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Belmond El Encanto Hotel Review: This French country-style hotel is set high in Santa Barbara's Riviera neighborhood on ten lush acres overlooking the town and Santa Barbara Channel. It offers easy access to local fun while feeling far away from the crowds. The architecture dates back to 1912 and truly captures the enchanted spirit of its idyllic location up among the birds and trees. Comfortable guest rooms and cottages offer kitchens and fireplaces, as well as lovely views. Along with a small business center, there is wireless Internet access throughout most of the property. One of the inn's most popular activities is a simple one: enjoying a glass of local red on the hotel's spacious deck while admiring the city below. The El Encanto Dining Room is known as Santa Barbara's most romantic restaurant, and you should try for a window table. In the evenings, stroll over to the Riviera Theater for a foreign film, or visit the Old Mission, just down the hill. And for relaxation, enjoy a treatment at the house spa.