Svendsgaard's Lodge - Americas Best Value Inn
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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
Things have Improved here - Quite Nice
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!
Stay somewhere else!
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.
Whoever it is, they are doing an absolute awful job in a place where there are many other choices. I reccomend the Solvang Gardens which we took a look at. They have many different room types (some with kitchens) and have great rates.
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... former home lies ten miles to the north and Solvang was his favourite town. I went exploring this pretty little town with windmills, statues horse & carts, bakeries. It almost felt like you were in another world. I had a Subway as there were little choice for Vegetarians, I also bought some cookies and Danish pastry from Solvang Bakery for later.
Then the bus was on the highway and I was lucky to get last 3 free seats at ...
... the family showed up for a trip to Solvang for some good beer, good food and family fun.
It was great getting to know Aurora's family and being able to spend the day with them. There are several winery tasting rooms in Solvang, so there will be another trip to that town soon. ...
... which literally consisted of only a couple of streets (reminded me of Gilmore Girls), but again it was a very affluent town with gorgeous shops, restaurants and a lot of charm! We had our nicest meal of the trip so far at a fine dining restaurant (so cheap compared to at home).
The next morning we rose early to drive to San Simeon to go on a tour of Hearst Castle. Mr Hearst was a newspaper mogul, and he built a huge mansion up in the hills and filled it with ...
... shakes on our way before reaching Solvang. What an odd little city this seems to be! Everything is "danish" and we also saw a few finnish flags. However, we didnt have much time to walk around and just went to dinner to a local Solvang brewery for some nice pulled pork sandwiches and Vesa sampled some Solvang brewery blonde ale and ipas. Now back at hotel, planning on what to do ...
... hilltop overlooking the San Simeon coastline where he used to go camping with his father. He had visited Europe with his mother and wanted to create a masterpiece of his own referencing all the marvelous things he had seen on his travels. The Hearst empire was enormous, with 96 businesses running at one point. Estimates are that he spent around $11m in 1920s dollars to get as far as he did, and even after 28 years he still hadn't finished it! The Hearst family were ...