I have stayed in many bed and breakfast establishments. While the Santa Ynez Inn does provide a bed and a breakfast, this is in no way your typical tchotchke filled, Teddy Beared B & B. The inn is a modern building built in the Victorian style and furnished in the same manner. It has twenty rooms and suites located on two floors. There is ample, close parking.
Our room was quite large and supplied with all the amenities one would expect in this price range. Look for a flat screen television, gas fireplace with remote, refrigerator, coffee maker, safe, bathrobes, slippers, weight scales (well, who really wants that on vacation?) and you will find them. In addition, the bathroom had two sinks and tissues stationed at both ends, a nice touch as well as two luggage racks. This room had a separate water closet which makes it more functional. The only downside to the room was the lighting. There were three lamps, one on each night table and one floor lamp by the side chair. None of them had other than a low watt bulb, which is fine for ambiance but bad for reading.
Many inns provide a wine service in the late afternoon. The Santa Ynez Inn has a wine service and also serves a variety of delicious, interesting appetizers to go along with the several types of local wines they provide. We sampled wonderful cheeses, filled mushrooms and a smoked salmon appetizer that was a real treat. Later in the evening there is a dessert service that we were unable to attend, however I'm sure it was equally enjoyable. Breakfast the next day started with coffee and tea as well as juices set out and a side board with fruit, pastries, cereal and yogurt. A choice of two cooked entrees was offered.
I am most impressed by the service which is personal and attentive. When we checked in, I asked for ice to be delivered in order to chill wine we had brought. Up came an old fashioned ice bucket wrapped in a white napkin, two wine glasses and all was placed on a towel. No handing a plastic container through the door. Later in the afternoon, a hotel staff member brought around a plastic bag of ice to fill the room ice buckets. The staff members seem to anticipate your needs, everyone is friendly and helpful.
Would I stay at the Santa Ynez Inn again? You betcha!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AAA Four Diamond rated luxury boutique inn. All rates include a full gourmet breakfast, evening wine hour and nightly desserts. Located in the heart of wine country, the Inn also offers complimentary tasting passes to a select group of wineries in the area. Rooms featuring fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and flat screen television. Complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel. ... more less
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