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El Encanto

Santa Barbara, CA, US (SBA)

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Superior Bungalow Room Only

  • One King Bed
This room overlooks the garden. Signature bedding and blackout drapes/curtains help ensure a restful night. The private bathroom has a shower/tub combination with a rainfall showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD television and iPod docking station are offered for your entertainment. Enjoy welcome amenities. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. Climate control, a ceiling fan, and a cordless phone with speakerphone capability are conveniently included.

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Superior Bungalow

  • One King Bed
This room overlooks the garden. Signature bedding and blackout drapes/curtains help ensure a restful night. The private bathroom has a shower/tub combination with a rainfall showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD television and iPod docking station are offered for your entertainment. Enjoy welcome amenities. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. Climate control, a ceiling fan, and a cordless phone with speakerphone capability are conveniently included. This room is Non-Smoking.

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Premier Bungalow

  • One King Bed
This room overlooks the garden. Signature bedding and blackout drapes/curtains help ensure a restful night. The private bathroom has a shower/tub combination with a rainfall showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD television and iPod docking station are offered for your entertainment. Enjoy welcome amenities. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. Climate control, a ceiling fan, and a cordless phone with speakerphone capability are conveniently included. This room is Non-Smoking.

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Superior Bungalow Suite

  • One King and One Sofa Bed
This room overlooks the garden. Signature bedding and blackout drapes/curtains help ensure a restful night. The private bathroom has a shower/tub combination with a rainfall showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD television and iPod docking station are offered for your entertainment. Enjoy welcome amenities. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. Climate control, a ceiling fan, and a cordless phone with speakerphone capability are conveniently included. This room is Non-Smoking.

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El Encanto
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA US 93103

Hotel Features.
El Encanto features 2 bars/lounges, a coffee shop/caf, and a poolside bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a steam room. The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 5-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and technology support staff. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has a computer station. This Santa Barbara property has 1121 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities and a ballroom. The property has a complimentary area shuttle which runs to destinations within 3 mi. Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a terrace, and multilingual staff. This is a smoke-free property.

Guestrooms.
92 air-conditioned guestrooms at El Encanto feature iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms are all accessible via exterior corridors. Accommodations offer garden views. Beds come with signature bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations with rainfall showerheads. They also offer makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer cordless phones with voice mail. LCD televisions have premium satellite channels, free movie channels, and DVD players. CD players, laptop-compatible safes, and coffee/tea makers are also provided. Guests may request hypo-allergenic bedding and wake-up calls. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily.



Notifications:

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms may be available, subject to availability. Guests can request connecting/adjoining rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


