Svendsgaard's Lodge - Americas Best Value Inn
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... made it! Really hungry now, the cheese 'Goldfish' aren't doing it any more & the banana was hours ago, then we have to turn off towards Lake Cachuma & Los Olivios. Another climb and then we're in Los Olivios & it's so beautiful, wineries with tastings everywhere but we'd better not try any yet, suddenly there's one called Blackjack Winery & Peter says did I see the sign that says it was in the film Sideways (he ...
... this was our second school visit and each one is so invigorating for all of us riders. I hope you enjoy the photos below and the stories that go with them....feel free to add comments if you'd like and YES you can share this blog with any one you want.
Tomorrow we climb over the San Marcos pass then descend into Santa Barbara and finish in Ventura!
Until tomorrow, God Bless America! Brian
... drove to Solvang, a place I've read and heard about, and looked forward to visiting. It’s a Danish village known for bread, pastries, and its European style streets and architecture. We ate lunch at Paula’s Pancake Restaurant and then strolled around the streets. The most interesting places were the bakeries, full of mouth watering pastries, cookies and breads. Again, we enjoyed the displays, but decided that ...
... set up in perfect rows that looked so organized!
At this point we were actually in the same wine country as Miles and Jack in the movie Sideways. We decided to stop for a quick pic at the Windmill Inn, in Buellton. Good times!
We were getting hungry for lunch so we continued to Pismo beach for some fish tacos. There were some surfers and we were excited to see another beach.
We then continued on to Cambria, a cute little town with more shops and restaurants. ...
... 3,100 ft of climbing was our opening "Prologue". 5 miles in and David found he had not adjusted his saddle properly and it was moving from side to side. What should have been a pleasant ride became a journey of frustration but we made it back, albeit slower than we would have liked. Still, we felt that the spin had loosened our legs for the tour start ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Svendsgaard's Lodge - Americas Best Value Inn Solvang
I really was disappointed with this hotel. As Holiday Inn Priority Club Platinum member I really expected more. The service at check in was kind of slow because the front desk guy was overwelmed. The bed was horribly uncomfortable and the hotel room and guest corridor smelled musty. Maybe because the hotel is old? I came to to front desk at 10 PM, the front desk guy was too busy having a personal conversation on the phone to help me. Some converation about another girl and a guy. Overall the hotel seemed average.
Solvang is a lovely, quaint town. Stayed here one night as part of our tour. The rooms were clean, the bathroom needed updated. There was milk and cookies in the lobby and the breakfast at $3.50 was great value for money.
Would stay here again.
Loved the View and the staff
We stayed at the Holiday Inn for my mother's birthday in the begining of April. We heard that the hotel had a great view, but we were concerned because we read the previous reviews of the hotel. We decided to try it anyway because of a good comment a relative had made of the hotel. When we got there the staff was very friendly and even offered to help us with our bags. We got to our room and were not dissapointed by the view. The breakfast was good, but it would be nice if they added hot items like eggs and bacon and such. Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and would love to come back.
I had my doubts about the hotel, after reading the more negative reviews, but the rate I booked on-line was attractive so we spent a long weekend here. I'm not a picky traveler, but I was pretty disappointed. First, they tried to charge a rate $42/night higher than when I made the reservation (fortunately, I had a print-out of my confirmation with me). Then, after lugging all of our stuff to the room, we discovered it hadn't yet been cleaned AND had two beds instead of the king bed we'd specified. The front desk staff was apologetic and switched us to a king room, and did grant my request for something facing away from the noisy street. On the plus side, the room was fairly large, and our balcony was huge. However, the decor leaves much to be desired, there's an unpleasant smell throughout the hotel, and it's laid out very strangely (must have been a novice architect's first project). Also, the pool and its surrounding area are tiny. Can't comment on the complimentary snacks or breakfast, since we ate out (but we can heartily recommend the Danish pancakes at Paula's, just down the street)! Next time we're going back to the Royal Scandinavian, where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay a couple of years ago.
This is the place to stay
Huge room. Friendly, cheerful, helpful staff (Thank you Joey), fruit and cookies in the lobby, excellent complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary newspaper outside your door in the morning, reasonable price. This is the place to stay.
We were pleasantly surprised with this hotel (one of only a few hotels that still had rooms available for weekend before Valentine's day). The rooms were large & clean. Our room was above the street & it was still reasonably quite. The staff was exceptional. They were extremely helpful & accommodating. I would recommend this hotel.
Visit July 2004
We worried about staying here as part of an organised tour of the West coast in July 2004 after reading the poor reviews.We need not have worried at all. The hotel has been re-decorated and re-furbished to a good standard. It was clean bright and welcoming. The reception staff were very helpful as I needed some photocoping work doing and they did not charge. The very cheap breakfast, $2.50, was adequate - self service in a bright room.
Solvang is a lovely town and I can recommend the food at the Little Mermaid Restaurant
Yikes I just read reviews of previous customers at the Holiday Inn Express and am astounded - our experience was quite satisfactory and this was during high season (August). The room was nicely refurbished, large and clean - large balcony looking out into trees was quiet and relaxing. There was a morning breakfast, which we passed up simply because we HAD to try the pancakes down the street at Paula's Pancakes. It is well located for easy walking to all the restaurants and shops. The pool looked to be well-used by children and parents, if a bit small. Covered parking under the hotel was nice, but the elevator still requires the use of some stairs (what's the point?). Not a problem for us but older or handicapped would struggle. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Overall a good experience, although not a bargain at close to $200 a night for 2.
Definitely a bad choice!
This hotel is appauling! As soon as I walked into the place, I wanted to leave, but since I arrived the weekend after new years, it was a little difficult to find availability elsewhere. The entire hotel (the quality is that of a motel) is completely outdated and smells horribly!
When I got to my room, there were bags of garbage and dirty linens in the hallway. I called the front desk and they didn't have the dirty bags moved until housekeeping came the next morning. The actual hotel room was 70's orange and smelled like old cleaning solution. It was truly horrible! Hopefully they'll get their act together once the take over kicks in. Take it from me, stay elsewhere!
My family stayed here over New Year's. It was awful. Apparently it has just changed ownership and the New owners could care less about customer service. They first tried to change the rate on us when we arrived. Then people who paid more for a certain view were told it was first come first serve. People were complaining about houskeeping. The iterior corridors were very awkward. The front desk staff (which consists of 1 person) can not do anything on their own. The carpets were very dirty. Our second night (New Years) the police had to come because there was a party that was so loud in the room next to us (not neccesarily the hotel's fault). Later, a guest showed the manager a certificate he had for a free night stay because his last stay had something wrong and she told him she couldn't accept it under the new ownership. Finally, 2 other people we were travelling with were tried to charge more for there room as well upon check out. We had two receipts, one that said Holiday Inn and one that said Comfort Inn.