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 absolutely loved staying at the Santa Ynez Inn. From start to finish everything was fantastic. After we unpacked we went for happy hour and had some wine and cheese which we ate outside in the lovely garden. Then we walked around town and ate at the SY Kitchen a few doors down and had a delicious meal. Then made it back in time for cookies and coffee which we ate around the fire pits outside the Inn. It was so cozy. Be sure and pick up the wine passport at the front desk. This comps wine tasting around the area. That alone saved us money as without it we would have had to spend another $100 in tastings!
I love Santa Ynez Inn! I didn’t want to leave. It felt more like I was staying in a room at a country estate than a hotel. The staff treated us like we were special houseguests. The wine and appetizer spread every afternoon is really deluxe. Generally when hotels offer this type of thing they give you some crappy wine, a few slices of cheese and some cheap crackers. I was delighted when I saw the spread offered at the SY Inn & looked forward to it everyday. The breakfasts are also high quality with warm eggs & pancakes offered every day.
The location of the hotel is great. Santa Ynez is a cute, little cowboy town. There are excellent restaurants and wine tasting bars within walking distance of the hotel. It’s a good base for wine tasting adventures. The town is not touristy like Solvang & has much more charm than Beulton.
The Santa Ynez Inn is a real stand alone Inn...meaning it is not an old house that has be converted into an Inn [which usually kind of difficult], but a large country style building that is a true Inn. First off, the Inn is a little expensive, but you know that already. The staff has been there for sometime and is well trained. The rooms are very large suites and very comfortable. They provide a breakfast and treats; all very good. The one MAJOR disappointment for us was the charging of the really stupid and disliked Resort Fee of $25 per day. WHY? If management wants more revenue than have the guts to charge the room cost an additional $25. There is no swimming pool, but has a spa area and small fitness center...that rates a "resort fee"? God, I hate this dishonest fee that these hotel pond off on us, the public. Please, please stop doing it. I did pay it but the 5 star that this Inn rates is now a four star.
The town of Santa Ynez, is limited to a few restaurants, and the Inn. If you are looking for a base to taste wine the Inn offers a passport along with your stay to multiple wine tastings in the area. This is part of the resort fee added to the hotel cost. The rooms are large, have TV, piped in music and a full breakfast. Wine with cheese is served along with some cookies and coffee in the evening. They have a sauna, jetted spa and a mini gym on premises. Staff was friendly, you can walk to SY Kitchen, Brothers and a Mexican restaurant in the area from the inn. Midweek offers better price point. Hotel was quite but then again so is the town. Parking is on site.
Super cozy and lovely inn! Very nicely decorated, scentend and everything! My room was #101, big and bright. Great bathroom, with chimney and ambient music. Stayed for only one night but I could have stayed for many more!
Amazing service as well, all the ladies were super nice.