WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING:
"We Had a Great Time at Hadsten House"
May 06, 2011: Paul & Gerry, Hawaii
Thank you for keeping us on your emailing list. We had a great time at the Hadsten House last year but unfortunately will not be traveling to your area this year. When we do, we will certainly stay with you again.
We've told our traveler friends here in Hawaii to check you out too if they are heading your way. Our compliments and thanks to your gracious staff. Aloha!!! Paul and Gerry Tomonari
"Our Wonderful Wedding Anniversary"
February 23, 2010: Lorenzo & Rose
While looking online for a place to celebrate our 3rd Wedding anniversary, Hadsten House website came up. I checked the photos and amenities and thought this place is too good to be true. So I called and spoke to the front desk person who confirmed the price, free breakfast, outdoor spa, indoor pool, king size bed, non-smoking, and within walking distance to Solvang village. So I reserved it; and I'm so happy I did.
When my husband and I arrived we were greeted by two friendly staff members. The lobby was inviting. We were then told a free cheese, fruit, and wine welcoming was starting in the adjacent restaurant. We were advised that the restaurant offered a 25% discount for dinner that night. What a "great" way to be received.
Then we opened our room door (#217) and we said "WOW"! It was just like the photos but better. It was very fashionable but also very warm and comfortable. We soaked in the spa, swan in the warm indoor pool, then went to the most enjoyable dinner in the restaurant. What a wonderful evening we had. The food, the attentive staff, and live music with a singing guitarist (great choice of songs, especially the Beatles). We loved it.
Thanks Hadsten House for making our Wedding Celebration so great for us.
Lorenzo and Rose
"Wonderful, Great Rooms and Amazing Dinner" G8tors, Gainsville, FL., Sept 3, 2009;
We stayed one night, were very pleased with the room, and we stay at alot of hotels. The dinner that came with the meal was wonderful, and the full breakfast in the morning an added plus. This was a great place to stay after a day of wine tasting. The little town of Solvang is nothing special, but the wineries made the trip great! The staff was very helpful and friendly. We would highly reccommend this hotel and cant wait to come back again.
"Perfect Compliment to Sanya Ynez experience" PHFred , LA, Aug 30, 2009
Solvang is charming, comfy, and clean, so what better compliment to the experience than a hotel of the same quality. That is what you get with the Hadsten House. It is evidently an older motel that they have recently renovated in a classic-modern motif. If driving by, the outside can fool you. At closer look, it is extremely clean, well cared for and manicured and even comes with a miniature vineyard which our 18 month old loved exploring.
Comfortable beds, great bathrooms, quiet stay. And the price is very reasonable for what you get. The restaurant is more upscale than we expected, but it was relatively kid friendly... just keep them under control. They could use more than one high chair since this is also the same place that they serve breakfast in (they could use some extra help on the breakfast we attended, too). The hamburger at the Hadsten House is one of the best I've ever had and by far the best burger I've had in California. Everyone's meal was great, but they were jealous of my burger. You've been warned.
If you're going to explore Santa Ynez and the wineries in addition to Solvang, I highly recommend staying here. Forget Santa Barbara... I know it well, got married there, and go occasionally. The quality and value that you get at Hadsten House far outweighs the beauty of Santa Barbara (and their expensive rates!).
We WILL stay again. My folks got the room next door and were equally impressed.
"Loved it, Delicious Lobster Bisque, Charming Jacuzzi Courtyard,
Well Appointed Room" bodieb, Las Vegas, Aug 23, 2009
We stayed at Hadsten House one night on our way between Santa Barbara and San Simeon. We booked the rate that included dinner. The afternoon wine/cheese reception was absolutely charming, and the staff was friendly and accomodating, even providing cups to take out to the pool/jacuzzi area.
