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2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711
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Comfortably sophisticated accommodations in the heart of the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Our four diamond property has fifteen individually decorated rooms, some featuring wood burning fireplaces. Accommodations include wine & cheese reception, housemade cookies at bed turndown service, continental breakfast, wi-fi and parking.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
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Couples massage
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Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
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charlie b wrote a review Jul 2022
Buffalo, New York1 contribution
Warm welcome from the time I walked in the door for the 1st time visiting at The Ballard Inn. Beautiful well thought out decor throughout the entire property. New owners definitely have a keen eye for attention to detail. The rooms are well thought out for complete comfort and total relaxation. My dinner experience was at the top of my all time dining experiences. The dining area is intimate and inviting. From being greeted with a smile by the host, specials of the evening described by our server with enthusiasm, plates delivered by chef, with suggested wine pairings from him….. the Ballard Inn did not disappoint. Truly a special and remarkable property, well thought out to deliver the ultimate guest experiences. Attention to detail, caring staff and a truly exceptional chef make this a property one that I cannot wait to go back to stay and dine. I remarkable and special place that makes you feel taken care of from the time you arrive til the time you say goodbye. Oh… I forgot to mention.. fresh quiche selections, coffee and scones for breakfast. Charcuterie and wine tasting in the afternoon, all compliments of the Ballard Inn. And also, rumor has it that more seating and a pizza style oven and more seating are being put in the front. Cannot wait to see that on my next visit. If you haven’t visited the Ballard Inn this is a must. Definitely already looking forward to planning my trip. Thank you Ballard Inn. Remarkable!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Familytraveller31 wrote a review Mar 2022
Los Angeles, CA160 contributions184 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed at the Ballard in for two nights in July of 2021. It was a Covid era visit, so there were some understanable limitaitons on services. Here's the good news, The Ballard Inn is a 1980's era bread andbreakfast built in the traditon of a Victorian Inn, with charming rooms, an excellent on-site restaruant, and a good breakfast. The little (and I mean little) town of Ballard is smack in the middle of the Los Olivos wine country of central California, and a good base for exploring the many wineries. It's out of the way, with no crowds, easy and free parking, and friendly staff. Here's the bad news, and there's really very little bad news. Most people (like us) stay here because you can't get a room in Los Olivos four miles up the road. Los Olivos is where many of the tasting rooms are, and the few restaruants. But the Ballard Inn is a nice alternative to the crowds, and if you have a car (or better, bikes like we brought) then you can enjoy the Los Olivos scene when you want and leave the bustle behind. There's really nothing in Ballard but a few homes and the great, quirkly little bakery accross the street. Don't miss it. But you'll enjoy sitting on the veranda and talking to the other guests, sipping a complimentary glass of local wine. There's a small garden and no pool, so if that's what you want you need to stay in town at the Fess Parker for a great deal more per night. We quite liked the Ballard Inn and will be be back.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Big Chief J wrote a review Feb 2022
Los Angeles, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
Have loved this place for many years! Still do. This is a great small hotel in a beautiful location. It's been a go-to in this area for a long time. Just a few notes from the last stay.... - Sometime within the past year, they remodeled the front porch deck, posts and railing. What used to be the cute white railings and roof supports with nice details that you see in all the pictures, have now been inexplicably replaced with stark ultra-modern dark wood with black and silver metal. Why? Just don't get it. it doesn't match the rest of the building style , trim or balconies at all! Who thought it was a good idea to do this to this charming quaint place? It's jolting and a detriment to the Ballard Inn. Makes no sense. Sad and disappointing IMO. - They have reduced the breakfast offering form full breakfast to just continental. A small detail, but noticeable when you are paying this much. - No comment on the restaurant. Haven't eaten there. I just know it has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years. IhaI have read some good things though! Like I said, still love this place. Just sorry to see what I think are not good changes. I hope they don't change it much more, or a good amount of the appeal will be gone.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: Can get a bit noisy from restaurant and lobby in rooms near the stairs.
