Where to Stay in California’s Santa Ynez Valley

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The Santa Ynez Valley has so much to offer – from countless wineries, tasting rooms and restaurants, to outdoor adventures like horseback riding. And with six distinct towns, you’re going to want to spend a long weekend in the area to make the most of it. So where do you stay? Luckily there are lots of hotels to choose from throughout the region, and with each town being about a 10-15 minute drive from each other, you’ll be able to easily explore the whole Santa Ynez Valley no matter where you choose to stay.

Here are our top hotel picks for the Santa Ynez Valley:

The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos: 

A newer addition to the region, The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern is an Auberge resort that opened in February 2023 in Los Olivos, but the property consists of historic buildings dating back to the 1880s. 

The Inn has beautifully blended together the old with the new and made the property exude a warm California luxury vibe: laid-back, western and sun-drenched.   

Interior of a Guest House at The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern.
Bathroom of a Guest House at The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern.

You can choose between staying in a Guest House or a full Cottage: Both options are beautifully designed with a modern western chic aesthetic. Guest Houses are set in two-story buildings and almost every room includes an outdoor patio or terrace which is definitely a nice to have when you’re enjoying the sunshine in Los Olivos.

Other things you’ll find on the property: a beautiful lawn space with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit, a pool accompanied by a bar, a gym, a spa, a spot for coffee and baked goods, and The Tavern, a Michelin-guide restaurant. 

A little view of the property at The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern.
The pool area, with the gym in the background, at The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern.

The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern is located right near the main street in Los Olivos and has ample parking, so it’s incredibly convenient for the area. We were able to walk from the Inn to one of our favorite places for dinner, Bar Le Côte, in 5 minutes. (For more on what to eat in the Santa Ynez Valley, check out our guide here).

The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern is probably one of the more luxurious accommodations in the area, with rooms starting around $800 a night (as of 2024).

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos: 

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn is another great luxury option in Los Olivos. This family-owned boutique hotel is located on Grand Avenue, the main street in Los Olivos so you’re really in the middle of it all. 

The hotel is made up of 14 guest rooms and 5 suites, all of which were just renovated in 2023. The hospitality at Fess Parker is warm and lovely, much like their rooms which are inviting and thoughtfully appointed. 

Accommodations in the Grand Garden Room at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn.
Interior of the Grand Garden Room at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn.

You’ll find a heated pool on-site, a gym, and Nella Kitchen & Bar, an Italian restaurant. A continental breakfast is also included with your stay at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. The owners of the hotel also have a winery (Fess Parker Winery) and two tasting rooms a few blocks away (Epiphany Cellars and the Bubble Shack). 

Rooms start around $600 a night (as of 2024).

Corque Hotel in Solvang:

For a comfortable and budget-friendly stay in Santa Ynez Valley, visit the Corque Hotel in Solvang. The hotel is located right off of downtown Solvang, making for a nice location that’s walkable to the main attractions but not too close. 

With 122 guest rooms, Corque Hotel is also one of the larger hotels featured in this post, but it still feels personable. We found their Standard Studio Room to be spacious, clean and comfortable for a one-night stay.

The hotel also has a pool on-site and ample parking.

Rooms at Hotel Corque start around $200 a night (as of 2024). 

Planning your trip to the Santa Ynez Valley?

Check out our post on how to spend 24 hours (or a long weekend) in the area. From things to do to food you can’t miss – we’ve covered it all in this post.

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