We recently stayed for one night as a couple during a weekend of wine tasting.
Pros: great location, walkable to everything. The rooms had obviously been refurbished recently, with new paint and fixtures. Everything was clean except for the couch upholstery, which was stained. It was surprisingly quiet considering how near the main road it is. Bed and linen quality was fine. The best part was the bikes that are available, free, for guest use. These were particularly awesome for in-town exploring, especially since weekend car traffic would have made this a chore.
Cons: Our room had a strong chemical odor (maybe Pine-Sol?) which didn't dissipate even with open windows. In terms of decor, I got the impression they're catering to a younger crowd -- i.e. there is no phone or clock radio (because you can use your cell phone for that), but there is an iPod speaker dock. The ice machine was broken, so they had set up one of those large counter-top ice makers. There was no scoop, which made me feel a little bad as I was scooping ice into the bucket with my hands. Sheers at the window would have been nice, as the only options were the blackout curtains or fully open.
Overall, it seems like they have made a real effort to make this no-frills motel as nice as possible, and I liked that it had a distinct personality. But if you're attached to the chain hotel aesthetic, this is probably not the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hamlet Inn is located in the heart of downtown Solvang. Within walking distance of shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, the Elverhoj Museum, PCPA Theaterfest, Hans Christian Anderson Museum, and minutes drive to world class golf courses, Chumash Casino, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and wineries. Our complimentary bicycles are perfect for getting around town whether you're wine tasting, shopping or both, it's a fun way to take in all that Solvang has to offer. Before going out to dinner, wind down in our gazebo, or play a game of bocce ball! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hamlet Hotel Solvang
- Hamlet Motel Solvang