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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

This is the best kept secret in Santa Barbara. I am almost hesitant to write a review because I don't want everyone to find out about this secluded, luxurious, classic California style gem in the hills. I say California style because it is lux, but casually elegant with no pretense. this place has character and charm - like the city...

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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful location. We had dinner with friends on the terrace. Our table was ready, but we had to ask to be seated after waiting about 10 minutes. The dinner service was terrible--some ordered items never arrived; we had a party of 8 and the entrees did not come out together--we waited five minutes for our party to be fully served....

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Ojai, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you doesn't seem enough for the wonderful Easter Brunch! Shaun O'Bryan and his staff truly have what it takes to make your El Encanto experience above and beyond any other. The kindness of the staff starts as soon as they open your car door! Our Easter Brunch was delicious, so many dishes to choose from......then off to the dessert...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Belmond El Encanto is quite simply MAGICAL! The property is absolutely smashing and the staff top notch. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts outside every morning and poolside bliss. The room was stunning, comfortable and clean. The VIEWS are breathtaking! And not that you ever want to leave, but the location is perfect to head into town. I will definitely return!

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

We loved having you, pamela k! Thank you for taking the time to share your glowing review after your recent stay with us at Belmond El Encanto. It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend and you were really able to enjoy our five star staff and service! We can't wait to see you again soon for another sunshine soaked...

London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi, the rooms here are very nice, bungalows set in lovely gardens, the rooms have patio and veranda, are spacious and comfortable. Amenities were fine, half bottle of wine and daily fruit plate are nice touches. The honor bar which consisted of 2 free bottles of water was a little strange, not sure why it could not be stocked with...

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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 feedback with us, BelGal. It is delightful to hear how much you loved our enchanted gardens and our fantastic rooms! Belmond El Encanto prides itself on being able to provide 5 star, over the top service so thank you for recognizing our very hard working valet and bell staff!...

Pasadena, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely garden-style hotel perched on a hill high above Santa Barbara with soaring views of the ocean and the city that make you feel like your'e dreaming of a nice hotel. The grounds should win an award for garden quaintness. The pool is almost surreal as it floats out over the blue Pacific like a cloud. There's...

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

Thank you so much, mark232016, for taking the time to share your experience with us at Belmond El Encanto! It sounds like you have been to visit our enchanted garden a number of times, so thank you as well for continuing to come visit us and allow us to take care of you. I have thanked the restaurant staff for...

Mobile, Alabama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the nicest most efficient hotel we've ever stayed; fantastic staff, nicer than the employees at Disney World, which we didn't think was possible. GM Shaun O'Bryan used to run the incredible luxurious Ojai Valley Spa & Inn, & has taken the Belmond El Encanto to another level. great gourmet food, casual atmosphere, very comfortable rooms, room & pool service exceptional...

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

We so very much appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us! It was such a pleasure having you and the rest of your extended family at Belmond El Encanto for such an exceptionally beautiful wedding! Our staff had such a wonderful time assisting in making memories to last a lifetime for this glorious affair, and we...

sydney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've travelled all over the world and this is one of the nicest places we've ever been. It's a very simple, quaint and unpretentious place. The grounds are beautiful in a natural way and the place is very quiet and relaxing. The room was very plush, spacious and comfortable and Santa Barbara fast became one of my favorite towns. Highly...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing hotel. The service is outstanding and the property is beautiful. Very romantic and a great place for couples. I will be going back again in the future we loved it so much. There is a complimentary car service which will take you anywhere in Santa Barbara which is great at dinner so you can take advantage...

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

Thank you so much, gary s, for taking the time to share your feedback with us after your stay at Belmond El Encanto! We are delighted to hear what a lovely time you had! Our enchanted village certainly is known for it's romantic and relaxing luxury vibe, so I am very happy you were able to enjoy yourselves. It sounds...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you look up "El Encanto" in google translate words like "Charm" "spell" and "enchantment" come up - how appropriate for this slice of paradise in a mad world! There are also great new friends to be made in the form of beautiful turtles in the elegant pond. Not to mention the stunning pool overlooking the Pacific! Just sitting on...

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

Richard T, you are correct in your assessment of how our peaceful and relaxing enchanted village translates in its striking differences from every day life. We are delighted to offer our guests here at Belmond El Encanto a home away from home high above the clouds in our little heavenly paradise, and it sounds like you were able to experience...

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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Spa
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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: $717 - $1,647 (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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