Dinner was delicious with the best lobster bisque I've had so far (and I am a lobster bisque afficionado!). It was served with a delicious flakey pastry on top of the soup tureen and then the server broke the pastry with a spoon and poured in the sherry, YUM! Excellent local wine choices, a great value with the room and dinner. The room was well appointed with a nice flat screen tv, excellent linens, wi-fi, and even a small fridge with two complimentary waters!
Don't let the motor lodge look fool you, it was a great place to stay and the staff was very friendly! We will be back. The property is within walking distance of all of the downtown shops and restaurants.
"We'll be back!" Rated 5 Stars mleilani, Sunnyvale Ca, Aug 23, 2009
After reading all the positive reviews of the Hadsten House, my husband and I decided to give it a try on our return trip from southern CA. We were thoroughly impressed with the accomodations.
Someone that made a previous review did not like the dark colors in the room. That is a matter of taste. Yes, it's darker than the usual BLAH white walls in most motel rooms, but I liked the brown and black colors, and granite counter and dark wood flooring in the bathroom. There are lots of table lamps and other lighting in the room to brighten it up, as well as the white plantation shutters in the room and the bathroom. There was a sofa for seating and a coffee table. Mini fridge in the armoire, and ironing board.
The bed was heavenly. Most comfortable motel room bed I have ever slept on. My husband asked me if we could stay and extra night because he was so impressed with EVERYTHING!
The Hadsten House is one of the first hotels as you enter the town of Solvang. Park the car and walk the entire town from here.
We had dinner at the on-site restaurant and the food was fabulous! I had a dinner size warm spinach salad with about a 4 oz. piece of grilled (to perfection) salmon on top. Only complaint was that the spinach was really not warm. My husband had a grilled 1" pork chop that was wrapped in bacon and topped with what was called a chutney, which is usually a bit spicy. I would have called it a fruit sauce... made of figs and dried apricots. Delicious! Also served with 4 medium roasted potatoes. I think the price was $25 and he said it was well worth it.
There is complimentary wine and cheese served in the restaurant in the afternoon from 4-6 PM but we didn't make it down for that. A hot cooked breakfast was excellent! Scrambled eggs, biscuts and gravy, fresh Danish pastries, thick-sliced smoked bacon, sausages, fried potatoes, hot oatmeal and toppings, orange juice, coffee, and tea.
Within a week after our stay we received a handwritten postcard from the Hadsten House thanking us for staying with them and welcoming us to come again. When have you ever gotten that kind of customer service from a Inn or motel?
We make frequent driving trips down south and stop halfway home to stay the night. We have found a new place to stay. We'll be back!
"No Wonder It's Ranked Number One" theullman, Santa Clarita, CA, Aug 22, 2009
One reviewer recently remarked that Hasten House is like a hollowed-out roadside motel. It is. Yet here, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. I'm of the opinion that your experience at Hadsten House will fully depend on the type of traveler you are. For example, if you are the kind of person who would turn their nose on a gourmet meal because the china it is served on is not up to par, then Hadsten House is not for you.
We planned a trip to wine country to see a concert at the nearby Morongo Casino. When we attempted to make a last minute mid-week reservation there, we were offered a room at nearly $300 a night—highway robbery!
After reading several TripAdvisor reviews, we decided to look into Hadsten House. To find the best deal, we checked rates on several different internet-based travel sites, and found rooms being offered for $133 a night. Then, we called the hotel directly to discuss the low rate. After confirming the rate, they matched it. So, at $133 mid-week, our stay was a bargain.
Hadsten House offers the comfort, service and amenities which are usually reserved for 5-star properties. The staff was efficient, attentive and courteous. The inn is well appointed, with a pleasing color scheme. The rooms are spacious, clean and well decorated. My only complaint was that the blow dryer ran a bit hot, and I worried it was burning my hair.
Yet, all in all, we found Hadsten House charming and of good value if you take advantage of all of their perks.
They offer complimentary beer, wine and cheese mid-afternoon, as well as a scrumptious buffet breakfast. The Danish pastries were outstanding! And, in the evening, rather than leaving mints on your pillow, they leave little pots of quality lip balm.
