My wife and I needed a 3 day trip to get away from the doldrums and repetition of everyday life. We love Santa Barbara and had heard of the restoration of the famed El Encanto. Suffice it to say, this is the perfect place to decompress and forget how busy the world has now become. It's nicely nestled in the hills overlooking the main city and the ocean further out. I love how quiet and serene the place is. The rooms are very intimate and well appointed, and the grounds! Let me tell you ... so many nice nooks and places to stroll. The trees, flowers and plant life around the grounds make the place feel magical. especially when paired with the So Cal sunlight. As for the staff, they are there for your every need, but not intrusive at all. The food (have the burger!) was very flavorful. I would go back in a heartbeat. The perfect escape.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas