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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

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800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
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#11 of 55 in Santa Barbara
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4.8
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4.9
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4.5
Value
4.2
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Belmond El Encanto, a Forbes Five-Star luxury hotel, has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that endeared it to both the local Santa Barbara community and visitors alike. As part of Belmond, this is the company's first excursion to the American west coast. Ninety-two quintessential, California-styled suites and bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Original architectural features have been lovingly restored, including the historic, trellis-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. Modern additions to the expansive outdoor zero-edge pool and a new beautifully appointed boutique spa enhance the journey for today's luxury-seeking guest.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Poolside bar
Kids club
Free shuttle or taxi services
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Massage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
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Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Romantic
Bay View
Languages Spoken
Spanish
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jamesferguson2019 wrote a review Yesterday
Dana Point, California3 contributions3 helpful votes
Best of the BEST in Santa Barbara. Superb property for a getaway retreat and/or destination wedding. Travel by train for a relaxing arrival and pickup by their MZB van.. If you are unable to chill out here, you are a lost cause.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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davidQ2653BU wrote a review May 9
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
I am VERY picky about hotels. I’ve stayed in some great ones all over the world. (Recently at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, for some context.). El Encanto is my favorite. I think that says it all.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Dear David, We are so happy to receive your feedback! We hope to you welcome you back in a near future! Fernanda Pita Dir of Guest Experience
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gladney2022 wrote a review Apr 2022
Houston, Texas1 contribution
My wife and I couldn't have had a lovelier time at El Encanto. It was our 3rd wedding anniversary and they made it very special for us. From the young men who handled our car, to the people at the front desk, to the restaurant servers, and even to the hotel service providers, everybody was exceptional. We highly recommend this beautiful hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Dear Gladney, Thank you for your feedback! We hope to have you enjoying our beautiful property again in a near future! Fernanda Pita Dir Guest Experience
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5 Star Resorts Guy wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Throught the Fine Hotel and Resort program, were were upgraded from Premier Terrace king to a one bedroom(1402) but it was no upgrade.Room 1402 felt more like a double wide tucked in the armpit of the building with no privacy. Worse of all, right behind the bed wall, you could here constant loud engine /Hvac noise as well as the neighbors. We asked to be downgraded back to the room category we booked.(2303) was so much better. View, outdoor space,fireplace and most of all, super quiet. Beweare, their receptionists knowledge of the rooms are minimal and incorrect. Also, eventhough the description booking site clearly state view,terrace/outdoor space and they charged extra accordingly, The receptionist told me those things were not guranteed. They why would anyone pay extra for those things...... This hotel needs new management.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Lawrence Z wrote a review Apr 2022
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We spent a week at the property. The stay was wonderful. The hotel property beautiful, serene, quiet, private and the hotel staff helpful and welcoming. Minutes away were many fantastic hikes and this was our focus for our stay. A fantastic hotel brekfast, a mornig hike of a few hours and a late lunch in Montecito or other surrounding town.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Dear Lawrencez, Thank you for your feedback! We are so happy to hear about your stay! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Fernanda
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dmrnyc7 wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Lovely property, very comfortable, with better than average service. The food is unremarkable and expensive. I would say dinner in the main dining room was the only disappointment of the stay. The view from the dining room is gorgeous, and it's tastefully decorated.
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Alicia W wrote a review Mar 2022
Dallas, Texas5 contributions3 helpful votes
I usually forget to rate our really great experiences but just thought I'd give this hotel a shout. This past October was out 3rd time visiting El Encanto. A few years back we booked during the mudslides and had to drive 4 hours out of the way to get there....it was totally worth it. You definitely pay for it, but this hotel has the best service - during mudslides, pandemic times, regular times. We've stayed in a few different rooms and I've loved every one. This last time I went, and gosh I wish I could remember his name, but the valet literally walked with me till I found a room I enjoyed since I was a little disappointed in the one they originally had. It sounds so silly but at the time we didn't have a real fireplace at our home and I just really enjoyed having one on my trip away. And their car service to restaurants is amazing after a day of wine tasting. Hands down, the valet guys are just awesome. The bartenders are also so fun! I already can't wait to go back. Thanks for always giving us an amazing weekend away!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Dear Alicia, Thank you for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Fernanda Pita Dir Guest Experience
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RCamino wrote a review Feb 2022
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
My wife and I spent a fantastic week at the El Encanto. Stacey, the concierge, set up a five day itinerary that included a wine tasting tour, movie night on our porch, horseback riding on the beach, and a sunset sail for two. The staff was so polite and helpful and the room was just perfect! We definitely plan on spending more time here in teh future. Highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Thank you for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Fernanda Pita Dir Guest Experience
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Lagunakahuna1 wrote a review Feb 2022
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El Encanto is our happy place. Whenever we have something important to celebrate, or just need a dose of total tranquility, this resort (and the incredible staff) always exceed our high expectations. The rooms are flawless, the grounds manicured and the people treat you like family. Bravo!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Dear Ashkan, Thank you for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Fernanda Pita Dir Guest Experience
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Traveller21-7 wrote a review Feb 2022
Albuquerque, New Mexico26 contributions18 helpful votes
Visited for a special occasion which was my 50th birthday. Hoped to have an exceptional experience but it fell short. Location is excellent. Valets and concierges were first class but the bar and restaurant service were about as good as drive through fast food chain and that’s being unkind to a drive through. We waited to be acknowledged at the bar for lunch service for 25 minutes and when we were finally acknowledged, it took an additional 20 minutes to even get a drink. A wait of nearly an hour for two beers served with a big attitude. Perhaps they thought making us wait that long would make us hungry yet the patio was 1/4 full. We chose to bypass dinner based on the afternoon experience and when we returned later in the day, we decided to have another drink and yet again the evening service was extremely poor, both in timeliness and attitude. Essentially - Shouldn’t encounter this at a luxury resort. Room was very clean and spacious. Very tasteful design. Overall - Amenities were very nice, clean and the pool staff / lady attendant specifically was excellent. Given the location, you are somewhat reliant on the restaurant and bar and by far this was far below expectations, hence my lower rating. Shame as we had hoped for much better -especially given the “occasion” which I also assume many other guests visit for.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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$643 - $2,142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
el encanto hotel and garden villas
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
92
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
Which popular attractions are close to El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Nearby attractions include Jamie Slone Wines (1.3 miles), Chaucer's Bookstore (1.8 miles), and Santa Barbara Art Glass (1.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Conveniently located restaurants include East Beach Tacos, Handlebar Coffee Roasters, and McConnell's Fine Ice Creams.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara have an airport shuttle?
Yes, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.