was probably going to be a much better experience, and indeed it was. I want to think I am not spoiled (is it wrong to not want a green and black carpet-not original colors?), but we try to stay... More

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear AZ-Traveler85253, Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience with the Trip Advisor community! I am delighted to see that you had a wonderful time and relished all of our special touches. I do hope you will stay with us again next time you find yourself in beautiful Santa Barbara. Best wishes, Laura M More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As its name suggests: Hotel El Encanto is very aptly named. Our room and bathroom were ample, new, simple yet beautiful. the decor reminiscent of old world with a modern sensibility. gorgeous, warm and pared down. the hotel itself is precious: each room is a bungalow, sometimes with 2-3 (tops) rooms per bungalow. Still very private. It feels like a... More

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Dallas, Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to Santa Barbara/Montecito many times over the years. Every time we go anywhere, I Google new hotels and food. This time I came across the Belmond El Encanto. A couple of my friends went there years ago and encouraged me to "try it for all of us" because of the remodel. We did and it is spectacular. Everything... More

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear Michael C, Thank you for your wonderful review of El Encanto! I am so happy you found us in your on line searches and hope you won't feel the need to look for a new place next time you are in Santa Barbara. We look forward to your next visit. Best wishes, Laura M More

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning property with amazing villas. Highly recommend. Great food and totally luxurious with an amazing friendly staff. Only complaint would be spa services are a total ripoff. 80 minute massage was $290 and was terrible

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear Randy D., I am delighted to see that overall your stay was wonderful and you enjoyed our very special resort. I am concerned about your spa experience as we rarely have complaints about our treatments, and our pricing is very competitive with other resort spas in the area. If you would like to discuss any issues directly with myself... More

los angeles, ca
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I posted this same review on Yelp because I can't say it any better. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. It started with an email to them explaining that I was going through chemo and wanted to come to the El Encanto for my bday but there was a small chance I wouldn't feel good the... More

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear wonderwoman13, Thank you so much for spending your Birthday with us! It is wonderful that you were able to get away and truly have some time for yourself during down time from treatments. We do hope we will be a respite for you for many, many birthdays to come! Best wishes, Laura M More

London, United Kingdom
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173 reviews 173 reviews
52 hotel reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everywhere I go, I can find some kind of problem with a hotel, even the best hotels fall short somewhere and that need not deter me from staying there but it is good to know from Trip Advisor what to expect. Also what I may find a problem another traveller may not. From the moment we drove up to this... More

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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Dear HotelBloke, Now I am truly speechless, and delighted with your review! Thank you so much for your wonderfully descriptive narrative of your stay. I am so pleased to see that so many of our exceptional team members (especially McKamie) made your stay truly memorable and provided 5 star service throughout. We have terrific employees that truly make it their... More

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Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond El Encanto 5*
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El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas

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Amenities

Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#2 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara #2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara #3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara #5 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara #7 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
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This iconic hotel has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that has spanned nearly 100 years. 92 California-styled bungalows dot the lush grounds which feature seven-acres of landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Modern additions like the expansive outdoor swimming pool and a boutique spa will enhance the El Encanto journey for today’s luxury-seeking guest. El Encanto’s charming setting atop a commanding hilltop perch offers the ultimate secluded retreat, creating an eclectic and authentic ambiance for romance and rediscovery. ... more   less 
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