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Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Solvang
San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Great staff, location - but hallways could use some help!”
Reviewed 4 July 2012

We stayed in a king loft room in early June and had a great stay. We were traveling with our dog, and this room was definitely large enough for the three of us. We enjoyed the continental breakfast, happy hour, in-room mini bar with a reasonably priced bottle of red wine, and the pretty grounds.

The one aspect of this hotel that keeps it from having five stars, is that it's a bit dated. The sink area in our room didn't seem to match the rest of the decor & the bathroom was tiny. A LOT of water ended up on the floor after a brief shower.

I was pretty disappointed by the dim & dirty outdoor hallway leading to our room. It made the hotel feel a bit cheap & less quaint. For the two nights we were there, there was a dryer sheet outside of our door and no one stopped to pick it up. We left it there as sort of a test, and sure enough housekeeping didn't bother.

Overall, we enjoyed the location of the hotel (with Sevtap Winery right next door & open late by Solvang standards). If we choose to return to this hotel in the future, we'll invest in a cottage room instead.

Room Tip: Go to the wine happy hour! A good variety of wines at a good price.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Our room was on the second floor, tiny bathroom with very dim lighting. Large lounge and then stairs up to the bedroom. The lounge sofa was dated but the bed was comfortable.

Stones throw from the shops and restaurants, parking right outside the hotel.

Breakfast was good, some cooked food and toast and waffles. 

Wi fi was extraordinarily slow.

Everything in the town closes very early, including restaurants, so et early!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

On-line price 139.00, when we arrived it was 189.00. We told them about the on line price and we were AAA members. They came down to 129.00. The room was on the third floor, elevator goes to floor two. Building in poor repair, holes in deck, stairs closed off due to wood rot. Room clean but very small. Will stay at Petersons next time.

  • Stayed June 2012
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San Mateo, CA
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

This is my second stay at the Wine Valley Inn - once in November 2011, and this past week. I have stayed in the 'annex' building in a smaller, but newer king room, and in the 'original' building in a larger, deluxe king room. I found the smaller but newer room to be more updated, cleaner, and...just nicer. The larger but older room was definitely a little musty, the walls thinner (could hear the neighbors walking around all night long), and the building itself needing some repair. Also in the larger room they had blinds that didn't shut out all of the light, and I do like a dark room when I'm sleeping...

In terms of the amenities, well, the staff is knowledgeable, courteous, warm, and inviting. The breakfast is very good, and the breakfast staff is quick to clean and clear a table so that there is always a place for people to sit. The location of the hotel is perfect - a wine tasting room just next door, a bakery half a block away, and the town just one block farther. Actually, in Solvang just about everything is one block away.

The rates can't be beat (when compared to other hotels in the town), the building could use some work, the rooms are good to great - I will definitely stay here again, and recommend this hotel to anyone going to Solvang.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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New Braunfels, Texas
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

It was our first visit to Solvang so we didn't know the area and though I read reviews, I just could not get the feel for the hotels. I was looking for something less expensive as everything is fairly pricey in Solvang area. First of all the staff was wonderful, very accomodating from the beginning on making reservations, helping us with a Pac n Play for the baby and just friendly. Secondly the location was perfect - walk to everywhere and in the heart of everything plus convenient parking onsite. I would try and get a room on the second floor maybe above the office area. The third floor was very quiet except for the young couple next door fighting til all hours (not my family). But the elevators do not go to the 3rd floor and getting there involved lots of steps and creaky ones too. The overall appearance of the hotel probably could stand some sprucing up - it seems to be rather old but it is quaint! Our rooms were large and clean though again new soft goods and carpet especially might help. We had a room with a large step in the middle of the room and husband fell off of it within 5 minutes of us checking in. He landed on his fat wallet and didn't hurt himself. I'm joking about the wallet being fat, but it saved his hip, we think. I just hope the ceiling plaster didn't hit the folks in the room below us. We luckily had taken that room instead of giving it to our son's family with the new baby. I had the mother's intuition that someone was going to take a tumble and didn't want the family holding the baby going down. If I had wanted to spend more money, I would suggest the "new" area or cottages. A couple of the cottages are freestanding and are situated around a lovely pond and gorgeous landscaping. As far as the inclusive breakfast, it was okay. Two kinds of cereal, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, waffles, good coffee and lots of pastries. Solvang is a pastry lovers dream town. I'd go back but definitely would consider the second floor or the cottages.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

