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.
- 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