Based on 834 reviews
from Dana Point, California
Submitted on 30-05-2016
From first impressions of Welcome Back with a by name greeting from car valets, bellhops and the check in desk you immediately feel at ease and back at one's home away from home. For a luxurious sanctuary retreat in the hills above Santa Barbara there is simple nothing finer. We are already looking forward to our next stay.
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Submitted on 03-06-2016
We went to El Encanto to celebrate our anniversary. Our experience was perfect. The hotel is luxurious, service attentive, views lovely, grounds lush and lovely, and location convenient to downtown Santa Barbara. All without being pretentious or glitzy. The bathroom was beautiful-heated floors, rainshower with plenty of hot water, soaking tub. The windows open for fresh air. we had private outdoor space which was pleasant. We never heard the HVAC system which is unusual for many hotels, but... Read more
from Jacksonville, Florida
Submitted on 04-06-2016
This may possibly be the nice hotel I've ever stayed. The mountain view overlooking Santa Barbara is breathtaking. The grounds are beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. Staying in a standalone bungalow as opposed to a hotel room was even better than I could have imagined. The restaurant and view with the Sinatra style singer was so relaxing. The staff is so friendly and attention. An absolutely fabulous place.
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Submitted on 05-06-2016
Beautiful property in beautiful Santa Barbara. Impeccable service, room and restaurant. Shuttle service takes you into the city too. Great view from the pool, eve cells facilities. Highly recommended if you are stopping in Santa B. Exceptional.
from Austin, Texas
Submitted on 05-06-2016
We took a few days in advance of a business meeting in LA to see Santa Barbara. What a great idea! Beautiful, quaint town, and El Encanto is the place to stay. It sits high on the hillside looking towards the water, and is located in a residential part of town which we liked. It is quiet here, but close to everything as SB is not a big place. We stayed in a king bungalow with a view of the pond. We enjoyed sitting on our patio in the evening and enjoyed the wonderful weather. The room was... Read more
from Bay Area Houston, Texas
Submitted on 08-06-2016
Excellent services from staff,great foods,beautiful surrounding,a great place for all special occasion,a memorable one ,especially the beautiful garden,an oasis,is nice to have dinner seating outside enjoy the ocean view and the food and services are incredible .
from Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Submitted on 09-06-2016
This was perhaps the nicest hotel I've experienced to date. From check in to check out, everyone is courteous and professional. The rooms are magnificent. I loved the initial on my pillowcase. It's just a little touch, but it's over the top! Both the room and staff exceeded expectations.
from Santa Barbara
Submitted on 09-06-2016
A two-day stay which we wished had been longer. The hotel and its amenities were excellent, bettered only by the warmth and professionalism of the staff. We liked the fact that the hotel was located the hills above the town but accept that this might not be to everyone's preference.
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 26-06-2016
Really comfortable and romantic hotel. The pool is heated and has an incredible view. Our bed and bathroom felt luxurious and spacious, and we really loved spending time here. The breakfast was also delicious and service was wonderful. Highly recommend staying here if you're in Santa Barbara. Views from across the hotel are wonderful. It's a perfect place to relax.
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 26-06-2016
This is a lovely resort. We had stayed here a long, long time ago. Apparently, since that time it has been completely remodeled. They told me they spent 7 years in construction! Anyway, whatever they did has worked quite well. Here are the pros and cons: Pros: 1. The resort is very pretty and well done. They say it's on 7 acres but it is all down the side of a hill which I imagine would be very hard to build on. They've done a great job with having little cottage like rooms all along th... Read more
from Miami
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Went there for a wedding, we were a big group, the venue is amazing, the food and beverage is outstanding and the service was very attentive and professional . Beautiful view and rooms are very spacious and well equipped . We loved the pillow with your initial on it :)
from Edwardsville, Illinois
Submitted on 27-06-2016
This hotel was wonderful. The staff was friendly, and the service was impeccable. It is a bit rustic, so if you are looking for a more traditional hotel setup, this is not the hotel for you. There are several individual "casitas" throughout the property. That said, it can be a long walk to your room from the lobby area. Upon arrival, we were treated to chocolate covered strawberries to celebrate our birthday trip. The room was clean and well appointed. The on-site restaurant is really goo... Read more
from Mexico City, Mexico
