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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

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The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and renowned Santa Barbara County wine country. Privately owned and operated since 1946, the Alisal is a working cattle ranch and full-service resort. This historic ranch is one of four original Spanish land grants on the west coast given to conquistador Raimundo Carrillo in the late 1700’s. Today, the romance and majesty of the old west remain in the wide-open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty of the Alisal. They serve as a reminder of simpler times and as an invitation to those with a taste for adventure. As California's premier guest ranch, the Alisal transports guests back to a bygone era. Set on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, this one-of-a-kind resort blends the best of nature with exceptional golf, horseback riding, tennis, fishing on a 100-acre private lake, fitness center and spa, children's activities, barnyard activities and fine dining.
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Property amenities
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wheelchair access
Breakfast included
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle Bus Service
Meeting Rooms
Hot Tub
Golf course
Tennis Court
Laundry Service
Banquet Room
Self-Serve Laundry
Conference Facilities
Heated pool
Outdoor pool
Breakfast Available
Room Service
Business Center with Internet Access
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
Accessible rooms
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Getting there
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport20 mi
Santa Maria Public Airport30 mi
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited Alisal for the second time recently and had such a great time. Loved the scenic hayride to the cowboy breakfast. Best homemade biscuits and gravy! The meal was complete with cowboy playing Johnny Cash tunes on the acoustic guitar and then a cowboy...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful respite Alisal provided before the madness of the holiday season. I love that the the rooms are absent of a TV and instead have wood burning fireplaces. The staff was friendly and always ready to help. The food was delicious. A highlight...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very expensive, but good place to take the kids if you like nature. No cell connection, but wifi is working fine. Rooms have real fireplaces and bathrooms are nice and big. Rooms are clean and central heating is working fine.More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank OCDane
Response from KathleenC2258, General Manager at Alisal Guest Ranch & ResortResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for you awesome review. Verizon is really the most consistent service here at the Ranch- BUT as you mentioned we do have excellent WIFI and our guests can call or text over WIFI calling. However, I will say, that so many of our guests...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alisal is like being transported into another time. Beautiful grounds, delicious food and amazing service. The gym is a little tired but maybe a lot of people do not go there. My bungalow was so relaxing and had so much room. I am very happy...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Diana B
Response from KathleenC2258, General Manager at Alisal Guest Ranch & ResortResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your awesome review! We hope to see you back again soon. Kathleen Cochran General Manager

Reviewed October 21, 2018

What an amazing property with a working horse ranch, lake with fishing and boating, 2 golf courses and even a disk course. The dinner were very homey with wonderful staff as were the breakfasts. You can tell that the management takes great pride in making...More

Date of stay: October 2018
1  Thank mgoldman2018
Response from KathleenC2258, General Manager at Alisal Guest Ranch & ResortResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your amazing review! We hope to see you back (and please stay longer!) again soon. Kathleen Cochran General Manager

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September 16, 2018|
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Response from Global551123 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the time of the year. We were there around the 1st week of July and they were booked by the end of May.
Veronica J
August 25, 2018|
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Response from KathleenCochran | Property representative |
Breakfast and dinner for two are included in pricing. For 2 people
October 29, 2017|
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Response from naeinsd | Reviewed this property |
I would say no.
Room Tips
"Rooms 61-70 are more private."
Apr 13, 2018
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"Not sure how you choose a room. We stayed in the studio suite and it was excellent."
Apr 1, 2018
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"All the rooms are amazing but be prepared - no tv, it is a disconnect from the world kind of place!"
Mar 27, 2018
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"I saw several of the cottages, they all seemed spacious and comfortable."
Mar 26, 2018
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$736 - $952 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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