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800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Head to the California coast with Belmond. Santa Barbara is the jewel of the American Riviera and a firm favorite with Hollywood’s elite. The mix of breezy vibes and old-world glamour is intoxicating. You’ll also fall in love with its gorgeous weather, distinctive architecture and sophisticated style.

Of all downtown Santa Barbara hotels, Belmond El Encanto is ideally located just minutes away from the heart of town. But up here at our tranquil hilltop haven, you’ll feel a world away from the bustle below.

Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, California, 93103

Belmond El Encanto is within easy reach. You’ll find us...

  • a 15-minute drive from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
  • a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • a 12-minute drive from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
  • a 5-minute drive from State Street
  • a 30-minute drive from Santa Barbara wine country in Santa Ynez Valley

Getting Around

View of State Street, Santa Barbara, California

Destination Guide: Unlock Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara in one word? Joy. It’s a simple word—as clear and crisp as the blue skies and the Pacific Ocean here on the American Riviera. It’s as sumptuous as the wines from our famous vineyards, and as tasty as the tacos that draw crowds here from all over the world. To spend time in Santa Barbara is to relax and let the living be easy.

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View of State Street, Santa Barbara, California

Concierge Recommendations

Santa Barbara’s Sea Caves

Santa Barbara Sea Caves

Just a short cruise away from the heart of town, you’ll find Santa Barbara’s Sea Caves. This geological wonderland harbors a myriad of marine life where the tide has carved out the coast. Don a wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket, then dive-in to explore with your guide.

Vineyards in Santa Barbara CA

Urban Wine Trail

When there’s just no time to see the scenic vineyards of Santa Ynez, head to the Funk Zone instead. This super-cool neighborhood in downtown Santa Barbara hosts the finest local wineries. Follow the Urban Wine Trail and sample Au Bon Climat, Babcock, Sanford and Grassini Family Vineyards, all favorites of Belmond El Encanto’s Sommelier.

Santa Barbara Public Market facade

Santa Barbara Farmers Market

Enjoy an insiders tour of the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. Every Saturday, the stalls burst into life with fresh produce and local delicacies. Join our Executive Chef as he navigates the market like a pro. He’ll help you choose a selection of delicious ingredients, that he’ll later help you whip up into a delicious lunch.

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