So, for those of you, who pass by and snub your nose at a renovated motor inn, just keep moving. Leave this little gem to those of us who appreciate people who can turn ordinary ingredients into Crème Brûlée.
"Truly a gem!", the Hadsten House Inn, Lolafromsocal, So Cal, Aug 17, 2009
You can't go wrong staying here ... all the "top rating" reviews were spot on!
The rooms, beds, happy hour, breakfast, and staff were GREAT! We ate dinner at the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed that experience, too.
My husband and I travel to San Francisco relatively frequently to visit our daughter, and we plan to stay at the Hadsten House again and again. (They also had a make-up mirror in the room, which I appreciated!)
"Best Service at a Hotel" , priscilla760, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Aug 17, 2009
I travel frequently and usually stay at the Four Seasons Resorts when on business or leisure vacations/trips. Four Seasons is without a doubt known for their consistent, impeccable customer service that is rarely found at many hotels.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by the accommodations and service my fiance and I received when we stayed at the Hadsten House in Solvang while in town for a wedding ceremony. Linda, in particular, should be acknowledged as being an asset to the hotel. I became ill the second night of our stay and she was very kind helpful of the situation.
Because of her kind gestures and wonderful customer service, we have recommended this hotel to all of our family and friends and will only stay at the Hadsten House when visiting Solvang again. Thank you Linda!
"AHHHH! Comfortable, Beautiful and User Friendly"
SanDiegoGreenGirl, San Diego, Aug 12, 2009
We just stayed at Hadsten House in Solvang - and it was such a breath of fresh air - literally! The rooms are beautiful, well done interiors, fabulous paint colors on the walls, great bed linens etc. It was like being in a B&B - but having the price and convenience of a motel. We loved it, and will always be staying there when we are in the area.
P.S. Very well located for cyclists - we had our bicycles and left directly from the hotel most mornings.
"Just a great place!" juan898, Los Angeles, Aug 5, 2009
I'm usually a person who likes to check in early. However my room wasn't ready.
I advised the check-in agent that I came out to go Wine tasting. She gave me a map of the area and told me where I should go wine tasting, & where to go for lunch. She kept me so busy I didn't return till about 4 PM.
On my trip, I left my drivers license over at the Casino. When I told the front desk they called over and spoke to security at the Casino (without me asking) found out where I could pick it up. It was a small but very nice gesture. The rooms we're very clean and worth the money. My friends and I will be back in September and wouldn't stay anywhere else. Thank you!
"This was a pleasant surprise!" Elle M., Culver City, CA, 8/28/2009
Not a big fan of motels, in fact, I hate staying at motels and refuse to do it. However, when I found out that the town of Solvang is home to mostly motels, I had no choice but to choose one that was suitable for my taste.
I'll be frank, I was quite nervous to stay at this place. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel room and the decor! Quaint rooms with a touch of modern yet classic furnishings.
Our first time in Solvang started off with a lovely welcome by the Hadsten House. As you might be able to tell, I'm a bit high maintenance when it comes to hotels. I like to stay in hotels such as the St. Regis (where butler service is mandatory). So, when I say, that this was a pleasant surprise, I'm not kidding.
Great hotel. Reasonable rates. Complimentary breakfast that serves a little bit more than a continental breakfast. What a nice welcome.
"Hotel Restaurant was Delicious" Dominique M., Burlingame, CA, 8/26/2009
We stayed at Hadsent House for 2 nights as part of our mini-honeymoon. The hotel was a short 2 minute walk to downtown Solvang. The rooms were nicely decorated, they looked like they had recently been remodeled. The complimentary breakfast was better than expected and the dinner we had at the hotel restuarant as part of our package was delicious. Overall, not a bad value for the price.
"Hadsten House for Our 5 Year Anniversary" Kacie K., Long Beach, CA, 8/17/2009
We stayed at the Hadsten House for our 5 year anniversary. When we arrived we were told we could enjoy some wine in their restaurant. We opted to take a quick stroll around town and came back an hour later and we were ready to go. The person who checked us in was nice and they even offered us a bottle of champagne in honor of our celebration.
