Monday, June 25 , 2018, 3:19 am | Overcast 64º


Santa Ynez Inn Earns National Tourism Recognition Award

The Santa Ynez Inn, one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s only four diamond luxury boutique inns, has received Trip Advisor’s prestigious Traveler’s Choice Award for 2013 as one of the top 25 small hotels in the nation.

“Our inn was founded on service and making a personal connection with each and every guest,” Santa Ynez Inn owner Douglas Ziegler said. “We have a dedicated following and nearly all our guests are now friends, and that personal connection and loyalty is what makes staying at our inn an ‘experience’ and so unique.”

The Santa Ynez Inn offers Victorian elegance with modern amenities, and that is no accident. The owners made a list of their world travels and listed everything that they loved about hotels around the globe and integrated their favorites at the inn — from heated floors in the bathrooms of many of the suites, steam showers, luxurious bedding and linens to technology that allows guests Wi-Fi, printing, iPad access and more.

For Santa Ynez Inn General Manager Rick Segovia, the amenities are a large part of the draw, but it always comes back to the personal touch.

“If a guest cannot join us for wine hour, we ask what we can do to accommodate them,” Segovia said. “We will have it delivered to their room if they would like. If guests arrive late to breakfast and the morning paper is no longer available, we have been known to ask our staff run down the street to buy a fresh morning paper for those guests. It’s basic, and maybe ‘old fashioned,’ but we actually put into action all our talk about service.”

Guests have apparently taken notice of the Santa Ynez Inn “walking the talk,” as Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice award is strictly based on guests’ reviews of the inn.

“We are so grateful to our loyal clientele,” Segovia said. “They are the ones who have given us this award, and it is our goal to continue to please and go above and beyond.”

Founded in February 2000 and operating in 30 countries and 21 languages, Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site, helping travelers plan and have the perfect trip with trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices. Trip Advisor’s branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world with more than 60 million monthly visitors.

— Kerry Lee Dickey represents the Santa Ynez Inn.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >