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“What class!”
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Hadsten House
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Solvang
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
129 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“What class!”
Reviewed August 26, 2008

What a wonderful hotel in every single respect! Check-in was very friendly with time taken to explain all the hotel facilites. The layout of the hotel is that of a traditional motel with a c-shaped two-storey building with parking in the middle. In the centre is the restaurant and pool. However, the execution is anything but traditional motel; much more like a very upscale european boutique hotel. The attention to detail and quality is outstanding; even down to uplifting quotations by Emerson at the door. The decor and fittings are gorgeous with every amenity provided. After exploring Solvang by foot (a short walk down the street) ,we curled up and watched a movie on the flat-screen TV with the fire flickering away; it was a real home from home (but nicer!) The following morning I enjoyed a refreshing swim in the immaculate indoor pool and a soak in the hot tub. The complementary breakfast was excellent and included bacon, eggs, sausages as well as the usual continental breakfast staples. We cannot recommend this hotel enough!

  • Liked — Quality and class
  • Disliked — Not being able to stay longer!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 21, 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed at the newly renovated Hadsten House for her birthday and we could not have been more pleased. The hotel is perfectly located close to Solvang and a short drive to Los Olivos. The staff was especially professional and welcoming. Cassandra at the front desk was especially courteous and responsive and made sure that we had an excellent stay. Thank you! Highly recommended!

Stayed August 2008
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Castelldefels, Spain
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193 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2008

I stayed here for one night at the end of July because I wanted to visit Los Olivos and wine area and was impressed by the room, the hotel's ammenities and services and reception desk. The room and bathroom were beautiful, extremely clean, modern decoration, lovely fake fireplace, excellent TV, good swimming-pool and spa. In the afternoon there's free wine tasting and the complimentary free breakfast is excellent. The receptionist were very helpful and kind. Just 10 minutes from Los Olivos Cafe, the best restaurant in the area, the one in the film 'Sideways'.

  • Liked — excellent bed
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chicago Burbs
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129 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2008

A wonderful inn conveniently located for the entire Santa Barbara wine country. Beautifully decorated and appointed. The description about being classic French is spot on. The room is comparable to an elegant B&B. There is no trace this was ever a budget chain motel.

Breakfast is very nice and included three types of juice. Bacon was crisp which doesn't happen often at a buffet. We didn't make it in time for the wine and cheese reception, but were immediately offered a complimentary glass of wine at check in. While we only stayed one night, this would be the place to stay for a longer visit. We toured California for a week and if logistically we could have stayed at the Hadsten House for the entire time, we would have.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank 14clubs
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Maryland
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 19, 2008

We spent one night at the Hadsten House recently. My family and I thought the stay to be extremely nice. The room was decorated very tastefully and was very comfortable. A nice breakfast buffet is offered as part of the stay. The location of the hotel is within easy walking distance to the sights of Solvang. The hotel has a nice indoor pool which my daugther enjoyed. I found the staff to be both very professional and friendly. As an added touch, a hand written post card from the Hadsten House thanking us for our stay was waiting for us upon our return from California.

  • Stayed August 2008
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2008

The Hadsten House is a great place to stay while you are in Solvang; the rooms, staff and food will not disappoint. My wife and I stayed there August 8th and 9th while visiting the local wineries (recreating the "Sidways" experience) and found the property and staff to be most accommodating and a pleasure. The property was previously a Vagabond Inn and now has been rejuvenated to a nicely decorated (modern version of French Country) and well-appointed boutique motel. Note this is a motel (albeit nice), where you drive up to your room, not a full service hotel. True, based on other reviews, the complimentary breakfast does end promptly at 10am and if it is busy (weekend) the items go fast. However, the breakfast consists of eggs, potatoes, bacon, fruit etc, not just a few muffins, and is included in the price of your stay; a daily happy hour (3 to 5) is also included. The restaurant's menu offered a wide array of choices and the food was fantastic. The rooms were well decorated (see photos) quiet and spacious. The flat-screen Tv and fireplace were nice touches. HH is an excellent property that we would highly recommend.

  • Liked — Thoughtful design
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Lancaster, Ca.
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2008

When we arrived in Solvang, we pulled up to the property and proceeded to check in. The front desk staff seemed to be a bit new and disorganized. It took at least fifteen minutes to check us in with the lack of competency that they had. We then went to check into our room and were disappointed to see that the room was in the corner of the hotel, under the stairwell and next
to the maids' area, We decided that the noise level between the stairs and the maids' carts was going to be an issue. We called the front desk to see if we could possibly change the room location. The manager answered the phone and stated that there were no more king rooms. We then went to the office to let them know that we would take another kind of room. So they proceeded to look in the computer for twenty minutes to try and find some solution. While waiting patiently, another couple came in to complain about their room and a family then came to check in. We tried to tell them that we would trade with the other couple, but they said that that particular room would not work for us. We also had arrived before check in time, but they told us that there were no other rooms available. They finally found one and we checked into that room for the night.
Later, we attempted to use the spa and were told by the group of people that were already in the area that it was not working.
We were also told that there was a free breakfast buffet until 10 am, so we along with quite a few others, went to the restaurant at 9:45. Upon entering, we found that the food was gone and the staff explained that they would not be making anymore. Another guest complained and that there were about 10 people in her party, so if they could at least make some more eggs and potatoes, they would be happy. Miraculously, within a couple of minutes more eggs and potatoes appeared. We also spoke to another couple who said that they had made reservations at the restaurant for the night before and when they got there, there was no staff in the restaurant. We proceeded to eat with our fingers and when we finished, the staff brought us forks and napkins.
We would have to say that there are quite a few problems with this particular hotel in the organization of it as well as lack of knowledge by the staff. For $200 plus per night, this place needs to shape up.

  • Liked — The quality of the room.
  • Disliked — The rampant incompetence.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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hotelgmSolvang, General Manager at Hadsten House, responded to this review, August 19, 2008
I am very surprised to read this review. Since I was never contacted by this guest while they were staying here or givewn the opportunity to resolve their issues. The review does not state when they actually were guests but after reading the review I can only assume that the hotel was full which would account for the problem with moving the guests to another room. we do try to accomadate all guest requests and i am sorry that this request didnt go as smoothly as possible. as far as the checking in procedures, we do not have any new employees at the front desk so I can not really answer why it took so long, part of that might be due to waiting for rooms to be cleaned. there is no mention of what time the guests were trying to check in. as for the spa, there spa shuts off @ 10pm. there has never been a problem with the outside whirlpool tub. it has not been b roken or down for any reason, the fact that they "heard this from another guest is unfortunite and appearantly untrue. as for the breakfast again since no complaints were made to the desk I have no way to verify the situation and if true, we were not given the opportunity to resolve it more quickly, if all of their asssertions were true and had they taken the time to provide the hotel with their comments prior to checking out I would have been happy to have made an adjustment and most likely invted them back another time. if you are reading the response I would suggest that if you ever have a problem at a hotel, do not wait until after you leave to post a negative review. instead speak with the manager while you are still at the hotel and allow them the opportunity to resolve the issues and make you happy. complaining afterwards really solves nothing other than venting. the goal of every manager is to make the guests happy and make sure all complaints are resolved so that the guest will return. I am sorry that we were not able to do that with this guest.
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Property: Hadsten House
Address: 1450 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2916 (Formerly Vagabond Inn Solvang)
Location: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Solvang
#3 Business Hotel in Solvang
#4 Family Hotel in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hadsten House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pool and Spa closed 3/13/17 to 3/27/13 for resurfacing. We apologize for any inconvenience. ... more   less 
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