We reserved a King Spa room. The room decor was super cute. Therer were 2 flat screen TV's one in the main room and the other by the spa above the faux flip-the-switch-and-it's-on fireplace.The spa was huge, too! (Side note: Be careful when getting into and out of the spa when you've had a few glasses of wine. It's a huge spa and you literally have to climb in without a step stool.)
After checking our room out we ventured down to check out the wine and cheese reception. It was nearing 4 pm and there was an hour left for us to enjoy. Well, good thing they serve both wine and beer because the cheese was just slices of plain ol' american cheese and swiss. There were some crackers and fresh fruit as well. Nothing special, but I was expecting something a little more. The bartender was nice. I had a nice white wine and my hubs had Stella on tap. We made reservations for dinner that same evening because a lot of restaurants within walking distance close early.
Dinner was really good. We had the baked brie, filet mignon and short ribs. They offered us dessert on the house because it was our anniversary. Cool! The wine was good but pretty pricey. We brought it back to our room and finished it there.
The next morning before our wine tour, we decided to check out the breakfast scene. Complimentary breakfast is always a plus! But we didn't expect what we got! This was not your ordinary continental breakfast...oh no! Yummy buffet style set up complete with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and even oatmeal! Danishes, fruit, coffee, tea and juice were also available. I'd go back just to have free breakfast. And their coffee was really good too!
Our second night was just a comfy. We were tired from our day of wine tasting so we vegged on the bed, watched TV, indulged in the spa again and forgoed any other connection with the outside world.
So much for that! All in all, we'd go back! I'll definitely try the spa services and take a dip in the indoor pool too! Solvang and the Santa Ynez valley is so relaxing so it won't be hard to make that decision!
"Room nicely appointed and comfortable" Twila B., Huntington Beach, CA, 8/18/2009
Stayed here 2 nights. Room was nicely appointed and comfortable. Solvang is so small, that it is easy to walk to everything from this hotel. Breakfast was very good for a complimentary hotel breakfast. Only complaint about breakfast was the weird orange juice - I've has better OJ from a can on a plane. Outdoor hot tub was nice, though it could have used a few plants to mellow out the wall to wall concrete. Outdoor fireplaces were a nice touch. The pool was disappointing. My 5 year old thought the pool was spooky and didn't want to go back in it. Couldn't really blame here. It was dimly lit, kind of cold, and murky. Even at the 3 feet deep mark, I couldn't see my feet. It was like that all 3 days.
Wine reception between 3-5 was a nice touch. Only catch is that we're not usually hanging around the hotel between those hours.
"A Great and Nice Surprise!" Victor M., Redondo Beach, CA, 8/19/2009
I spent my birthday on the wine tasting trail of Santa Barbara County and stayed at the Hadsten House on their dinner package.
What a great and nice surprise in accomodations in Solvang. Not only was the room tastefully decorated and upgraded even with Waterworks fixtures in the bathroom, but the bed was one of the most comfortable that I've slept in at a hotel. They even offer complimentary wine (Salmon Creek) and fruit and cheese in the afternoon for their guests.
The staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and courteous. Our waitress Sue in the restaurant was delightful and such a hoot. I loved her!! I was even provided with a complimentary bottle of champagne for my birthday at dinner! (Thanks Sue!) The night's singer was such a nice touch in the bar/restaurant who I met the next day at her day job at the furniture shop in downtown Santa Ynez. The spa provided a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Bridget was my massage therapist and she was top-notch! The hotel also had shuttle service to Chumash Casino which was nice to not have to drive even though it was only 3-4 miles down the street. I couldn't have asked for much more in the area at such a reasonable price.
Thank you Hadsten House for making my birthday this year extra special! I look forward to visiting the area again and definitely stay at Hadsten House.
