We finally got to stay in this charming little inn after several years of just driving by. We live in the Ojai Valley so the drive to the Santa Ynez valley is a little more than an hour away. We traveled to Santa Ynez many times and only admired the Inn from the outside. Well we had a special occasion to celebrate and thought it would be a great opportunity to visit the Ballard Inn. We went for two nights and stayed in the Wildflower Room. They are running a winter special for $169 per night which makes this a great deal. We upgraded to a king suite with fireplace for $195 per night.
The bottom line of our review is that if you have the opportunity, you most likely will not be disappointed in the Ballard Inn. I can't think of a better place to stay in the whole valley. It is centrally located to all of the points of interest in the valley whether wine tasting, exploring Solvang or Los Olivas or even just traveling the US 101 highway. It is also in the middle of some great restaurants including the one at the Inn. Each of the rooms are different in theme, decoration and antique furnishing. Several have real wood burning fireplaces with wood provided. The rooms are very nicely furnished, very clean and spacious. There are no phones or TV's in the rooms. These are however provided in the downstairs sitting room along with books, puzzles and numerous board games. All the rooms are upstairs in the main building with 3 located on the first floor in the annex. The bathrooms are small, very clean but at the same time, non-descript. They are certainly adequate but the dreaded skin clinging shower curtain prevails. Linens & towels are basic and nothing fancy. No robes or slippers are provided.
They provide a great breakfast which is included in the room price along with wine, cheeze, salami,crackers, relishes and fruit in the evening and then cookies during the bed turndown service. All of these amenities are of a very good quality. Coffee, tea's, hot chocolate, etc are provided in the mornings and the evenings. off street parking is provided along with a few newspapers in the mornings. There is a great front porch with comfortable rocking chairs that is great fro reading or just relaxing. They also provide bikes but I believe there may be an extra charge.
The staff is wonderful! Very friendly and helpful. Jordan, the resident innkeeper, is one of our favorites. He could not do enough to help us with whatever we requested. But all of the staff we encountered was great.
Some great restaurants we tried in the area: Hitching Post II, Brothers at Matties Inn, Los Olivas cafe and the Los Olivas Grocery for wonderful sandwiches & wine to be enjoyed under the on site Oak trees.
When traveling back to Santa Ynez, we will stay at the Ballard Inn.
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