We stay in the Solvang area once or twice a year and I have become somewhat disappointed at the places we have stayed lately. Properties in the area are expensive and getting old and the "the little things" that make your vacay stays stand apart, or special, are missing,...I guess hotels are cutting back on expenses. So all to say, when you find a place like ForFriends Inn, that really cares about customer service, it is really a treat. In my opinion a 4 Star :) establishment!
My husband is not a B & B kind of guy so the fact there were two "free standing" rooms available at the Inn was the draw. Plus, the Winter Rate (it was the holiday season), was a great deal for more reasons than one. We don't always get the chance to get away just before Christmas to celebrate our Anniversary, but this was a perfect two day (weekday) respite for us during the craziness of the season....and such a good deal. Unfortunately, the free standing "Tower" was unavailable our first night so we stayed in the Demetria Room in the main house, planning to move the second night. We loved our room so much that we stayed in the Demetria Room both nights. Since it was mid-week and the holiday season, the house was very quite and cozy. The Demetria Room is beautifully decorated, with plenty of room with a nice medium sized bathroom (stand alone shower and separate jacuzzi tub). We enjoyed the comfortable patio, and the cast iron fireplace (It was cold at night, and it worked great). The bed was very comfortable, and the room was very clean (this is VERY important to me, it met my standards, in fact, the entire house did.). The property is well taken care of (inside and out) and everything looks new. We had maid service, so our room was made up on our second day. I really liked the fresh smelling bath products, too.
There were two other rooms on our floor, but no one was staying in them, so I cannot comment on how sound proof the upper floor is. The rooms I saw were beautiful, with an option or two, if you are not the frilly type (all rooms are different). There were, I believe two rooms downstairs with separate entrances. I did not see them, and there were 2 other rooms not connected to the house (we plan to return and stay in the popular tower!).
Your stay includes a Friendship Pass which makes staying here an even better deal. If you like to wine taste or eat out, you will appreciate this bonus. Some tasting rooms 2/1 or comp and some were within walking distance (and a good choice of great places to eat in Santa Ynez. The pass comped us a free appetizer or dessert at the restaurants we ate at). Very, very fun! ....and saved us so much money!! We walked to dinner both nights. Santa Ynez is a fun place to visit.
The highlight of this place are Jim and Debbie. They make your stay extra special. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome (but not intrusive). And, who doesn't enjoy having someone else make them breakfast :)? The breakfasts were really yummy and did not disappoint. We had 2 egg dish choices (sausage one morning, bacon the next) both mornings, and Debbie was willing to make a special order breakfast, and did so for one of the couples that stayed at the Inn. Baked goods were homemade, along with yogurt and fruit, coffee/juice. They even prepared a happy hour for those of us that were there (early evening), with local wines and a deli tray, even homemade tapenade! A special treat awaited us upon our return from dinner .... several kinds of home baked cookies, and a self serve refrigerator with little waters that you could take back to your room. The cookies: I could of eaten them all!!!! It always smelled so good in the house!!! Debbie is an amazing baker. Jim and Debbie made us feel like friends, it's really true, you come as guests and leave, "friends". They even had the Inn decorated for Christmas. Very inviting B & B. Debbie and Jim's residence is across the street, so we felt like we had a lot of privacy!
Many special touches at ForFriends Inn (like a sweet note wishing us Happy Anniversary upon our arrival), are the kinds of things that bring you back. I know we will be returning to ForFriends Inn. Jim, next time Joey will bring his harmonica! Thank you so much for the great time. Hope we will be able to come back soon.
(BTW, just this week, I received a photo Jim took of us, and a good one too. Now that's going the extra mile).
You really can't ask for better service and a more beautiful place to stay. My husband really loved it too. I won't even have to twist his arm, lol
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Santa Ynez, CA, in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country: Minutes from Solvang, Los Olivos and all the wonderful wineries. ForFriends Inn is a luxurious seven-room B&B where you arrive as guests and leave as friends. Your stay includes:• Daily three-course breakfast• Daily Happy Hour with wine, hors d'oeurves and socializing ... more less
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