El Encanto by Orient-Express

800 Alvarado Place | Santa Barbara, CA 93103 [See Map]
#3 in Best Santa Barbara Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating

U.S. News Review

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

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 170 guests have reviewed the El Encanto by Orient-Express, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.5 (based on 170 reviews)

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El Encanto by Orient-Express

800 Alvarado Place | Santa Barbara, CA 93103 [See Full Map]