"Hadsten House Our Pick Over Others!" Charlie F., Hermosa Beach, CA, 6/19/2009
The Hasten House is a great HUGE welcome to possible places to stay in the Santa Ynez area. The rooms are nice, very clean, warm/cozy and the bathrooms are large, everything is new and overall this is a very comfortable stay. Highly recommend.
Location is great, - very central, easy drive to surrounding towns, walking distance to many places and easy to get in and out of. Breakfast is a nice addition and comes with the room so hard to pass up but not the most fulfilling. In the evening they turn that same area into a very cozy bar/ lounge environment which is really nice. We have not had dinner here yet.
This is our preferred place to stay but sometimes have to stay elsewhere when we are only coming up for one night and they ( like many places in the area) have the 2 night min. requirement. on the weekends.
We have stayed from a Fess Parker in Los Olivos to a Solvang Inn & Cottage - Hasten House my my pick!
"Half the Price of Nearby hotels, Yet better! Sean L., Santa Barbara, CA, 7/14/2009
Since the Dutch conquered this town in the 1950s (thru their clever use of pastries no doubt), Solvang has become a kitschy little spot out in the wine country. Unfortunately, this means that many of the hotels in the area are priced unreasonably. Even the motels can approach triple digits per night. This made the Hadsten House a welcome surprise. Half the price of other nearby hotels, we could afford to stay the night and spend our hard earned money on more important things. Like alcohol. And food. And the previously mentioned pastries.
To the room! We were initially given a handicap accessible room (larger bathroom, bit more space in general) right next to the maid service area. Not wanting to have our door blocked by a laundry cart (it was) or have dozens of people walking past our window all day and night, we switched rooms. The hotel staff were accommodating and we relocated to a peaceful room nearby. The king bed was comfy, the linens clean, and there was even a small patio table out front if we wanted to chill outside. Maid service was efficient, although they didn't leave little mints after cleaning. The first night they left body butter. Which sounds delicious in a cannibalistic sort of way. The second night was two small bottles of rosewater linen spray. I chose not to take this as a personal insult to my hygiene.
Oh, the indoor pool was a nice touch. Bit too much chlorine for my taste. Not that I tasted it. They had complimentary bottled water in the rooms if I needed hydration.
Lastly, the breakfast, while more expansive than most hotels, was just adequate in quality. I don't expect to have my mind blown during breakfast/brunch, but something that exceeds a common diner would have been nice.
We got the dinner package for one of our nights. It includes an appetizer (mostly salads), a main course, and dessert. Be aware that your choices are limited with the package. They don't allow any substitutions, unless you choose the much lower priced burger as your main dish (which does NOT allow you to pick a more expensive appetizer).
I am fairly positive that they were training a lot of new staff that night. This helps to explain why, on more than one occasion, we were asked "Are you finished with that?" while chewing with another full bite already on our forks. Perhaps it was a subtle message to hurry up and eat. But hey, we bought a bottle of wine and wanted to relax, we'd rather not be rushed through a main course that comes out at a temperature far too hot to actually consume. Why do restaurants insist on serving food that the customer then has to wait an additional 10 minutes to actually start eating?
The lobster bisque was a welcome change from all the salads on the menu. Although there was, inexplicably, a layer of puff pastry on top of the bowl. I managed to break through this barrier using guile, wits, and my spelunking gear. I had to use all of these again when dessert came, as my "apple pie slice" was just a bowl of apple slices with another bit of puff pastry on top. Of course, this one had ice cream on top of that, so I wasn't all that miffed. This puff fest caused my girlfriend to remark that "Puff pastry must be in season." We were half expecting our bill to be printed on the stuff.
On the positive side of things, the wine our waitress recommended was quite good and our main courses were tasty. The restaurant IS dark, but not as cavelike as some other reviewers seem to portray it. They even have a twitter account to advertise specials (we were there for the Thursday night 50% off wine bottles).
And I almost forgot about the complimentary glass of wine/beer they have around 5 every day. So 4 stars it is.
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