Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara, CA United States
Neighborhood: The Riviera of Santa Barbara

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018 & 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in the restaurant or room service
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay. Valid on food, beverage and spa treatments. (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
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PROPERTY SIZE: 92 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Contemporary
VIBE: Casual
Local Immersion Seclusion Wellness

Belmond El Encanto

Neighborhood: The Riviera of Santa Barbara
Address:
800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States
Nearest Airport:
Municipal (SBA)
9 mi / 14 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel

Features

  • 24-hour Security
  • Air Conditioning
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Facilities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Multi-lingual Staff
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Services

  • Babysitting Services
  • Concierge Desk
  • House Safe
  • Housekeeping -- Twice Daily
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing
  • Room Service 24-hours
  • Shoeshine Service
  • Turndown Service
  • Valet Parking
  • Wakeup Calls
  • Wedding Services


Recreation
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf
  • Pool
  • Spa


In Your Room
  • Bathrobes
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Safe
  • Slippers

About Us

Belmond El Encanto, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star luxury hotel - Hollywood glamour in a modern classic.

Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this iconic hideaway offers the 92 California-styled Bungalows and the best views of the American Riviera. Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto opened in 1918 and has been part of Santa Barbara's social scene ever since.

The resort is gleaming and glamorous, yet relaxed and low key. It's the kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine.

Location

Nestled between lush green mountains and a crystal blue sea, Belmond El Encanto sits atop a Santa Barbara hill just minutes away from exquisite restaurants, fine galleries, boutique wineries and the beautiful California coast. Santa Barbara’s reputation as the American Riviera is well-earned by the temperate weather and sophisticated ambiance of this Mission Canyon city.

Accommodations

92 Suites & Bungalows infused with the textures and hues of the West Coast, each Bungalow or Suite brings the best of the outdoors inside. Private Bungalows boast king-size beds, marble bathrooms, garden seating and soothing heated stone floors. Suites offer added levels of luxury, with charming open-hearth fireplaces or patios to unwind on in privacy.

The Spa and Fitness Center

The Spa at Belmond El Encanto is a serene 4,500-square-foot oasis featuring seven spacious treatment rooms, including a couples room and a wet treatment room. Guests revive with an assortment of seasonal, organic and specialty body and facial treatments that enchant as thoroughly as our lush setting. The serene, co-ed relaxation lounge invites surrender. Lavish mens and ladies lounges offer steam rooms, showers, private lockers, vanities and dressing areas. The pampering concludes with a selection of detox teas enjoyed on the outdoor patio.

Those seeking nail services will find expert professionals along with manicure and pedicure stations that merge fun and primping for your whole party. In essence, The Spa at Belmond El Encanto offers a charming setting for releasing your stress or spending an afternoon with friends.

Complimentary access to the fitness center includes:

  • Cutting-edge cardio equipment
  • TRX training system
  • Kinesis fitness products
  • Complimentary daily fitness classes and stellar personal training

Best of the Best

A Forbes Five Star resort, Belmond El Encanto has been meticulously restored to capture the grace and romance that endeared it to the local community and visitors alike. Choose from 92 suites and bungalows that dot seven acres of pristine gardens and enjoy sweeping ocean and Santa Barbara views. Lovingly restored original architectural features delightful, complemented by modern additions, including a zero-edge swimming pool and lavish spa. California cuisine enhances the Belmond El Encanto experience. The hotel offers the ultimate secluded retreat, creating a luxurious and authentic ambience for romance and rediscovery.

Hotel Tip

Enjoy a ride to the beach on our Faraday electric bicycles or hop on our Mercedes sprinter to taste premium wines at El Paseo in the historic Presidio neighborhood.

Location

Address
800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States
Neighborhood
The Riviera of Santa Barbara
Nearest Airport
Municipal (SBA), 9 Miles / 14 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

Superior Bungalow King

Every modern convenience is at your disposal as you revel in the comfort of this charming bungalow. You'll delight in the refined custom furnishings, luxurious king-size bed to the personally monogrammed pillows. Hard wood flooring and natural light exude a warm ambiance while garden views welcome you to a natural wonderland just outside your door. Maximum two guests. 350 sq. ft.

