Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara, California, 93103, USA

Following nearly seven years and more than $100 million of extensive renovations, this Santa Barbara icon lives on to thrill a new generation of guests with its relaxed-luxe bungalow rooms, lush gardens, and personalized service. Built in 1915, the landmark-preserved, Mediterranean-style complex has hosted many luminaries over the years, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and privacy-seeking stars from Hollywood's golden years. Rooms and suites come in two styles of bungalows—Craftsman and Mission—nestled among lush gardens, courtyards, and pathways. The 7-acre property also include a serene lily pond (a favorite spot for weddings), an outdoor infinity pool with ocean views, and a top-notch spa incorporating locally sourced products. Menus at the on-site restaurant ($$$$) focus on California coastal cuisine. 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.

PROS

  • revitalized historic landmark
  • stellar spa facility
  • has hosted luminaries including Franklin D. Roosevelt

CONS

  • long walk to downtown
  • pricey
  • guests staying for more than a few days may find the restaurant menus limited

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic, Service, Views, Pet Friendly
Sophisticated
Countryside
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 805-845–5800 | 800-393–5315

HOTEL DETAILS

92 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

What’s Nearby


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