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Montecito, California, United States
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking into the patio where i had breakfast on my birthday was as if i was walking into heaven! the staff is always so warm and the service is always attentive. Not only were my waffles exquisite but the view is to die for! Our server was so sweet and really made me feel special. El encanto never disappoints and... More 

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Santa Barbara
1 review
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

El Encanto is in the hills of Santa Barbara overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island and from the time I walked in it set an elegant yet warm and welcoming tone. My trip was for visit and I will absolutely return for pleasure. Top notch service and facilities.

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New York, NY
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43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I just found my travel note book and realized I hadn't posted this yet... not that I could forget any of it as I was truly shocked at how much I disliked this place. Everything was disappointing. We booked months in advance as it was our first solo getaway in over a year. An unexpected trip to the ER meant... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I first visited El Encanto right after its renovation a few years back -- and we were instantly in love. The grounds are lovely, the views stunning and the rooms luxurious. The pool area is small but never felt crowded, and the food was great as well. We left feeling utterly revived. So when we were heading... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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139 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel is understated in a truly elegant way. The rooms are romantic. The view from the balcony breath taking. Breakfast was good. Very friendly staff. We were able to open all of our doors and windows and sunlight poured in. Looking forward to visiting again. Beatific grounds.

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

Good afternoon, JasperMarks! I assure you that the pleasure was all ours to have you visit us here at Belmond El Encanto. Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize how amazing your stay was, especially our friendly and fantastic staff! We know we are lucky to have such a spectacular service team, and certainly we are wow-ed... More 

Los Angeles
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My brothers and I brought our Mother here to celebrate her 90th birthday. The dining room waitstaff was incredible. Mom got chilly so they wrapped her in blankets. My phone died and they brought me s charger. The food was delicious as ever, the multi-million-dollar facelift has elevated this place to new heights and the service was impeccable. A special... More 

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

Wow, M_SHARKY, what a spectacularly special visit to The Dining Room at Belmond El Encanto!! We feel so truly honored that you and your family chose to host your Mother's 90th birthday party at our wonderful restaurant. Emmy is such a special and integral super star on our restaurant team, and we have thanked him for going above and beyond... More 

Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This property is truly an enchanted place. Very lovely and understated elegance. Our casita was simple but great. Fabulous bed and bedding, with an "over the top" bathroom. We were traveling with our dog. The staff were great, and the property very pet friendly. We enjoyed the restaurant, menu and view, so much, that we never ventured out to any... More 

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

Hello, MaryandBob5, and thank you for choosing to stay with us at Belmond El Encanto!! It certainly sounds like you were able to enjoy your stay with us, and I am so pleased to read that you felt so wonderful about the resort as a whole you didn't even feel the need to leave! That is absolutely one of the... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we drove up to the hotel, sun just setting we knew we were at a very special place. If you're looking for top class service, elegant wonderful rooms with lovely views and luxurious amenities stay here! The hotel is a haven for peace and privacy with spectacular views over the Pacific and a cutting edge customer service... More 

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

Flyinghigh380, we thank you so much for sharing your elation about our enchanted grounds here at Belmond El Encanto. It is certainly a special place, with certainly the most incredible sunset views you can find! We very much appreciate you taking the time to recognize the staff for providing you with individualized service, as our guests' satisfaction is our number... More 

Escondido, California
2 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint and beautiful, with heated floor tiles in the bathroom, extra-long bathtub, and exceptional shower! 24-hour in-room dining menu for those who do not want to leave their rooms, although the intimate Terrace Dining Room experience was lovely in every way! We are here to see the Santa Barbara Mission on a one night visit, although I really wish we... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Belmond El Encanto! It is such a pleasure to hear that you so enjoyed yourself, and we are also sorry that it was only a quick visit! Now that you know how much you love the property, it sounds like you are due to start planning your next... More 

Ojai, California
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Terrace Dining Room was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. We were seated on the terrace with sweeping views of the harbor and ocean beyond. Among the many things that make El Encanto special is its location nestled in the hills giving you a combination of lush greenery, majestic trees and the expanse of the ocean. As... More 

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

Thank you, Lydia G, for the detailed (and mouth watering) summary of your culinary adventure here at Belmond El Encanto! We know how lucky we are to have such a spectacular culinary team and enchanted location, and it's fantastic to hear how much you enjoyed your special occasion with us. Thank you so much for recognizing Julio as a stand... More 

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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
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: RM1,978 - RM4,161 (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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“Honeymoon Suite”
 of 5 bubbles nickijags, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I don't think there are any bad rooms at this property”
 of 5 bubbles MitchelL669, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a view”
 of 5 bubbles cherylAtlanta, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Try and get one with a porch or outside sitting area close to your bungalow.”
 of 5 bubbles JMICHAEL, 23 Sep 2016 | Read review
“If you can, get a freestanding room. We love 1501, 1701 or similar.”
 of 5 bubbles Lagunakahuna, 19 Sep 2016 | Read review
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