My husband and I have stayed at the Hotel Corque several times this year, and we love it.
The front lobby is stylish- and patrons will normally be checked in at a desk, versus standing in line at a counter. We have always had very courteous and helpful service- so we are surprised at the comments from some of the other reviewers. The last time we went, the lady who checked us in went out of her way to provide a long list of restaurants in the area that provide a discount using the Chumash Card. The gentleman sitting at the opposite desk went online and gave us even more information while we finished the check in process. Again- we have always had the kindest service from the folks at the front desk- whether we were in a long line to check in, or we were the only ones there.
Ff you request a specific room type, you will absolutely be given the room of your choice (provided they have one available). This hotel is a hot spot for wedding parties, so the summer and fall months can get a bit busy. But call early enough and request a balcony with a view of the Santa Ynez mountains, and you're in.
We have stayed on the third floor, the second floor, the first floor with patio, and the studio with no balcony. All of the rooms are lovely- and we have never heard anyone loud in the rooms above ours. The decor is lovely, the beds are made with super comfortable linens and duvet; the only thing I would request is a couple extra pillows, as 2 pillows on the large queen size is just not enough to be cozy.
The bathrooms are wonderful- we actually prefer the set up without the bathtub. This layout has 2 sinks on opposing walls with plenty of counter space- and the shower seems just a bit bigger than the bathroom with tub. There is a vanity mirror, delicious smelling soap and lotion, and plenty of fluffy towels.
The room comes with empty mini-fridge, perfect for wine and cheese, but no mini bar. This is one area they should consider. There's a coffee maker in the room with coffee, tea and hot cocoa, and a large flat screen TV. Only problem with the TV- there is no FOX News!!
The adjoining restaurant, Root 246, is a great spot for bar snacks and yummy cocktails. They're always coming up with new beverage combinations, and they have the best smoked ice cubes for the Old Hickory drink. We typically have Sunday brunch here- it is a small buffet, but the food quality is top notch, and the service is impeccable. A big shout out for Ida, Israel, Jessica and the tall male bartender (darn it, can't remember his name!) with the lovely smile always on his face. The flatbreads are amazing with fresh arugula and the meat/cheese special of the day. The merguesa (sp?) was spicy good, the burgers are great- and the prices are very reasonable for the quality of food.
All in all, this is an excellent hotel in the heart of Wine Country- and they provide shuttle service to the Chumash Casino, which is 4 miles down the road. The hotel is clean, the rooms are spacious and comfortable, the staff is friendly, the restaurant has great food-- and it's a nice alternative to the cute Danish hotels.
One tip- if you do go to the Chumash Casino, make sure to sign up for their Players Card. It's free to sign up, and I think they give you $50 in free play. If you play enough, you earn points for discounts on rooms, spa treatments and buffets (this hotel only has Sunday brunch; the Casino has a large buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner- try Thursday night for the Southern BBQ). And if you can make a trip on Tuesday, they provide double your "free play" points.
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- Corque Hotel Solvang
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