BELMOND EL ENCANTO

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States (USA)
View Map Reservations: 1-800-230-4134
5.0 Star Resort Hotel in Santa Barbara County
34.43864-119.70329
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4.5/ 5

Based on 622 guest reviews

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  • Includes an outdoor swimming pool
  • The Avg. Group Discount is 27.3%!
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
  • 92 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Check out: 12:00 PM
  • Group score of 8.4/10
  • 5 meeting rooms in property

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Room Types

Check RatesBungalow King Size Bed Deluxe
Non-Smoking
Check RatesBungalow King Size Bed Deluxe Breakfast Included
Non-Smoking
Check RatesBungalow Premium
Non-Smoking
Check RatesBungalow Premium Breakfast Included
Non-Smoking
Check RatesBungalow Superior Suite
Non-Smoking
Check RatesBungalow Superior Suite Breakfast Included
Non-Smoking
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Non-Smoking
Check RatesDeluxe Bungalow 1 King Bed
Non-Smoking
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Non-Smoking
Check RatesPremier Bungalow 1 Bedroom 1ba Garden View 1 King Bed
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Check RatesSuperior Bungalow Suite 1 Bedroom 1ba Garden View 1 King Bed and 1 Sofa Bed
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Local Attractions

Leisure Tours and Activities: Just minutes from the seclusion of the hotel is Downtown Santa Barbara with all its wonderful diversions. Santa Barbara offers it all, from the charm and culture of the city to leisure sports and outdoor adventure: history and missions; shops, galleries and museums; gardens and the zoo; gourmet dining and the Santa Barbara wine country; mountains and beaches; hiking and horseback riding; surfing, sailing, fishing and scuba diving; golf and racquet sports; hot air ballooning and gliding. Santa Barbara Wine Country: Explore Santa Barbara's wine culture through the downtown Urban Wine Trail or visit wineries throughout the county, from Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Maria. Off Site Golf: There are three 18-Hole public golf courses in Santa Barbara County located less than 15 miles from the hotel – Rancho San Marcos, Sandpiper and Glen Annie Golf Club.

Summary of Verified Reviews

Summary of 529 verified reviews

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90
Excellent

Excellent luxury hotel. Impressive bathroom. Rather comfortable. Bar is awesome. Popular among couples.

“Super high end resort” “Beautiful venue”

Excellent Overall Ranking Top 1% in city
Excellent Luxury Hotel Top 2% in city
Excellent Resort Hotel Top 2% in city
Best Hotel Buildings In City
Best Design In City

Good to know

  • Pleasant hotel grounds

    “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Bikes close”

  • Great view

    “View of the city is outstanding” “Views were amazing”

  • Very quiet

    “Private deck” “Private bungalows”

  • Friendly atmosphere

    “Gorgeous ambiance” “This place fit”

Review highlights

Bar

100/100
14 reviews

Bar is awesome. Good wines.

“Bar area including” “We love wine” “Great food and drink”

Vibe

94/100
67 reviews

Awesome vibe. Friendly atmosphere. Stylish Hotel. Modern Hotel. Luxurious Hotel. Luxury hotel. Good resort hotel. Nice for romantic trips.

“Luxurious linens” “Five star resort” “Makes you feel very pampered”

Amenities

91/100
88 reviews

Nice hotel buildings and lovely terraces. Beautiful architecture.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Comfort

86/100
45 reviews

Very comfortable, spacious, and quiet rooms with wonderful beds.

“Luxurious linens” “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Private deck”

Room

86/100
132 reviews

Great views, spacious new rooms, and pleasant bathrooms. Tidy rooms with great beds, but needing better maintenance.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Cleanliness

81/100
17 reviews

Clean hotel facilities. Clean rooms.

“Neat rooms”

Wellness

79/100
18 reviews

Great wellness & sports facilities.

“Spa Fast” “Great manicure/pedicure” “Great massage”

Location

79/100
60 reviews

Great location. Expensive, terrible parking.

“Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi” “Beautiful setting in the hills”

Service

77/100
159 reviews

Friendly service and great reception. Service acceptably professional, with acceptable housekeeping and decent restaurant service.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

Value

40/100
29 reviews

Poor value for money.

“High parking fee” “Lacking including long wait times” “Very expensive parking”

Breakfast

33/100
12 reviews

Bad breakfast.

“Coffee cups weren't cleaned” “Morning staff at breakfast messed” “Breakfast was cold”

Ranked top 1% by couples, with a score of 95

Good to know

  • Great view

    “View of the city is outstanding” “Views were amazing”

  • Awesome terrace

    “Huge porch” “Porch in front of”

  • Spacious rooms

    “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Room was nice and spacious”

  • Bar is awesome

    “Bar area including” “We love wine”

Review highlights

Bar

100/100
3 reviews

Bar is awesome.

“Bar area including” “We love wine” “Great food and drink”

Vibe

94/100
27 reviews

Awesome vibe. Friendly atmosphere. Luxurious Hotel. Stylish Hotel.

“Luxurious linens” “Five star resort” “Makes you feel very pampered”

Comfort

89/100
21 reviews

Very comfortable, spacious, and quiet rooms with wonderful beds.

“Luxurious linens” “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Private deck”

Amenities

89/100
48 reviews

Nice hotel buildings and lovely terraces.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Room

85/100
54 reviews

Big rooms, great beds, nice bathrooms, and awesome views. Poorly-maintained rooms.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Service

80/100
61 reviews

Generally good service, though professionalism is only so-so.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

Location

79/100
26 reviews

Well-located hotel, although, unfortunately the parking isn't easy.

“Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi” “Beautiful setting in the hills”

Food

67/100
26 reviews

Decent food and menu.

“Excellent dining experience” “Filet mignon rare” “Bean bad”

Value

39/100
18 reviews

Poor value for money.

“High parking fee” “Lacking including long wait times” “Very expensive parking”

Ranked top 7% by families, with a score of 94

Good to know

  • Great location

    “Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi”

  • Awesome vibe

    “Luxurious linens” “Five star resort”

  • Great amenities

    “Fabulous property” “Huge porch”

  • Nice building

    “Private deck” “Awesome decor”

Review highlights

Vibe

93/100
6 reviews

Awesome vibe.

“Luxurious linens” “Five star resort” “Makes you feel very pampered”

Amenities

91/100
7 reviews

Nice building.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Room

87/100
9 reviews

Great room.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Location

80/100
8 reviews

Great location.

“Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi” “Beautiful setting in the hills”

Service

79/100
9 reviews

Fantastic service.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

Good to know

  • Pleasant hotel grounds

    “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Bikes close”

  • Great view

    “View of the city is outstanding” “Views were amazing”

  • Nice building

    “Private deck” “Awesome decor”

Review highlights

Amenities

91/100
10 reviews

Nice building.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Room

86/100
8 reviews

Lovely rooms with pleasant views.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Location

79/100
8 reviews

Great location.

“Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi” “Beautiful setting in the hills”

Service

78/100
7 reviews

Fantastic service.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

Good to know

  • Great view

    “View of the city is outstanding” “Views were amazing”

  • Pleasant hotel grounds

    “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Bikes close”

  • Stylish Hotel

    “Awesome decor” “Beautifully appointed room”

  • Very quiet

    “Private deck” “Private bungalows”

Review highlights

Bar

100/100
14 reviews

Bar is awesome. Good wines.

“Bar area including” “We love wine” “Great food and drink”

Vibe

94/100
62 reviews

Awesome vibe. Friendly atmosphere. Stylish Hotel. Modern Hotel. Luxurious Hotel.

“Luxurious linens” “Five star resort” “Makes you feel very pampered”

Amenities

90/100
76 reviews

Nice hotel buildings and lovely terraces. Beautiful architecture.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Comfort

85/100
43 reviews

Very comfortable, spacious, and quiet rooms with wonderful beds.

“Luxurious linens” “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Private deck”

Room

85/100
117 reviews

Modern, spacious rooms with lovely views and standard bathrooms. Tidy rooms with great beds, but needing better maintenance.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Wellness

79/100
17 reviews

Great wellness & sports facilities.

“Spa Fast” “Great manicure/pedicure” “Great massage”

Location

79/100
42 reviews

Well-located hotel, although, unfortunately the parking isn't easy.

“Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi” “Beautiful setting in the hills”

Service

76/100
142 reviews

Friendly service, good reception, and okay professionalism and restaurant service.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

Value

39/100
25 reviews

Poor value for money.

“High parking fee” “Lacking including long wait times” “Very expensive parking”

Breakfast

36/100
11 reviews

Bad breakfast.

“Coffee cups weren't cleaned” “Morning staff at breakfast messed” “Breakfast was cold”

Ranked top 1% by couples, with a score of 95

Good to know

  • Great view

    “View of the city is outstanding” “Views were amazing”

  • Poor value for money

    “High parking fee” “Lacking including long wait times”

  • Spacious rooms

    “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Room was nice and spacious”

  • Bar is awesome

    “Bar area including” “We love wine”

Review highlights

Bar

100/100
3 reviews

Bar is awesome.

“Bar area including” “We love wine” “Great food and drink”

Vibe

94/100
26 reviews

Awesome vibe. Friendly atmosphere. Luxurious Hotel. Stylish Hotel.

“Luxurious linens” “Five star resort” “Makes you feel very pampered”

Comfort

89/100
20 reviews

Very comfortable, spacious, and quiet rooms with wonderful beds.

“Luxurious linens” “Extensive gardens and cottage” “Private deck”

Amenities

89/100
44 reviews

Nice building.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Room

85/100
49 reviews

Big rooms, great beds, nice bathrooms, and awesome views. Poorly-maintained rooms.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Location

81/100
23 reviews

Great location.

“Optional valet parking” “Inexpensive taxi” “Beautiful setting in the hills”

Service

79/100
54 reviews

Professional service.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

Food

67/100
23 reviews

Food is all right.

“Excellent dining experience” “Filet mignon rare” “Bean bad”

Value

37/100
15 reviews

Poor value for money.

“High parking fee” “Lacking including long wait times” “Very expensive parking”

Ranked top 28% by families, with a score of 93

Good to know

  • Fantastic service

    “Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic”

  • Great amenities

    “Fabulous property” “Huge porch”

  • Great room

    “Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable”

Review highlights

Amenities

89/100
3 reviews

Great amenities.

“Fabulous property” “Huge porch” “Grounds are exquisite”

Room

86/100
5 reviews

Great room.

“Gorgeous bathroom” “Room was elegant and comfortable” “View of the city is outstanding”

Service

78/100
7 reviews

Fantastic service.

“Superb cleaning staff” “Staff was fantastic” “Excellent restaurant staff”

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Customer Reviews of Belmond El Encanto

