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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

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#10 of 57 hotels in Santa Barbara
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.5
Value
4.2
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
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 )
Paid private parking on-site
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
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
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Iron
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Great View
Languages Spoken
Spanish
4.5
1,523 reviews
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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, in Santa Barbara garners praise for its serene charm and idyllic location, offering guests a tranquil experience with tastefully styled and luxurious rooms. Many guests consider the expense worthwhile, citing the hotel's beautiful grounds and exceptional service as key highlights. While the atmosphere and cleanliness receive accolades for contributing to a valuable stay, some visitors have noted areas that could use updating and occasional slow service. Overall, the hotel's amenities and picturesque setting are often celebrated by travelers.
Location
Picturesque
Atmosphere
Charming
Rooms
Tasteful
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Spotless
Service
Inconsistent
Amenities
Top-notch
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Michael J wrote a review Feb 9
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee8 contributions
In spite of Pineapple Express weather, the staff and facilities at El Encanto were superior. From early Check-in to Anniversary Sparkling Wine, Staff contributed significantly to this visit. Ouotstanding food in the Dining Room.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Mr. Michaelk782 Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear that you had a memorable experience with us during your special celebration! We hope to welcome you back soon. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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brandon416 wrote a review Feb 6
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Wonderful experience for a very special occasion. We can't wait to return. The staff was professional, kind and took extra steps to make the stay feel special. The room, amenity and property was second to none, and the overall experience was memorable.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear Mr. Brandon416 We are thrilled to read your comments. Our team is so happy to learn about your experience. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience.
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Donna L wrote a review Jan 2024
New Orleans, United States13 contributions
We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough! Everything about it, from the facility itself (very quiet, extremely clean and comfortable), the views, ambiance, staff, location - absolutely everything was wonderful.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear Ms. Donna L. Thank you for sharing your unforgettable experience. Our team is thrilled to welcome you back in the near future. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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Sapna P wrote a review Jan 2024
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Exceptional hotel! Each staff member we encountered was friendly, professional & courteous. Beautiful, well maintained grounds. Room was clean, comfortable & beautiful. Daily housekeeping was great, no issues, even left a pair of kids slippers for our daughter by her toddler bed. Valet service attendants were all very friendly & helpful. A special thank you to the concierge Jack who made the stay special for our daughter. Thank you for a great start to 2024!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jan 8, 2024
Dear 834sapnap, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review about your experience here with us! Our team is thrilled that you and your family had an enjoyable stay and that we helped create a great start to the new year! Thank you again for your feedback and we truly hope to welcome you back with us again soon! Sincerely, Rob
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glolo310 wrote a review Dec 2023
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Wow, what a special resort and peaceful resort. We loved staying there, but the expense stops us from going more often. I love the room so much. I was able to stay in the room and get a bunch of writing done. Having meals in their restaurant or their room service just added to our experience.
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Responded Jan 3, 2024
Dear glolo310 Thank you for your review and for graciously noting your experience highlights. It was a pleasure serving you! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We hope to welcome you back in the near future! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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Soheila B wrote a review Dec 2023
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Amazing property and staff The staff was personal , warm, and welcoming . They went beyond expectations for ensuring our trip was memorable and relaxing . The spa and dining were also phenomenal . My family and I cannot wait to make time to travel to El Encanto again!!
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Responded Jan 3, 2024
Dear Soheila B. We loved having you at El Encanto for this memorable celebration! We can not wait to welcome you back. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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gdelpasa wrote a review Dec 2023
Pasadena, California4 contributions
We enjoyed our 38 anniversary this week at the beautiful El Encanto. We first came over 30 years ago and have seen the property evolve, especially after its branding with Belmond. The experience was outstanding from the excellent service from the concierge prior to arrival and throughout our three night stay. The Rosewood Miramar is nearby, and we have stayed there, but El Encanto is a more personal and luxurious experience and without the “bling”. Its location, views, and highly-trained staff work exceptionally well together, orchestrated by GM Janis Clapoff. We will continue to return to El Encanto for a truly exceptional experience.
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Responded Dec 29, 2023
Dear gdelpasa, We loved having you at El Encanto for your memorable celebration! It was a pleasure serving you! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We can not wait to welcome you back. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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Bootsie3rd wrote a review Dec 2023
Santa Barbara, California1 contribution
From the time I stepped out of my car, I was treated like Royalty until the moment I departed. Top notch service from every single Team Member. Awesome room, great food and cocktails, beautiful views!
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Response from Fernanda Pita, Guest Services / Front Office at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
Responded Dec 11, 2023
Dear Bootsie3rd, We are delighted to learn that El Encanto was able to provide a place of reset and nurture at this time. It was a pleasure to host you and your family! We loved nothing more than taking care of you and await your return. Wishing you many, many more years of travel and adventure together. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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Sharyn E wrote a review Dec 2023
Buenos Aires, Argentina20 contributions
See attached review in the image. Definitely not as advertised. Also, do not blame corporate for errors with your menu. Weren't even offered a drink or for our Uber to be paid for. Never again. Too bad it has a great view.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Dec 11, 2023
Dear 354sharyne, Thank you for your review and for graciously noting your experience highlights. The team cares deeply about their craft and your experience. Secondly, thank you for caring enough to note opportunities for improvement. We will work on this! It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to having you again. Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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svrolyk wrote a review Nov 2023
Santa Cruz, CA3 contributions
Despite arriving with a recently injured ankle and an upset tummy, the staff, from the bell boy to the chef went out of their way to make our stay a pure delight! When we arrived I could not navigate the path without help. The staff realized this and instantly a wheelchair arrived and we were whisked to our suite. Still feeling a bit under the weather all I really wanted was a bowl of soup, but there wasn't any listed not the menu. The chef sprung into action and sent us a lovely bowl of chicken soup. Each and every staff member was cheery and discreet when they needed to be. But what was really a pleasure were all the small things, heated bathroom floors, a selection of macarons and chocolates in the room, beautiful stationary (and the front desk found stamps and mailed our letters). These are all what makes a great resort, an amazing resort!
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Responded Nov 21, 2023
Dear Ms. Svrolyk, Thank you for your review and for graciously noting your experience highlights. It was a pleasure serving you and to understand that you could relax and recover! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We hope to welcome you back in the near future! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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$873 - $1,250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSanta Barbara
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 County Courthouse (1.1 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, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Conveniently located restaurants include East Beach Tacos, McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, and The Black Sheep.
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.
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.
Are there any historical sites close to El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.1 miles), Old Mission Santa Barbara (0.6 miles), and Casa del Herrero (3.9 miles).