Quick summary: Quaint outside. Crisp, clean and stylish, inside. Far too noisy--you could hear every sound.
The long version: We love Solvang, and this is the first time we stayed at the Wine Valley Inn. The overall look of the hotel is quite nice and quaint on the outside and modern and crisp, but cozy, inside. There is part with a motel-style set up and then, in the back, an adorable group of little cottage style, two-stories in back.
Our room was small, but nicely decorated with a crisp modern feel with a granite counter top in the bath area and it wasn't overdone. Room had a very comfortable bed, linens, pillows, etc. Everything was clean and well put-together. The only thing that gave away the age of the room was the ancient thermostat and the paper thin walls. We had Room 32--31 and 32 may have been the worst possible rooms in terms of noise, as they are the most immediate toward the parking area and on either side of an open air hallway with a staircase. We could hear every conversation and step of every person coming or going from their rooms. Quiet conversations and normal volume would come into our room as though we had no door. The room has a double door option that can be used to join it with the room next door and the gap under the door was big, so the light from the next room would enter. Also, when the occupants of the neighboring room would blow their nose, we could hear it like they were in the room with us. The people upstairs, though surely not elephants, sounded like them when moving around. Our neighbors couldn't have been too happy with use, either, as we were with our baby, who would periodically announce her need to eat. By about 11:00pm, thankfully, people were pretty quiet and not too many coming or going. But at, 2:30am, a few women were returning from their night out and laughing and talking like they were in a real hotel with real walls. Not a nice way to wake up in the middle of the night.
Even though it was a visually pleasing place, the lack of insulation from noise is a deal breaker for us. Maybe an upstairs room at the end of the hall, facing the back or side would have been better in terms of noise from people passing by and upstairs occupants, but it still would have the capability of being as quiet as a better insulated, newer hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Wine Valley Inn And Cottages - a Broughton Hotel
- Wine Valley Inn Solvang