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“We ducked a bullet by not staying here.” 2 of 5 stars
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Hamlet Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1532 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463   |  
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Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“We ducked a bullet by not staying here.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We needed to be in Solvang, CA on business for four nights and usually stay at the Hamlet as its in the center of things there for us. When I phoned for reservations, there was no room available for those four nights, so we booked at another hotel. They told us there were new owners and the rooms have been completely remodeled. Out of curiosity, we went on line and discovered the decor to be very different from the previous, or that of any other hotel we have stayed at. We dropped by to check out the rooms to see if we'd want to stay there another time. We have never seen hotel rooms that were less inconvenient than these; no nightstands, no credenza, no place for toiletries in the bathroom, no table or desk, just a board attached to the wall under the window and a couple basic wooden chairs. No lamps, just a couple dim bulbs hanging on wires from the ceiling at either side of the bed. We were told that the decor is contemporary Danish Modern ala Ikea. If you travel with just a small soft bag and a toothbrush, the Hamlet will work for you, but it doesn't work for us.

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Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
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  • Korean first
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Los Angeles, California
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147 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Very good location for this hotel as it was steps from the main part of the village. The room was clean and had a nice, simple contemporary decor. The overall look, feel and location of the property are definitely in the 'plus' category. The couple negatives that we experienced. We stayed on a Friday night and there was ridiculously loud music coming from perhaps a bar or restaurant across Mission Road and it could be clearly heard in the room. Second, on Saturday morning, there was no hot water in the bathroom. I called to the desk and they started working on the issue and told us they hoped to have it fixed shortly. After an hour, we had to go, so we just took cold showers. Just as we were leaving the room, they called to say it was fixed. Now, I understand things like this happen, and at small places, it can't be fixed immediately. I have no issue with that. My issue is that when we checked out, they made no offer to take off a little on the bill for the hot water or anything for the inconvenience. They seemed pretty indifferent about it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 Thank eurocarpaul
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Heaters are very loud, even if you turn yours off, your neighbors' heater are sufficiently loud to interfere with sleep. Very minimalist furnishings, poor and slow wifi. The staff is friendly and helpful though. The bike for rental is fine.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank alexfridman
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Yulee, Florida
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213 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

First visit to Solvang while visiting family in California. Best thing about this place is the location in town. Within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. A unique motel (furnishings are from IKEA) and it doesn't have many amenities so it’s great place if you are looking for just a place to lay your head. If you are traveling with kids, you may want to look elsewhere since there is no pool.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank T W
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

We came back to the Hamlet Inn, due to its awesome location in Solvang and minimalist decor. We were right across the street from the Viking Room which was playing live music, the Olsen Bakery, and multiple wine bars and tastings. Overall the room is super clean and comfy and we're a brisk walk from the main drag in Solvang. A delightful place and hope to visit soon.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Traveler360x
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Bakersfield, California
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We recently stayed at the Hamlet Inn with two other couples traveling together. My brother had called to hold the three rooms, and upon arrival the manager gave my brother a discount on his room, but didnt extend a discount to the rest of our party paying separately on each room. Just seemed really odd, and gave a poor impression upon checking in. The rooms themselves were suitable - sparse furnishings in danish style, but super clean and comfortable. It was a chilly night and due to a large crack under the door the room would grow quite cold before the heater would kick on, then be very warm until it turned off. Not a sound nights sleep as the walls are quite thin, could hear other rooms heaters turning on and off all night, and quite a bit of parking lot noise through the wall. However - all that said it is in a great location with easy walking to everything of interest downtown. Ok for one night's stay but if you're looking for a quiet getaway weekend this isnt the place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Tami D
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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54 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

During a 3 week tour of southern California, my wife and I stayed in 7 different hotels/motels, all of which were chosen primarily based on Tripadvisor reviews. While the Hamlet Inn was OK for the 2 nights we stayed in Solvang, we ranked it lower than the the other six places we stayed in.

Re-reading reviews after having stayed in this motel-like Inn, I have difficulty understanding the rationale for the Excellent reviews - which, unfortunately raised my expectations. What we liked - comfortable bed, clean room, convenient location, helpful owners (good recommendations for restaurants and winery visits) and the continental breakfast at Olsen's Bakery across the street. What we were disappointed with - the sparse furnishings in our room (we had to borrow a second chair from the office so we could watch TV), the thin walls between us and the adjoining room (our next door neighbours were noisily amorous); the lack of Internet reception in our room (#12 - because of its location we were told - that may be the reason but it's no excuse in today's marketplace); the lack of a common area or lobby where guests could sit (other than the gazebo situated between the parking lot and the street which had uncomfortable wooden chairs to sit on); no pool (my fault for not noticing this when I booked the room). While the average cost of $119 per night was lower than what other local hotels were charging, we still didn't think we got good "value for money".

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Carlos98
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Property: Hamlet Inn
Address: 1532 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
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Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hamlet Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hamlet Inn is located in the heart of downtown Solvang. Within walking distance of shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, the Elverhoj Museum, PCPA Theaterfest, Hans Christian Anderson Museum, and minutes drive to world class golf courses, Chumash Casino, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and wineries. Our complimentary bicycles are perfect for getting around town whether you're wine tasting, shopping or both, it's a fun way to take in all that Solvang has to offer. Before going out to dinner, wind down in our gazebo, or play a game of bocce ball! ... more   less 
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