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“Incredibly Average” 3 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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“Incredibly Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

OK...It's a Holiday Inn Express. It is pretty much like any other Holiday Inn Express, although I can say that after our stay I did not feel smarter. I'm still waiting for their ad to live up to its promise...

The room was fairly clean and had a fridge and microwave. If you do choose to stay here I recommend you ask for the top floor. We could hear every footstep in the room above us. The top floor won't help the fact that you can hear when the toilet is flushed in the adjacent room, and the hallway noise is loud enough that you think it is in your room, but it's a start.

The complimentary breakfast offerings were OK, and there was ample seating in the breakfast room. While there was no fruit visible, we asked about it and some was brought out right way.

Solvang is a Danish-inspired town, with most businesses keeping to that concept. This hotel doesn't even try, so if keeping with the theme is important to you a different hotel may be a better choice. If you just want a place to stay, this one may work.

Room Tip: Go for the top floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Dear XIntAdventure,

Thank you for taking the time to comment on the breakfast and the staff! We pride ourselves in making sure each guest is comfortable and taken care of. I believe that from your response we were able to do that for you. We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Solvang.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Solvang is such a quaint town. It's a must see for couples. We arrived late on Tuesday evening with 2 teenagers. I would not recommend this town for teenagers. It's really for couples or a great girlfriend(s) getaway. Restaurants were primarily closed. We found 1 open. Our hotel was very nice and accommodating. The breakfast area was also warm and sized appropriately for the amount of guests they service. Getting around from room to lobby is a little tricky (hallways with another access card), but it's doable. We plan on returning to take in the full experience this Danish town has to offer.

Room Tip: Arrive early to get a good taste for the town and it's shops.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear FollysJourneys,

Thank you for your positive feedback on the hotel and the town Solvang. 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We pulled into Solvang in the evening after our reservation in another town did not work out. Was told at the Holiday Inn Express they had one room left for $179. We questioned the price and she dropped it to $159. We asked if they gave AAA or AARP discount and she dropped it to $149. Staff was very helpful and pleasant, referring us to a couple different restaurants for a late dinner. Room was great although a bit of noise from road. Most important, bed VERY comfortable. Breakfast was a plus and again, staff working the breakfast room very helpful and friendly. Lots of food available and great coffee.

Room Tip: Choose room on backside of hotel away from road.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear barbararob,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to leave a great respond on Tripadvisor about our lovely hotel. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and our comfortable beds.
We pride ourselves in making sure each guest is comfortable and taken care of. I believe that from your response we were able to do that for you. We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Solvang.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I spent one weeknight here and the room was lovely. The decor was comfortable and was just like the hotel's website. My room overlooked the mountain side and it was very quiet. One side of the window was very dirty from the outside. The free breakfast was ok. Nothing special but I expected some fresh local bakery pastries. It would have been a great touch. U can definitely skip the automatic pancake maker. The pancake was awful. The coffee was great and that was more important than any of the free food!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Calicoaster,

I really appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review on TripAdvisor.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay at our lovely hotel and you felt our rooms are comfortable and quiet. I apologize for the dirty window you experienced in your rooms, I will have a meeting with our management team to discuss this situation and will ensure from now one we will not have that issue. Thank you again! We hope to see you next time you come to Solvang!
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Playa Vista, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I'm a big holiday inn goer. This particular one in Solvang is definitely on the lower end in terms of the building and room condition. Staff was very friendly and nice, and the breakfast was better than that of most other locations though. Overall, it was just an average stay, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear Tina K,

I would like to first thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your stay. On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for not exceeding your expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you gave us to implement improvements to ensure we offer a better experience for guests in the future. We strive to ensure our guests receive the up most customer care and cleanliness during their stay. It is disappointing that you did not receive that while here with us. I also would like to thank you for complimenting our staff, your review will be shared with our entire team and we hope to see you again in the future.
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West Covina, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

no hitches, no glitches. staff in registration was very polite and cooperative. Would stay here again. We needed an early sign in as we had to arrive at a wedding within 2 hours giving us little time to prepare.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Dear David E,

We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Holiday Inn Express Solvang. Thank you for recognizing the cooperation that was given to you by our staff.
Thank you also for giving us such a positive review, please do stay with us again when you come to the lovely town of Solvang.

Have a great day!
Lisa Walter
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Garden Grove, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We came for two nights to celebrate my nephews wedding. Many of our family members stayed at the Inn. Our overall experience was simply ok, some of the staff members were very short and not to polite. The room was clean and the bed was comfy, but the carpet had a bad smell. The breakfast selection was very nice. The location was great right down the street from downtown. If the Inn cleans up a little more I would definetly recommend it to my family and friends.

Room Tip: The lofts are great and the rooms facing the back of the hotel have a fabulous moutain view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Lisa W, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Solvang, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Sandra B,

Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor!
We realize you have many choices in where you stay in the market, and appreciate your positive feedback. We hope to see you again soon when your travels bring you back to the area.

Thank you,
Lisa Walter
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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 #9 of 10 hotels in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Solvang 2.5*
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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