I have to preface this by saying, I am not fond of the whole B&B experience in general. I am more of a hotel with all amenities type of gal. I booked this place because I was last-minute rushing to find a place in Solvang (not easy) for a weekend. We ended up having to cancel last minute. The manager was extremely kind and offered us a trade for a later date. First the good: It is in a perfect location with a pretty view of the hillsides and easy walking distance to Solvang. The gardens are cute, well tended with pretty fountains and flowers, but no jacuzzi or hot tub. I mistakenly thought there was a jacuzzi. That was reinforced by the website which calls it "Spa and Gardens". The room was clean. A continental breakfast was included in the common area. Friendly and quiet. The bathroom was tiny, but recently refurbished. Hot water. There was cable tv. Now, not-so-great: The pictures look a whole lot better than reality. For the price, you could book a much better equipped resort if you plan ahead. (We usually stay at the Hadsten House, but they are always booked lately) The TV is tube-type. The wi-fi, though free, went in and out. We were given a room closest to the main road, while it wasn't horrible, it just seemed strange since the other rooms may have been better (??maybe??) and the place was not full..... I don't know, I didn't actually see another room, but I have to believe there were better rooms considering the 4 and 5 star ratings on T.A! I can tell you the furniture is old in a not-antique way, dark green carpet, and the decor, is well, grandma-ish. Which isn't a bad thing if you like that kind of thing. All in all, not a terrible place, but you can definitely do better. We checked out the Hotel Corque right across the street on our way out, and they have a heated pool, jacuzzi, free coffee, and the price was comparable. We'll try it next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique country inn with 24 individually decorated rooms. Unique, elegant and comfortable property. Secluded in a quiet residential area in the heart of Solvang. At walking distance to restaurants, shops and wine tasting rooms.In the wine country of Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County. The property is within beautiful gardens, fruit trees and fountains. A true escape from the hustle of big cities. Rooms vary in sizes, some with fireplaces, kitchenettes and beautiful marble bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solvang Gardens Hotel Solvang