I often wonder how many “user reviews” are really from hotel managers trying to mislead future travelers about the true nature of their establishments. If you are, like me, a regular traveler just trying to get an honest opinion so that you don’t ruin your precious vacation time then read on…and for the record my, wife and I are not picky chronic complainers. Having stayed in all classes of hotels all over the world the most minimum expectation we have is one: cleanliness. There is a difference between being worn and dirty. Since Trip advisor is wise enough to allow user photos we don’t need to go into too much detail. This hotel is a disgrace and should be avoided. Not only did our room #131 have bugs everywhere, it smelled so awful you could barely breathe. If you ever had a relative live in a room of your house that smoked cigars, kept a dog, was sick, or perhaps died then you’ll feel quite at home staying at the Royal Scandinavian Inn in Solvang, CA. Sure everyone was friendly and pleasant when they told us that no other rooms were available that Saturday evening. In fact the entire area was booked. How convenient for the hotel – book sub-standard accommodations at $139 night knowing that your guests will have nowhere else to go. Someone at AAA must be getting a kickback for rating this hotel 3 stars. If you do any research you will find that it used to be the Sheraton Royal Scandinavian Inn but Sheraton was wise in terminating its affiliation. There are very few true two or three star hotels in Solvang so be very careful. I did stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Solvang years ago without incident. Anyway, we checked out after one night and checked into the Marriott in Buellton 3 miles away. Though we really wanted to be able to wake up and WALK to a shop to get a Danish and coffee we decided to sacrifice the convenience for cleanliness and comfort –which this particular Marriott excelled at. (Standard Room # 352 - $121 -including tax and AAA). Finally, if Damon, the Royal Scandinavian hotel manager is reading this while posting his own “rave reviews,” I intend to follow through on my promise to dispute the room charge with my Amex, write AAA to have the hotel’s status reviewed, and post this opinion on every travel site available. You may also find more honest info through my wife, Carita Groundstroem, who also happens to be a travel writer.
Yes readers, it was THAT bad!
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- Corque Hotel Solvang
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