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800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States of America – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.7/10! (score from 82 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Belmond El Encanto.
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Outdoor Pool (all year), Grounds, Terrace, Sun Deck
Tennis Court, Golf Course (within 2 miles), Hiking, Cycling, Fitness Center, Spa, Massage, Turkish/Steam Bath
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Bar, Breakfast in the Room, Special Diet Meals (upon request)
Private parking is available on site (reservation is needed) and costs USD 35 per day.
Room Service, Packed Lunches, Car Rental, 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Currency Exchange, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Concierge Service, Private Check-in/Check-out, Babysitting/Child Services, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Shoeshine, Suit Press, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Fax/Photocopying, Souvenir/Gift Shop, VIP Room Facilities, Honeymoon Suite
Newspapers, Safe, Shops (on site), Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Family Rooms, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Hypoallergenic room available, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Designated Smoking Area
From 3:00 PM
Until 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Up to two children under 18 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Any additional older children or adults are charged USD 50 per person per night when using existing beds.
One older child or adult is charged USD 35 per person per night in an extra bed.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
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Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
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Score from 270 reviews Excellent
The View, the food, the rooms.
It took an hour and a half for the staff to bring our luggage to the room. We were late to dinner and had to rush. No shower because we didn't have time. The manager never apologized. Disappointing for such a beautiful place. Left a bad taste
Attention to detail Exemplary service Our private bungalow Lovely pool Friendly valet staff Nothing too much trouble
Service at restaurant was sometimes slow and bad coordinated (in the evening).
The location, excellent restaurant staff, wifi
Our almost a $1K/night suit had a leaky shower, which was known to the staff at our check-in and was supposed to be fixed but never was. At checkout, the manager reduced the room charges by 30% after we complained but the experience has still left us with a very bad impression. This is certainly not acceptable for a five-star hotel. We were not looking for a discount but for a restful night, which we didn't get (and for which we paid over $750!) The pool is small, really unattractive and crowded and there were no free chairs when we arrived. The best part of this hotel is its restaurant with impeccable service and great food. I would not recommend this hotel.
Everything. We wanted a few days of relaxation after travelling and the was the epitome of that. Staff were excellent. The two bungalows we were allocated, which had been upgraded, were all you could ask for. It was our daughter's anniversary whilst we were there and the little touches like a handwritten note, champagne, chocolate dessert and heart shaped arrangement of candles at the entrance to their bungalow, were all lovely and added to making the stay memorable.
As previously stated by others, absolutely nothing.
Staff was the very best I have ever encountered. Bungalow was beautifully appointed with every welcoming comfort, food was magnificent. Grounds were perfect.
The bungalow has awesome decor and they have very clean and comfortable bed. In addition to the greenery surrounding the bungalow. The staff were very friendly and professional. Food was excellent.
We stayed at El Encanto for my birthday and at the end of our pacific coast highway road trip. The service and staff were both exceptional. There was a beautiful chocolate birthday desert and hand written message waiting in the room when we got there which was a really nice touch. The property is just beautiful and our bungalow was both quiet and private. The staff at the spa were professional and friendly and we had a great massage. I highly recommend the hotel, especially for a special occasion.
Everything, except ants.
Ants in the room
Very polite staff - Grounds well kept - Bungalow had very nice qualities.
Restaurant/ room service prices - No jacuzzi -
Clean and luxurious resort The simple touches that take it to the next level The great facilities and areas onsite Romantic Quiet and secluded location
Staff who act as if they are doing you a favor to serve ir respond to your questions.
In winter we Will try to remember our days in El Encanto!
loved this property! the room, food, staff, met every expectation The grounds were beautiful and maintained beyond
Fabulous property is all respects.
we liked the location the aspect and view, this is the only place we would stay if visiting St Barbara.
Beautiful environment, tastefully renovated, small size, friendly staff.
Need to bump up the service level a notch to get an A + - just more experience I believe. Food is good but not great however the location and views make up for a lot.
Loved our room and the layout of the complex. Beautiful flowers, walkways, walled garden. Lovely pool area. Views from the terrace was stunning, peaceful location perfect. We had dinner one night and the food and service was outstanding.
Breakfast was a la carte only and the service was poor - not generous portions and v. expensive!
Great location and views. The staff were all amazing!!!! Marco was particularly brilliant. You will know what I mean when you meet him ;-)
Food was very nice but a bit pricey. You are paying for the views.
The setting is gorgeous, the accommodations were very nice (small but nice), the food in the restaurant was quite good. It was particularly pleasant to be out in the open air area. The front desk staff were outstanding.
The dinning staff were very cordial but slow (the kitchen?) & sometimes we had to ask for something two or even three times. Not often but occasionally.
The view was superb and the atmosphere extraordinary.
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