Get an overview of this hotelFamily-friendly Santa Barbara hotel in Downtown Santa Barbara, near Mission Santa Barbara


This family-friendly Santa Barbara hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Santa Barbara Bowl is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

Hotel Features

Along with 2 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. Free WiFi in public areas and a free area shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 92 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and iPod docks. Guests can enjoy deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include 24-hour room service, refrigerators, and LCD TVs.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a full-service spa, Belmond El Encanto features an outdoor pool and a steam room. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

This 5-star property offers access to a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. Event facilities measure 9200 square feet (855 square meters). This luxury hotel also offers a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and spa services. A complimentary area shuttle within 5.00 mi is available for guests. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge. A total renovation of this property was completed in March 2013.

Belmond El Encanto is a smoke-free property.

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 855 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 5 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Computer station 
  • Rooftop terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Number of floors - 1 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 32 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 9200 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Garden 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Concierge services 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Meeting rooms 5 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Total number of rooms - 92 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Year Built 1912 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Wedding services 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Hair salon 
  • Library 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Steam room 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Rainfall showerhead 
  • Pillow menu 
  • LCD TV 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Slippers 
  • Desk 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • HDTV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Soundproofed rooms 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Deep soaking bathtub 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Individually decorated 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Full breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 7 AM and 11 AM.

The Dining Room - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

The Terrace - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Open daily.

The Lounge - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Open daily.

The Bar - Overlooking the ocean, this bar specializes in Californian cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

The Pool - This poolside cafe specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a steam room, a fitness center, and complimentary bicycles.

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

  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Pilates classes on site 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 
  • Boat tours nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Free bicycles on site 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 

Spa Services

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

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

  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Ayurvedic treatments 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Thai massage 
  • Reflexology 
  • Sports massage 
  • Number of treatment rooms 7 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18 


To make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-out time is noon

Payment types


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 35.00 per pet, per night
  • 3 per room

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are 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.

Debit cards not accepted

24-hour check-in

Parking height restrictions apply


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • Resort fee: USD 39.27 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Spa access
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Shuttle service
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • Housekeeping
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 25 and USD 35 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 35.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 35.00 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 50.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • 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

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Up to 2 children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Awards & Affiliations

  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) guests.

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