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“Quick get away in Solvang” 4 of 5 stars
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Petersen Village Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1576 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Quick get away in Solvang”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

My wife and I decided last minute to get out of town for two days. We stayed here just because I didn’t feel like jumping from place to place, too tired after driving. I was a little surprised by the $280 price tag but just caved in. They did let us check in early (11:00 AM!) and also dropped the price to $250 for the corner room. Staff was always very friendly and professional. Room was definitely on the small side but furniture and 4 poster bed where nice and comfortable. The only lacking feature is the sink had some major rust spots and needs attention, but everything else in the room was fine. It’s in the middle of town so easy walking distance to everything Solvang has to offer. My wife is handicapped and has limited walking ability, so this was an advantage. You have a choice of above or underground parking with direct elevator access. In the hot summer the underground parking with direct elevator access was a big plus. The breakfast was nice with fresh pastries/bread from the bakery next door, fresh local fruit, and cold cuts. The dining room is nicely furnished and service was good. If you need the four star service (cleaners, etc.) then it’s worth the extra money. I’ve just never had a need to have my laundry cleaned and pressed while away so we will be looking for a more economical inn on our next trip. They do have some very nice large meeting rooms downstairs for business or reception type meetings if you have that requirement.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Visited Solvang, which is meant to be a Danish village in California, and stayed at the Petersen Village Inn. Happened to be there at their annual car exhibition by chance, which was quite interesting. Solvang is more wine tasting country than a "piece of Hamlet". Clean and quaint, no Danish spoken anywhere that I could see. Hotel was expensive for what it was, but the rooms overlooked a small courtyard/garden, which added to the quaint appeal.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tarzana, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Petersen Inn is an old and charming inn in delightful kitschy setting. The Inn will be refurbished beginning in January (which it sorely needs). However, the staff and the breakfast were wonderful. The room was a good size, but the furniture was truly tired. Remember hen you go that several restaurants are closed Monday and Tuesday, and, if you want ice cream after 6:00 PM - forget it! Almost all shos are famiy owned and close early (We were there n August)

Keep an eye on it, it will be worth visiting after refurnishing is completed. The location is ideal.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed here 1 night during Labor Day weekend. The hotel is in a prime location in downtown Solvang. Restaurants, bakeries, and shops were all within walking distance. Our hotel room was clean and had a small porch that faced a courtyard and pond. Despite how crowded the town was, noise was not an issue. We arrive a couple hours before check in time and our room wasn't ready. But the staff was very friendly and accommodating. They gave us several wine tasting vouchers to use while we waited.

My only complaint is that the room we had was very dated. The furniture, bathrooms, carpeting, TVs, and fixtures were in desperate need of updating. For the price of the room I would have expected more modern amenities.

Overall it was a pleasant stay, but I would likely choose one of the other hotels in the area during our next visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morro Bay, California
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed here using a TravelZoo voucher and were very pleased. We opted for the Courtyard View room (#336) which was bright, cheery, and very quiet. Nothing was worn out in the room as others have stated and we found the decor very pleasant with comfortable bed and plenty of hot water. A complete buffet breakfast was included as well as 2 wine tastings. Fresh water and delicious pastries are available in the lobby. The staff is very professional and helpful. We also had dinner (not included) in the hotel restaurant, Cafe Provence. The menu offers European type dishes and our choices were all very good. The restaurant overlooks the lovely courtyard. We will definitely return and felt that it was a great value at $139. Note that room renovations will begin soon which might impact the quiet atmostphere...best to check with the staff before booking.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brea, California, United States
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6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Perfect location in the heart of Solvang. Great hotel back in the '80s but it has not been update or renovated. While it was clean, staff was attentive, and the beds comfy, the room was worn out! Arms on the love seat and chair were worn through exposing the stuffing. Lighting in the bathrooms was poor and dated. Wallpaper in the room was damaged in many areas and coming off the walls. Bottom line...this hotel has not been shown any love for a long time.

How in the world does it still rate AAA 4 Diamonds. Makes me question the whole rating system.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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peterseninn, Front Office Manager at Petersen Village Inn, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and are very sorry to hear you were not completely satisfied with your recent stay at The Petersen Village Inn.

We are committed to providing excellent service for each of our guests. Please be assured your comments have been reviewed and again we sincerely apologize that your experience with us did not meet with your expectations.

We are extremely excited to inform you that The Petersen Village Inn will be starting renovations beginning January 2014.
These Renovations will resolve the issues mentioned in your review.

We hope you will return to The Petersen Village Inn to experience the improvements and let us know what you think about them.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions or concerns.

Warm Regards,

Julie Vosgerichian
Front Desk Assistant Manager
The Petersen Village Inn
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Encinitas, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We have stayed at this hotel at least once a year since 1996, usually in March for the Solvang Century bike ride. It has always been a very quiet, European-style hotel with plush carpets, soft music, and a gracious staff. It's situated in downtown Solvang and is convenient for all downtown shops as well as Santa Ynez Valley attractions. The hotel is still owned by the Petersen family but is now managed by another company. The hotel is planning major renovations after the first of the year but will still be open to some extent. This past Saturday we were graciously assisted with a noon check-in as we had an event in town at 1:00 p.m., although another lady at the front desk insisted on a standard 3 p.m. check-in, no exceptions. Fortunately, we were accommodated. I would still recommend this hotel, depending on what the new rate structure will be and whether it will remain a quiet, peaceful facility. Breakfast was included in the rate but maybe not after the first of the year. The dining room is light and airy.

Room Tip: Most rooms have views of Solvang's quaint streets. We prefer a sothern exposure.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1576 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Petersen Village Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come stay at Solvang's only Four Diamond award winning Country Inn. The Petersen Village Inn is located in the heart of the Santa Barbara County Wine country. Enjoy the quiet ambience of Solvang in an air of casual elegance. The Inn's Cafe Provence, features European and Mediterannean entrees. Award winning Executive Chef Mini Dal-Fuoco is considered one of the finest chef's in the region. Dinners at Cafe Provence are the most talked about experience at the Inn. ... more   less 
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