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“Met All Expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Solvang
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1455 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Alta Loma
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“Met All Expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Great location. I stayed 1 night on a business trip heading to Santa Maria. The room was spacious and clean. Modern flat screen HD T.V. and large clean bathroom. Walking distance to nice restaurant, I ate across the street at a nice steakhouse (Hadsten House) ........very nice and price reasonable. Breakfast was better than usual, they had a mini fridge holding small cartons of milk (nice touch) and hard boiled eggs. Good hot food including omlettes and sausage patties.

Would stay here again, was a nice experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Jerry K,
Thank you for taking the time to place your comment on TripAdvisor, we realize you have many choices in where you stay in the market, and appreciate your positive feedback.
We are happy to have met your expectations and glad to hear you enjoyed our breakfast as well as our spacious rooms!
We hope to see you again soon when your travels bring you back to the area.
Thank you,
Lisa Walter
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The hotel was the typically good Holiday Inn Express. Clean, good service, okay free breakfast. One nice thing about this one is the parking garage. One downside is that anyone can walk in the garage or back door of the hotel-unlike many today, there is no pass card needed to get in.

The hotel is right on the main street, so you can leave your car and walk around. The little market is just across the street. I'd probably check out some of the quaint Tudor-style hotels if I came through here again

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kamesh N, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear MPJ515,

Thanks for staying with us, and for the great review. It's nice to hear that the location was ideal and that you enjoyed our services and amenities. If you return to the area in the future, please consider staying with us again.
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Walnut, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I stayed as part of a wedding I was attending, with a good negotiated group rate under $150. I checked out various options for other dates and noticed some over $200. My expectations and review are based on what I paid. It was a nice hotel in a decent location. Elevators for those of us who need them. Good parking. A decent free breakfast, not just bread items like some places. I did not price compare with other hotels in Solvang, so do not know how this compares to others in this really cute little town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kamesh N, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear SuzanneCA84,

Thank you for your great review of our hotel. We are glad you were able to receive a good wedding group discount and had a good time. Hopefully when you come to our area again you will choose our hotel again!

Lisa Walter
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The location is great. Central to all the restaurants, shops and tasting rooms in solvang and a short drive from major vineyards in the area. Hotel was clean and had everything we needed. Not fancy, but just fine. As a plus, we had a room on the back side of the property with a huge deck.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kamesh N, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Dear heather b,

Thanks for staying with us and for the great review. We hope to accommodate you again when you return to the area in the future.

Lisa Walter
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Corona del Mar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Very helpful staff, just spent one night. Can walk to town from here. Quiet, free breakfast. Room had 2floors, 3 queen size beds, but only 1 bathroom, so you can save $$ with this if you have many, but wait for the bathroom. Ask at front desk about this kind of room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kamesh N, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Dear JeffBransford,

Thanks for staying with us, and for the great review. It's nice to hear that the location was ideal and that you enjoyed our Three Queen Loft Suite, it is a great room for larger parties or families. If you return to the area in the future, please consider staying with us again.

Thank you,
Lisa Walter
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed two nights in early October 2012.

The room prices were in the $200+ price range. So this is pricey for a Holiday Inn Express.
Our expectations for this price range will be different than that of a $150 per night room.

Check in was slow and inefficient. I can get past that...it wasn't terribly inconvenient but you immediately knew that your $200+ value wasn't going to be that. It just showed right at check-in.

The rooms were VERY basic. Absolutely nothing to write home about. They were clean, and the property does seem well kept. But...shouldn't you have that expectation of any Holiday Inn?
That being said however, the rooms did not reflect the $200+ price point they were charging.

The hotel is FAIRLY conveneint to downtown Solvang. It is at the end of the Solvang area (one of that last motels that is fairly convenient). You could do better with another boutique motel that is much more central to downtown Solvang. If you stay here....BE PREPARED TO DO SOME WALKING.

A good thing however...was that the motel was located across the street from a small mini-market/liquor store. Thus, you could purchase some basic snacks and avoid the vending machines.

I don't want to give this motel a bad review....nor do I think it rises to the level of a great review. Thus, another average review for another average motel.

Solvang is fun however, and I do want to reiterate that this did not spoil our Solvang experience.

Room Tip: Get an upper level room. The rooms on the 100 level don't really give you much of a view of any...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kamesh N, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Dear CTSLA,

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review about the hotel.
We feel the price was a very competitive due to the demand on October weekends.
We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced during check-in, management will
take action to increase the speed of check-in. We hope to be your preferred hotel for any future trips to the area.
Thank you,
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Toronto
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

we booked via hotwire, and when we first drove into Solvang, we thought we'd entered the Twilight Zone, VERY COOL place!!....and a great overnight stop on the way to Hearst Castle. The drive up 154 was....nail biting!!!!..... but when we arrived, the staff were great. the room was clean and well appointed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kamesh N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Dear stephaniefromcanada,

We are glad you had a great time, allthough you had to go through a nailbiting drive
through the mountains on 154.

We are extremely happy you enjoyed your stay with us.

Thank you,
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Address: 1455 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Solvang 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come discover the preferred destination of travelers visiting the Santa Ynez Valley, the Holiday Inn Express Solvang. We are centrally located in the Danish Town of Solvang, walking distance to all of its major attractions. It is best known for its shopping, restaurants, chocolate factories and wine tasting rooms! Our hotel is centrally located within Santa Barbara County's Wine Valley. The Holiday Inn Express Solvang is within minutes to Vandenberg Air Force Base, renowned Wineries such as Firestone, Gainey, Buttonwood and Rusack. If you are a golf enthusiast then make the Holiday Inn Express Solvang your golfing headquarters. With our Monthly Golf Packages, you can golf at courses such as The Alisal River Course and La Purisima Golf Course.Our hotel is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the city of Santa Barbara, 20 minutes from Vandenberg Air Force Base and 30 minutes away from Santa Maria. ... more   less 
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