Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 Map · Phone number
  • Photos 25
  • About
  • Reviews 7
  • FAQs
  • Real Weddings 1

About Belmond El Encanto

Located in Santa Barbara, California, Belmond El Encanto is a hotel wedding venue. It has recently been restored to include more modern amenities while paying homage to its original Spanish-colonial style of craftsmanship. Stretching over seven acres of garden, it offers stunning views of the American Riviera. Since opening in 1918, it has provided its guests with a combination of luxury and comfort. The resort exudes an air of peace and relaxation, ideal for easing any wedding stresses or worries before the celebration begins. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for all stages of the wedding, from an engagement dinner to the reception. Elopements are also welcomed.

Facilities and Capacity

Belmond El Encanto offers several event spaces for couples to choose from. Due to its sunny location, it is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and receptions and provides naturally stunning backdrops for wedding photos. It can accommodate a maximum of 200 guests, whether that is outside in the Arbor by the lily pond or inside in the Riviera Ballroom. Ideal for a fairytale-feel, the Arbor offers a tranquil setting for guests to mingle and catch up with each other. The ballroom measures over 3,000 square feet and includes an elegant heated patio. The Channel Islands room and terrace is is a combination of indoor and outdoor event spaces. Guests can enjoy the breathtaking views from the terrace or relax in nearby gracefully decorated reception rooms. For a more intimate feel, the Fireside Room and Patio offer coziness alongside the hotel’s innate elegance. It also boasts incredible views of the Channel Islands across the waters of the Pacific, which guests can enjoy from the pool patio. An onsite spa offers the couple a chance to relax and be pampered for a few hours before their wedding. The hotel features 92 suites, bungalows, and rooms, and is located just nine miles from Santa Barbara airport, making it perfect for out-of-town guests.

Services Offered

To unwind, Belmond El Encanto features a new, zero-edge swimming pool where guests can unwind and enjoy the warm California sun. The hotel’s own wedding experts are on hand to support couples through the planning process, using their expansive knowledge of the venue and local area. Menus can be customized for each celebration, using locally produced wines. This hotel also welcomes couples on their honeymoon.

Follow Belmond El Encanto on

Other couples have also viewed

  • Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground
  • Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
  • Palm Garden Hotel
  • Paso Robles Inn
50535f3aea2f271d 1469378423334 dining room7
Belmond El Encanto
arbor lily pond ceremony 24
Belmond El Encanto
Elegant ballroom reception
Elegant ballroom reception
Romantic setting
Romantic setting
Comfortable surroundings
Comfortable surroundings
High-quality food
High-quality food
Couple's portrait
Couple's portrait
Market lighting in the Arbor
Market lighting in the Arbor
Impressive cuisine
Impressive cuisine
The Arbor
The Arbor
Romantic carefully maintained gardens
Romantic carefully maintained gardens
Long table setting
Long table setting
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Ceremony by the lily pond
Ceremony by the lily pond
Romantic sweetheart table
Romantic sweetheart table
Fairytale lighting
Fairytale lighting
Stunning views
Stunning views
Table setting on Terrace
Table setting on Terrace
Indoor reception
Indoor reception
Outdoor table setting
Outdoor table setting
Cocktail tables
Cocktail tables
riviera ballroom patio 1
Belmond El Encanto
riviera ballroom wedding 27 copy
Belmond El Encanto
riviera ballroom wedding 33
Belmond El Encanto
riviera ballroom1 copy
Belmond El Encanto
50535f3aea2f271d 1469378423334 dining room7
Belmond El Encanto
arbor lily pond ceremony 24
Belmond El Encanto
Elegant ballroom reception
Elegant ballroom reception

Interested in this vendor?

Request pricing
Photos 25 Photos
Real Weddings 6 Photos

7 Reviews for Belmond El Encanto

Recommended by 89% of couples


4.5 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.4
  • Professionalism 4.4
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.4

10 User photos

Sort by:
  • Debra

    Debra H. · Married on 09/05/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Historial Wedding at The Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA

    The Belmond Hotel, which opened in 1918, has hosted the likes of Hollywood royalty like William Clark Gable. Decades later his only child and son John Clark Gable and Debra Hartsell Gable married on September 5, 2020, at the same location. We worked with Irene Robles, Event Planner for The Belmond Hotel. We thank the entire staff for making our wedding a "Dream Come True".

    Sent on 10/06/2020

    Belmond El Encanto's reply:

    Dear Debra and John,

    It was an absolute pleasure working with you to plan your special wedding celebration here with us at Belmond El Encanto.

    I will be sure to share with our team. We thank you again for choosing to host your wedding with us and look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate your wedding anniversaries with us! Wishing you all the best, Irene
  • T

    Tatyana L. · Married on 08/12/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The most amazing wedding!

    We originally had plans to have wedding in Hawaii however due Covid 19 the wedding had to be canceled. Thankfully we came upon Belmond El Encanto where we were able create a wedding beyond expectations thanks to the help of Irene Robles, the meeting and event coordinator. In three weeks we were able to re-plan and have our wedding on the original date. Irene was beyond accommodating and was very professional and responsive to all questions and needs. Any request was fulfilled and delivered with no hesitation. Food and service also was beyond expectations and left our guest feeling amazed with the wedding. Irene was able to overlook and organize our whole event from the beginning to end and managed all her staff to give us the best service during the event and our whole stay at Belmond. Highly recommend to work with the Belmond hotel!

    Sent on 08/25/2020
  • Melody

    Melody C. · Married on 05/11/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    A place that makes you say WOW!

    Santa Barbara is our favorite city in California, so naturally that’s where we felt we should wed. We looked at dozens of places, but as soon as we drove up to the El Encanto, we knew it was right. The hotel grounds are beautiful and stunning, the employees are kind and there’s this quiet peacefulness in the air that is literally palpable. We had a small ceremony in the Oak Tree Suite and party in the Channel Islands room. We got a lot of compliments on the food and location. It was beyond anything I could ever dream of, I only wish I could do it again!

    Sent on 01/27/2020

Awards

7

Belmond El Encanto FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 12000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 10000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 12000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 10000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Dessert
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 52
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    6
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Hotel
    Resort
    Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    November
    December

1 Real Wedding

Map

  • 800 Alvarado Pl Santa Barbara, CA, 93103 See on map
    8058455800 (Phone number)
    8057703715 (Other Phone Number)
    Location of (Belmond El Encanto)