Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Travel Blogs from Solvang
On our final day, while the kids hung out at home, and while Michael was at work, we managed to do some wine tasting. We visited a shop in town (lewellen something, not sure), but then we drove into tyne countryside to a beautiful place called Bridalwood. What a fantastic winery this is, with ...
... ended up buying a portable gas burner, my Daddy would do anything for me!
After we booked in we went for a drive to see a huge castle built way up in the mountain by a very rich man, it was called Hearst Castle. We also saw Sea Lions on the beach and I saw squirrels for the first time! Daddy and me liked them but Mummy didn't!
Mummy, Daddy and me were very ...
... NZ but we weren't keen on that so said we'd need to think about it and continued to look round the shop. The assistant pointed out some interesting rings by local jeweller John Kennedy who uses onyx as his main stone. I was taken with a silver ring featuring blue onyx bars interspersed with gold rods. Anyway to cut a long story short Deb liked at as well so we bought it as a replacement for my original wedding ring that I lost some 10 ...
6.45am was the meeting time to meet our tour group in the reception of our hotel. This was when I realised we were on a Chinese/ English tour of the US. Only a handful of people on the coach could speak English. The itinerary for the day was to 'drive along the beautiful pacific coast highway and stop in the Santa Ynez Valley's quaint Danish Village of Solvang just before lunchtime' and then make our way ...
... lovely about it, saying that he was very happy we'd asked about it instead of leaving unhappy. So we ended up having our fish and chips at the fancy restaurant, and it wasn't even that nice in the end. But a very funny experience. After dinner, we watched the end of the boat parade, grabbed a brew from the local pub along with a game of Monopoly, and headed to our hotel. It was lovely to have a shower and freshen up, but the room was gross. It smelled weird and I felt like ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Wine Valley Inn & Cottages Solvang
Not our cup of tea
We spent two nights at the Wine Valley Inn & Cottages. I'd say that our stay was ok, but I don't know that we'd return.
Location: The inn is located in the heart of Solvang, making it a good place to serve as home base for forays into town, if you're into wandering around Solvang. It's also a good place to stay if you plan to visit wineries; there are dozens within a 45-minute radius.
Rooms: I liked the layout of the king suite; the bedroom had a freestanding fireplace and was separate from the living area, which was down a couple stairs. The bathroom was huge. The room had a coffee maker and a small fridge, which is always nice. There was a small armoire for hanging up clothes - inconvenient and not much storage space. The view from our room was abysmal: Stairs to the third floor on one side, stairs to the ground floor on the other.
The decor fell somewhere between unfortunate and horrifying. Our room was graced with two different patterns of annoying wallpaper. The bathroom was very, very beige. I don't think I've ever seen that much beige tile. If you like beige, you'll be positively giddy over its beigeness.
Perhaps the decor highlight, though, is the artwork. Most of the prints feature children that look depressed, alarmed, or about to break into tears. One particular print still haunts me. Two young girls, pausing to sit at the base of a large tree while (presumably) on a walk through the forest, hold each other and look at you with fear in their eyes, as if a large and hungry animal has discovered their presence. Their dog looks pretty alarmed, too. Our room had not one but TWO prints of this same picture. We got to enjoy this children-about-to-be-eaten scene whenever we went to the bathroom and whenever we left the room. OK, I've rambled a bit here. Sorry about that.
Noise: The inn is one block off the main street, and the environment is pretty quiet. However, the rooms themselves conduct sound from other rooms very, very well. I was convinced that our upstairs neighbors were using our bathroom. The walls, ceilings, and floors must be very thin.
Breakfast: Uninspiring. Carb freaks will love the cereal, toast, and danish selection. We had mushy apples as a fruit selection one morning. I don't expect much from breakfast at hotels-that-call-themselves-inns, so I wasn't that disappointed. Like much of the rest of the decor in the place, the breakfast room looks a bit like an assisted-living facility. Somehow, I get the feeling that much of Solvang looks this way.
Service: The staff was efficient and friendly. No complaints there.
Bottom Line: It served the purpose ok, but I imagine we'll try our luck elsewhere next time. Weekend rates are pretty pricey, but I suppose that's unavoidable in that part of the world. Some people would probably like it a lot, but it's not really to our taste.
Our stay at this hotel, and the setting was so perfect that I proposed to my girlfriend in cottage #1...we visited the area wineries, drove down to Santa Barbara for the day, visited a horse ranch, and walked around the local historic mission...the service was great, the coffe at breakfast was the best ever (i wish i would have remembered to ask the brand), and the cottages were very romantic (the attached jacuzzi did not hurt). We are talking about going back there for part of our honeymoon.
Good clean facility
We stayed at the Wine Valley Inn last night. Check in was a breeze. Friendly staff. Our king fireplace room was very clean as were the grounds even with the heavy rain storm. This is a three star facility and had more charm and cleaner than many four star hotels we have stayed at. Will definitely book again. Only complaint is our mattress was a little too soft.
