We escaped to this beautiful place after a sub-par experience by the beach.......they let us in early -- place is beautiful. Rooms are impeccable -- wonderful bedding, clean, quiet.......Am thankful we could get in on a busy holiday last minute.
I think the staff was overwhelmed with holiday --- housekeeping was behind in picking up dishes, honor bar not restocked -- not something you would expect from a 5 star resort. Also prices of meals were crazy -- $70 for a child at the 4th of July celebration seemed exorbitant to me. (Adults were $75) $100+ for breakfast (3 entrees, juice and fruit plate) -- great service but hard to rationalize when paying these fees (even with $45 breakfast AMEX credit)
That said, the staff was exceptional -- very nice, welcoming, warm and accommodating. Grounds are gorgeous.
I agree with other reviewers -- something is missing -- and I wouldn't want to be in villas near where cars are parked, etc. We had last minute room so didn't have patio, etc. I'd definitely recommend to come back with a partner/spouse and stay closer to pool/lobby -- there were kids here, but I feel more of a couples/adult resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas