El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

799 Alvarado PlaceSanta Barbara93103USA
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About El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

Guests at the Belmond El Encanto , Santa Barbara, California, can enjoy afternoon tea on the hotel’s terrace or treat themselves to a luxurious facial or massage at the on-site spa.

The rooms feature flat-screen TV’s, DVD players, coffee makers, air-conditioning units, iPod docks, desks, minifridges and free Wi-Fi.

The Belmond El Encanto boasts 92 rooms, self-catering bungalows, two restaurants, a bar/lounge in addition to a fully-equipped spa and an outdoor pool.  On-site parking is also available.

A wide variety of dishes made using local produce is on offer at the restaurant whilst guests can enjoy afternoon tea and lighter meals at the lounge. An extensive range of  beverages is available at the bar.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, State Street and Segway of Santa Barbara are all in close proximity to the hotel. The Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art is a short walk away.


799 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103, USA
Telephone: +1 8058455800 | Fax: +1 8058454005 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour reception
  • Bell service
  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Elevator
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • Wellness center / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Beauty salon
  • Massage
  • Steam room
  • Turkish bath / Hammam


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / hallways
  • Deaf accessibility equipment
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib
  • Childcare / Babysitting

Positive Reviews

Top-notch service.

From the moment of their arrival guests said they were treated extremely well by all the staff who made them feel welcome and at ease. The overall level of customer care was said to be exceptionally high and guests said that they felt well looked after for the duration of their stay. .

Picturesque and peaceful setting.

The hotel sits on the hills overlooking the coastline of Santa Barbara and many guests thoroughly enjoyed relaxing on the terrace and admiring the stunning scenery. Although within walking distance of the local amenities, the hotel is set back from the hustle and bustle and guests appreciated the calm and tranquil ambience. .

Wide range of quality facilities.

Guests were pleased to find plenty of on-site activities which included swimming, socializing on the terrace with a few drinks or visiting the luxurious spa for specialist body treatments. Many enjoyed spending time by the pool and soaking up the rays from the comfort of the sun loungers. .

Negative Reviews

Too few loungers.

The outdoor-pool was said to be quite busy and guests mentioned that the pool area was often over- crowded with many struggling to find a free lounger. The pool itself was described as quite small and many objected to the fact that too few loungers were made available. .

Slow service.

Some guests said that the service at the on-site restaurant was rather slow as guests had to wait longer than expected to receive their orders and also objected to the delays between the courses. .

Issues with plumbing.

From leaking faucets through to lack of hot water, guests reported various issues with regards to faulty plumbing at the hotel. Although the issues were brought to the attention of the staff, guests said that they did not expect such problems at this high-end resort. .

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 791 reviews across the web
9.2 /10
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    9.5 /10
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    9.6 /10
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    8.7 /10
9.2 out of 10 based on 791 reviews