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“Such a wonderful gem. Exceeded all expectations.”

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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Such a wonderful gem. Exceeded all expectations.”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

This property exceeded every expectation in every way. You'll not be disappointed. The staff will cater to your every whim. No detail has been overlooked. It's a bit expensive but worth every penny. Most romantic. Wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary or birth day. The grounds are remarkable. We loved the privacy and enjoyed the outdoor shower and hot tub.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sanysidroranch, General Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thank you for the kind remarks. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your stay and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for a celebration in the near future!

On Behalf of The San Ysidro Ranch Team-

Seamus McManus
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The SYR helped us celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. The staff was very attentive to our needs and went above and beyond the call to help our stay be one of the most memorable yet. We had dinner in both the Plow and the Stone House, both are amazing in their own special way. The gardens here are like no other, the care that goes into the property in top notch. We will return again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Sanysidroranch, General Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Scott-

Your kind words are most appreciated. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to host such a memorable stay and hope that you’ll be our guest again soon!

On Behalf of the San Ysidro Ranch Team

Seamus McManus
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We had a beautiful stay at SYR. We stayed in the Marigold cottage, ate in the Stonehouse Restaurant, hiked and had a massage. Each cottage was beautiful and very private. I really enjoyed the gardens and landscaping. Everything was first class. Will come back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sanysidroranch, General Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at San Ysidro Ranch and thank you for the kind remarks. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon!

On Behalf of the San Ysidro Ranch Team

Seamus McManus
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Megeve, France
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed in Santa Barbara overnight, but didn't know about S. Ysidro ranch. We discovered it unexpectedly. Only after our driver told us about it.

This is a place to see! The beautiful gardens, with little bungalows hidden in the blooming trees is somewhat an unusual landscape for this area, adding even more enjoyment to the experience. Everything is perfectly polished, creating the best first impression possible!

The reception staff was very friendly and highly efficient, encouraging us to explore the property, by giving us a map and pointing out interesting places. The interiors of the lobby and the stone house, where we went for drinks were very homely and thought of.

If we ever happen to arrive to Santa Barbara again, there's a strong possibility that we'll eventually take up S.Ysidro as accommodation.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Sanysidroranch, General Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for the kind remarks! We'd be delighted to welcome you back to The Ranch for a memorable stay and hope to have the opportunity to do so!

On behalf of the San Ysidro Ranch Team-

Seamus McManus
Managing Director
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We had a bad experience with dinner at the restaurant recently. The 3 of us who ordered the special of the night were all very disappointed to have a bland dish that wasn't really worth bothering with, much less worth the $60 they charged. Another in our party had the seafood fettucini which was also lackluster. And to top it off, when we all met for breakfast the next morning, 3 others in our party had vomited in the night. So all in all, it was not a great dining experience for 7 different people in our party.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Sanysidroranch, General Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
I was most concerned to read of your recent visit to our restaurant. We take great care in each guests’ experience to include ambiance, food and service and found your impressions unusual and difficult to understand. If you would take care to call me directly at 805-565-1777, I would like the opportunity to discuss your experience further.

Regards,

Seamus McManus
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Bay Area, CA
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Our cottage felt very private, and we enjoyed the jacuzzi that was part of our patio. The bathroom was nearly as large as the bedroom and well-designed. The decorating style probably can best be described as french country (with odd little Asian accents). The TV was the same limited non-HD cable menu you get in nearly all hotels. The grounds were beautifully landscaped but limited in scope - we were disappointed that there weren't more walking paths on the property (instead, we walked along the San Ysidro Creek trail nearby and around the adjoining neighborhood and into the Montecito South downtown). The service was impressive but hardly flawless (it seemed to be a function of who was at the front desk - Thursday person great, Friday and Saturday people more prone to confusion). The two on-site restaurants were lovely and the food (coming from one kitchen) averaged out at very good with mixed service (again, Thursday being superior to Friday). (Perhaps the facility gets strained as people come in for the weekend and more of the LA crowd shows up just to eat.) Given the price of the rooms (see other reviews), I'm not sure we'd ever return. We enjoyed the Spanish flavor and grounds of the nearby Four Seasons more (same owner) - and if we're really talking about the best hotel in the US - I would rank several places in Hawaii above this. Another word to the wise - we had a couple days where the sun did not shine (spring and early summer can mean a lot of overcast weather in Santa Barbara).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sanysidroranch, Manager at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts on your recent stay at San Ysidro Ranch. We are pleased to learn you enjoyed the privacy of your cottage and the beautiful surrounding gardens. It is the shared goal of the entire San Ysidro Ranch team to deliver a special and memorable experience throughout each and every stay. We appreciate your views on consistency and would like to assure you they have been received and addressed. Thank you again for choosing to travel to The Ranch this spring. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for an even more enjoyable stay in the future.

On behalf of the San Ysidro Ranch team

Seamus McManus
Managing Director
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We came here with my husband's parents for a one night getaway. The property is breathtaking, and the cottages were beautiful. We were touched by the care they took in preparing for us. Our names are on the door and there was stationary with our names printed on them in the room. The continental breakfast was lovely.

But the service was grossly lacking and completely incommensurate for a hotel of this caliber (and price). When we checked in and we told them we didn't need help with our bags, they left us on our own to find our cottages on a property that is difficult at first to figure out. When we went to the pool, there was no one there to take drink orders, and when staff came by to serve one guest, they bypassed everyone else without a word (in general, staff on the property tended to not even bother to greet you when they were passing by). If you asked for something, they were good about responding, but you had to ask first. The last straw was when we'd forgotten a piece of our luggage there. When we called them the evening after we checked out, the response we got was, "Oh yes, we realized that you forgot that here." And they didn't bother to call us?

The resort is beautiful and it would be an ideal getaway that we would've liked to have come back to if the service had been better.

Another minus -- the pool is tiny. We were there on a weekday when the resort was probably only about half full. Even then, every lounge chair was occupied.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sanysidroranch, The San Ysidro Ranch Team at San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts on your recent stay at San Ysidro Ranch. Likewise, thank you for the kind words with respect to our gardens and beautifully appointed cottages. We very much appreciate your views on service and have made certain to share them internally. We are pleased you and your family were able to join us this spring and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for an even more enjoyable getaway in the future.

Sincerely,
The San Ysidro Ranch Team
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Property: San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
Address: 900 San Ysidro Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1325
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property 5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil vacation destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Santa Barbara hideaway for its blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Myth and history mingle in the lush garden where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat. ... more   less 
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