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Whether you go with your pets or not the overall experience is great. If you have pets, definitively is the place to go... from the valet receiving your dogs with a treat and petting them, all the staff comes out to receive you and pet your dogs. We were lucky and got upgraded, the room was luxurious, spacious, with great amenities, even the bathroom floors were heated and the mattress was great. The personnel in the hotel are the ones making a difference, services was outstanding.
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Submitted on 27-06-2016
My husband and I stayed here for the night before and after our wedding and were delighted by the customer service. Staff were friendly and helpful, and the personalized touches made us feel special and welcome.
from San Francisco
Submitted on 03-07-2016
The Belmond El Encanto looks the party of a Hollywood glamour queen - but doesn't deliver. The service is beyond sub-par and in fact rude. We had booked a special room for our 27th anniversary and been told they would do everything they could to accommodate us. Instead, they gave us the WORST room on the property with a view of the parking lot. When I complained, I got a lecture from the rude manager. They then found us a proper room, but the next morning when we took our showers, there was NO... Read more
from Dallas, Texas
Submitted on 05-07-2016
some rooms have views others do not.Difficult to evaluate as staff is terrific but you need to drive or take the hotel shuttle wherever you go.there is a $35 per day charge for parking.If you like to be able to go outside to walk around in town or see things this is not your place
from Fairfax, Virginia
Submitted on 09-07-2016
My wife and I arrived at 4am after a truly horrendous American Airlines experience and, from the moment we stepped out of the car, the staff went above and beyond the call to help us settle in to this magnificent property and soothe our rattled nerves. We grabbed a couple of hours sleep in a bungalow that is pure California (and laid out with all the amenities one needs) and woke up starving; thankfully, Adam led us to the restaurant with a spectacular ocean view, where Alex and Alfredo treated... Read more
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 10-07-2016
We stayed here for our honeymoon 25 years ago and just recently stayed for our 25th wedding anniversary. I know a lot of other hotels have popped up in Santa Barbara and I wasn't sure what the El Encanto had done in the intervening years - but it was amazing. The staff was incredible - super helpful - always making you feel welcome. The dinner terrace/balcony was beautiful - the food was excellent -even a number of vegetarian options. It was totally relaxing - really romantic - couldn't reco... Read more
from Saint Louis, Missouri
Submitted on 11-07-2016
WE stayed here for only one night and wished it had been more. The hotel and its famous bungalows sit high above Santa Barbara on the side of the mountain. The property has undergone a seven-year board-by-board renovation to the highest standards. The rooms are first class, the restaurant is beyond compare, the view is without equal. You cannot do better than this in Santa Barbara if you want to be pampered and made to feel special..
from Santa Barbara
Submitted on 13-07-2016
We have stayed at two Belmond hotels before in Italy; this Belmond hotel in Santa Barbara certainly matches those in terms of setting, decor, service, style and attentiveness. The Belmond hotel offering is exceptional; old school attention to detail in terms of service, quality and luxury. A major differentiator is that children are welcomed but don't dominate the environment for those travelling without children.
from Bellevue, Washington
Submitted on 13-07-2016
We really enjoyed our stay. Every room is it's own bungalow. Some are connected while others stand alone. The staff was super friendly and the grounds were beautiful. It is up in the hills and very quiet and somewhat secluded in a residential neighborhood. It is quite a ways from the water. A visit to the ocean is definitely a car ride. The views over the city are pretty with the ocean in the far distance. Very relaxing. We also enjoyed the spa and dining in the restaurant.
from Antwerp, Belgium
Submitted on 14-07-2016
absolutely top this hotel. Would have loved to stay longer. Staff very helpful, beautiful and spacious room and bathroom with lovely view on garden. Restaurant great with beautiful terrace. Top jazz musicians in weekend performing in bar and out on terrace. Free shuttle to beach and downtown SB (disappointing...)
from Santa Barbara, California
Submitted on 15-07-2016
Six of us were celebrating a 95th birthday and from beginning to end it was very poor. We were served bread and butter with no butter plates or knives in sight. At our request they brought them. We had long waits for everything: menus, questions, orders, food arriving, dessert menus, serving of the dessert. They served five of us our order and after about 5 minutes the 6th arrived. In fact the service was so slow we couldn't wait any longer for our dessert and had to leave just as it arri... Read more
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 16-07-2016