The hotel has a mix of rooms and cottages, We stayed in a king bed room. Disclaimer - our other friends didn't complain about their rooms - not sure if they were better or they are just less picky than me.

- Location is good - walkable to the main streets and restaurants. Plenty of parking.
- Staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Noise: On the plus-side, it is off the main road (but still close to everything) so quiet in terms of street noise, but we found the hotel noisy in the morning. We were in room 102, which was in the main court area and across from breakfast room. There are cobble-stone pavers outside, as well as wooden steps outside some doors. This means that everyone checking in and out is clump-clumping (and talking) as they walk by your room. The housekeeping staff also started relatively early (9 AM) on projects such as steam-cleaning carpets, which are not quiet, which we could hear.
- The decor of the room was fine (new, modern bedding), but needed better lighting (espeically in room 102, which, being in the middle of everything, you had to keep the blinds closed for privacy).
- The mattress could have been firmer...
- I personally enjoy a sink outside the bathroom, as it makes getting ready easier. Some people might find this off-putting.
- Room 102 has a raised floor in part of the room. Although there is a night-light, this might be problemmatic for the elderly.
- The bathroom was tiny and moldy-smelling. I think (although I'm not positive...the hotels are running together) that the shower head was only about 5.5-feet high, a problem if you're tall.
- Breakfast: Other people raved - I found it sub-par, and just average compared to a chain hotel breakfast (such as Hampton Inn). The eggs were watery, they ran out of yogurt, the waffles were frozen (even after one shot in the toaster). I don't drink coffee but my friends said it was so bad that they walked to a local shop. They also ran out of hot water (for tea) and the kitchen staff could not be found to replace it.
- Gym: looked a bit dull and dreary.

In summary - I didn't choose the hotel, so I'm not sure how it compares against others that are similarly priced. That being said, I'd do more homework before going back.

Room Tip: I would probably avoid all ground-floor rooms if possible.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

We booked this hotel because a friend was getting married nearby. The rate was good, but the hotel feels like it is being held together with duct tape and wire. The room was musty, and no windows opened. This was a shame, because the room was too warm, even though outside it was fresh and cool. Turning on the a/c was impossible, becasue the room air conditioner was very noisy, and there was no overhead fan. The breakfast, which was included, was greasy sausage patties and scrambled eggs and cereal, and bad coffee. The smell of the cooking sausage permeated our room from about 6am on, which made for some queasy wakeups.
The little workout room was also musty, with no ventilation. The sound insulation is almost non-existent. We heard footsteps above us, showers on both sides, and outside, people ascending and descending the staircase sounded like they were right in the room. Very noisy.
The only thing we liked was the space in the room, and the good bed. But the bare spots on the walkways, and the dry rot on the staircases made this place feel like it was one step away from a tear-down. If you have a family, and price is an issue, this is a good place. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Don't choose 216; overhead noise and stairway noise.
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Property: Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Address: 1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2754
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Region: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Solvang
#5 Family Hotel in Solvang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Wine Valley Inn & Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Ynez Valley...scenic vistas, vintage charm. Located on an acre of meandering gardens with a Koi pond, the Wine Valley Inn offers old-world hospitality with a variety of accommodations for every taste and budget. The Wine Valley Inn is located in the Danish village of Solvang, within easy walking distance of many wine tasting rooms and within 20 minutes of more than 40 acclaimed wineries & vineyards. ... more   less 
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