First impressions are everything: the El Encanto property is stunning with unobstructed views of the ocean and Santa Barbara. Wow! Our room was very nice, although I was disappointed that it didn't have a terrace. We asked for another room and even though the place was nowhere near full, we were told that it wasn't an option (maybe not at our price point?). Everything else about the room was pure luxury - heated floors, massive soaker tub, divine linens.
The breakfast at the restaurant was excellent, although over-priced. In fact, my major complaint was the cost of everything - valet parking, food, drinks, spa etc. One can easily spend $1000 on a one night's stay here. Most of the staff were very friendly although we were less than pleased with the service from one of the wait staff. We had asked to sit in a sunny part of the patio for breakfast (there was plenty of room) and were told that was not an option, only to see someone else seated there shortly after we had arrived.
There is no doubt that this property is spectacular, but be prepared to spend $$$.
- 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