Overall, I found the room acceptable but I think I was expecting something a little better.
In past trips to the region in the early 2000s, we stayed in Lompoc on golf deals no longer available and we decided to stop in for three days to play La Purisima on our way to Palm Springs. We decided to stay in Solvang since it is a much nicer community with more tourist style amenities than Lompoc (in our opinion).
The good: 1. it is very convenient to dining, entertainment and shopping options in the town... ten minutes max to anywhere worthwhile you might want to visit. 2. very friendly and accommodating staff. 3. comfortable rooms that are just large enough. 4. separate shower/toilet and vanity areas (a must for two trying to prepare for the day at the same time). 5. fresh Continental breakfast items prepared daily by a Danish bakery down the street.
The less good: 1. our room had very small windows near the ceiling and was therefore virtually devoid of any natural sunlight at all. It was very dark in the day and unfortunately, the facility uses energy saving light bulbs that don't throw off much light either. Even with every light in the room on, it made for a rather gloomy interior. Perhaps this was atypical of the hotel and unique to our room on the 2nd floor but I would make sure if having a bright room is important to you. 2. On one of the days, perhaps both (I honestly can't recall) we were awoken before 7:00 A.M. by the sound of garbage trucks backing up and doing what they do. Again, this may be have been a peculiarity of our corner room on the second floor but it did disturb.
One other thing peculiar to Solvang, the town. On Mondays, in early March anyway, many of the best restaurants in town are closed. We were so looking forward to having a great schnitzel dinner at our favorite Danish restaurant and with only Monday available to us, we left town disappointed. Worse, our second and third dining options were also shuttered. Plan accordingly if you happen to be in town around the same time of the year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location is in the heart of Solvang, with all attractions within walking distance. Comfortable rooms, many surrounding the pool and spa area. Completely non smoking, no pet hotel, with free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- King Frederik Hotel Solvang
- Solvang Best Western
- Best Western Solvang