We checked in to the Tower Suite at Santa Ynez Inn and while I will describe the room in a moment, I wanted to take time to mention up front what sets this inn apart from many in Santa Barbara's Wine Country, The Santa Ynez Valley: its people and the service. Its luxury is unpretentious and the staff was warm and welcoming. We were greeted promptly and the gentleman who checked us in also loaded up our items on a bellcart and escorted us to our room where he oriented us with every aspect of that suite. From the fridge, safe, how to use the TV, turn on the fireplace to a detailed review of how to work the steam shower and turn on the bathroom tiles to get them warm and so much more. He truly loved his job and was excited to point out different features of the inn as he walked us to our room. He let us know when hors d'oeuvres and wine would be that evening, as well as dessert, turn-down service and reminded us of breakfast in the morning- which , if we didn't want to come down for, he would have delivered to us to enjoy on the privacy of our balcony. The room had lovely views and the jacuzzi tub in the bay window was later filled with bubblebath under a full moon. The food was delicious and what I loved the most was the upscale luxury without pretense. The Santa Ynez Inn is conveniently located near almost all the wineries. If you don't feel like driving, you can walk everywhere downtown Santa Ynez and enjoy dinner or lunch as well. Finally, I had a massage with Tina. It was unbelievable. Her background in the medical field and almost 20 + years experience of massage therapy are evident in her work. She was incredible. She has also been with the inn since it was first built and opened. How many places can boast about the longevity of their staff? At the Santa Ynez Inn the attention to detail in the amenities and service team really show. Much of the Santa Ynez Valley is constantly undergoing ownership and management changes and it is often hard to find consistency. But the Santa Ynez Inn stays constant.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Santa Ynez Hotel Santa Ynez