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Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Solvang
Reviewed January 30, 2012

The hotel is well maintained and there is plenty of parking. We stayed the weekend of Jan. 27, 2012 and had a great time. I found that the cheapest price for this hotel was actually on the hotel website! We reserved a tower room with a fireplace. Our fireplace used wax logs and every night we used one the maids would place a new one each morning at no extra change.

Positives: Large spacious room, very clean, reasonably priced mini bar with fridge, perfect location (you can walk the entire town without even trying), the hotel has a nice outdoor seating area with an outdoor fireplace, the bar has happy hour from 4-6pm with $3 glasses of wine...oh and the room has windows that actually open which was very nice! The hotel is next door to Sevtap Winery's tasting room which is open late and usually has a band on Friday and Saturday nights

Negatives: The bed was not comfortable; it was lumpy and if one person moved slightly the whole bed would shake, it also squeaked. Since the roof of the buildings go to a point (dutch style building) and our room was in one of the points our bed didn't have a headboard which was really awkward when relaxing on the bed or trying to watch TV. The hotel has three floors but the elevator only goes up to the second floor, which means you have to take a flight of stairs to the third floor. If you have trouble with stairs like I do, I would recommend mentioning that when you make the reservation so you can get a room on the 1st or 2nd floor.

Overall I would stay again and I recommend it :)

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

First of all, Solvang has a small city center. I would guess that most hotels/inns are within walking distance from city center. We were able to walk to all the restaurants and tasting rooms along the main road within 15 minutes. The Wine Valley Inn is just steps from the main street so that was plus.

We stayed in a Village Junior Suite. The room was renovated. It has 2 flat screen televisions and a new bathroom. The room had a wood burning fireplace and the bed was springy but comfortable. However, the 3 large room windows opened to hallways or service areas - no view. But the grounds are cute and clean. For the value, it's a great deal. We booked under the "Holiday Cheer" package which included a bottle of Bridlewood wine and a free tasting. Just a note - you are given a voucher for the free bottle of wine and must redeem it at the winery tasting room which is about 20 minutes away. We assumed that the bottle of wine would be waiting for us at the room, but we were mistaken. The vineyard is beautiful and they had friendly staff so it was a trip worth making.

Another plus - this is a dog friendly inn. We didn't bring our dogs, but we will next time. The rooms are clean and I wouldn't have assumed that pets were allowed here since it was well-kept.

Just a tip - After 5pm, the city center stores begin to close and the city is very quiet and dark.

Room Tip: Location, Location, Location. Room 212 is right next to the elevator and next to the housekeeper st...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank natalia97
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Booked a room here and got their standard room at a good price, but it was right next to a stairwell. I asked the front desk if I could move away from that room to another and they upgraded me to a very nice room with fireplace, refrg, micro, and huge walk-in shower. The front desk people were fantastic. Nice wine happy hour with cheese and crackers. Nice continental breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit. Wish they would have had more local bakery danish, but you can't have everything. The only complaint and it is really minor, is they had the hardest pillows I have ever had in any hotel. The general manager told me she is trying to get them changed. But like I say it was minor. The other great thing was a winter special that knocked 20% off there rates so it was even a better deal. Will stay there again.

Room Tip: You want to be up off street level if possible or at the back of the hotel.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank StonecreekArabians
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Location: Solvang is tiny, so you can walk the whole town in 30 minutes, so it's centrally located, albeit sandwiched between a side street and a residential neighborhood. There's no vantage point in this town, so no hotel offers epic views.

The property: basically, a 50 year old place decorated Danish style. Tiny garden in the center of the property that has been nicely done, so that adds something to the place. The lobby resembles a slightly worn Hampton Inn, so it's not terrible. Cutely lit at night, so it captures the flavor and charm that is Solvang.

The rooms: paper thin walls and decorated with swap meet furniture, so it seemed odd. Poor color choices, a bedspread that marched nothing and old furniture. At the very least, new beds, lavish bedding, wallpaper resort style and designer toiletries and new furniture would help. Hire a decorator whose been to a Swissotel and do what they did with teak furniture and the like. We had a small room which was awful but I imagine the cottages are better. They look like doll houses and that's more quaint, so if you must stay here, go that route. With one window, no views and mismatched everything, it just screamed Motel 6. The bathroom was redone with a nice shower and fixtures. The sink and toilet were nicely upgraded do points for that. The faux fireplace doubles as a room heater and worked flawlessly so that was good. Could use a light in the shower and whomever is putting coats of paint on top of coats of paint needs to learn how to sparkle holes and edge properly.

Staff: typical small town, Hampton Inn style. Very forgettable. No host/hostess short of the overworked teenager at the front desk.

Overall: with slow tourism, it must be difficult to warrant the investment to upgrade the rooms, but since being here means you're a captive audience, all the hotels in this town suffer from the same handicap. The town is 100 years old and the hotels are 30-50 years old so you're not going to do much better in this town.