From the beautiful grounds to the amazing staff, you'll feel relaxed and pampered in the most sophisticated way. I've been here four times this year and am already planning my next visit. Just can't say enough about how special El Encanto is.
from Yorba Linda, California
Submitted on 18-07-2016
I visit Santa Barbara regularly on business and most always stay at the El Encanto. This trip was like none other in that the internet in the room was simply pitiful. Staff was great as always and they did all they could to solve the problem. My advice: verify quality of the internet connection before you unpack if internet access is important.
from Vail
Submitted on 20-07-2016
Amazing service from room service, to help with the luggage to valet. This place is a gem. Beautiful resort and nice getaway. Would come here with friends or the family. Very classy, amazing rooms, beds and the restaurant was great. This is my 3 time here and would come back just to relax and enjoy Santa Barbara.
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 21-07-2016
I just read a moronic review from a person giving this place 3* review based on the wifi! The bloody WIFI?! Who goes here and leaves negative feedback about the wifi!! What sort of world do we live in!? Anyway, ignore the odd idiot, this place is heaven! Perfectly positioned just outside of beautiful Santa Barbara's Main Street, but close enough to bike (all downhill) in 5mins! A true 5* property. It's 5* priced but you don't stay there being unaware of that fact. Rooms (bungalow) - beautiful,... Read more
from Chicago, Illinois
Submitted on 24-07-2016
Attended a flawless wedding weekend at the Belmond El Encanto, what an idyllic spot and what pros they are. The ballroom opens out onto a lovely lawn and the wedding took place over the pond. Food was delicious, service was great, happy couple and happy guests. Highly recommend.
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Submitted on 24-07-2016
5 stars! First class hotel, top notch service. Great ambiance with private bungalows, beautiful views, in quiet residential area. When we met our bellman at our room he gave us handcrafted heart stone that he had made himself for our 20th anniversary. We loved this property so much we extended our stay by one day. Can't wait to go back!
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Submitted on 24-07-2016
As a familiy of 5 we did many 5 star hotels . This hotel has many good things but also some things that i would not classify as five star confort. To begin, the hotel is very well located. The villas are very nice, large and private. The hotel staff do their best BUT is not trained like staff in bigger for eg" four seasons "hotels. This is obvious in every aspect. Restaurant service, lobby, pool something in the servce is missing (they are friendly). Staff by moments running like chickens witho... Read more
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Submitted on 25-07-2016
I stayed in a superior bungalow room at the el encanto during a vacation through several states. At around 450 USD a night this hotel is not cheap but I feel that the service and comfort level justify the price relative to other properties I've stayed in the US. My room was spacious and comfortable, with a large TV, power outlets in all the right places, and an amazing bathroom with Etro products. The grounds, pool and spa are all lovely. It is the staff that make the hotel though, everyone was ... Read more
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Submitted on 25-07-2016
The room was 501, Bungalow, quite impressive. Right off the brick trail, next to the Seawater pool and Gym. Little private patio with old fashion plaster and clay-pot roofing and wooden window and doors. Romantic and very special. The restaurant had this singer who reminds you of a young Frank Sinatra, his name was Luca Ellis and what a Crooner, very entertaining and the food was to die for. FABULOUS!! Thumbs up to this joint!!
from Santa Barbara
Submitted on 26-07-2016
Staff seemed very inexperienced. Weddings on both days of our weekend stay. Ruins the beautiful get away experience. The location and facility is however unmatched and, for yet reason alone, we may come back.
from Lausanne, Switzerland
Submitted on 27-07-2016
Probably the best hotel of our trip in California. The hotel is located on a hill in Santa Barbara, which allows beautiful sea views from the restaurant, the pool and the rooms. The temperature is slightly higher than on the beach because of this (we noted a difference of 2 degrees Celcius throughout our stay). The rooms are large and beautiful. The hotel is very clean and nested in a beautiful garden. The pool is really nice and not too crowded. The restaurant is good and relatively inexpensive... Read more
from Goleta
Submitted on 28-07-2016
Beautiful location, lovely grounds, yummy food! A wonderful place to relax and spend time with friends! Our server, Joshua, was excellent - very attentive and friendly. The patio outside is pet-friendly, so we brought our small dog! My only complaint was that it took a long time for the kitchen staff to prepare my breakfast. When I did receive it, the eggs were undercooked. Our server did apologize and brought me another plate of food. We've been here before and will definitely return in the fut... Read more
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