Nice Inn, Good Breakfasts, Great Location
The Wine Valley Inn, which is very inviting, is located on a quiet street only a block from the main shopping district in town. The rooms are spacious and clean, and our rooms (we stayed in two on separate nights) each had a fireplace. During the first night, we stayed on the third floor. The room was cozy and quiet, but the bed was soft and rather uncomfortable. On the second night we stayed on the second floor, near the clock tower. Great king-sized bed and large room, but we could hear people walking above us on occasion. All in all, we'd stay there again, but we'd ask for a third floor with a king-sized bed, or stay in one of the cottages, which we hear are very nice. Also, we thought the cost was a bit high considering it had a few "issues" as those mentioned above, but most places in Solvang are a bit pricey and so this was expected. But the location is wonderful and once there, you can walk almost anywhere in town. And the continental breakfasts are good and offer a variety of food, such as bagels, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, etc. -- enough to tide you over until lunchtime!
This Teacher Grades It A+
To celebrate my off track time, which is the equivalent of summer vacation for year-round schools, my husband and I wanted a quick getaway to a beautiful location for one night. We selected the Santa Ynez Valley and checked out many hotels on line.
We were intrigued by the Wine Valley Inn and Cottages. It sounded just like what we were looking for-quiet charm in an attractive setting. We weren't disappointed, in fact, we were thrilled at what we found.
We were given personalized service at check in. We had an adorable cottage surrounded by a lovely garden with a koi pond right ourside our cottage door. It's an older hotel, but the cottage was clean and seemed to have been recently updated. It was spacious with a king sized bed, sofa and two comfy chairs around the wood buring fire place. There was a large dining room table with four chairs, a small yet ample kitchen area and a medium sized bathroom. Outside our room was a secluded patio with chairs, table and an in-ground Jacuzzi.
After a day of hiking in the hills above La Purisma Mission we had planned to check in and quickly hit the streets of Solvang for some wine tasting and dinner. Our cottage was so inviting that we didn't want to leave the tranquil and hospitable environment. After a quick trip to the mini mart for fruit and cheese and a stop at a downtown winery to select a bottle of wine, we settled in for the evening. It was a wonderful way to relax, unwind and de-stress in a very pretty setting.
We were impressed at the attention to detail given by the staff. From the manager, the host, the housekeeping and grounds keeping staff, everyone was accomodating, professional and helpful. When we needed logs for the fireplace, housekeeping arrived within seconds of our call with a huge stack of fire wood. Breakfast is included in the price and was a perfect way to begin our morning. It's an established hotel, and yet it was very nice to be in one's room and not have sensors attached to each item to monitor the guest's whereabouts. It was clean, cozy, comfortable and a wonderful way to spend our time in Solvang.
Santa Ynez Valley Wine=$20
A dozen Danish pastries to take home $25.00
Sitting in a private Jacuzzi gazing up at a canopy of stars=Priceless.
I highly recommend the Wine Valley Inn and Cottages. A+ grade.
The good and the bad
My husband and I spent two nights at the Wine Valley Inn.
The good: Beautiful location, clean grounds and clean room, you feel secluded while still being in the center of Solvange. The fireplace room was large and not crowded. The complementary breakfast was ample and more than satisfying.
The bad: The walls in our room (clocktower building) were paper thin and we could hear the kids in the room behind us and the t.v. from the room upstairs. There was no closet space, except for a tiny stand alone cabinet with 4 hangers. Huge bathroom, but no counterspace for personal items (sink is pedastool). "Roman tub" is old and impossible to fill up in less than 45 minutes. Also don't understand hanging a picture in the bathroom where you put the nail right through the frame into the wall and leave it there with the frame all chipped and splintered from the nail.
Next time we will splurge for a cottage, which we got a peak of when someone else checked out and it looked awsome!
Best for the money
It was an excellent motel -- clean, up-to-date, friendly, great breakfast. It was definitely worth the extra drive to stay here instead of at one of the lesser quality places in Santa Barbara for the same or more money. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really nice place to stay for an affordable price.
Chimney Sweep Inn is Excellent
I love this hotel. Rooms are very homey and clean. I felt I was in a fairytale. We were able to have a fire in our room and outside the window was a tree that was in full bloom so even though I had a room facing the front street I felt very secluded.
Enjoyed Our Stay
Had a basic room, when checking in was a bit disapointed on the location (faced parking lot). When asked to be moved toward the back, there was someone in the room so we were upgrated to the loft suites.
This was MUCH better and wouldn't stay in anything less.
The rooms were spacious, the location is great, the breakfast was ample and the staff were helpful and friendly.
Best time ever
I came in on a weekend at last minute notice it was very late and the staff maid every effert to make mine and my boyfriends stay very romantic they had the fire place going in our room when we got there and the next night they had a champane basket waiting for us and the loft room is the best i would recamend it to anyone and i will be back there again