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Solvang Gardens
Ranked #3 of 7 Solvang B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 16, 2005

My companion and I spent two nights at the Solvang Gardens Lodge in mid-July. It was an interesting experience, but I cannot honestly describe it as being luxurious. Here's why: The lodge is a converted motor-lodge, and lacks the polish and amenities of a true luxury inn. The staff, although reasonably friendly, seems to lack a firsthand knowledge of the finer points of the Santa Ynez Valley in terms of both cuisine and wine. The grounds are a cutesy attempt at old-world charm that just doesn't quite come off. One has the feeling at someone's sweet old grandmother has been put in charge of the landscaping and interior decorating. The initial impression is one of tackiness, but then one realizes that, given what they had to work with, the owners have done a fairly nice job with the property. The rooms do not have telephones, and although the fixtures in the bathrooms are newly renovated and clean, certain basic items such as a hairdryer are missing. The "artwork" in the suites is rather cutesy (cherub prints abound) and one had best be in touch with one's floral side if one is to feel comfortable with the decor. (Although... to be fair, this is probably true of more than 90% of Solvang's accomodations.) One caveat: The single wall-unit air conditioner labored VERY HARD to cool the room in the torid, mid-July heat, and left us just a bit too warm at certain times. All in all, I was not displeased by anything at the Lodge, and neither was I impressed. The rate of $180.00 per night (midweek) did seem a slight bit inflated for this level of accomodation. But, if you find Petersen's booked, this is probably among the best alternatives. Just don't expect much more than a clean, comfortable room (or suite) with the most basic of amenities, and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed May 28, 2005

While we just moved from California to Arizona recently, one of the last trips we took was to the town of Solvang. We had stayed at a few of the other hotels before and fine ones they were but this last time we decided to give the Solvang Gardens a try and we were not disappointed. This one-story establishment is ideal for couples looking for a nice quiet place to stay. Located on a side street (Alisal Rd) this place is a short walk from the main part of town with fine dining and shops. The garden setting is ideal and has places to sit outside and relax. The rooms are fabulous and very clean. The morning breakfast isn't fancy but Solvang is noted for great breakfasts - The Little Mermaid or Paula's Pancake House I'd suggest in town. We will make sure and come back here the next time we're in town.

  • Stayed: December 2004
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Reviewed May 23, 2005

My wife and I decided to stay at the Solvang Gardens Lodge after looking at various websites on the lodgings in Solvang. Their website doesn't mislead viewers like some do. It appeared to be the most like a B&B, which is what we like to stay in. It is not a B&B, but it is very quaint and has the feel of a B&B with it's cozy rooms, beautiful grounds and wonderful staff. It is not on the main road (Mission) which was nice (and much quieter), yet it was walking distance (2 blocks) to downtown. The staff was great. I dealt with Jolon and the owners, Paul and Diane, most of the time. Jolon was very helpful in setting up reservations for a wine tour and dinner. Paul and Diane are also on premises making sure everyone is taken care of and offering advice on things to do and places to go. The rooms are very comfortable and well appointed with antique furnishings, new fixtures, and above average linens. At least the ones we saw were. They are still updating some I believe. It was a great 1st anniversary and we'll spend more there I'm sure.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Stayed: March 2017
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Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2016
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Room Tip: Las mejores habitaciones son las que dan a la calle Alisal.
  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled with family
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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 #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Solvang
Price Range: $114 - $431 (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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