Looking for a charming and reasonable place in the middle of the vineyards away from Solvang and the towns in general we were by a TripAdvisor member referred to this little motel located a few miles outside Solvang only and in close proximity of the wine estates. And in many ways it met with all of our desires - although there were a few minor details that so easily could be corrected for.
Meadowlark Inn is an older one-story motel with rooms placed in two wings on each side of the main building forming a lovely courtyard with grass, old trees, flowers and lots of garden furniture in the middle. The wings are in white painted wood and very prettily decorated by rose vines that give a very romantic and rustic look. The setting is hence very lovely - and from the entrance and little gazebo you can catch glimpses of the surrounding vineyards and meadows. We were staying in a standard room that was rather like a small summer cottage with a kingsize bed, a sofa corner, a small kitchenette and a small bathroom with shower. All furnished in - what we suppose is meant to be a romantic style - but for a European a somewhat odd mix of old and not exactly matching pieces - and hence seemed rather outdated than romantic to us. The room was, however, clean and spacious and we slept well in the bed. The bathroom held a shower and you were provided with the normal amenities. We didn’t hear any noise from the road, it was quiet and peaceful. In front of the room were two older garden chairs and a tiny table in order for you to enjoy a drink or cup of coffee close to your room rather than on the lawn. There is also parking space for your car right in front of the room. Everything as such in order - but could do with an update. I.e. romantic flowery tapestry, leafy curtains to the floor and whitewashed French furniture – that would lift the place up with several stars. OBS: From a look at the website today I noticed though that the featured rooms do seem to have quite some nicer furniture, so maybe the property has been refurbished since our visit? The pictures look nice!
We arrived early afternoon and found the place closed... As had relied on getting assistance to put together a good wine-tasting program for the afternoon, it was a bit annoying. Shortly afterwards a young man came around telling us that the reception was closed for yet a couple of hours, so we decided to change our clothes in the car and take our chance on finding suitable wineries to visit on our own. Luckily I had printed out quite some info, so we managed to make our own way in the footsteps of "Sideways", but we would have appreciated to know that there would be no-one in the reception at specific times. Returning late afternoon we sat down to enjoy a sundowner on our little porch. At this point we explored the property a bit further - and the reason for not rating Meadowlark with 4 circles rather than 3 has to be seen with the fact that we encountered that the garden furniture and especially the ones in the little gazebo were not clean or well maintained. The gazebo, that is truly pretty and offers a nice view and hence perfect for a sundowner, was filled with cobwebs, hence we didn’t enjoy this otherwise lovely little green area. A shame, as it would have done a lot to the experience. We were neither greeted with any wines nor offered anything in the afternoon, as mentioned by other TripAdvisor members. Not that it matters much - but yet again, it is those little details that counts and stay in your remembrance.
Breakfast was served in a small rustic room in the main building - that does likewise hold a small reception area - and was delicious and rather plentiful including boiled eggs but no hot dishes, so more like an extended Continental one. Nice and fine.
Taking the price into consideration, however, Meadowlark is good value for your money and offers a nice kind of homelike atmosphere in a perfect location near everything in the Santa Ynez Winedistrict. With a bit of updating and more thorough attention to the garden and garden furniture this place has a lot of potential to be a true gem. We'll be happy to return anyhow and are pleased to recommend it to other guests as long as you keep expectations realistic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meadowlark Inn is a one story inn with the amenities of a Bed and Breakfast. We are located on 2 rustic acres of expansive green lawns, beautiful gardens, fountains, gazebo, picnic and sitting areas. We offer complimentary wireless internet connection throughout the property. A light breakfast is included. Winery tours and spa services available. Well behaved dogs (one per room) are allowed in rooms with kitchens only (Rebbiano and Barbera). Dogs are not allowed in standard rooms or suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meadowlark Hotel Solvang