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“Heaven on Earth....” 5 of 5 stars
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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108   |  
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Ranked #5 of 60 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
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“Heaven on Earth....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I'm from Santa Barbara(born and raised all my life) and visit the Ranch often for special dinners. I had been on the grounds and visited the restaurant (both Stonehouse and Plow and Angel) many times before my husband brought me there to stay the night for our anniversary. To say I was delighted is an understatement. First, you will find no more beautiful of a place( and special) as San Ysidro Ranch. Its breathtakingly romantic in every way....the mountains, the flowers, grounds etc are beyond. I also love the style and the way they mix older furnishings with todays luxuries. I actually read some earlier negative reviews from some people that mad me laugh. If you don't like San Ysidro, you simply are a lost cause...and prob find something wrong with any and every hotel you stay at. Sure, there might be a forgotten thing here or there but its ok and you move on. Anyways, I loved our cottage. It was extremely private, well appointed and luxurious in everyday. The staff was amazing...the food at both restaurants is excellent and the staff is the best you will find in Santa Barbara. It is hands down the best place to stay for romance bar none. I will go back time and time again.....

Room Tip: Go for the rooms with the plunge pool and outdoor rain shower!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sanysidroranch, General Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to offer such a kind review. We are delighted you had the opportunity to fully experience San Ysidro Ranch and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back!

Regards,

Seamus McManus
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night in an ocean view cottage with an outdoor jacuzzi. It was gorgeous! everything was so clean and well presented. Staff must really work hard to maintain the property to such a high standard.

I really LOVED the door sign with our names - a great touch.

Room service was perfect.

We ate at the Plow and Angel in the outside area which was just beautiful. Very romantic with all the twinkly lights. I had the tofu vegetarian option from the menu and I must say it was very disappointing - lacking in flavour and not presented too brilliantly. However, my husband's food was good.

We did have a slight problem with our i phones connecting to the wifi although the hotel immediately tried to fix this issue. But, to be honest, we should just learn to be disconnected sometimes!


I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Beautiful setting, and an opportunity for a truly discrete, relaxing getaway. Be aware that there is significant variation in the room/cottage types. Skip the low end, at it is just not worth it: the rooms are tiny, no view, and the traditional decor starts to feel like you are staying in your grandmother's small guestroom. The Stonehouse restaurant is very pretty, but perhaps just dine there once, as the menu does not change (and dress warmly: the restaurant is functionally out of doors, so it can be very chilly). The hotel, as it is currently operated, seems to be missing a beat on service and amenities. For example, the hedges are currently trimmed a foot too high, preventing a proper ocean view from some cottages. Food and beverage service needs improvement: it was something of a cruel joke to be served orange juice (billed as "fresh squeezed") from a carton at breakfast while gazing at the gorgeous citrus groves just outside your window.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sanysidroranch, Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to explain your past experience at the San Ysidro Ranch. We are grateful that you chose to spend time with us. Our Stonehouse restaurant has very strong support in the community and our Chef does update the menus dependent on the seasons to ensure the freshest ingredients and products are used. Our herb and vegetable garden changes seasonally and guests often see our chefs picking the best ingredients for each night of service.

We pride ourselves on the rich history of the property and that of the citrus trees which can be found throughout the property. Our kitchen freshly squeezes our orange juice daily to allow the finest product to be delivered to our guests. We are not sure of your comment regarding the carton of orange juice, but assure you this is not an acceptable practice at this property. San Ysidro Ranch prides itself on the tranquility and beauty of the grounds to allow a peaceful and refreshing stay.

Thank you again for providing your experience and we hope to welcome you back to the Ranch in the future!


Colan Vance
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This was our 2nd time staying here and it simply did not disappoint. The quality of service and attention to detail always exceed expectations. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed with plenty your own private outdoor personal space. One of our favorite things to do are to stroll around the beautifully maintained grounds or go on a hike on one of the nearby trails. The Stonehillrid one of the best restaurants in the area and it's conveniently located right on the property. We did in room dining this time and the food was still great. A stay here is pretty pricey but if you need a place to get away from it all I can't think of a better option.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

In order to fully appreciate this fabulous treasure, you must be all of the following...
1) Hopelessly in love with your lucky travelmate
2) Without fear of losing communication
3) Without any troubles anchored nearby
4) Willing to choke on the hotel bill in advance and forget the costs thereafter (it is worth it)!

If you've read any of my other reviews, you know that I am happy to spend the money when it's worth it, but I can sporadically get a little irked when it isn't. This is one of those perfect places where money should not be dwelled upon.

(Allow me, if I may)

San Ysidro: sexy without trying.
It's cozy, no denying,
Those robes, you'll end up buying.
Whether or not, you tie the knot..
This is a weekend, not for naught.

Room Tip: There isn't a bad room.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a beautiful property and we've stayed here twice. This time we stayed for 5 nights and our cottage was just lovely. Unfortunately we did have a couple of issues. I had emailed ahead regarding a special diet, which they ask you to do. I also enquired on check in to make sure they knew about it, but at breakfast the next day, they had made no arrangements to accommodate me. The coffee they delivered was cold. This continued for the entire stay. The coffee pods in the room were not replaced unless we asked, which seems like a small detail, but this is supposed to be Americas number 1 Hotel. The gym has very little equipment and feels like an after thought.
We also overheard another guest complaining about the breakfast. It is a beautiful setting though and very romantic.

Room Tip: Book one of the cottages, Olive is a beautiful one.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were married at SYR in April, 2012. From start-to-finish this is the best hotel we have ever stayed at (and I travel 5-6 times/year for work, nationwide and abroad). The staff was gracious, accommodating, helpful and knew us by name. The room was gorgeous, luxurious, clean, everything we could have dreamed of for our wedding night. The grounds are incredible and helped give us beautiful wedding pictures that we will always cherish. The food was delicious.

We will absolutely be returning for our one year anniversary.

Room Tip: Every room is a good room, but if you can afford the extra to get one with your own private hot tub...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property 5*
Number of rooms: 41
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