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“Kitschy and Quaint Motel”
Review of Solvang Gardens

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Solvang Gardens
Ranked #4 of 7 Solvang B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We are from the east coast and this is our 2nd trip through Solvang; Our daughter's wedding was in the little garden area in the back 4 years previous. We are impressed with their friendly staff and clean, well furnished rooms. The grounds and garden are well maintained. Close proximity to the downtown shopping.

The only negative could be: no fitness center

Room Tip: Ask for room # 18
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

I had a queen garden (hyacinth). Small, cozy, worn around the edges but so important for me... CLEAN. Opened up to a little garden in back. Friendly staff, good danish, close walk to shops. Only negatives...pricey for what you get and no comfortable chair to sit in to read.

Room Tip: Go to their site and choose your room ahead of time. Some of the decor leaves much to be desired.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We had to cancel our Valentines get away because my daughter was unexpectedly admitted into the hospital for two days. After she was fine and on her way back to San Diego, we thought our trip away was gone for good. We found the Solvang Gardens and they had a vacancy, so we took it. A last minute decision. We were plesantly surprised at the ground quaintness and beauty. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was very comfortable. (Although the pillows were too firm for us). We had a great stay. The Figueroa Mountain Brewery was fantastic for lunch, especially their Davy Brown Ale! For dinner, we went to the Firestone Brewery and had the most amazing fish tacos. We had a nice continental breakfast in the morning at the hotel. Later in the morning, we stopped at Paula's Pancakes for the most delicious pancakes with fresh strawberries. Yummy. This was a nice little get away.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Such an adorable place! I have stayed there three times and have never been disappointed. Kind and hospitable owners and staff. Don't miss the gardens!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

we stayed only one night on our trip route 1 and enjoyed.
Location was perfect.Walking distance to shops,restaurants and wine tasting.
Owners nicely welcomed us.
Parking was easy.We parked our car infront of our room.
We stayed in Garden Room.A bit small but nicely decorated,has old times feel.
Room has back door to the lovely garden.
Bathroom was large and comfortable.Recently remodelled.
Complimentary breakfast was poor.Cereals,left over strudel,cold coffee,tea...

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

I stayed here on a recent wine tasting getaway with 2 friends. We stayed in Room 19 -which has 2 queen beds. You can tell that the property has been around for a while, but it is well kept and we thought it was charming. The staff that we encountered were very pleasant and helpful.

The bathroom was recently remodeled and the room was pretty spacious as it was a corner unit.

The location was perfect and parking was plentiful.

We picked this over some others mainly because they did not require a 2 night minimum and the price was right.

If I need a place to stay in Solvang again, I would definitely consider the Solvang Gardens again.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Solvang Gardens

Address: 293 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463-2803
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Solvang
Price Range: $130 - $329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Solvang Gardens 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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