El Encanto Hotel1900 Lasuen Road Santa Barbara, CA
From the flower-draped terraces with sweeping views of the glittering blue Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands beyond, to the secret gardens, fragrant arbors and lush lawns, El Encanto Hotel has proudly set the scene of flawless weddings since the early 1900’s.
Thank you for considering El Encanto Hotel for one of the most special days of your life – your wedding celebration. You couldn’t find a more romantic setting! Trust the experienced and knowledgeable staff of El Encanto to help you create a wedding day as unique in style as you are, and as magical and memorable as you have always dreamed it might be.
Your storybook wedding is about to begin,
As your guests arrive at the front drive, they are directed toward the enchanted Lily Pond. Its wisteria-covered pergola frames the perfect landscape for the tranquil garden ceremony you’ve envisioned since childhood. Your guests take their seats; the musicians begin; your moment has come. Standing in unison under the garden’s magnificent twin pines, your vows are exchanged.
Your wedding guests proceed from the lush garden setting at the Lily Pond to the panoramic ocean views of the Grand Lawn. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are enjoyed while chatting together under the Santa Barbara sunset and the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands beyond. Meanwhile, the Lily Pond has been magically transformed and your guests are seated to dine at what is now an elegant estate garden dining room. The candlelight reflects off the pond’s serene water, evoking an elegant ambiance while guests are savoring the extraordinary cuisine. The mood intensifies and the celebration continues, now at the Fireside Room and private terrace, where you kick off your shoes and dance the night away in the background of the twinkling city lights and sea breeze. A toast is bid to your happiness for a married life as magical as this very evening that began it all. You bid your farewells and elatedly slip into your secluded honeymoon suite just steps away from the celebration.
El Encanto creates the magic, you live it. We look forward to creating your memories.
El Encanto Hotel offers two enchanted garden settings for your ceremony.
The Wishing Well area will host an intimate ceremony of up to 10 guests. The reception can occur at either our beautiful terrace for al alfresco dinner, our ocean view Dining Room, or any of our private ocean view salons.
The Lily Pond area will host up to 100 guests. Rental of the Lily Pond includes the set up of white garden chairs, table and chairs for your reception, as well as white linens, the Hotel’s table setting and three votive candles per table, if desired. The Fireside room will host up to 64 guests and can be used for dancing for large parties. Your hotel representative will gladly present all ceremony and reception options available for your unique needs.
Perched above the red tile roofs of Santa Barbara, California and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, El Encanto Hotel has been an integral part of Santa Barbara’s social, cultural and architectural heritage for 90 years. Over the years, it has been a premier retreat catering to celebrities from the golden days of Hollywood, including Hedy Lamarr, Clark Gable and Carol Lombard. Located in the exclusive Riviera neighborhood, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the hotel’s 6.77 lush acres feature 77 guest rooms in charming cottages and villas set amongst beautiful flowering gardens. A restaurant, lounge, swimming pool and meeting rooms round out the hotel’s facilities.
The name “El Encanto” means “the enchanted” in English and you too will be enchanted by this historic Santa Barbara hideaway. The restaurant at El Encanto, with its two-tiered outdoor terrace that captures spectacular views of the city lights and Pacific Ocean beyond is one of the reasons The Santa Barbara News Press named it the “Most Romantic Restaurant”. Featuring California French cuisine, dining at El Encanto Hotel is a feast for all senses. El Encanto offers a variety of intimate meeting space to accommodate gatherings and events ranging from 2 to 120 people. With four indoor banquet rooms and three al fresco options, El Encanto is the perfect setting for your next event or meeting.