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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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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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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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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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 2 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...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Currently staying here. Booked through Expedia. When we arrived, they couldn't find our reservation. Ok - put down my credit card and reserved a second room. Get my room key, and the front desk assures me they'll contact Expedia and have our luggage brought to our room. They do neither. Over an hour passes - no luggage, no nothing. Husband...

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California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved it. Have loved it every single time, and it stays consistently excellent. Spotlessly clean, incredibly comfortable; well maintained. Very attentive, responsive, friendly service. Everyone called me by name (great memory!) and it's been quite a while since I was here last. They upgraded me without charge to my favorite room and I was humbly grateful. Couldn't be happier here,...

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

Cinderella_Dearest, thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are so happy to hear that you always enjoy yourself at Belmond El Encanto, and we certainly always love having our guests return to visit year after year! Our staff takes real pleasure in going above and beyond to ensure the highest quality of guest service, and it sounds like...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
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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: $589 - $1,238 (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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