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Belmond El Encanto

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11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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Los Altos, California
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

We received the best service ever by Emmy at the restaurant. He is experienced, professional, personal, and so attentive to all of our needs and going far beyond our preset expectations. Absolutely amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The people who run this hotel know a thing or two about taking care of their guests. From the moment we arrived at the front door we were treated like king and queen. No room number is needed, just you last name. Wonderful appointed room, very peaceful with a sumptuously comfortable bed. Breakfast and dinner were both wonderful experiences. Praise...

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback with us here at Belmond El Encanto, Charles B. We are delighted to hear your high praise of your experience at the hotel, as it sounds like you were really able to fully indulge in relaxation and rest while we pampered you and the Mrs! To us,...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an excellent stay at El Encanto. Guest Services Agent Edward "Eddy" Grichanik was particularly attentive. We connected on LinkedIn in advance. The resort is lovely. First class in every way. The setting is stunning and all of the grounds and facility are beautiful and pristinely maintained. We were upgraded upon arrival and received wonderful amenities to celebrate my...

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

First and foremost, we have to agree that Eddy certainly is a superstar, and it's wonderful that you have taken the time to acknowledge his hard work after your recent stay at the beautiful Belmond El Encanto, msmadge2017! It is so kind of you to share how lovely of a time you had while visiting, and we always enjoy when...

Nipomo, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many very good to excellent restaurants in Santa Barbara, Calif. Our favorite be far is the dining experience at Belmond El Encanto on the hill above the Santa Barbara mission. The food which is flavorful and always prepared to perfection. But what makes this experience beyond just having a very good meal, is the great service by a...

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

Thank you so much, _icelandic51, your feedback is so important to us here at Belmond El Encanto! It is so wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We know our amazing location is impossible to beat, and we consider our little hilltop sanctuary here as special as you do. It sounds like you have been...

Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

From engineering to housekeeping, to valet to room service, there were issues that made the stay extremely frustrating. This is a property I would never return to - ever. Here's why: 1) The hotel has very few signs to direct you to your room. If you go left of the duck/turtle pond and in a way, you will have no...

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

Good afternoon, Gary F, and thank you once again for your very valuable feedback after your recent stay with us at Belmond El Encanto. I know our Director of Rooms very much appreciated the time that she was able to spend with you upon your departure to listen to the unfortunate issues that you experienced during your visit. I assure...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided on Belmond El Encanto after reading many TripAdvisor reviews. I really wanted to love this hotel because I have had positive experiences with Belmond properties. Unfortunately it did not quite meet my expectations. The Pros: -Beautiful property that has gorgeous lobby, restaurant with patio overlooking the ocean. -Responsive staff -Great history. Reopened in 2013 after a 7 year...

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Boca Raton, Florida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was delicious and the whole meal was flawlessly executed by the staff. Highly recommend for holiday brunch. The scallop ceviche,tuna poke and the entire fresh seafood station were amazing. We were served by Emmy who was very attentive.

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 3 (including toddler) stayed at this hotel in April for a night in a Deluxe Bungalow. We chose this hotel as part of our road trip, due to the location, the hotel brand which we are familar with, as well as the reviews. We arrived into Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, to this hidden gem! We were...

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Los Angeles
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was last here manly, many years ago. What a lovely renovation!.The site is very special and it is nice to see the property enhanced and renewed. The views from the restaurant are even better with the expanded deck. Our dinner was excellent. Rooms are very nice. We got upgraded to lovely 2nd story room with a small desk area and...

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

Thank you so much for your feedback, dziran! It's fantastic to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to Belmond El Encanto. We are so proud of our renovation and the way that we have managed to maintain the historical significance of the property while still providing brand new luxurious and modern room interiors for our guests. Thank you for...

Santa Clarita, CA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This would have been our third year at the Belmond celebrating our anniversary; the first two years were wonderful, and the second year, we requested the same room we had had the first year, because we loved it so. (See my reviews for our stays in 2015 and 2016.) This year was a sickening disappointment, because, although when I made...

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

Thank you so much for your feedback, Tracey S. I am so very sorry to hear of your recent experience at our beautiful resort, and can understand your disappointment. We do try our very best to keep a detailed history of our guests' preferences, and always try to accommodate specific requests as best we can in order to make sure...

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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Spa
  • Restaurant
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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: $719 - $1,470 (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 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
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“Ask for one near the lobby. It is a large property with a lack of directional signs.”
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“Eat dinner here... it was a great experience!”
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“Try and get a room with a view. You'll never want to leave.”
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“views of the Pacific Ocean or the mountains, guests choice. call cabins well done.”
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