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El Dorado Hills, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia 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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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hotel is expensive but you get what you pay for. Our room was spacious and more importantly quiet, we heard nothing. We slept amazingly well. The restaurant deck area was beautiful and food delicious. One minor complaint, we thought the lettuce for the ceasar salad could have been fresher. It tasted a bit like refrigerator air. We didnt' get to...

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

Tbears2017, thank you so much for your review of Belmond El Encanto. It is unfortunate that you were unable to try our amazing breakfast, as we do have the best in town! We also often offer special reservation packages with your room booking, so make sure to book directly with us so you know all of our fantastic offers! It's...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Flat out one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. Staff goes above and beyond and the property is stunning. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic getaway in Santa Barbara. It is not far from beautiful wine country of Santa Ynez.

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California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a High end hotel overlooking SB. an older hotel but get the flavor of old SB... The hotel is comfortable as an old pair of jeans. The food is great, the pool, and views all first rate. Try getting a room in one of the "older" buildings although each room is charming. The staff is all about helping...

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nyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 3 nights over the Christmas holiday at one of our favorite places in the world — El Encanto, located in the hills of Santa Barbara, CA. My husband and I were married at El Encanto, beside the lily pond and had not returned since the new property-wide renovations had been completed. We have many wonderful memories of traveling...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked our room in October for our post-Christmas holiday stay. My husband and I travel to Los Angeles a few times a year so that my daughter can see her father, and we use the opportunity to enjoy the ocean view, hike the canyons, and try out local cuisine. My husband and I splurge on travel more than we...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is THE place to stay when in Santa Barbara. In addition to the amazing views, the property itself is absolutely stunning. The employees were all so friendly and knowledgeable and helpful! The rooms had cozy fireplaces in them and the floors of the bathrooms were heated so you don't have cold toes in the morning! what more could you...

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

Thank you so much, JenCasselli, for your lovely review of Belmond El Encanto after your recent stay. We do know how stunning of a property it is, so we are glad that you were able to enjoy it! And I'm happy to hear that you were able to interact with our friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff. We are lucky to...

Newport Beach, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've stayed at most of the large SB hotels and some of the boutiques. Nothing really compares to the Belmond. Each room is different and unique. Those looking for beach access or a hip, modern location won't like the BEE. Those looking for a place with a great view, privacy, good finishes and great service won't be disappointed.

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

Belmond El Encanto thanks you, jckdaniels03, for taking the time to share your lovely review of our enchanted village. We truly are a very special and unique property, and it's so nice to hear that you appreciated that over other hotels in the Santa Barbara area. We know how lucky we are to be here, and I am glad to...

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, what a wonderful surprise! We arrived late at night in the rain and did not notice the stunning hilltop view of the ocean until the following morning. We loved the private cottages, infinity pool, beautiful gardens, and restaurant. The service and staff are excellent. We truly enjoyed our three-night stay! I have stayed at San Ysidro and the Biltmore...

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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 what a fantastic time you had at Belmond El Encanto, Jennifer F! It sounds like you are a luxury travel enthusiast, so we are pleased to hear that we have made a loyal fan out of you. We can't wait to see how lush and beautiful our grounds will be...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have stayed at the El Encanto three times. The first two visits were sublime. An amazingly beautiful property, topped off by top notch service. Almost on a par with a fine Tokyo hotel. The rooms are wonderful, although they are all quite different from each other. This is a good thing. But my most recent visit was altogether different....

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

Thank you for choosing to spend your holiday with us at Belmond El Encanto, Mr. Dordevic! While we are incredibly pleased to hear how much you loved your first two visits to the hotel, it is disappointing to hear that this one may have fallen short of your expectation. I can I assure you that our dedication to guest service...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
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  • Minibar
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
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  • Multilingual Staff
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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: €424 - €897 (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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“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
“does not matter what style room you choose, you will not be disappointed.”
 of 5 bubbles JenCasselli, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are great”
 of 5 bubbles jckdaniels03, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“I know that the ocean view would be most desired, but I had a room near the lilly pond and it was very sweet, too.”
  • Fire, love seat, and draped shawl.  I apologize for not making the bed as neatly as housekeeping
  • I loved the light in my bathroom, as well as the heated marble floors and glass shower.  room 20
 of 5 bubbles maggiemarie2016, 10 Dec 2016 | Read review
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