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“One night was not enough. Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Belmond El Encanto

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Belmond El Encanto
Ranked #8 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Sydney, Australia
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“One night was not enough. Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at El Encanto just for one night on our honeymoon road trip. It was such a wonderful stay, I wish we had stayed longer.

We stayed in a superior king bungalow and it was lovely. It was spacious, with a huge and very comfortable king size bed. The Nespresso machine in the room was a nice surprise.

The bathroom was large and newly renovated. The rain shower head was so good, I want to get one like that when I renovate my own bathroom someday. The bath was so long that I couldn't reach end to end without submerging. Lovely!

The location is beautiful and peaceful, and the gardens are lovely.

I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

I stayed in room 902 with some girlfriends for a wedding weekend and we had the most beautiful, relaxing, decadent time ever. Our room, which was more like a little villa, was tucked away inside a picturesque gate with its own front porch area and table. Huge panoramic windows, gorgeous and tastefully designed furniture and art with a living room, spacious bedroom with luxurious king sized bed, and amazing bathroom. Everything from the sheets to the robes to the bathtub was thoughtfully selected and of the highest quality. We ordered room service for breakfast one morning after helping ourselves to complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby (so thoughtful!)--gravalax bagel, egg sandwich, bloody mary's, mimosas, everything was perfectly done, flavorful, and delicious, not to mention delivered by such a friendly and helpful staff. We also dined at the restaurant one night for the wedding's rehearsal dinner (though the ceremony was offsite) and the food and staff was equally exquisite. The property has stunning views from every angle (including restaurants and pool) of the hills and the sea. We could not have asked for a better stay or a more rejuvenating weekend. Couples should note that this place is insanely ROMANTIC (greenery and cute cobblestone paths everywhere)--we will certainly be keeping it mind for future trips!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

My whole experience at the El Encanto was really fantastic. I could not get over how beautiful the entire place was, with gorgeous views of Santa Barbara as well. The valets were great and were always quick to get our car. The concierge was extremely friendly and helpful, and gave us great suggestions for dinner and things to do downtown. We also had a wonderful experience at the restaurant with great service and delicious food. I would absolutely love to go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here while touring California. This was by far the best hotel we stayed. The hotel was very clean and the staff was courteous. The concierge offered great advice for eating and day trips. We can not wait to go back to California and stat at El Encanto.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

I can't say enough amazing things about the El Encanto, Santa Barbara! I came here for a romantic birthday get-away and ended up extending another night because I didn't want to leave. It is so peaceful and elegant here a true 5-star experience. The rooms are well designed with beautiful white linen and feather pillows on the amazingly comfortable beds. We had room-service in front of the fireplace and enjoyed wine at sunset on our front porch. We stayed in the Hummingbird Suite which is like a mini one-bedroom cottage with an front porch and a back patio not to mention the over-sized bathtub. We loved all the exquisite details of the suite and the staff was amazing and very friendly. The TV and electronics are the highest quality and I loved the heated marble floors in the bathroom. The property has a state of the art fitness center and Spa but, the saline infinity swimming pool with the views of the ocean was my favorite place to be. The restaurant terrace has amazing views of the city below and the ocean. We had sushi and the Lamb Loin, Braised Short-Ribs, and Kale salad and all were well presented and delicious. The wine list has so many amazing options and is a novel for the wine lover. There is live piano and singing entertainment in the lobby on the weekend which was romantic. The grounds are well manicured and pet-friendly too. They have electric bikes available for the guests to explore the area. We had the best weekend and my boyfriend did an incredible job surprising me with this luxurious escape at the El Encanto. I highly recommend El Encanto~ its perfect for families, a romantic get-away, weddings, and a girls trip. I can't wait to come back. We also saw a beautiful wedding by the fish pond filled with water lilies. Candace and Adam!

Room Tip: Hummingbird suite 1001 (close to the pool) and 2703. Beautiful views and balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We stayed for two nights at El Encanto and could not have been happier. Following winding roads up the hill to the hotel, we immediately were pampered from the attentive valet to the helpful and quaint front desk reception to the beautiful room. We felt like we went back in time to a grand California resort. Lovely stay-cation. Restaurant is tops with one of the best views ever! We stay at a lot of nice resorts and highly recommend El Encanto.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

This is a beautiful property! We loved our stay here. Service is absolutely top notch. Valet was fast and the concierge gave us a great itinerary for the local wine country as well as great local restaurant options. The restaurant at El Encanto is wonderful as well. Very nice menu and great view overlooking the city of Santa Barbara. The rooms are great and very private, especially if you get one of their stand alone bungalows. The grounds are very pretty and very well kept, we loved just wandering around the property. I would recommend El Encanto to anyone visiting Santa Barbara. We will absolutely be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belmond El Encanto
Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond El Encanto 5*
Number of rooms: 92
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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