Belmond El Encanto

Top choice hotel in Santa Barbara
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Triumphantly reborn in 2013, this 1908 icon of Santa Barbara style is a hilltop hideaway for travelers who demand the very best of everything. An infinity pool gazes out at the Pacific, while flower-filled gardens, fireplace lounges, a full-service spa and private bungalows with sun-drenched patios concoct the glamorous atmosphere perfectly fitted to SoCal socialites.

The welcome and atmosphere is anything but snooty, and even if you're not staying, it's worth the drive into the hills for lunch, dinner or a sunset cocktail on its terrace with views across Santa Barbara and out to the Channel Islands.

Parking $35. A courtesy shuttle service whisks guests to any destination within 5 miles of the hotel throughout the day.

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Quick description

Offering sweeping Pacific Ocean views, this boutique hotel is 5 minutes’ drive away from Central Santa Barbara. It boasts an outdoor pool, a spa and wellness centre and an on-site bar and restaurant. All spacious rooms include free Wi-Fi. A flat-screen cable satellite TV is featured in all guest rooms at El Encanto. Rooms include a minibar, a fireplace and a seating area. All rooms offer garden views. A 24-hour reception is provided to guests of El Encanto. A business centre with fax and photocopying services is available. Guests can unwind at El Encanto's on-site fitness centre as well. With 2 miles of this hotel guests will find attractions such as Santa Barbara Mission and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course is 10 minutes’ drive away.

Important information

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply. You must show a valid photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all special requests cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check-in. Additional charges may apply. Please note: For Premier Bungalow and Deluxe Bungalow Room Types the bed type is by request only and is not a guarantee.


  • Process in place to check health of guests
  • Tour desk
  • Breakfast takeaway containers
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Library
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Allergy-free room
  • Face masks for guests available
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Kid meals
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Smoke alarms
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Wifi
  • Hammam
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Access to health care professionals
  • Hiking
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • First aid kit available
  • Internet services
  • Bike tours
  • Terrace
  • Bridal suite
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Cycling
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Trouser press
  • Designated smoking area
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Gift shop
  • Shops (on site)
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Children television networks
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Cashless payment available
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Ticket service
  • Sun terrace
  • On-site parking
  • Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Delivered food is securely covered
  • Thermometers for guests provided by property
  • 24-hour security
  • Physical distancing rules followed


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Atm/cash machine on site
  • Lift
  • Heating


  • Concierge service
  • Laundry
  • Luggage storage
  • Car hire
  • Ironing service
  • Vip room facilities
  • Business centre
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Shoeshine
  • Dry cleaning
  • Room service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Meeting/banquet facilities

Food and drink

  • Bar
  • Restaurant


  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Massage


  • Free WiFi available


  • Valet parking
  • Private parking


  • Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.