We stayed in a two-story loft for two nights last week and really enjoyed it. Having the bedroom upstairs and the living room downstairs gave it the feel of being at home -- and was more spacious than a typical hotel room. We had a king-sized bed, and the living room had a sectional that two people could easily stretch out on. There were two negatives with the loft though -- the bathroom was on the first floor, so going in the middle of the night entailed a trip down the stairs, which was a little inconvenient, and there was no door on the bedroom (true loft) so you couldn't really watch tv in the living room while someone else slept in.
The hotel is in a great location -- 1 block walk to shopping, bakeries and restaurants. I liked that we weren't right on the main street, like many of the other hotels, because there was little street noise. However, make sure you request a room away from the central air conditioning unit -- it was about two doors down from us and very loud.
As other reviewers mentioned, the staff was adequate but definitely not friendly, and the free continental breakfast really wasn't very good -- pastries were not fresh and the waffles were tasteless. It didn't really matter to us, though, because we'd rather walk a few blocks and get fresh baked goods at a Danish bakery.
Some advice about Solvang that would have helped us the first night -- don't expect nightlife in town. Shops in Solvang closed at 5 ot 6 p.m., and the restaurants by 8 or 9. We really liked The Greenhouse in Solvang for lunch (both Danish specialties and American fare) and Grappolo's in Santa Ynez for Italian. Firestone Brewery in Buellton was also a nice place for a beer or no-frills meal.
- 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