As I mentioned, redecorating the rooms with upscale bedding and furniture would go a long way but short of an interior gutting and major renovation, it is what it is: a tourist style, theme room-esque motel with potential to be much more.

If I come back, I'd like to see a full time host pouring wine, upscale bedding and a hosted evening wine tasting perhaps coupled with sample tastings of local fare to perhaps entice patrons to eat locally...we went to Buellton to eat...these little touches coupled with some room upgrades would let this place realize its potential affordably.

Overall, not terrible but certainly not exemplary. 2.5 stars from this world traveler.

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5  Thank CraigLieberman
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wine valley inn, General Manager at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience while staying at Wine Valley Inn, I value your feedback and appreciate your attention to detail. As we move forward into a new year, I will certainly include some of your suggestion in amenity upgrade. I look forward to your return visit and would love to speak to you personally so I can arrange for your stay.

Sincerely
Sandra Hallmann
General Manager

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Reviewed January 15, 2012

My husband and I go to Solvang almost every year for our anniversary so this year we celebrated our 40th and had to spend it in one of our favorite cities. We have stayed at the Wine Valley Inn before and love the upgrades they have done to the rooms in the last few years. This time we had a room on the 2nd floor which was really cute, Room 212. It was two levels,when you walk in you have a couch,chair, a 32-37 in Flat screen TV and the bathroom. Love the shower in this room!. A walk in shower with no doors just a curtain and there's a heat lamp to warm the room on cold nights.(We just went on Jan 10). You go down two steps and there is a good size room with a king size bed a wood burning fireplace (they supply a log) and another big screen TV. We really liked the room but got a little chiily the first night and there was no extra blanket in the room,only a light bedspread. The only other issue we had was the guests in the room above us rose around 5:00 in the morning and we were awoken by the floor cracking with every step they took! It was so loud it truly woke us up.However, the problems were so minor we will definitely continue to stay at the Wine Valley Inn for the location and it's just a cute place to stay. Oh and the breakfast was really good. p.s. If you go in the winter they have winter rates that makes it very affordable. Try it. You wont be disappointed.

Room Tip: Unless you like climbing stairs, avoid the 3rd floor rooms like the plague
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

For the most part we enjoyed our one night stay. My first impression while trying to check in at 2:50 pm was confusion and frustration on the part of the guests who were already waiting in the lobby. Published check in is at 3:00 pm but usually hotels that I have stayed in can accommodate someone being a few minutes early. The two parties ahead of us did not have rooms ready but we lucked out and were able to check in. We had booked a special holiday cheers package that included a free wine tasting and bottle of wine from a local winery. I had to remind the lady checking us in that we were on that package and she produced a coupon with the name of the winery but no location of the winery. I assumed it was in the town of Solvang. Next came the confusion of trying to find our room on the 3rd floor even though the lady at the desk had tried to explain it and had given us a diagram. The elevator only goes to the second floor and then you must try and find the right stairway to your room because there are multiple stairways hidden behind chimneys that only go to two or three rooms. As I discovered, park your bags at the elevator landing and then scout out the proper stairway before you haul your bags up. We found our room and then went off to explore the town. After exploring for an hour we decided to try and find the tasting room. On the town tourist map we discovered that the tasting room was about five miles away so we went to retrieve the car. I stopped at the front desk at 4:15 to find out how late the tasting room would be open and was told that it would close at 4:30 and then reopen the next day at 11:00 am which meant that our package deal would be worthless to us. Fortunately I called the winery and discovered they were open until 5:00 pm and we were able to make the wine tasting and get a bottle of wine. Our evening was very pleasant after we returned because the Inn does have a wine tasting session starting at 5:00 with an assortment of cheese and crackers in the sitting room. We met some nice fellow travelers and enjoyed some unique local wines for a fee of $3.00 per glass. The fireplace in our room was very pleasant and our room was good sized. The next morning we enjoyed a very nice complimentary breakfast at the Inn. I would stay here again but might opt for a room on the second floor.

Room Tip: Avoid the third floor if you are older and do not care to climb stairs
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

What a beautiful, quaint Inn!! Accommodations were more than adequate. Room very comfortable. Location? In the heart of this beautiful community.
Sorry we weren't able to see many of the businesses in this area, but we had to leave before most places were open. We will definitely return and would be very satisfied to stay at the Wine Valley Inn again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2754
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Solvang
#5 Family Hotel in Solvang
Price Range: $126 - $332 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wine Valley Inn & Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Ynez Valley...scenic vistas, vintage charm. Located on an acre of meandering gardens with a Koi pond, the Wine Valley Inn offers old-world hospitality with a variety of accommodations for every taste and budget. The Wine Valley Inn is located in the Danish village of Solvang, within easy walking distance of many wine tasting rooms and within 20 minutes of more than 40 acclaimed wineries & vineyards. ... more   less 
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