I couldn't find a reasonably priced hotel in S. Barbara that didn't have a lot of negative reviews (there are several former motels which "hooked up" and now advertise themselves as hotels, along with lots of B&Bs, which means noisy/no sleep), and I had no interest in fancy chain hotels, so I expanded my search and id'd this promising gem. It cost more than the ones I'd looked at, and wasn't nearly as close to my business appt., but it looked like an oasis in the desert.
My positive first impression, with the young lady who handled my phone reservation, was reinforced when I arrived, having driven from S. Francisco. My room was spacious and lovely. The fireplace was inviting, although the weather was hot while I was there, and the bathroom was equivalent to any I've encountered; and I've stayed at luxe hotels here and abroad. I immediately went down to the wine and hors d'ouvres. High quality, and the manager, Rick, poured the wine and made a point of greeting every guest. I didn't pass up the later to-die-for dessert (coconut cake) and coffee.
The made to order breakfast, served in the elegant dining room, was delicious. I longed to enjoy the leisurely pace, but I had to be at a meeting, so the host had my order served asap. I had trouble printing materials for my biz presentation via the Inn's wireless connection, and Rick went out of his way to spend a lot of time helping me out.
I'd planned to stay only 1 night, but after a long day, driving back north, I headed back to the Inn for a 2d night. The steam shower was amazing. The staff had saved a plate for a guest who was late for the wine/snack service! The service is 5 star, and at least during my visit, most of the guests were chatty and interesting and gracious. I research hotels almost endlessly these days, because it is so easy to do. My effort was rewarded with this "find." Can't wait to go back! Rick runs a class operation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AAA Four-Diamond rated luxury boutique inn. Guests can enjoy full gourmet breakfast, evening wine hour, as well as late tea and cookies. Located in the heart of wine country, the Inn also offers guests an exclusive tasting pass to select wineries in the area. Most rooms have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and flat screen TVs. Suites have steam showers and patio or balcony. Please contact the hotel directly to confirm room type and specific room amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Ynez Hotel Santa Ynez