Having read the reviews I was skeptical about the standard rooms; that was leaving too much to chance, so we splurged and went with the cottages. I thought they were very expensive (with tax, total for one night over $300+) but turns out it was a good move because the two story cottage was worth it, the kitchenette was useful for cold drinks, the hot tub in the back patio was awesome to use on the cool (and slightly rainy night). The fireplace was super too. It was quiet, the kids stayed downstairs and had a great time in their own space. There was a full bath upstairs and a half bath downstairs. It wasn't worn and old like some of the other reviewers said about the guest rooms; everything was in good repair and nice. Towels were scarce so I had to go to the office to get more. The lobby area was nice and they kept the breakfast which was completely adequate, clean and filled. The gardens themselves between the cottages were very pretty and decorated for Christmas. We even took the kids' photo there for our Christmas Cards. The location couldn't be beat and we did all our sightseeing from shopping to Mass at the Mission without taking out the car. It was a great one night visit, but Solvang itself, along with the prices, made that plenty of time. This is a very tired city that once was cute and quaint but now totally needs a facelift. I wasn't expecting any bargains but the prices for everything were outrageous... from food to hotel rooms. Also, I made the reservation online at their website in advance where I was supposed to be getting a "advance purchase rate" of 20% off. There is a rate for something like 14 days in adv and a rate of 10% less if it's 7 day advance but no matter what I checked, the cottage rates were always the same so I am not sure you really do get a discount. If I had to come back or recommend a place for others to stay, I would recommend the Wine Valley Inn and Cottages.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Wine Valley Inn And Cottages - a Broughton Hotel
- Wine Valley Inn Solvang