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Belmond El Encanto
Top Luxury Hotel

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States
+1 805 845 5800


Overall guest ratings

9.3/10 Excellent
Based on 485 reviews

Review highlights

  • 9.6
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
  • 5.7

Good to know

  • Professional service
  • Friendly service
  • Great view
  • Pleasant hotel grounds


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    Belmond el encanto is located in santa barbara's american riviera, nestled on seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens. The resort offers sweeping views of the pacific ocean from its commanding hilltop perch. Belmond el encanto is located less than a mile from downtown, offering convenient access to all the city has to offer, yet offering a peaceful retreat. The ultimate secluded retreat, belmond el encanto provides an eclectic and authentic setting for romance and rediscovery with seven-acres of secluded grounds and gardens, 92 bungalows, a full service spa and contemporary culinary cuisine. California craftsman architecture and spanish colonial revival villas dot the lush terraced grounds. The resort has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that made it a favorite getaway of hollywood’s elite. Original features have been lovingly brought back to life, while the additions of a sumptuous outdoor swimming pool and a beautifully appointed boutique spa bring new elements of excitement. Luxurious facilities and services include fine and casual dining, four meeting rooms, 24 hour business services, a full service health club, accessible facilities as well as 24 hour room service. Belmond el encanto offers 92 spacious and well-appointed bungalows located throughout the resort’s grounds. Most feature garden views - some offer ocean views. Amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, a large desk, 2 line phones and voice mail. Sumptuous marble bathrooms are appointed with a separate bath and rainforest shower, dual wash basins and lighted make-up mirror. Entertainment includes a widescreen lcd hdtv with premium channels, ipod dock, stereo plus a dvd player and lending library on request. Also included are a personal safe large enough for a notebook pc, minibar, climate control, premium coffee maker, dual 110v-220v voltage and custom linens. A complimentary newspaper and windows that open are found in all bungalows, and all are non-smoking. Connecting rooms are available for most accommodations.

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    • Parking
    • Fitness centre
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • ATM on-site
    • Business centre
    • Car hire
    • Internet
    • Concierge service
    • Gift shop
    • Laundry service
    • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    • Room service
    • Bicycle hire
    • Spa
    • Outdoor pool
    • No smoking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Air-conditioned
    • 24 Hour Front Desk
    • Safe
    • Designated smoking area
    • Storage available
    • Terrace/Patio
    • Beauty salon
    • Express check out
    • Cable or satellite TV
    • Babysitting/child care services (surcharge)
    • Steam room
    • Wedding services
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    Guest reviews

    Overall rating

    9.3 Excellent
    Based on 485 reviews
    • 9.6 "Excellent amenities."
      9.4 "94% thought the building was wonderful."
      10.0 "100% found the grounds to be nice."
      8.8 "88% loved the terrace."
    • 9.1 "Awesome vibe."
      8.4 "84% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere."
      10.0 "100% thought the hotel was luxurious."
      9.6 "96% said it was a stylish hotel."
      10.0 "100% thought, the hotel was modern."
    • 8.8 "Pool is good."
    • 8.6 "Comfort level is high."
      9.6 "96% thought rooms were spacious."
      9.5 "95% thought it was pleasantly quiet."
      10.0 "100% liked the big bathroom."
    • 8.6 "Location is great."
    • 5.7 "Breakfast is mediocre."
    • 2.5 "Terrible value."
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    Overall rating

    9.4 Excellent
    Based on 392 reviews
    • 9.7 "Excellent amenities."
      9.5 "95% thought the building was wonderful."
      10.0 "100% found the grounds to be nice."
    • 8.8 "Pool is good."
    • 8.8 "Comfort level is high."
      8.0 "80% said the beds were comfortable."
      9.7 "97% thought rooms were spacious."
      9.3 "93% thought it was pleasantly quiet."
    • 8.8 "Great service."
      9.7 "97% found the staff to be very friendly."
      8.1 "81% thought the service was very professional."
      9.5 "95% said the reception staff was great."
    • 8.4 "Location is great."
    • 2.5 "Terrible value."

    Overall rating

    8.9 Excellent
    Based on 92 reviews
    • 9.6 "Excellent amenities."
      9.4 "94% thought the building was wonderful."
      10.0 "100% found the grounds to be nice."
    • 9.2 "Awesome vibe."
      8.6 "86% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere."
    • 8.9 "Great service."
      9.7 "97% found the staff to be very friendly."
    • 8.8 "Pool is good."
    • 8.2 "Location is great."
    Hotel type
    Boutique Hotel
    This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    Romantic Hotel
    Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    Luxury Hotel
    Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    Good to know
    "Professional service"
    "Friendly service"
    "Great view"
    "Pleasant hotel grounds"
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