El Encanto is a fresh new experience in Santa Barbara. Sitting on the deck it has a similar feel to being in Italy looking down at the Isle of Capri. The restaurant is run by a friendly Italian gentleman - he may not get the order perfect but what charm and flair. At the same time the restaurant has the feel of a country club. Refined and correct.
The grounds are endearing and comfortable. The rooms are nice but lack a bit of flair and feel more like a model home than a hotel room. One downside is that many rooms have windows that look out on the grounds - which means people can look in. It is not uncommon to be able to see into people rooms without trying.
This is a great experience and challenges the San Ysidro Ranch Inn - which is saying something.
(Not the hotels fault - but one family had their little kids and it was very loud and out of place. - This is not the place for little ones. Many better options. I have kids but would not want to infringe on the romantic privacy of others at a place like this)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas