El Encanto

Santa Barbara, California

Closed for renovations for seven years, Santa Barbara’s grande dame of a hotel, a celebrity magnet since 1918, reopened in spring 2013. The elegance remains, and now there’s a gym, spa, and infinity pool. The updated bungalows, in Spanish colonial revival or Craftsman style, are worth a splurge, but just lunching on the terrace overlooking the sea feels like a vacation.

Last Reviewed
September 2015


800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA