My husband surprised me with a trip to Santa Ynez and the Santa Barbara area wine country for our 30th anniversary. A highlight of the trip was our stay at the Santa Ynez Inn. It is elegant in a laid back way that makes you feel welcome and at home from the minute you enter the property.
As others have noted, service at the hotel is top notch. Our experience with the front desk staff was all excellent. They took note of our anniversary, welcomed us with a well chilled bottle of champagne in the room, and accommodated my gluten free diet with special breakfast items and items at the evening wine receptions I could eat.
We stayed in a junior suite on the second floor which meant we had a very large sized room with a balcony and a rather enormous, elegant bathroom. The king size, canopied bed was extremely comfortable. We were somewhat intrigued by the large flat screen television that was housed in a cabinet at the base of the bed. We raised it by simply pushing a button. It then swiveled so we could watch it from the bed or from the room's seating area. Very clever and a great way not to have the television dominate the tastefully decorated room. The bathroom had two sinks, a large jacuzzi tub and a glass enclosed shower. It was very elegantly outfitted with beautiful tile and marble. The room also had a small refrigerator and a small coffee maker, along with coffee, which was a nice way to start the morning before going downstairs for the breakfast.
Breakfast was served in a large dining room that also features a fireplace with comfortable seating around it. There are tables for two as well as larger tables for those traveling with friends or others who just want to have a more communal experience. In addition to a lovely buffet of cold items and pastries, you can choose one of two hot dishes which change daily. Ours were delicious and beautifully presented.
The evening wine receptions were also lovely experiences. The wine choices were interesting and typically from local vineyards and the appetizers served were elegant and tasty. If one had a large enough lunch, you could almost make a meal out of the food served during this time. Another nice touch on the food front is the service of a freshly baked dessert later in the evening. It is set out for guests to help themselves as they return from dinner.
The Inn is a tranquil place from which to venture out to sample the local vineyards and explore some beautiful country. You will not be disappointed with your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AAA Four Diamond rated luxury boutique inn. All rates include a full gourmet breakfast, evening wine hour with hors d'oeuvres 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. Most rooms have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and flat screen television. Suites have steam shower and patio or balcony. Please contact the hotel directly to confirm room type and specific room amenities. ... more less
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- Santa Ynez Hotel Santa Ynez