Travel Blogs from Solvang
Little bit of fog again this morning and cool temps, but also strong winds early. Forecast is for high winds all day. Aragon again has to entertain himself today as we are about to cross off a 'bucket list' of Bonnas-a visit to Solvang. We've heard good things about Solvang. My good friend--RIP--Jerry McMillan had a brother-Andy (RIP)-who was a great man and fabulous cook who lived his last years in ...
... few minor jobs and then packing everything for the journey. Set off at about 12.30, and had to fill up with petrol. We pulled up behind a car, filled up (the garage refused our debit card, no idea why. Is this a taste of things to come? I hope not!) By then A lorry had pulled in behind us, totally trapping us. I asked him to move so we could get out, but he just walked off. Not the American behaviour we have come to expect. However, the ...
The morning started out a bit chilly but we had the clearest, most beautiful sunrise of the cruise. I started the day walking w miles on the Promenade Deck. We anchored off Santa Barbara about 10. Our tender pier was beachfront with a wide street lined with hotels and restaurants, and a shuttle ran about a mile into the center of town. I had originally scheduled morning and afternoon tours, but the afternoon tour was moved 2 hours earlier, so in the morning I rode the shuttle into ...
... Quite the challenge for road trips, luckily this trip was only two hours from Glendale.
We did make one stop at a random japanese restaurant, Jane had to order tea to be able to use their restrooms. When we were on the road climbing the mountains, I pulled over at one point to capture the view. Jane excitedly jumped out of the car and crossed the highway to capture her own photos! The view was worth it she said, let's see if her new ...
... to see that. It, too, is old and laid back.
Then we drove along the coast to Santa Barbara, where we walked along the coast road into the main part of the town(well, the coastal part of it) We wandered around the marina, then back to the car. A great, leisurely day. Then we drove into the main part of SB, and wandered round the shops.
Drove back home along the mountain road, great views over the valley/mountain
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Corque Solvang
VW Host Hotel
Since 1990, I have stayed at the Royal Scandinavian Inn, the Host Hotel for the Bi-Annual Vintage Volkswagen Car Show and Swap Meet (sponsored by the Golden Gate Chapter of the VVWCA). Most years, we had our three children with us. The first time they came, they were 7, 9 & 12 years of age. Our rooms are spacious and comfortable.. and the pool is a big hit. The evening banquet is always delicious. If in Solvang, I would never even think of staying anywhere else.
I made reservations 7 months prior to an event in the Solvang area. I needed a room for myself and two friends so I reserved a junior suite for one night. The day before arriving, I noticed that the confirmation specified only two persons. I called, wanting to make sure that there were towels, etc. for three people. The reservation person said that he would change the information. When I arrived, I had been downgraded from a suite to a standard room supposedly "on my request." They kept telling me that I must have "misunderstood" the agent. There was no misunderstanding - nothing was said about changing the room. They refused to do anything for me. All rooms were full, they said. At first, the manager refused to come out and talk to me. I refused to leave and refused the standard room. She finally came out of her hole to talk to me. While I was waiting, I was also surprised at the lack of service to other customers. People came to the front desk asking for help arrange a limo and were simply referred to the yellow pages. Since this is wine country, I couldn't believe that they didn't already have some limo contacts. I finally told them (knowing that the town would be booked) that I would take the room for $75, about half of what the rate they were trying to charge me. The manager had left again, and the front desk girl said no. I had to tell her once again to get the manager. After huffing and puffing for 5 or 10 minutes, she finally relented.
Very enjoyable family stay
My wife, 16 yr old, 9 yr old and myself stayed here for 4 days in June 2004. We had a very enjoyable stay and would not heisitate to return. Everyone was very helpful and the room was comfortable. We had a 1st floor pool side room and liked the ability to sit out on the little patio outside our room and watch the kids swim in the pool.
We liked that the views from our patio were of grass, trees and rolling hills instead of commercial properties and parking lots.
It sits right on the edge of the main shopping and dining area and just about anywhere in town can be reached with a 5 to 15 min. walk.
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights, I think it's the best in Solvang. Very comfortable, cozy Inn, we had a beautiful view of the mountains and pool from our balcony on the second floor.
Royal Scandinavian Inn
My sister, our cousin, and I stayed three nights at the Royal Scandinavian Inn. We were very comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. We arrived late, so we were put in a room with a view of the parking lot. They graciously allowed us to change to a room with a view of the mountains and the pool area the next day. We wished we'd had a microwave and a fridge, but other than that all was fine. The lobby area is beautiful. We ate dinner one evening at the restaurant "The Meadows." Most of the tables were in the sun, which was very uncomfortable. There was no way to escape. We suggested to the manager that they have blinds installed. Food was very averge for the prices. The motel was convenient to shopping, but not on the main street.
Best In Solvang
Our family has stayed in Solvang during trips to and from Southern California for over fifteen years yet we just recently stayed at the Royal Scandanavian for the first time. Now, we can't figure out why we neglected to stay here in the first place and we won't stay anywhere else again. The rooms are clean and some have excellent views of the hills South of town. The pool area is nice and the hotel is close to everything while still being off the main streets. The staff is professional and courteous. The upper floors have nice decks to sit out on and enjoy the scenery after a day of visiting wineries, shopping, or having dinner at The Hitching Post in nearby Buellton.
We stayed here two nights in the last week of March 2004. The spacious lobby with a burning fireplace sets the pace for a first-class experience. Our third-floor room with a balcony overlooking the Solvang countryside provided a tranquil and refreshing view. The quiet location, away from Solvang's Mission Street, was easily accessible.
The room's decor was attractive. Front-desk employees were helpful and professional. Room servcie was prompt and the meal was tasty. We have stayed here before and will return again.
Wonderful little inn
What a find! This inn is located off the main drag (Mission Street) in Solvang, somewhat aways from all the tourist shops. It has plenty of free parking, a very friendly staff, and extremely clean rooms. We were on the third floor, overlooking the pool and farmlands and found the average-sized room to be very adequate. It also sits just behind the Mission Santa Ines and a few blocks away from the Cafe Angelica (which compares extremely well with some of the best restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area).We had a non-smoking room but could smell some of the smoke, we think from air duct circulation? Also, the hotel had a slight air-freshener odor, which was not problematic though noticeable throughout the enitre hotel.
Stayed here just before Christmas 2003. We had a room on the second floor overlooking the pool. The room was extremely spacious and well-kept. The furniture standard was excellent. On check-in the staff couldn't be more helpful and again on check-out. The pool was a good size and very pleasantly placed. There isn't anything bad that I can say about this hotel. I would most definitely return to it.
Our stay at the Royal Scandinavian Inn made our weekend trip to Solvang comfortable and relaxing. Rooms are an adequate size, furnished with tole-painted pseudo-antique furniture. The best point was the balcony that let in cool evening breezes and gave a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. Ask for a third floor room with south balcony. There is a restaurant that serves good food, including the nightly smorgasbord that focuses on a few well-prepared offerings rather than a weighted table of less-than-desirable dishes. The best thing about the Inn, however, is its friendly service. Every employee we approached during our three days went out of his/her way to be helpful. (If you're a cyclist, there's a great short ride (easy) from Solvang to Los Olivos (about 6 miles)where you can lunch at sidewalk cafe, taste the local wines and return downhill to Solvang. You don't have to be a killer cyclist to make this trip.)