The Wine Valley Inn in Solvang. It has a lovely name, and their website looks appealing. The actual experience was so bad I have to let others know. The room was $180 dollars a night, but the picture online looked nice, and my wife and I thought a romantic evening was going to be worth it.
Our 'suite' was at one time a suite, but had long since been cut in half and made into two rooms. There was a fireplace at one end, about three feet from the bed. The bathroom was so small they had to put the sink OUTSIDE the bathroom, next to the bed.
The room was musty and smelly, the carpet had horrible stains, there were gouges in the wall, the handcrank to the window fell off as I opened the window, there was no screen for the window, no peephole for the door, no ventilation for the room, and the minirefrigerator was filled to the brim with 'their' stuff. Two bucks for a diet coke, etc. After paying $180 for the room, you'd think they'd spring for the Coke, but no dice.
The furniture was period stuff, new perhaps in the 1970s, but just scary looking now. The lamps were castoffs, and there was no overhead lighting. You couldnt read from the bed anyway, as there was no bedstand. As small as the room was, they packed a king-size bed in it, which meant there was almost no room to move if you were standing up.
I went to the front office and complained the following morning, but they couldnt have cared less. And so this review.\
Stay here at your peril. It is an old hotel that was at one time a faux Scandinavian hotel, and then changed its name to Wine Valley. There is nothing about the hotel that seems to say Wine Valley. It was like the hotel in the movie "The Shining" without the charm.
At maybe $50 a night, you'd write it off as an adventure, but at $180/night?
- 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