Santa Ynez Inn, Luxury Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Santa Ynez Valley wines and appetizers and free full breakfasts served in the parlor daily
- In-room minifridges to chill the Sauvignon Blancs and Viogniers you just nabbed
- Most rooms have fireplaces, balconies or patios (some with fountains and outdoor furniture)
What To Know
- The inn opened in 2001, was renovated in 2008 and is getting more updates this year
- Not for Midcentury design fans; Victorian opulence abounds, from dark carved furnishings to Baroque chandeliers
- Perfect for couples, not so much for families
- READ MORE: 72 hours on Highway 1
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
From crystal chandeliers to hallways lined with antique etchings of presidents and Victorian fashionistas, the two-story inn is a step back into the 19th century. Its English country house style includes overstuffed furnishings, brocade drapes, carved cornices, sconces, silk lampshades on crystal lamps, and high-ceilinged rooms. A portrait of the owner’s grandfather looms over the library fireplace, looking down approvingly over the scene.
Bed & Bath
Hop into a grand four-poster bed with a canopy and a hand-carved headboard, flick on the fireplace and snuggle in. All 20 rooms have a fireplaces and a patio or balcony. The sumptuous marble bathrooms are the piece de resistance: heated floors and vast showers with massage fixtures and heated shower benches — or maybe you’d rather enjoy a soak in the whirlpool tub.
Breakfast is a bountiful and elegant affair in the fancy parlor. The full breakfast includes fresh juices, tea and coffee, a sideboard laden with scones, muffins, homemade granola, fruit and other pastries, and a menu of hot dishes like ham and gruyere crepes or fluffy French toast. It’s a great energizer for a day spent exploring the valley’s 70-plus wineries. When you return, a range of relaxing spa treatments are on offer, including a Native American-inspired sage and warm stone massage using locally grown sage.
How to Get There
We were gifted our one night stay at the Inn as a birthday gift. It was very elegant from the time we stepped through the doorway. The personnel were all friendly, helpful, and aimed to please. The little perks were really fun. From 5-6 p.m. was wine and snacks. 8:30-9:30 p.m. was cookie and tea/coffee. The stay also included breakfast to order which was a choice from three items which changes day to day. Our room was comfortable and the bathroom could give Madonna Inn a run for their money. The grounds were nice with an outdoor fireplace and firepits. The Inn is within walking distance of anything you could need.
Our fifth visit to Santa Barbara wine country, and third stay at the Inn. Each stay just keeps getting better! Upon entering the room we were greeted by a local bottle of sparkling wine (we later visited the winery to bring a bottle home; it was $35 so not your usual cheap bottle offered by many other hotels) and a small chocolate cake from a local (and highly recommended) bakery. What a great way to unpack and get ready for four days of fun! The complimentary breakfast was good, as was the evening wine. And the next day we began enjoying the free wine tasting the Inn has lined up with about 20 area wineries, all with regular tasting fees of $10-$25 per person. And very conveniently located to the wineries, highly-rated restaurants, a casino, and beautiful countryside.
Absolutely beautiful little gem of a hotel. The Santa Ynez Inn is off the beaten path and well worth the trip! Well-run and truly five star experience thanks to the manager Kris and his staff.
My boyfriend and I stayed in a Premium King room and were impressed with how clean, well-appointed and luxurious the hotel was. Every detail at the Santa Ynez Inn is impressive - from the comfy bed, garden view, fireplace and chairs, immaculate soaking jacuzzi tub and steam shower with heated marble bathroom floors, down to a “light switch” that played classic jazz music. It was easily the most romantic hotel we’ve ever stayed at!
Free wine tastings with 10+ local wineries and tasting rooms, free made-to-order breakfast, free wine and cheese hour at the hotel and a terrific restaurant next door add incredible value for the price. Minimal charge to bring breakfast to your room, which we enjoyed in front of the warm fireplace. We had an extremely relaxing experience at this hotel and we can’t wait to come back!
We stayed at the Santa Ynez in for 2 nights on a quick getaway while our son was at camp. It was a lovely experience. We had massages in their spa downstairs which were excellent. The Inn is beautiful and the rooms are very nice. We stayed in room 208. The only problem we encountered was that our fireplace didn't work. We notified the staff and it was fixed and a little note and box of chocolates was placed in our room apologizing for the inconvenience. Breakfast was good and the afternoon wine and night time cookies are a nice touch. Outdoor fireplace/pits are nice. I would definitely recommend this to friends, especially for couples who want a nice trip away from the kids!
We went this weekend for our first wedding anniversary and the whole experience was just perfect. From the room (we had a corner room, so we were surrounded by windows), to the very helpful staff, the proximity to vineyards, and the overall comfort of the hotel. Breakfast was great, definitely more than you're likely to get at other hotels. PLUS the wine passport is a true bonus. I'm not sure how often we'll be able to stay here ($$$), but it's on our list of musts.