Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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  • Rooms19.5
  • Public Spaces19.5
  • Service19
  • Overall19
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Hotel Description

Though physically not all that far from Los Angeles, in terms of atmosphere Santa Barbara could scarcely be more different. Rather than trying to turn it into some Hollywood satellite, smart hoteliers embrace the essential sleepiness of Santa Barbara — and the proprietors of Belmond El Encanto, by this definition, certainly qualify as smart.

The vibe is less gleaming opulence and more posh residential village, with the hotel’s accommodations spread among dozens of bungalows scattered over the hillside property. That’s not to say life isn’t luxe here, however. You’ll have at very least your own suite, and quite possibly your own bungalow, and while the overall look is a restrained one, all Craftsman-influenced Californian refinement, there’s never any question about the furnishings and finishes — a multi-year renovation leaves Belmond El Encanto in stunningly fine form.

An extensive, well-equipped spa accounts for a sizable proportion of the hotel’s business, and the food and drink offerings are first-rate as well — the Dining Room and adjoining Terrace serve California coastal fare with wide-ranging influences and near-ranging ingredients, including cheese made with the help of the Belmond’s resident dairy cow. We’re not sure anybody stays specifically for the view from the Terrace’s dining tables, but once they’re here, they certainly don’t complain.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 92 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour room service
  • Adjoining rooms
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Yoga

Need to Know

Deposit equal to one night room & tax required at time of booking.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • Terrace King Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 410 ft²/38 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • Patio or Balcony
    • rain shower
  • Superior King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

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  • Deluxe King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 450 ft²/41 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • rain shower
  • Deluxe Double

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Double Beds
    • 520 ft²/48 m².
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  • Terrace Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 535 ft²/49 m².
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    This room includes:

    • Patio or Balcony
    • rain shower
    • separate living room
    • soaking tub
    • sofa sleeper
  • Premier King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 540 ft²/50 m².
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    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • rain shower
    • soaking tub
  • Terrace Premier King

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 540 ft²/50 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • Patio or Balcony
    • rain shower
    • soaking tub
  • One Bedroom Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 540 ft²/50 m².
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    This room includes:

    • rain shower
    • separate living room
    • soaking tub
  • Terrace Premier Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 600 ft²/55 m².
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    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • Patio or Balcony
    • rain shower
    • separate living room
    • soaking tub
  • Garden Bungalow

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 655 ft²/60 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • Patio or Balcony
    • rain shower
    • soaking tub
  • Specialty Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 830 ft²/77 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • kitchenette
    • Patio or Balcony
    • separate living room
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour room service
  • Adjoining rooms
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Yoga

Need to Know

Deposit equal to one night room & tax required at time of booking.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

12pm

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