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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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#12 of 55 hotels 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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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
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 )
Parking
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
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
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Romantic
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Languages Spoken
Spanish
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ElginTravelingFam wrote a review Aug 3
Elgin, Illinois67 contributions54 helpful votes
Wow, what an absolutely flawless dinner! Beautiful hotel and gorgeous dining room/experience. From the doorman, to the host, to the uber-engaging service, this restaurant has it on lock! Our server guided us through dinner as professional and aplomb as any 3star Michelin server we’ve had! The food was California-composed with layers of texture and flavor. The wine list is very curated and unpretentious. Nothing can top the view and ambiance though. Get these people Michelin starred alresdy!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Mr. Eric, Thank you for your generous review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. El Encanto is a very special place! We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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dennburr wrote a review Jul 2022
Greenwich, Connecticut147 contributions69 helpful votes
This was the first time we returned to El Encanto, after it had been redone by Belmond. We had reserved a table on the terrace for dinner, which is a truly spectacular spot from which to view all of Santa Barbara. In general, the reception was very warm although quite formal, from the multiple valets to the concierge and the dining room host. We had a very good waiter who helped us with food and wine choices.However, probably due to pandemic hiring problems, he disappeared for quite a long time, and the service was agonizingly slow. There were literally almost no wait staff around. At one point the AGM came to take a drink order. The food was very good, although a bit overpriced in our opinion. Having grown up in Santa Barbara and frequented El Encanto over the much earlier years, I was a bit disappointed in the expensive and formal Belmond overlay.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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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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ronson4rgod wrote a review Jul 2022
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We had such a wonderful time. The property is more than magical, it brought a sense of relaxation from the moment we arrived until we departed. The staff was exceptional, always attentive and friendly. Armando was extremely helpful, the staff at the pools were attentive, the valet also kind and available to offer suggestions or sights and local gems.
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Thank you for the gift of your feedback! It was a pleasure serving you! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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Richard B wrote a review Jul 2022
Houston, Texas4 contributions4 helpful votes
This was my first trip to Santa Barbara and my travel agent recommend El Encanto. Kudos to her! The property was stunning. The views are amazing, especially from the terrace of the restaurant and from the pool. I barely left the property over 4 days. My room was wonderful - very comfortable and well appointed. I had many meals in the restaurant and the food was wonderfully prepared and presented. Special mention to Alfred, the waiter. The service throughout my stay was top-notch and very friendly. I will definitely be returning!
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Thank you for your generous review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. El Encanto is a very special place! We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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2022kopen wrote a review Jul 2022
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Wonderful place, beautiful and very clean. Staff, all of them, were wonderful and very well trained. Food at restaurant was delicious. Heated pool was a great experience.We felt special all the time. Highly recommend!
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Thank you for the gift of your feedback! It was a pleasure serving you! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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mpuente2022 wrote a review Jul 2022
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Great as usual. The property looks great. Only suggestion is room 802 needs a new sofa. Current one VERY uncomfortable; also coffee makers are terrible.... you should have Kuerigs available upon request
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Dear Mr. Puente, 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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ECrowth wrote a review Jul 2022
New York City, New York3 contributions
I often stay at The Belmond when in Santa Barbara and it exceeds my expectations every time. The rooms are large and luxurious with everything you need. The beds are the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The staff are personal and kind. The setting is very special ... up in the hills but also with ocean views. We love walking around the neighborhood and down to the Mission. I highly recommend a visit!
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Thank you for the gift of your feedback! It was a pleasure serving you! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We hope to welcome you back in a near future! Sincerely, Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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A Liu wrote a review Jul 2022
Glendale, California1 contribution
Just came back from my second trip to El Encanto and it was once again such a great way to escape reality and have the most relaxing vacation possible. I had the 1-bedroom suite with bath and it was incredibly luxurious - I especially loved the heated floor tiles and the large soaking tub. When my group wanted to connect our ipads to the tv in the hotel room, we had the option of chromecasting and later the hotel even provided our room with an apple tv. The food was great; we had a wonderful breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline and in room dining was also extremely good. Most importantly, the grounds of the hotel were so beautiful and we had a wonderful time walking around, swimming in the pool, and playing boardgames in the gardens. There were so many fun things to do during my trip - they had hammocks, games, they provide shuttles into town etc. El encanto continues to be my favorite hotel in California, with amazing service and an incredible one of a kind atmosphere.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Jul 7, 2022
Thank you for your feedback! It was a pleasure welcoming you Our team is so happy to read your comments! We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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Amish M wrote a review Jul 2022
12 contributions9 helpful votes
We just spent 3 memorable nights in this wonderful property. the whole staff was very friendly and accommodating, but. a special shout out to Armando (the front office manager) - exceptional person and went above and beyond to help us / show us around. the shuttle service they offer is also great , prompt and friendly drivers! just a small note - i think the concierge department is a little weak for a hotel of this quality. the recommendations are a hit and a miss- a true five star hotel needs to have that down right.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jul 5, 2022
Thank you for the gift of your feedback! It was a pleasure serving you! Our team is delighted to read your comments! We are working on training to continue improving our guests' experience. We hope to welcome you back in the near future! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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heatherdl wrote a review Jun 2022
Los Angeles77 contributions72 helpful votes
You will have an enchanted stay at El Encanto. Belmond does not disappoint and it’s locations, experiences or the excursions offered and this is no exception. The rooms are big and well appointed. They are very clean. Service is exceptionally friendly. The property itself really is enchanting. And it’s location not only provides a beautiful view, but is past the fog line that impacts a few of the other hotels in the area. Meaning that when it is sunny at El Encanto it may be June gloom elsewhere. Furthermore, although not inexpensive, the price relative to some of the competition, makes it a great value. I highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jul 1, 2022
Dear Ms. Heather, Thank you for your generous review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. El Encanto is a very special place! We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely Fernanda Pita Director of Guest Experience
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$1,057 - $1,474 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
el encanto hotel and garden villas
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 Chaucer's Bookstore (1.8 miles), Jamie Slone Wines (1.3 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, 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, 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.