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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

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Overview of El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

5 out of 5

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103

Explore the area

  • AirportSanta Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal)14 min drive
  • Popular LocationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara14 min drive
  • Popular LocationGoleta Beach14 min drive
  • Popular LocationCarpinteria State Beach18 min drive

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About this area

Santa Barbara

Located in Santa Barbara, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara is in the city centre and near the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, while Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara are cultural highlights. Travelling with kids? Don't miss Santa Barbara Zoo. Kayaking and sailing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with mountain biking and ecotours nearby. Guests appreciate the hotel's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Mission Santa Barbara - 16 min walk
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse - 4 min drive
  • University of California, Santa Barbara - 14 min drive
  • Goleta Beach - 14 min drive
  • Carpinteria State Beach - 18 min drive

Restaurants

  • The Dining Room — 1 min walk
  • The Terrace — 1 min walk
  • The Daily Grind - 4 min drive
  • Bouchon - 4 min drive
  • Arigato Sushi - 4 min drive

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara Station - 7 min drive
  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) - 14 min drive

About this property

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

Family-friendly Santa Barbara hotel in Upper Riviera, near Mission Santa Barbara
2 restaurants, a full-service spa and an outdoor pool are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas, a free area shuttle and a free beach shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a 24-hour fitness centre, a bar/lounge and a poolside bar are on-site. All 92 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and iPod docks. Guests can enjoy heated floor (bathroom), and other standard amenities include 24-hour room service, fridges and LCD TVs.
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara offers 92 forms of accommodation which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature iPod docking stations and laptop-compatible safes. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. LCD televisions come with premium satellite channels and pay-per-view films. Fridges and espresso makers are provided. Bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers, designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries.

This Santa Barbara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as telephones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and a hairdryer. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered on a daily basis. Amenities available on request include hypo-allergenic bedding.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre and complimentary bicycles.

Children aged under 16 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool or health club without adult supervision.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

The Spa at El Encanto has 7 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna.

The spa is open daily. Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows the standard cleaning and disinfection practices of Belmond Protects (Belmond)
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Check-in

Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Internet

  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Valet parking on site (USD 40.00 per night; includes in/out privileges)
  • Electric car charging station on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available
  • Height restrictions apply for on-site parking
  • Free local area shuttle up to 5.00 mi
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Limo/town car service

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast available for a fee daily 7 AM–10:30 AM: USD 23 per person
  • 2 restaurants
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • Aerobics classes
  • Evening entertainment
  • Free bike hire
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private picnics
  • Shopping
  • Yoga classes

Conveniences

  • ATM/banking services
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet hall
  • Lift
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Business centre
  • Computer station
  • Conference space (32292 square feet)
  • Meeting rooms - 5

Outdoors

  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Picnic area
  • Pool sunloungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace

Spa

  • 7 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Detox wraps
  • Facials
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - prenatal
  • Massage - sports
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage - Thai
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Reflexology
  • Sauna
  • Spa open daily

Accessibility

  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille signage
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking

More

  • Couples dining
  • Fireplace in reception
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities

Bedroom

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Down duvet
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Pillow menu
  • Premium bedding

Bathroom

  • Dressing gowns
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Heated floor (bathroom)
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels

Entertainment

  • TV/satellite channels
  • iPod dock
  • LCD TV
  • Films for purchase
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Espresso maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Fridge

More

  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Free newspapers
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laptop-compatible safe
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Phone
  • Slippers
  • Turndown service

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Check-in

Check-in from 4:00 PM - 5 AM
Early check-in subject to availability
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 21

Check-out

Check-out before noon
Express checkout

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
An adult aged 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking
This property offers health screenings for COVID-19 for a surcharge. Guests should contact the concierge upon arrival to schedule departure health screenings.

Access methods

Staffed front desk

Pets

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 150 per pet, per night
3 per room
Food and water bowls are available
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! One child 17 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 35 per night.
Free cots (infant beds)

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: USD 23 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 40.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 150 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 35 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host; the provision of housing is linked to their trade, business or profession, within the meaning of Article 155 of the French Tax Code
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds, rollaway/extra beds and sofa beds
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards; cash is not accepted
Parties and events are allowed on site
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
One child 17 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Parking height restrictions apply
Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool or health club without adult supervision
Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision
Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa

Property is also known as

Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto Hotel
Belmond El Encanto Hotel Santa Barbara
Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara
Belmond Encanto
El Encanto
El Encanto Belmond
El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas
Belmond El Encanto
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara Hotel
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara

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Overall score and ratings

4.7

Exceptional

Rating 5 - Excellent. 340 out of 420 reviews
5 - Excellent 81%
Rating 4 - Good. 43 out of 420 reviews
4 - Good 10%
Rating 3 - Okay. 25 out of 420 reviews
3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 10 out of 420 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 2 out of 420 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

4.9/5

Cleanliness

4.7/5

Staff & service

4.5/5

Amenities

4.8/5

Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Outstanding rooms. Free Shuttle transportation was great to downtown restaurants (tip the driver). Dining room had fantastic food selections. Great views of the ocean and sunset skies.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
A lovely Hotel, secluded, quiet, romantic and peaceful. A beautiful property with old school charm. Good food. Outstanding staff at every level. It’s reputation precedes it. Birthday getaway truly enjoyed.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is one of the nicest places I have stayed in. Too expensive, though.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

2/5 Poor

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Staff & service
El Encato is beautifully situated and its size makes it feel cozy and accessible. The food was wonderful at the restaurant. That's where the goodness ends, frankly. At these properties you expect great service. I was so disappointed. To start, we were treated like we were bothering the hostess at the restaurant after being given the wrong information about the hours of breakfast service. Then, when we asked to make dinner reservations we were told they were 'fully committed'...before conceding they could seat us (huh?!) At said dinner reservation we showed up on time. The host made us wait for 10 mins while he found other people who were late to their reservations. When we did get in for breakfast it took 45 mins to get a cup of coffee. Conversely, our dinner service was lovely and attentive. Again, the food is great. Twice we waited for 30 minutes only to have the waiters at the pool tell us they had forgotten our drink orders. They were super nice guys, but there are about 10 chairs around the pool. How did they forget....twice...on two separate days? The water in the bathroom took forever to heat up and you needed to situate the dial to juuuuust the right place for it to work. We booked the weekend here for our anniversary and just wanted everything to go off smoothly without a care.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stunningly beautiful property and great location! Service was not 5 star - slow in restaurant and understaffed at front desk and concierge
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2021