El Encanto by Orient-Express

800 Alvarado Place | Santa Barbara, CA 93103 [SHOW ON MAP]
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Awards Received:

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2014
  • Travel + Leisure "It List"


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How it Ranks: El Encanto by Orient-Express ranks #3 out of 38 Santa Barbara Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews.

Our Take: Although it doesn't quite hug the Santa Barbara coast — you'll find this resort on the northern fringes of the city — El Encanto earns praise for its beautiful setting and excellent views. The Orient-Express property's suites all feature private terraces looking out toward the ocean, along with hardwood floors, marble bathrooms and, in some cases, fireplaces. Although the outpost's homey accommodations may be hard to leave, the property houses a number of amenities worth checking out, such as The Spa at El Encanto, an infinity-edge swimming pool and 7 acres of gardens to explore. And recent guests sing the praises of Chef Patrice Martineau's California cuisine served at the Dining Room. Visitors can also opt for Japanese and American fare at The Bar.

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Location & Top Nearby Hotels

Of 38 hotels in Santa Barbara, seven are ranked on the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Santa Barbara. The six closest to El Encanto by Orient-Express are shown on the map below. These include Canary, A Kimpton Hotel (1.3 miles) and Harbor View Inn (2.0 miles).

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Nearby Things to Do

El Encanto by Orient-Express is 1.1 miles from the #1 ranked Santa Barbara attraction, State Street. Of the eight top rated attractions, the five closest ones are listed below.

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