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Svendsgaard's Lodge - Americas Best Value Inn
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   1711 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Solvang B&B and Inns
Saratoga, Ca
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Quaint Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I like where this is located, just on the edge of town. Easy to walk everywhere without having to drive through tourist traffic in town. Convenient parking. Each room is different, and a little funky, but I enjoy the character. Have stayed here several times. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but dated. Has a nice feel for families. Good value.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Scotland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed here for three nights 11th - 14th September. We loved the Inn. It's so comfortable, easy going and relaxed here I wanted to move in. The room has a fireplace which I couldn't find out how to work. We never needed it because it was so hot. We had a room on the ground floor which overlooked the pool. It has sliding doors and railings around the pool. We could access the pool as we had a gate just outside our room. There were also Adirondack style twin chairs with cushions which we used and we had our wine beside the pool every day. Breakfast was adequate too.

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  • Stayed September 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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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had a corner suite room #58 on the third floor and in the corner. The price was right. we paid avg of $110/night on wkend. Room is dated but cute and clean. Nice bed, comfy and the recliners were great! This room is huge and we enjoyed having the extra room. The breakfast is limited but good and the danishes are from a local bakery. The pool is nice and clean, we enjoyed it after a hot day of exploring the lovely town of Solvang.

There were other choices but they were more expensive and we actually looked at one and felt like it wasn't worth the extra money.
The staff is very friendly. The town is lovely and if you get a chance and are looking for a great steak dinner go to The Hitching Post!

Room Tip: choose one away from hiway.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is my third ABVI that I've stayed and it is definitely the best one, so far. It is also known as Svendsgaard Lodge. For an ABVI I was surprised to find it sold out on Friday and Saturday night...now I know why. It is a good economical place to stay when visiting Solvang (which is a quaint little Dutch town). We stayed in room 15 which was on the first floor in the back of the inn with no view and faced the parking stalls outside.The room was clean, there was a fireplace, and two sinks (one in the bathroom and one outside). Having two sinks was very convenient since we brought our toddlers. The room was small but adequate for our needs. The staff was friendly and helpful during our stay. The property is walking distance to shops and restaurants in Solvang and has a pool (which we used) and a hot tub. Both were clean. There are no fitness centers or room service (that I saw) but this site has a rating selection for them. The main office is where you have breakfast. It has a great lodge feel and long wooden tables where you can eat. I was really looking forward to breakfast but a little disappointed with the danish pasteries. You can also get bagels, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. Overall it was ok. I would say the ABVI in Boulder has a better continental breakfast selection. On a side note, don't expect to taste great local wines in this area. I tried three different wineries and I was only able to find one Pinot Noir (777) that was worth drinking however a bit over priced ($43). Keep going until you hit Paseo Robles. If you do spend a night and want a very good meal, make sure you check out Ballard Inn for dinner ($$$). It is a little out of the way but definitely a great restaurant. We also ate at the Succulent Cafe for lunch.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Plymouth UK
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11 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Stayed here for one night, the motel is clean. The rooms where a good size, bed was comfy, ac unit was a bit noisy. Value for money = very good.
A breakfast was offered but we chose to eat out (Paula's Pancake House - well worth a visit)
There was a pool, which people were using, but we didn't have time.
Solvang is a pretty, quirky little Danish town, which was quaint & lovely to look around.

Room Tip: We had a room on first floor at the back over looking the car pak, it was quiet & away from the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We again rocked up with no booking and got a room for $90.
The room was massive with a huge bed, A/C, two kitsch reclining chairs, a dining area and a balcony looking over Solvang and the pool.
The owners and staff are just lovely.
Solvang........wowzers what a spin out. We couldnt believe how cute the place is.
A tip....the whole place closes at about 7 so if you want a nice dinner head out about 5.30 ish, we went the Red Viking at 7.15 and were made to eat our dinner in 15 mins but thats another story.
Its right in the centre and the antique shops are winery shops are worth a look.
The pool is lovely to flop into after a hot drive.
In 3 weeks of driving through California this was one of those lovely surprises.
We'd love to go back..and will

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The Svendsgaard Lodge is located right on the edge of the centre of Solvang so everything is within a couple of minutes walk. Although by the main through road it is a quiet and relaxing place to stay. We stayed for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and used it as a base to explore Solvang and the Santa Ynez area.

The staff were very friendly and even provided us with a bottle of chilled champagne for our honeymoon. Breakfast was served in the lounge/reception area each morning and it was a real friendly communal affair! We enjoyed a fresh pastry each morning along with teas, coffee and juice. There was also the choice to have a bagel and oatmeal too. It was the perfect start to the day!

The hotel is in keeping with the Danish and kitsch feel of Solvang and is probably the cheapest hotel in town to stay at. With a pool area that was always quiet – and sometimes it was even just me using it, there was nothing about the hotel to fault. There was even a large selection of magazines in reception for guests to read in room or around the pool, and reception provided pool towels too.

The room was big and clean however the decor is a little dated. The whole of Solvang has a ‘stopped in time’ image to it though so the dated decor only adds to the experience. We really enjoyed our stay and the only thing in the room I can fault is the noise of the air con. It is very noisy to have on at night however we found opening the window was enough to keep us cool. If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay that is excellent value for money then the Svendsgaard Lodge is perfect!

  • Stayed August 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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Address: 1711 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Solvang
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