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Belmond El Encanto

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #2 of 59 hotels in Santa Barbara
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We just returned from a wonderful restful stay here. The room was gorgeous with a huge deck under an old pepper tree! The staff is most gracious. Marco was wonderful and saved us a table for dinner with a beautiful view, complete with a blood, full moonrise over the ocean! The bartender/server at lunch, did not get his name, was... More

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102 reviews 102 reviews
62 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped over in this hotel driving from SF to LA. It appeared to be the right choice. It provided the ideal place to relax after a day driving: service; food (excellent restaurant); location (great view); great rooms

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My favourite hotel on the west coast of USA. Small but perfectly formed in every way. Luxurious interiors all brand new and a really decadent experience in every way. Incredible views from terrace restaurant and felt like a tiny bit of heaven.

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Frensham, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stunning location. Beautiful pool. Intimate setting. Aqua di Parma toiletries! Staff are exceptional, so accommodating-chef puréed fresh veggies for our baby-no charge. Everybody remembered our names and were just so kind and made the service personalized. We loved every minute of our stay and extra thanks to Marco, Mauricio and the lovely young waiter who misheard my husband and was... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What makes this place is the service extended by a happy staff. Guests feel special the minute they arrive. It's a thin line between being graciously pleased to see and interact with someone and artifice, and most staff here stay on the gracious side. The property is perched on a hill above Santa Barbara and simply beautiful. Our room was... More

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Santa Barbara
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unsurpassed service with a genuine approach toward satisfaction with a nuanced & friendly approach - The property has undergone an extensive & incredible renovation with exceptional design authorship & execution - It's sure to please on all levels - We liken it be our home away from home. R | S

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San Jose
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second stay at El Encanto. I believe they fixed all there little opening kinks The staff is amazing Very attentive in every part of the hotel : bar, restaurant, front desk, valet, spa, pool area and housekeeping. All were excellent Our room 1801 is a premium king, it did not have outdoor seating area but the room... More

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

Dear calgirlsanjose, So glad to see that you came back and enjoyed and even more enchanted stay at El Encanto. Thank you so much for sharing your comments with the travel community. It means a lot to us that you saw positive changes since your last visit and hope that you will continue to enjoy visiting El Encanto in the... More

Santa Barbara
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Encanto is THE place to stay when visiting the Santa Barbara area. The bungalows are absolutely beautiful with large rooms and sumptuous and spacious baths. We upgraded to a suite which included a charming living area as well. Walking the grounds with their darling pathways through flowered gardens is like entering a fairytale. There is even a turtle pond... More

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from a midweek getaway to the beautiful El Encanto. We prefer it to the other luxury resorts in the area (the Biltmore, San Ysidro Ranch). El Encanto is elegant and luxurious, and the staff is very friendly and extremely accommodating. And we appreciated the attention to detail (a monogrammed pillow on the bed upon... More

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The El Encanto surpassed our wildest dreams. We are so glad to have settled on the El Encanto for our honeymoon. It was PERFECT. Everyone at the hotel was so helpful and we wanted for nothing. This hotel was a splurge for us and it was worth it. Laura (the general manager) was very patient with us and picked out... More

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

Dear moodybluesaustin, Thank you for the wonderful review! It was so great to meet both of you and to be part of such a special occasion. To see you both so happy truly gave me chills. I do hope you will return again and again over the years to celebrate many more years to come of wedded bliss! Thank you... More

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Additional Information about Belmond El Encanto

Also Known As:
El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas
Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond El Encanto 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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