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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Belmond for two nights this past weekend for our wedding. We visited this hotel about a month prior and the concierge showed us a gorgeous room with a fireplace and a living room area and a giant bathroom. It was perfect for my bridesmaids to come over and get ready the day of the wedding. He...

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Santa Monica, CA
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

True to its name, the Hotel El Encanto in Santa Barbara has "enchanted" generations of devotees with its casual luxury vibe, rambling over seven sloping acres in the hilly Riviera neighborhood above the mission and overlooking the Pacific. It's now part of the Orient Express/Belmond chain, and the overhaul it received a few years back has put it on another...

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ElEncantoSB, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

We look forward to your return as well, Wes_SantaMonica!! We are so pleased to learn that you are a loyal supporter of the Belmond brand in general, and it sounds like you have visited some beautiful sister properties of ours! Thank you for choosing to spend your special romantic getaway with us here at Belmond El Encanto. We are especially...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

An exquisite property offering spectacular views of Santa Barbara and The Pacific. We were enamoured with the amazing charm of their accommodations and Combined with the peace, tranquility and superb surroundings, El Encanto is truly a paradise of its own! The service accorded by their staff was excellent - warm, welcoming and attentive.our dining experiences were first class and the...

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ElEncantoSB, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this review

Thank you so much for travelling so very far to come indulge in a luxurious getaway at Belmond El Encanto, rjmackie! It's true that our property offers incredible peace and tranquility, and we agree that it is our own little slice of paradise! Thank you so much for recognizing the efforts of our very hardworking staff, as they are certainly...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 1 week ago

The property is beautiful -- well manicured grounds and estate. Each room is unique. The room was spacious and clean. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Car service to drop off and pick up downtown made dinner plans a breeze -- and avoided parking in crowded downtown locations. I cannot wait to return. Restaurant has wonderful view of the ocean...

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San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular views from quaint cottages on 7-acres of meticulously covered grounds on hillside overlooking town and the ocean. A place to unwind. Soft spoken friendly staff trained to ensure your every need is catered to. Clean rooms with comfortable beds, large bathroom with heated floor! Wonderful complementary shuttle to town, saves the hassle of driving and parking. We used to...

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Toronto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an exceptional hotel that caters to its guests with the finest service and amenities. We stayed in a cottage on a campus of small buildings all tied by brick walkways. We got lost the first time but understood the signage by the second day. The room had a large bathroom and a fireplace. The bed was large and...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for our Babymoon over the weekend and brought the dog (figured we'd spoil him one last time before the attention was off him for a while.) Check in was painless, and though our room wasn't quite ready at 3:30pm, they comp'd us a couple drinks (mine boozeless) on the patio while we waited. Everyone was so friendly and...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have not been to the El Encanto since 1987 but after hearing about its rebranding and rebuild we decided to give it a go for 3 nights just before New Years. From the moment we drove in, we were treated like royalty. They upgraded our room to a great bungalow and basically left us alone from there until we needed...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed for a long weekend getaway and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. As many note the property is beautiful with a fantastic view of the ocean. An unexpected surprise was the quality of the food, we enjoyed breakfast, brunch, and dinner outdoors on the patio and all were some of the best we've had recently coupled of course with the...

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El Dorado Hills, California
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous views. Large private suites. Comfy beds. Heated tile bathroom floors. All these things are present and well accounted for. The best thing though, hands down, is the level of service and attention by the staff. I can't say enough good things about the staff, from (and maybe especially the valet staff) to the room staff, front desk and restaurant...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Spa
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Multilingual Staff
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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.
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Additional Information about Belmond El Encanto

Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $631 - $1,439 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond El Encanto 5*
Number of rooms: 92
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Also Known As:
El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
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“All the rooms offered great privacy and are well spaced.”
 of 5 bubbles rjmackie, 17 Feb 2017 | Read review
“One thing to keep in mind is proximity to the main building, it can be a hike to get to the back part of the property”
 of 5 bubbles texlex2013, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“2303 is spectacular.”
 of 5 bubbles kcharlotte, 8 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Go for rooms in the original part of the hotel. And get a patio no matter the room.”
 of 5 bubbles rsteinink, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Make sure to communicate exactly what you want when you book the room. Patios are not always private”
 of 5 bubbles MarcyWalsh, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
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