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“Inexpensive And Clean” 3 of 5 stars
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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
Long Beach, California
Senior Contributor
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11 hotel reviews
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“Inexpensive And Clean”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We have been staying in Solvang for many years. In the beginning it was a sleepy little Danish town whose sidewalks were rolled up by 6pm. Most of the hotels were the same; pleasant, Danish decorated, and competed on the basis of price. There were a couple of newer, nicer hotels in town but the price was close to double what the others charged.

Fast forward to 2013. The California Central Coast is now a tourist destination for both bicyclers and wine enthusiasts. Former hotels that were considered nice and moderately priced (under $125,00) now command nearly $300 per night on weekends and up to $150 or so on weekdays since their major upgrades.

This does not include Svendsgaard's Lodge. It has remained virtually unchanged and is one of the larger properties in town. While still clean and pleasant, it has not seen many renovations of any kind over the years, still featuring the same pink tile and wash basins that have been there for many years. Cracks in the tile abound and showers are now square, pre-fabs you see at Home Depot. Artwork on the wall is from decades past but the beds are just as comfy as the ones in the more expensive, remodeled hotels. You could swear you were still in the 60s or 70s when inside these rooms, and that is not particularly bad. The walls are a bit thin, though, and the noise level was elevated which was as much due to the noisy neighbors as the walls. When people drop their shoes or slam their doors in disrespect, it is sometimes noticeable in the best of places.

My wife and I picked Svendsgaard's Lodge for two reasons; first, we weren't willing to pay (with taxes, etc) $300 + for an overnight in quaint Solvang since we had another ultimate destination, and secondly we always recalled our stays there when our girls were young as being very clean and pleasant. Our charge on Priceline was $129.00 plus tax (about $143.00 total I think). on a Friday night in May 2013. Oddly enough there was no availability according to the hotel's own website. There is a continental breakfast available with no charge which includes Danish pastries and bagels. A better choice is to try Paula's Pancakes which is just a few blocks away and which I will review later. I have been eating there since the 1970s.

A clean, decent place to stay. If you are looking for a more "classic" getaway experience in a California Wine Country or as a Lover's Weekend, you may want to try one of the more upscale hotels at about double the price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Thank you for your recent stay this past May. The staff at Svendsgaard's hopes you are having a pleasant summer and will return to visit us again in the near future!
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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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SJ CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed at the Inn for one night on our way back home from a convention. The Inn is within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in Solvang. The room was clean and comfortable, and the staff was very nice. The Inn has a pool, and a nice Continental breakfast with the usual coffee and juice, cereals and pastries. The room rate was low enough so we didn't mind adding to breakfast at the Solvang Restaurant for some fantastic aebleskivers, which are Danish "pancakes" but round. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again on a longer visit to Solvang

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, California
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

I love this place! It's got great character and kind, helpful staff.
The rooms we booked were described as 'superior' or something similar and were upstairs on the second floor overlooking the pool.
We paid $82 per night and were flabbergasted to walk in and find our room had a sofa, a king sized bed, two reclining arm chairs and plenty of space. We had a little room off the bedroom that had a table & chairs, sink, microwave & fridge and then there was even a dressing area with a sink, mirror and stool as well as a full bathroom. I think it was about 900 square feet in all!
Everything was clean, despite not being new. We were extremely comfortable for our four night stay. The pool and jacuzzi were nice and breakfast was fine. If you can cope with a bagel and coffee or a Danish then you'll appreciate that's its complimentary.
We'll stay here again!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stayed here three nights for a wedding and everyone was paying a lot more for their accommodations than we did. We chose this place from the TripAdvisor reviews and most are "spot on". Rooms are big, with a decent mattress and furniture. The pool and spa are very clean and nice temperature. Breakfast is adequate and the staff are most accommodating. The owners have had this place since the "70s and it is obviously well managed. The a/c units are a little tricky to operate but once you set the temp it works great. This location is across from the Santa Ynez mission and is worth the walk across the street to see the old mission.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are quieter and poolside is nice.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Compton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This hotel was a basic hotel/motel. It was clean the people were nice, the room was spacious and enjoyable. The location is great and the pool was heated. I will definitely stay their again. The staff gave good advice on places to eat. I was celebrating my 10yr wedding anniversary and we wanted something with an authentic atmosphere. My room even had a little decrative fire place(didn't work) that added a little romantic touch.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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tulsa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was our second time to stay overnight here. We like the location - easy walking to shopping and restaurants. The staff is friendly and competent and the room clean.
Breakfast was nothing to brag about... just ok.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stuart, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Just returned from my 6th stay in Svendsgaard's Lodge in Solvang and am pleased to say it has not changed a bit. We discovered this property during our first central coast wine trip and it has served as our home base each time we go back. The staff is friendly, the location cannot be beat, and it is always a great value. Much better to spend your hard earned money supporting the local wineries than in a fancy hotel room! Rooms continue to be spotless with a comfy bed and a nice clean hot tub to enjoy after a long day of tasting. Nice to wake up and have a good first cup of coffee and a delicious Danish served right in the lobby. No diet watching here!

Solvang remains a nice place to visit with some old favorite restaurants gone, but several new exciting ones opening up. The area seems to be thriving and was busy even during the week. For first timers I would suggest a trip up Foxen Canyon Road and then over to Santa Rosa Road for great winery choices. Most are open every day for tasting. Be sure to be prudent when driving or better yet have a designated driver. Several bad accidents recently occurred and enforcement was quite visible. Will be back for sure!

Room Tip: I like to be overlooking the pool area.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Svendsgaard's Lodge - Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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