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“A beautiful retreat. Wonderful anniversary.”
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Belmond El Encanto
Ranked #8 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed 10 December 2013

We returned to Santa Barbara to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was a quiet weekend at the hotel. The staff was tremendous - professional, always attentive and willing to assist with anything. The new property is great and very pleasant and our room was very comfortable. Location is a convenient drive to State Street and the harbor.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

it was one of the best hotels we were at ever.
My boyfriend and I travel a lot for our job, so we needed some where so peaceful and quite.
the property remodeled clean and the gardens are done so tastefully.
We went to the wishing well, and wished to come back again.
the resturant on the deck is out of this world, the view , the flowers the plants, the view unbelieabve beautiful. staff memebers so wonderful, it was hard to say good bye to them.

Room Tip: we had a real quiet room 2504, you can sort of see the sunriseif you get up on time!, so beautiful a...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2013

Dear dream5962,

Wow! Thank you for the glowing review!

I hope your Wishing Well wish comes true! We would love to have you back again soon.

Best wishes,

Laura M

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

The concierge and staff went above and beyond to help make this a trip we'd never forget. They fulfilled my request for rose petal turn down service, sent chocolate-covered strawberries, and were excellent about communicating with me so I could rest assured everything would go well for the proposal and stay in general. They also upgraded us, which was an amazing surprise… and greatly appreciated! We not only had privacy but felt very special. So, thank you!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Olivia B
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Laura M, General Manager at Belmond El Encanto, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2013

Dear Olivia B.,

Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for choosing El Encanto to begin your new journey!

Romance is a top priority at El Encanto and I will certainly make sure our Concierge team know how much their help meant to you. They get very excited to help ensure a proposal is truly memorable!

We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with you for years to come!

Best wishes,

Laura M

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We had such an amazing stay at El Encanto. The staff are amazing, very friendly and professional. People we hadn't met before greeted us by name. They truly do pay attention to every detail. The rooms are sparkling, the grounds are gorgeous and the Sunday brunch is unreal. I can't say enough good things about our stay!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Genuinely one of the best places I have ever stayed in. Classy, elegant, luxurious, exclusive, relaxing.....the list goes on. If I didn't live so far away (uk) I would already have booked a return visit.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Fantastic property with breathtaking views over city and sea. The sunset cannot be believed. The staff are solicitous and highly welcoming, the atmosphere is serene and service is attentive but, in the restaurant slow. The bistro food far more imaginative and appealing than the restaurant itself.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful and relaxing getaway! Incredible views with excellent service. You are made to feel welcome and special from the moment you step out of your car. Definitely a 5 star experience. A bit pricey but worth it. Try their salmon appetizer!

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Additional Information about 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
Price Range: £340 - £693 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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. ... more   less 
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El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas

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