4.5 out of 5.Based on 622 guest reviews, Very Good

Property Description

Belmond El Encanto reopened in March 2013 after a seven year, $134 million dollar renovation. This iconic early 20th-century luxury hotel tucked away in Santa Barbara's American Riviera neighborhood, has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that made it a favorite spot for the local community, and a perfect destination for leisurely getaways as well as intimate groups and gatherings. Nestled on seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens, Belmond El Encanto enjoys sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean from its commanding hilltop perch.Belmond El Encanto is Santa Barbara's only Forbes Five Star resort and is an ideal and authentic setting for meetings, retreats and events. Free from distraction, guests are given the ideal environment to gather together, enjoy the pristine setting and achieve productive results. All facets of Belmond El Encanto are designed to fulfill your unique needs- our seven-acres of secluded grounds and gardens, our 92 bungalows, a window lined ballroom with private terrace, three meeting rooms with sweeping ocean views and countless outdoor event venues.Quintessential California styled-bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds. Original features have been lovingly brought back to life, including the gloriously landscaped gardens with a historic trellised lined arbor and lily pond, while the additions of a sumptuous outdoor swimming pool and a beautifully appointed boutique spa bring new elements of excitement.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In:4:00 PM
Check Out:12:00 PM
Year of Last Renovation:2013
Floors:2
Rooms:92
Corridors:All Rooms Have Exterior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms:92
Handicap Rooms:
Suites:22
Room Windows:Windows Do Open
Cleaning Frequency:Daily
Meeting Rooms:5 View Spaces
Meeting Space:4660 sq. feet
Banquet Space:Holds 200 people
Dist. to Food/Bars:On-site
Dist. to 24hr Restaurant:3.0 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym:On-site
Pool Info:
Zero edge outdoor swimming pool with ocean views
Policies / Expenses
Cancellation:
72 Hours
Nightly Parking:35
Typical Group Deposit:25%
Total Taxes:12.06%
Total Misc Fees:$4.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
State Tax: 8.00%
Occupancy Tax:12.00%
City Tax: 8.00%
Food and Beverage Tax: 8.00%
Resort/Hotel Fee:35.00 Per Night
Parking Fee:35.00 Per Night
Porterage Fee:15.00 Per Item
Gym Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Spa Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Rooms Wireless Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Rooms Wired Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Meeting Wireless Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Meeting Wired Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Food and Beverage Service Charge:22.00%

Amenities / Features


Pet Friendly? Yes! Pets are allowed.
Pet friendly


  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • ATM
  • Baby facilities in room
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Concierge service
  • Conference facilities
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Credit card accepted: JCB
  • Dinner available
  • Electric Car Charging Station
  • Electronic key card
  • Elevator
  • Express Check-Out
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fitness and health center
  • Garage
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Central heating
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Internet - ethernet
  • Internet is Complimentary
  • Ironing facilities
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Laundry valet service
  • Mini bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Office in room available
  • Pets allowed
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Private car parking
  • Private garden grounds
  • Quiet location
  • Radio in room
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hours room service
  • Safe in rooms
  • Self controlled heating/cooling system
  • Shop
  • Shower
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • TV - Free HBO
  • TV - Free Showtime
  • Terrace
  • Valet Parking
  • Voicemail

Airport & Shuttle Information

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): 9 miles / 15 minutes Airport Transfer Costs:Taxi - $35 - $40Private car - $95 - $100Limousine - $165SUV - $150Shuttle - $32

Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.

Breakfast Information

Continental Breakfast - $23.00 per person ++American Breakfast - $30.00 per person ++

Previously known as:
El Encanto

Group vs. Individual Rates at Belmond El Encanto

Rate fluctuations of Belmond El Encanto

The chart above shows trends of prices for both our group prices and the best individual traveler prices our rate checker could find at the time the group offer was submitted. The best group discount displayed is 47.9% in the month of December 2014 and the highest average individual rate is $745 in the month of August 2015. This chart will show past seasonality and also project future months. If you are flexible with dates, you may want to consider staying at Belmond El Encanto in a month when rates are lower.

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Meeting Rooms and Banquet Rooms at Belmond El Encanto

Below are the meeting, banquet, conference and event spaces at Belmond El Encanto.

Feel free to use the Belmond El Encanto meeting space capacities chart below to help in your event planning. Hotel Planner specializes in Santa Barbara event planning for sleeping rooms and meeting space for corporate events, weddings, parties, conventions, negotiated rates and trade shows.

