We selected this Inn based on the 4-diamond rating, but did not know anything about it. What a pleasant surprise! First, the check-in staff escorted us to the room, showed us the works, and the Direct TV controls that confuses everyone but the kids. The rooms were clean and well furnished. We ate a wonderful lunch at The Vineyard House across the parking lot, next to the Spa (thanks to the local couple sitting at the next table on the porch with us). Then since the Inn partners with several of the local wineries and tasting rooms, the flight tastings were gratis. We ended up buying a case of wine from the first tasting room/wine maker---The Imagine and met the owner (Ross) who took an hour with us to explain how he blended/made his wine. We went back to the Inn for Happy Hour, and the wine was not the jug stuff, but the $20+ upper shelf wine. We tasted the Carr Winery Pino Gris, amongst 3 other wines, along with a varied selection of hors d'Oeuvres. The next morning, we just went to the Carr tasting room and bought the wine from the night before (too early to start alcohol at 10am and then drive). Then later that evening, the Inn put out a desert setting for a night-cap. Then breakfast was cook-to-order gourmet style quality that was beyond expectation for a B&B. We did not have time for the spa, as we had to move along our trip, but we will return in the near future for more than just one day. We felt we got our monies worth and the staff was low key and very accommodating. The Inn is about 3 miles east of Solvang, and is in a rural setting that is very subtle, not like Solvang that is very commercialized. The Inn has earned the 4-Diamonds and in our opinion works to keep it that way. You should not be disappointed if you stay here.
- 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