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Santa Ynez Inn
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Yes, we had our wedding (60-something people) at the Santa Ynez Inn. It was perfection. Guests who stayed at the Inn were forever spoiled by the beauty of the rooms and graciousness of the staff. Guests who came in for the wedding only were thrilled with the food at our reception and the charm of the grounds. But this isn't a wedding factory! No, the SYI is a charming boutique property built with couples in mind, especially those interested in weekends of wine tasting, touring the Santa Barbara area and mountains, and taking a quick turn at the casino (that's essentially directly across the highway). Some highlights:

Individually decorated rooms, many with jaw-dropping bathrooms and tons of space.

Gourmet breakfast included with the room rate. It's amazing. I still think about those blueberry scones.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres every evening. This is a great opportunity to mingle with the hotel's other guests, reliably fascinating and friendly people.

Dessert at night. Just in case you didn't get enough calories during the day.

Plus, it's in the heart of SYI, a very small community with adorable shops, and a stone's throw from Solvang.

No, they're not paying me. We really did love it that much. Go!

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the newer, renovated section of the hotel. They're more modern (the hotel has a Victorian theme) and tend to be larger.
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank FarinaLA
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Loved the Santa Ynez Inn. Great stay, great treatment by the staff. Loved the wine and cheese pairings in the early evenings as well as the desserts. The room and bathroom were both well appointed. The bathroom had heated flooring. The steam shower had heated flooring and seating. Great bathtub. I took two bubble baths during my stay! The room also had it's own patio and was right next to the hot tub.
I especially loved the location in the town. You could leave the car in the lot and walk next door to the Vineyard house or to Grappalo. It was a very nice get away.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank jessica w
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

This is a lovely hotel where unobtrusive spoiling is high on the list. I have found the staff to be very helpful, considerate, knowledgeable and caring. They have done all possible to accommodate special requests at breakfast with no fuss. Once they twig on your preferences, they remember them. The rooms are very comfortable,(and I've tried several over the years). Breakfast, wine and appetizers, dessert & coffee are all included in the price. The Inn best suits adults. Pets are not allowed. I always look forward to my visits.

Room Tip: The "smallest" room is large. Any room is fine. The bathrooms vary as to jacuzzis, steam showers, regular walk-in showers and tubs with showers overhead. Feel free to request.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank vignettehol
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We loved this place -- great location in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, stunning rooms, great service. Each day the inn provides complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine, and evening dessert. Staff really knows the area, and helps make you make the most of your trip.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Joe F
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

This Inn was built with decadent opulence throughout the lobby, dining room and guest rooms. It seems out of place within the small quaint historic western town of Santa Ynez. Sort of phony luxury with average to poor service and availability of staff. Average to poor breakfast. We had dinner in a nearby authentic historic inn and were sorry we didn't stay there.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank seashell19
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