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A Joseph G wrote a review Dec 2021
8 contributions10 helpful votes
Still Great but.. we have come here for years. Always put delicious cookies on the door at bedtime until now. I kept looking out for them and finally called the front desk to see what was going on. My wife was heartbroken to learn that this years old quaint custom had come to an end. We had dinner here earlier in the evening, which was very good, and the rooms seemed still nice, but we really miss this personal touch which made staying here so special. Just wanted people who have been here before to know so not to be as disappointed as we were tonight.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Chris R wrote a review Sep 2021
Snowmass Village, Colorado8 contributions3 helpful votes
Honestly, I wanted to like this Inn more but it just fell short. It seems a bit tired and staff isn’t quite top notch. Rooms were ok, but a bit worn. It’s right on the road and even though it’s a small road, you hear traffic. Breakfast and wine hour was ok, not stellar. We’ll stay at Fess Parker Inn next time.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The bakery across the street is the best.
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Evilriso wrote a review Sep 2021
London, United Kingdom55 contributions28 helpful votes
If it was not for the issue we faced after checking out I would have regarded this place as one of the best places we stayed during our road trip through California. However, their customer service has been absolutely shocking after we reported that we had been incorrectly charged 7 additional times for a meal at their hotel restaurant during our stay. At the time I was told that it was an error and the amount would be refunded with 48hrs. It has now been over 3 weeks and I have still not received the refund, leaving me over $700 out of pocket for a $100 meal. The worst part is that I have contacted the hotel no less than 9 times about the incident and they have refused to respond. I have now been forced to raise a transaction dispute with my card company to get the money back. All in all, this has left me with a very negative view of their management and I would neither recommend nor plan to stay at this establishment again as a result. I real shame.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Their restaurant who charge you multiple times incorrectly
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greg p wrote a review Aug 2021
studio city , california11 contributions6 helpful votes
WE stayed one night in the Gaviota Room and had dinner in the restaurant. The room was on the smaller side with a smaller bed but very clean and quiet as well. The dinner was amazing outside in the front of the building. Breakfast was also wonderful outside.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: ask for room at back
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USBrits wrote a review Jul 2021
Pasadena, California194 contributions145 helpful votes
Elegant, quiet surroundings, complimentary wine and cheese hour, small but well appointed room, having no TV turned out to be a bonus. Excellent dinner at the Gathering Table. Room was mostly quiet, but we could hear people either side of us at first.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Inspire68329440395 wrote a review Jun 2021
Lake Mary, Florida4 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at the Ballard Inn for 2 nights and were really impressed by the staff’s dedication to customer satisfaction. Every staff member we met was friendly and attentive. The inn is homey and stylish on the inside and lushly landscaped outside. It’s got a big wraparound porch and a sitting area in the front and side yards where we enjoyed complimentary afternoon wine and cheese. We ate at the Gathering Room restaurant one night and thoroughly enjoyed the innovative menu selections. Our room was pretty and quiet, although the bed was too soft for our liking.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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David S wrote a review May 2021
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My wife and I have stayed at the Ballard Inn over 8 times in the last 10 years. But the last stay this weekend was frustrating, due to a complete lack of customer service by the staff for the breakfast service. The servers ignored very basic things like having us wait 20 mins while seated to bring a menu, table settings, and even ask if we would like some coffee. I had to repeatedly flag a server to request a setting, which then was ignored. The staff was apathetic and didn't even apologize, when they forgot to address my very basic requests. This reflects poorly on the hotel management. The WIFI was very limited as well and the hotel needs maintenance. It's time to try a different hotel on my next weekend getaway to the Santa Ynez valley.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: try to get a room on the south back side, away from the kitchen.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ballard Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Ballard Inn?
Nearby attractions include PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre (3.2 miles), Solvang Festival Theater (3.2 miles), and Old Mission Santa Ines (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ballard Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Ballard Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ballard Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ballard Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn, Birkholm's Bakery & Cafe, and Olsen's Danish Village Bakery.