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Far from the bustle and noise of downtown Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto sits squarely in a residential area in the hills above the city at 800 Alvarado Place. Across the street is an architectural beauty of a business park, which just happens to be the original University of California, Santa Barbara campus. There are no stores or bars here; it is a maze of old residential streets with low stone walls. And yet, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel sits close to the landmark Santa Barbara Mission and Courthouse. Part of its allure is that it feels so removed, but it is only a few miles to State Street for easy access to restaurants and shopping. Just 90 miles from Los Angeles, El Encanto is effortless to get to either by plane or by car.