Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability

  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two

  • US $100 resort credit per room, per stay (valid towards spa treatments and food and beverage at El Encanto; not applicable to daily hotel resort fee)

  • Special welcome amenity on arrival

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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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  • One Bedroom Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 1 ft²/0 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

  • Superior Bungalow

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 350 ft²/32 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • crib (on request)
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hardwood floor
    • iPod docking station
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Lush garden views and a luxurious king-size bed.
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • on demand movies
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • soaking tub
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Deluxe Bungalow

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

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • Acqua di Parma bath amenities
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • iPod docking station
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • on demand movies
    • rain shower
    • soaking tub
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Premier Bungalow

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds
    • 600 ft²/55 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • Premier Bungalows are the largest non-suite accommodations.
    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • crib (on request)
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hardwood floor
    • iPod docking station
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • on demand movies
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • soaking tub
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Superior Suite

    • Fits 4 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 600 ft²/55 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • central air conditioning
    • crib (on request)
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hardwood floor
    • iPod docking station
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • on demand movies
    • rain shower
    • Separate bedroom with French doors and a sitting area.
    • separate living room
    • soaking tub
    • sofa sleeper
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Deluxe Premier Bungalow

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds
    • 650 ft²/60 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • arm chair
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • iPod docking station
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • on demand movies
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Deluxe Suite

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 650 ft²/60 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • air conditioning window unit
    • bathtub
    • crib (on request)
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hardwood floor
    • iPod docking station
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • on demand movies
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • Some with fireplace and some with sofa bed
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
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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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