A romantic retreat perched above the city, this seven-acre historic property once hosted stars of Hollywood's golden age. It was bought in 2004 by Orient-Express Hotels and reopened in March, 2013, after a seven-year, $134 million renovation. The hotel has an intimate feel, with 92 luxury bungalows that overlook the city and the ocean, nestled among winding paths and gardens. The new Mission Village section is a cluster of Spanish-style buildings, while original Craftsman-style bungalows have been meticulously restored. Each guestroom is different, but all exude a serene, casual elegance, with king-size beds, large writing desks, dark wood furnishings, and earth-toned fabrics; some have gas fireplaces and patios. Generously sized bathrooms feature marble and heated stone floors. Though the hotel is located just a few minutes from the bustle of downtown, up the hill from the Santa Barbara Mission, it's a quiet, secluded getaway, complete with heated saline infinity pool, lily pond, full-service spa, and a topnotch restaurant and bar frequented by happy, well-heeled locals.
Santa Barbara› Hotel
Belmond El Encanto
Doubles from $525Units 92 Amenities
Restaurant, bar, concierge, room service,
heated outdoor pool, full-service spa, steam room, fitness center,
complimentary electric bikes, pet-friendly, Wi-Fi (free)
Map800 Alvarado Pl. Santa Barbara
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