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“Very loud heaters” 2 of 5 stars
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Hamlet Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1532 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very loud heaters”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Heaters are very loud, even if you turn yours off, your neighbors' heater are sufficiently loud to interfere with sleep. Very minimalist furnishings, poor and slow wifi. The staff is friendly and helpful though. The bike for rental is fine.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fleming Island, Florida
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163 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

First visit to Solvang while visiting family in California. Best thing about this place is the location in town. Within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. A unique motel (furnishings are from IKEA) and it doesn't have many amenities so it’s great place if you are looking for just a place to lay your head. If you are traveling with kids, you may want to look elsewhere since there is no pool.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

We came back to the Hamlet Inn, due to its awesome location in Solvang and minimalist decor. We were right across the street from the Viking Room which was playing live music, the Olsen Bakery, and multiple wine bars and tastings. Overall the room is super clean and comfy and we're a brisk walk from the main drag in Solvang. A delightful place and hope to visit soon.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield, California
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We recently stayed at the Hamlet Inn with two other couples traveling together. My brother had called to hold the three rooms, and upon arrival the manager gave my brother a discount on his room, but didnt extend a discount to the rest of our party paying separately on each room. Just seemed really odd, and gave a poor impression upon checking in. The rooms themselves were suitable - sparse furnishings in danish style, but super clean and comfortable. It was a chilly night and due to a large crack under the door the room would grow quite cold before the heater would kick on, then be very warm until it turned off. Not a sound nights sleep as the walls are quite thin, could hear other rooms heaters turning on and off all night, and quite a bit of parking lot noise through the wall. However - all that said it is in a great location with easy walking to everything of interest downtown. Ok for one night's stay but if you're looking for a quiet getaway weekend this isnt the place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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46 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

During a 3 week tour of southern California, my wife and I stayed in 7 different hotels/motels, all of which were chosen primarily based on Tripadvisor reviews. While the Hamlet Inn was OK for the 2 nights we stayed in Solvang, we ranked it lower than the the other six places we stayed in.

Re-reading reviews after having stayed in this motel-like Inn, I have difficulty understanding the rationale for the Excellent reviews - which, unfortunately raised my expectations. What we liked - comfortable bed, clean room, convenient location, helpful owners (good recommendations for restaurants and winery visits) and the continental breakfast at Olsen's Bakery across the street. What we were disappointed with - the sparse furnishings in our room (we had to borrow a second chair from the office so we could watch TV), the thin walls between us and the adjoining room (our next door neighbours were noisily amorous); the lack of Internet reception in our room (#12 - because of its location we were told - that may be the reason but it's no excuse in today's marketplace); the lack of a common area or lobby where guests could sit (other than the gazebo situated between the parking lot and the street which had uncomfortable wooden chairs to sit on); no pool (my fault for not noticing this when I booked the room). While the average cost of $119 per night was lower than what other local hotels were charging, we still didn't think we got good "value for money".

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Take an old motel, clean it up, use creative minimalist fixtures and you will have the Hamlet Inn. We arrived after 6pm and did not have the opportunity to really enjoy what Solvang has to offer, but it was obvious that the Hamlet was in the best location when it came to exploring the town. The rooms are clean and spacious and great for a one night stay.
It was cool outside and we wish we could have had fresh air circulation, but the windows opened to the parking lot and we could not leave the drapes open. There is, however, an A/C unit in the rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Edmond, Oklahoma
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99 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Stayed here for one night and the motel is wonderful. If you are looking for a 4 star hotel, this is not the place for you. The rooms are in the Scandinavian style so are a bit minimalist looking, but everything is there and the rooms are quite spacious, very clean, and comfortable. We were there for the 3rd Wednesday wine walk and Jessy at the front desk was great. She showed us the wineries and breweries she liked best, and we had such a fantastic time in our one day stay at this inn. It is right on the main street and very centrally located. There is a good breakfast place right across the street too. They even sent us a personalized hand written postcard thanking us for our stay. Definitely recommend the Hamlet Inn!!

  • 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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Address: 1532 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hamlet Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hamlet Inn is located in the heart of downtown Solvang. Within walking distance of shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, the Elverhoj Museum, PCPA Theaterfest, Hans Christian Anderson Museum, and minutes drive to world class golf courses, Chumash Casino, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and wineries. Our complimentary bicycles are perfect for getting around town whether you're wine tasting, shopping or both, it's a fun way to take in all that Solvang has to offer. Before going out to dinner, wind down in our gazebo, or play a game of bocce ball! ... more   less 
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