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El Encanto Hotel
Santa Barbara, California
Why Stay At El Encanto Hotel
A treasured landmark restored and re-imagined as an up-to-date boutique hotel in ever-popular Santa Barbara.
Built in the 1920s and lovingly restored with meticulous attention to detail, El Encanto; meaning The Enchanted; is perched on seven eucalyptus-studded acres draping along Santa Barbara's Riviera. Recently named a Forbes Five-Star resort, the storied hotel featuring carefully curated works by Charles Arnoldi and commissioned pieces by Damien Hirst, has hosted presidents and a parade of glam Hollywood stars from Clark Gable to Leonardo DiCaprio. The terrace and poolside sundeck reveal magnificent sweeping views of the city and the ocean below. All Mission or Craftsman-style original bungalows have private gardens or terraces and shine in new splendor with 21st century added creature comforts like iPod docks, widescreen LCD TVs and heated bathroom floors. Stop by the beautifully appointed spa, which uses proprietary lemongrass-sage oils made from herbs grown in the hotel's garden. All that sea air whetting your appetite? Enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant where chef Patrice Martineau cooks up modern California coastal cuisine with Asian and French touches such as Fricassée of local vegetables and Confit Jidori Chicken Breast.
Make sure to taste the chef's version of El Encanto's legendary Floating Island meringue and crème anglaise dessert based on a recipe that dates back to 1920.
Worth the wait: Spa patrons are pampered with complimentary Prosecco while relaxing in the Serenity Lounge before treatment.
Arrive at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), which is approximately 10 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 20 minutes of travel time. You may also elect to arrive at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), which is about 90 miles (95 minutes) from the hotel.800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Outdoor Pool
- Sun Deck w/ Loungers
- Spa on property
- Relaxation Lounge
- Fitness Studio
- Guest Services
- Private Gardens or Patios
- Air Conditioning
- Wide-screen LCD TVs
- iPod Docking Stations
- Marble Bathrooms
- Rainforest Showers
- Separate Bath Tubs
- Large Writing Desks
- Mini Bars
- 2 Restaurants
- Terrace Dining
- Bar + Lounge
- Private Dining
- Max occupancy is three people
- Welcome amenity
Why We Love Santa Barbara
Palm-lined beaches, impressive historic Spanish Colonial architecture and almost 100 wineries in the nearby vicinity topped off with 300 days of fair weather per year.
1305 State Street, Santa Barbara.
Where to Drink: Finch & Fork serves artsy cocktails in a fuss-free environment. Order the refreshing Yellow Brick Road cocktail made with Bols Genever, tangerine, mint and cucumber. Pair it with one of the artisan flatbreads. Drinks for two $22.
31 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara.
Where to Shop: Even if shopping doesn't rule your to-do list, walk down historic State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. 13 blocks of historic buildings, restaurants, bars and galleries share the boulevard with a mix of mainstream and small business retailers.
State Street, Santa Barbara.
Outdoor Excursion: Discover the famed Central Coast wine country by bike with Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Pedal along the mostly flat terrain to the Foxen Trail or Santa Rita Hills. Both regions are replete with renowned wineries. The all-day tour includes lunch and all tasting room fees. $159 per person.
720 Bond Avenue, Santa Barbara.
Why Go Now
March 14, 2014
Sweets & Swing
Sample more than 20 different sweet confections, while listening to live jazz and sipping locally produced bubbly. 7pm-9pm. Admission $25.
Mission Drive, Downtown Solvang.
March 28 - 30, 2014
Serenity Gathering Festival
A conscious gathering focused on art and music by major and up and coming artists plus work shops, activities, and art illustrations.
Live Oak Campground, Santa Barbara.
April 10 - 13, 2014
Santa Barbara Vintners and Spring Festival
Presenting some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies and gourmet food creators as well as music, art, and related wine country vendors.
River View Park, Buellton.