I have been to a lot of luxury hotels in my life but San Ysidro was by far my favorite hotel, offering complete peace and relaxation. What an incredible place. We were treated to first class service, beautiful surroundings, and a feeling of relaxed luxury.
The staff was so generous and helpful. Any request was immediately met with a solution and kindness, and every effort was made to make you feel totally relaxed and pampered. My fiance was arranging our proposal and the hotel staff did everything in their power to make us have the best day of our lives. They stored the ring, kept the secret, suggested places to proposed, helped get champagne and my favorite flowers in an exquisite bouquet, and even gave us an upgraded room!
And the room... our room (Citrus) featured a jasmine covered pergola on the front porch, and showcased a view that overlooked the garden, the valley, and out to sea. The room itself was filled with beautiful antiques and modern touches. It had a fireplace in the sitting room which was filled with minibar treats that were complimentary with the room. There was a private back patio with in-ground hot tub, lounge chairs, and an outdoor shower.
The hotel grounds were lovely and quiet... each area had different plants and flowers and the entire property smelled amazing. I would go back just for that smell!! The pool was tranquil and relaxing. We also enjoyed the hiking trails, and the hotel offered a backpack and water for the hike.
Yes the hotel is expensive, but worth every penny! You want to feel like if you pay for the best, you are actually getting the best and you undoubtedly feel like that at San Ysidro.
The only change I would have made would have been to go to Plow and Share rather than Stonehouse... our meal at Stonehouse was wonderful but for the price we have had far better food. So even though the food was delicious, I think they could have reduced the price by 20% and it would have tasted just that much better.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property Hotel Santa Barbara
- San Ysidro Inn