The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, California, has reopened as a member of the Auberge Resorts Collection.
Set on an historic piece of land populated with old-growth palm trees just two hours from Los Angeles by car, Mattei’s Tavern originally served as a popular stagecoach stop and was considered the social center of the Santa Ynez Valley from the time it opened in 1886 through the 1930s. Now the property is opening again, reimagined by design firm AvroKO, with its history celebrated and upheld in every detail.
The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection offers 67 new luxurious guestrooms and cottages; a state-of-the-art spa; bespoke guest experiences; and destination dining venues.
“We are delighted to open the doors to The Inn at Mattei’s Taverns and officially welcome the property to the Auberge family,” said Craig Reid, president and CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Our owners, Brian Strange and Deepak Kamra, had a vision to create a hotel that is true to the heritage of this historic property and embraces the local community. The result is a resort that celebrates the soul, character and history that has made Mattei’s an icon in the area since the 1800s and yet feels so relevant for today’s discerning traveler.”
Set on 6.5 acres opposite the original Los Olivos staging post, The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, consists of numerous free-standing buildings with landscaped gardens and lawns.
Original buildings, including The Tavern and a handful of original cottages, have been restored and complemented by newly built structures in keeping with the relaxed country style and heritage of the property. Design details include explosed wooden beams, restored wainscoting and unlacquered brass fixtures.
Its five food and beverage venues highlight the bounty of the California Central Coast’s land and sea – the Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its rich soil and year-round, Mediterranean-like climate. Its signature restaurant, The Tavern, serves an elevated but unfussy, ranch-inspired menu. The Bar with its Wild West roots is located alongside The Tavern. Felix Feed & Coffee is a European-style coffee bar and bakery. Gin’s Tap Bar, named for the Inn’s longtime chef Gin Lung Gin, serves Asian-inspired dishes. And The Shed offers a poolside menu of Mediterranean-inspired fare.
The Inn’s wellness offerings include The Cottage and The Lavender Barn. The Cottage opens this month (March) with two treatment rooms. The Lavender Barn, opening Summer 2023, will have five single treatment rooms, one couple’s treatment room, two horse-trough tubs for therapeutic bathing, and a water lounge.
Meeting and event spaces at the property include The Hartley Lawn, which is adjacent to the landmark water tower; The Barn; Gin’s Tap Bar; Lucy’s Garden; and the Wicker Room.