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“Charm, Romance and Beauty!”

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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
Ranked #5 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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110 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Charm, Romance and Beauty!”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

I'm planning trips for 2012, and while reflecting on where I visited in 2011, San Ysidro Ranch comes to mind. It's easy to see why Travel + Leisure Magazine listed it as the #1 US location in its annual "World's Best Awards" issue. The setting is gorgeous among the foothills above Montecito, overlooking the Pacific in the distance. There is an aroma of fresh eucalyptus.. orange.. lavendar.. depending on which of the charming, meandering paths you take to go from your cottage to the pool, restaurant, or main reception house. Each living area offers complete privacy, even if you are right next to other guests. Enclosed terraces, with lovely landscaping make you feel like it's been created with you in mind. The cottage suites are lovely, with a hacienda-like feel to them, and throw in a little bit of a western feel.. plus a splash of Southern California glamour. Comfortable beds - ours was four poster - lovely bathroom. Loved the breakfast table and looking out the window while dining on fresh fruit, coffee, croissants in the daily morning room service. We were celebrating a birthday, and a bottle of chilled wine and some snacks were delivered to the room upon our arrival. The Stone House restaurant offered incredible food. We sat outside on the patio, under a blanket of twinkling lights woven through the arbor overhead. Service was impeccable and helpful. Take your time and order cocktails before dinner because this is an experience not to be rushed. I visited the pool, took a dip, and relaxed on the comfortable and ample chaise lounges. The gym is small, but functional. They probably figure guests will take advantage of the miles of hiking trails around the property, which I did. The hikes were invigorating, and the views stunning. Best of all was seeing the smiles on the faces of all the employees. It's clear they enjoy working in this environment. Hey.. who wouldn't like living and working in this corner of paradise? We'll be back for a family gathering to celebrate Mom's birthday. She picked the spot. I can understand why.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Travelling from the UK, and not knowing California at all, we really struggled to find quality places to stay on our trip from LA to SF. However, the San Ysidro Ranch was a brilliant find and we really loved our 4 nights here. The ranch is not too large to be impersonal and the way the rooms/suites are placed around the property means you do not feel like you are in a usual hotel and have plenty of space and privacy including a small terrace with sun loungers. We loved our room and had delicious breakfasts served there each morning. We ate in the Stonehouse one evening which we really enjoyed. A very beautiful property and good service. We were sad not to find more places like this on our trip.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

The cottages are romantic, the fireplace, the splash pool, the terrace,they have all the trimmings. They are carefully maintained, even if it was a couple of years since the major renovation all is still in mint condition.

The garden and the restaurant is on the same level. Food is good, service is attentive and professional. The al fresco dining experience is marvellous.

The reception is unfortunately neither professional nor reliable. Ask them to change a reservation and they will tell you yes but neither cancel the old or make the new. Ask them to get you a simple answer and they will tell you they will ,but they won't. Remind them and it will be the same.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

We went for our third stay at this hotel and it didn't disappoint us. I loved that we didn't really have any plans, so we could spend lots of time relaxing and enjoying this lovely property. The rooms have fireplaces that really warm the rooms and very private patios that are perfect places to read. This visit, we hiked on the mountain trails above the resort, which was great. We had sunny days and great views from the mountain. Dinner at the Stonehouse restaurant was delicious, too! We are sad that they don't serve the delicious lemon curd at breakfast anymore, but otherwise, we had a great visit!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

This place is beautiful. The grounds are gorgeous and the smells are amazing. I can't say enough about all the fragrances- lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary. There is no central hotel here, there are lots of little outbuildings. We were in Fig. The room was nice, if a little on the rustic side. The bathroom was underwhelming with a simple tub shower. For the money, I really expected a more "wow" kind of bathroom. There was also a small enclosed porch on the back of the suite with 2 lounge chairs and a table. The hiking trails were great and well marked. The pool area was beautiful. The workout room was small and not that great. But with all the wonderful things to do outdoors, the fitness room really doesn't matter. The Stonehouse restaurant was good, but I didn't love my meal (five-spice tuna). My husband loved his duck two-ways. With all the great restaurants nearby, I'm not sure I'd choose to go to the Stonehouse again. It was very expensive and probably didn't warrant the prices. All-in-all I had a pleasant stay, however I didn't think the ranch or the restaurant were worth the price.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
Address: 900 San Ysidro Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1325
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price range (per night): $1,169 - $1,819
Hotel Class:5 star — San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property 5*
Number of rooms: 41
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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