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.
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We celebrated our anniversary at the SY Inn — our first time here. What a gem! Beautiful boutique hotel, our room was lovely, breakfast and wine hour and hot Mexican chocolate at night. The staff and the amenities make for a perfect stay, paying attention to every detail. We met people who return regularly to the SY Inn and though we live in NC, we would definitely stay again if we have the opportunity to travel to this area again. Thank you!
The rooms at the Santa Ynez Inn are nicely furnished and clean, and their bathrooms are beautiful and spacious. The inn itself is lovely, the garden (w small seating areas and firepits) is inviting, and there is free parking in a large lot. Inn staff is well-trained and hospitable. Breakfast is terrific and the extras--late afternoon wine/snacks and evening hot chocolate/coffee/doughnuts are a wonderful touch. Enjoyed our stay and will recommend to friends.
My wife and I have been married nearly 30 years and we just enjoyed our first wine tasting trip. Now we're wondering: "Why have we never done this before?" We live in Seal Beach, California, we love to travel, and we love wine. Our excellent first time experience was enhanced by spending 3 days and 2 nights at the Santa Ynez Inn. The youthful staff were really friendly and fun folks who provided great recommendations for where to taste, and where to dine. Our room was huge, very comfortable and nicely furnished, including a fire place. We expected breakfast and perhaps a limited happy hour but we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the breakfast and happy hour wines. The unexpected bonus was a Wine Tasting Passport that provided No Charge wine tasting at over a dozen local wineries and tasting rooms. We didn't even come close to hitting them all --- sooooo ... we'll just have to go back!
The property appears to be newer and it is very well maintained. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. We stayed in 212, upstairs at the end. The room had a fireplace, exclusive balcony, huge TV, 2 sitting chairs, jacuzzi tub, heated bathroom floor, 2 sinks and spacious shower. Love the "wine hour" complete with charcuterie and the freshly-made breakfast was really nice. Can't say enough about the staff, caring and professional all the way!
Charming hotel, with lovely, spacious rooms. Very nice service and accommodations overall. The breakfast/afternoon tea/wine room is delightful as is the library. Gym is small, but does the job. A bit pricey for the general area, but not outrageously so. Also had an amazing massage.