I notice that many of the reviewers have become increasingly more positive about this hotel. Having stayed here last year (December) and this year, I am happy to report that there is much to like about the hotel. The issue of cleanliness is extremely important to be. Everywhere were maids and workers cleaning and polishing common areas. Our own room got such a thorough cleaning that we had to wait over 30 minutes for our room to be ready on the second day. (Perhaps the manager read the review from a guest who stayed here in April.)
Rooms are quite comfortable. Even the standard doubles are reasonably large and there is enough space for two large suitcases. Lighting is good although we had to share the one light between our beds. Two large chairs are placed around the table for drinks or snacks.
The gingerbread house, created just for the holidays, is a crowd-pleaser, with many non-guests lining up to have their pictures taken. There is therefore an air of festivity here. With the annual Christmas parade ending just next door at the post office, the Royal Scandanavian is perfectly situated. One can even walk to the nearby Mission Santa Inez (about 2 or 3 blocks).
The breakfasts are fine (try to get coupons for included breakfasts) and the service is helpful, albeit slow. Much choice at dinner and the staff doesn't seem to care if one orders one or two appetizers instead of costlier main courses. A verny nice wine list highlights local vintages. One night, the winemaker for Ethan vineyards (Ethan himself) was working the bar at the hotel restaurant. Great experience.
But there are still a few problems to resolve. There are no guardrails in the bathtub, a serious problem for anyone requiring attention. Some of the screens need to be fixed so that bugs don't fly in the room during the warm weather. If the hotel is full, the desk is often unable to accommodate the many guests checking out (everyone seems to want to check out at the same time!). Yes, noise can be a problems if guests decide to stand outside on the balcony for a moonlight chat or chant. (A quick SHH! will work quite well.)
So do give the hotel a try. There are many specials and rates available so that staying here can be quite affordable.
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