Meeting Room Name L x W x H
(Feet)
Size
(sqft.)
Banquet
5'/6'
Banquet Space Layout
Crescent
Crescent Tables Layout
Classroom
Classroom Meeting Layout
Hollow
Square
Hollow Square Table Layout
U-Shape
U Shape Meeting Layout
Boardroom
Boardroom Meeting Space
Convention
8'/10'
Convention Booth Layout
Theater
Theater Layout
Reception
Reception Desk for Meeting
Regist.
Desk
Registration Desk for Meeting
Riviera Ballroom69 x 43 x 122967247/24717312471857119/15329297--
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Riviera Ballroom

Room Type:
Ballroom
Total Size:
2967 Sq. Feet
Dimensions:
69 x 43 x 12 Ft.
Floor Level:
Ground Level
Columns:
0
Windows:
5
Natural Light?:
Yes
Obstructions?
No
Built In Screens?
No
Built In Stage?
No
Built In A/V?
No
Amenities Available
  • Coffee/Tea Setup
  • Food/Beverage
  • Projection Equip.
  • TV/VCR/DVD
  • WIFI Internet
  • Podium
  • LAN Internet
  • Microphone
  • Teleconferencing
  • White Board
  • Video Conference
  • Flip Chart
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Rentals
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Sound System
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Fireside Room28 x 17 x 953024/301522131513--/--5953--
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Fireside Room

Room Type:
General Meeting Room
Total Size:
530 Sq. Feet
Dimensions:
28 x 17 x 9 Ft.
Floor Level:
1
Windows:
2
Natural Light?:
Yes
Obstructions?
No
Built In Screens?
No
Built In Stage?
No
Built In A/V?
No
Amenities Available
  • Coffee/Tea Setup
  • Food/Beverage
  • Projection Equip.
  • TV/VCR/DVD
  • WIFI Internet
  • Podium
  • LAN Internet
  • Microphone
  • Teleconferencing
  • White Board
  • Video Conference
  • Flip Chart
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Rentals
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Sound System
Channel Islands Room28 x 14 x 940016/20--17101110--/--4440--
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Channel Islands Room

Room Type:
General Meeting Room
Total Size:
400 Sq. Feet
Dimensions:
28 x 14 x 9 Ft.
Floor Level:
2
Windows:
3
Natural Light?:
Yes
Obstructions?
No
Built In Screens?
No
Built In Stage?
No
Built In A/V?
No
Amenities Available
  • Coffee/Tea Setup
  • Food/Beverage
  • Projection Equip.
  • TV/VCR/DVD
  • WIFI Internet
  • Podium
  • LAN Internet
  • Microphone
  • Teleconferencing
  • White Board
  • Video Conference
  • Flip Chart
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Rentals
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Sound System
Santa Ynez Room24 x 15 x 9380--/----------12--/--------
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Santa Ynez Room

Room Type:
General Meeting Room
Total Size:
380 Sq. Feet
Dimensions:
24 x 15 x 9 Ft.
Floor Level:
2
Windows:
1
Natural Light?:
Yes
Obstructions?
No
Built In Screens?
No
Built In Stage?
No
Built In A/V?
No
Amenities Available
  • Coffee/Tea Setup
  • Food/Beverage
  • Projection Equip.
  • TV/VCR/DVD
  • WIFI Internet
  • Podium
  • LAN Internet
  • Microphone
  • Teleconferencing
  • White Board
  • Video Conference
  • Flip Chart
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Rentals
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Sound System
The Wine Room20 x 13 x 9350--/----------14--/--------
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The Wine Room

Room Type:
General Meeting Room
Total Size:
350 Sq. Feet
Dimensions:
20 x 13 x 9 Ft.
Floor Level:
1
Windows:
1
Natural Light?:
Yes
Obstructions?
No
Built In Screens?
No
Built In Stage?
No
Built In A/V?
No
Amenities Available
  • Coffee/Tea Setup
  • Food/Beverage
  • Projection Equip.
  • TV/VCR/DVD
  • WIFI Internet
  • Podium
  • LAN Internet
  • Microphone
  • Teleconferencing
  • White Board
  • Video Conference
  • Flip Chart
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Rentals
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Sound System

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