El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, USA
92 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Quiet
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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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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, USA

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Wine Cellar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour room service
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Yoga
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Air conditioning
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Boardroom
  • Bikes available
  • Golf nearby
  • Wine tours nearby
  • EV Charging Station
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Shuttle service

Need to Know

  • Please note the hotel's spa is open with limited services.
Check in: 4 pm
Check out: 12 pm

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Uses renewable energy
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
  • Cleans with eco-friendly products
  • Stocks eco-friendly shampoo and soap
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • No single-use plastics
  • Provides charging for electric vehicles
  • Farms organic or hydroponic produce on property
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Creates seasonal menus from locally sourced produce
  • Offers vegan menu options
  • Composts food waste
  • Reduces food waste
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife
  • Measures and reduces water waste

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