Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place | Santa Barbara, CA 93103  [SEE MAP]Santa Barbara, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Travelers say hotel enjoys a gorgeous setting overlooking Santa Barbara
Expensive rates
Although it doesn't hug the Santa Barbara coast – you'll find this hotel on the northern fringes of the city – Belmond El Encanto earns praise for its beautiful setting and excellent views. The property's suites all feature private terraces or patios 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 the California cuisine served at the Dining Room. Visitors can also opt for light American fare at The Lounge.
Santa Barbara, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 92 rooms
Primary View
Traditional, Opulent, Historic



  • 5.0Hotel Class


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Critic Reviews



Brick pathways lead you around the grounds, and mature cypress, palm and eucalyptus trees flank the numerous bungalows, which sit far from the madding crowd.


It underwent a long, expensive renovation that preserved its character while adding modern perks to luxury bungalows, like automatic espresso machines and bathrooms with heated floors.



A romantic retreat perched above the city, this seven-acre historic property once hosted stars of Hollywood's golden age.



The clublike lobby and bar hosts afternoon tea and live music at night, but the heart of the place is the dining terrace, which has panoramic views of city and ocean.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1298 have reviewed the Belmond El Encanto, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1298 reviews 4.5 (based on 1298 reviews)

Guest Rooms

There are two types of bungalow-style accommodations – Suites and Specialty Bungalows. Historical details were preserved during the renovation and all rooms have king-sized or double beds, writing desks, widescreen TVs and minibars. There are marble bathrooms with soaking or free-standing tubs and heated stone floors.
  • Rooms have garden views; upgraded rooms have ocean and city views
Nightly resort fee$35

Standard room size350 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Belmond El Encanto is perched on the hillside above Santa Barbara and offers a secluded bungalow-style retreat in the Riviera District. Built in 1915, the hotel is set on 7 acres of meandering pathways and lush gardens and has hosted Hollywood royals and U.S. presidents. Less than 1 mile from the Old Mission Santa Barbara and just 2 miles from the shops, restaurants and cafes of downtown, the hotel is an ideal home base for leisure travelers relaxing or discovering the area.
  • Located 10 miles east of Santa Barbara Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($40)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The property’s dining options feature seasonal produce from local suppliers, including herbs from the chef’s garden and homemade cheese. The Dining Room and Terrace serves California coastal cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, as well as outdoor seating with ocean views. The Lounge serves a classic afternoon tea along with small plates. The Bar offers wines, beers and handcrafted cocktails along with appetizer. The Wine Room is a private dining space with custom menus and wine pairings.

    Number of restaurants2

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast


    Perched on a hilltop, the property’s infinity pool offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara. The pool is surrounded by a sun deck with lounge chairs and umbrellas, and provides a relaxed setting for enjoying the region's pleasant weather.
    • Open year-round
    • Saline pool
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas
    • Pool bar


    The full-service Spa at El Encanto offers a variety of services including water therapies, massages, facials, oxygen treatments and waxing services. There are seven treatment rooms and services feature local and organic ingredients. Private lockers, showers and steam rooms are available.
    • Couples treatments

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna


    The property offers a fitness studio with Technogym treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals, along with Kinesis Stations for strength training. There is a rotating schedule of fitness classes offered, such as yoga and core routines.
    • Exercise bikes available overlooking the gardens
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The Belmond El Encanto houses 9,820 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for business meetings and events. The boardroom features ocean views and the 3,000-square-foot ballroom can be split into two separate rooms. There are four indoor meeting rooms, along with an outdoor patio and garden locations.
    • Full-service catering
    • Videoconferencing technology
    • Group room rates

    Number of meeting rooms8

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    Cats and dogs are welcome at the hotel for $40 per pet per night. The hotel offers pet beds, food and water bowls and a pet menu.
    • No size or breed restrictions
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting


    Featuring panoramic views of Santa Barbara and a secluded setting, the Belmond El Encanto is equipped to host wedding ceremonies and receptions. The property offers multiple event spaces, including the Arbor and Lily Pond garden ceremony space and the Riviera Ballroom and patio that has a covered, heated patio and garden views. Locally sourced California cuisine and customizable catering options are available.
    • The property can host weddings for up to 200 guests
    • Private dining spaces for rehearsal dinners and brunches

    Maximum wedding guest capacity200

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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