**Next available upgrade category - Deluxe Room

  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
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Deluxe Bungalow King or Double

Drift into blissful sleep as you sink into the plush, king-size bed (or you can opt for two double beds) with monogrammed pillows - just one of many bespoke touches in this enchanting hideaway. Authentic hardwood floors add to the charm and over-sized windows invite the natural light in. Most Deluxe Bungalows offer a furnished patio with garden views or charming fireplaces to set your evenings aglow. Maximum two guests when using king bedding, four guests in double rooms. 450 sq. ft.

**Next available upgrade category - Premier Room

  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
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Premier Bungalow King or Double

These spacious havens are each graced with elegant furnishings, monogrammed pillows, lovely hardwood floors and natural light. Many Premier Bungalows feature a cozy fireplace, private patio or balcony with tranquil views of the verdant garden or Santa Barbara landscape. Choose from a king-size bed or two double beds. Bungalows can connect to each other, the Deluxe Bungalow Suites or the Vista Suite.

**Next applicable upgrade category - Deluxe Premier Bungalow

  • City View
  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
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Superior Suite

These suites feature a large separate living room with beautiful French doors, which lead into a grand private bedroom. Choose between a warming open-hearth fireplace or a patio with garden views.

Some Superior Suites feature a plush sofa bed, to accommodate an additional guest. Maximum three guests. 550 sq. ft.

**Next applicable upgrade category - Deluxe Suite

  • City View
  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
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Deluxe Suite

Nestled in a garden setting, these hidden hideaways afford the ultimate in privacy and tranquility. Each of these two-room suites is appointed with one king-size bed, while some also include a sofa bed to accommodate additional guests. Some Deluxe Suites can connect to a Deluxe Bungalow. Maximum three guests. 650 sq. ft.

**Next applicable upgrade category - Premier Suite

  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
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Premier Suite

These spectacular suites average 650 sq. ft. and offer the perfect combination of comfort and convenience. Located throughout the resort's prestine grounds, each Premier Suite is appointed with a king-size bed, an exquisite fireplace, a separate spacious sitting area and all the modern amenities you may desire. You'll enjoy a private patio with an outdoor dining table for four, as well as sweeping views of Santa Barbara landscape. Maximum three guests. 650 sq. ft.

**Next available upgrade category - Deluxe Premier Suite

  • City View
  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
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Deluxe Premier Suite

Averaging 800 square feet, these stunning suites offer the ultimate in luxury and warm romance. Their unique features set them apart from any other accommodation, lending each one a distinct personality all their own. Ever Deluxe Premier Suite is appointed with a separate bedroom with king-size bed, as well as a separate living room with custom furnishings and a charming fireplace. Private patios or balconies are also included, featuring outdoor seating and views of the garden or Santa Barbara scenery. Maximum three guests. 800 sq. ft.

  • City View
  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
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Deluxe Premier Bungalow King or Double

Revel in Belmond El Encanto's largest non-suite accommodations with approximately 650 square feet of casual elegance and the convenience of king-size or two double beds. Deluxe Premier Bungalows are situated throughout the seven-acre grounds and offer charming fireplaces as relaxing backdrops to warm evening conversations. Most also feature a private patio or balcony with tranquil views of the garden or landscape. Maximum of three guests when using a roll-away bed in king rooms, four guests in double rooms. 650 sq. ft.

** Next available upgrade category - Superior Suite

  • City View
  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
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Specialty Suite

Each of these spectacular suites is excitingly different and serves as a perfect romantic retreat. Located throughout the resort's prestine grounds, our Specialty Suites are appointed with a king-size bed, an exquisite fireplace and a separate spacious sitting area. You'll enjoy a private terrace, as well as sweeping views of Santa Barbara's coasine or the verdant garden. Maximum three guests. 830 - 1100 sq. ft.

  • City View
  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
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Facts & Policies

Facts
Experiences
Local Immersion, Seclusion, Wellness
Vibe Casual
Room Style Contemporary
Number of Rooms 92
Check-In Time 4:00 PM
Check-Out Time 12:00 PM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

Please inquire.

Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

A credit card guarantee is required at time of booking.


Deposit policy varies by arrival date and rate plan.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel policy varies by arrival date and rate plan.


Please cancel reservations using the same booking channel that was used to make the original reservation to avoid the possibility of a no-show fee.                

                                              

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, enRoute, Japanese Credit Bureau,  

Terms & Conditions

Please inquire..



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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018 & 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in the restaurant or room service
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay. Valid on food, beverage and spa treatments. (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
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Highly Recommend

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2014

We loved this hotel.  We were upgraded upon arrival to a beautiful room.  The service was fantastic.  The pool area was so peaceful.  It overlooked Santa Barbara.  The spa was wonderful along with the dining.  We ate outside for all our meals (in April).  The staff was friendly and courteous.  They even had motorized bikes that my husband used for an trip down to Santa Barbara.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber
Not Recommended

Consistently under-delivered and under performed

By: Janet


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2016

Our family chose to stay at El Encanto but it will be the last time. They disappointed from check-in to check-out. The food and the setting/view were the only redeeming qualities.
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The patio is the heart of the place!

By: ChrisAnn


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2016

The patio is a very relaxing place. The bungalows have heated floss and are unique. Lots of locals ere competing for reservations or "first come, first served" when we were there though.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska

Better and better!

By: RichS


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

This was our second stay here and it was even better than the first. The accommodations were luxurious, tasteful and more than we could have asked for. The staff is equally top notch! Everyone was more than pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to make us feel special and at home. It was a wonderful stay and we look forward to returning again!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Edwards

Linda

By: Linda


Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Good. Room was lovely, food was excelllent and spa was great. The service in the hotel was spotty. Ie it was long to get our car from valet
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Bushkin

Another great Belmond

By: jack gorman


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

It is becoming obvious to my wife and I why everyone at Jennifer Wilson likes the Belmond Hotels. This one in Santa Barbara was fabulous, perched high above the city and the ocean. Our suite was so comfortable and elegant and the service was fantastic. One minor point: they need better maps. Getting down the hills to the city below and back up on a bicycle may seem easy to people who live there, but it is very easy to get lost. But the bikes the Belmost provided, with electric assist to get back up the mountain, were, like everything else about this hotel, amazing.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Beautiful resort

By: Christy


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Very nice , comfortable rooms. Restaurant a little dis organized but food good!
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Smith

Belmond Santa Barbara

By: Jeeps


Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2018

Originally not our first choice but glad we ended up there. Honestly the best feature of the hotel was the staff. Helpful, friendly and engaging from the front desk to the bell hops to the waitstaff and the valets.
Travel Advisor:  Sally May

Our favorite!

By: Michelle


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2018

This was one of our favorite hotels on our trip! The staff was some of the friendliest & most helpful we encountered! Pool & room service was excellent! Loved the old California style!
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Spectacular

By: Chris & Asia


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2018

Everything about this place is incredible. The cottages. The restaurant. The view. The service. Wedding season makes this quaint place feel a bit crouded. But once the weddings were over it was the perfect amount of people. Look forward to going back!
Travel Advisor:  Cate Caruso

Santa Barbara

By: Santa Barbara


Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2018

El Encanto was a beautiful little boutique set in the hills above SANTA Barbara. Service was great. Rooms lovely. Spa amazing. The food was OK, not great but the view from the outdoor dining patio more than makes up for it.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Poses

enchanted cottage

By: loml95


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2018

loved it. not our first. friendly, accommodating. dog friendly. beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Hart

DELIGHTFUL

By: maggie


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

Belmond's El Encanto is one of those very special places that transport you physically and spiritually. Your every wish is answered. The staff is highly trained, intuitive and solicitous without being intrusive. The hotel's setting is lovely, the accomodations both luxurious and practical (we had a bungalow with a living room w/fireplace, and with a comfortable front porch and views of the Riviera and ocean beyond), the spa was wonderful, and the food at all meals was delicious. Breakfast was a particular treat. El Encanto was a very special experience and I look forward to revisiting soon.