Finding Danish Comfort & Style at The Hamlet Inn

If you missed my post last week, I recently traveled to the quirky Danish town of Solvang located about two hours north of Los Angeles.  Solvang is barely two and half square miles, however, you will still be able to choose from about a dozen small hotels and inns to stay at.  When I research hotels, there are always a few things I’m looking for: an affordable price, great location, charm, and most importantly, free wifi!  The Hamlet Inn certainly ticked all of those boxes.


My oh so stylish yet comfortable bedroom at the Hamlet Inn. I just love those hanging lightbulbs!

Located on Mission Drive, in the center of everything, you’ll find that The Hamlet Inn has a bit of a retro motel look going on from the exterior.  Free parking is provided right outside each room which is always a plus.  Also, I don’t know what it is about me and gazebos but I was way too excited to discover their fairy light decorated gazebo with fire engine red, art deco lawn chairs.  Perhaps I watched too many episodes of Gilmore Girls growing up.  +10 points to anyone who understands what I’m talking about!


The Hamlet Inn’s retro motel exterior.


The gazebo at The Hamlet Inn is a picturesque spot for guests to lounge outside.






















Inside our room, I was pleasantly surprised to find how much the decor reminded me of the houses I stayed at in Denmark a few summers back. This is Solvang after all, “Disneyland Denmark”, but The Hamlet Inn’s rooms remained tasteful and true to Danish style.  Everything from the modern wood furnishings to the minimalist bathroom design and charming Danish flag throw blanket made me feel very far away from home… in the best way possible!


Our double queen room at the Hamlet Inn had this adorable little seating area in the middle of the room.


Hotel bathroom pictures are never exciting but the Hamlet Inn’s was clean and spacious so I thought I’d share!

Hands down, my favorite part of our room was the adorable reading nook in the corner.  Of course I assume it’s for reading and not just staring out the window after eating and drinking your way through Solvang.  That could work too!  This was such a lovely and unexpected part of our room that I’ve never seen before in a hotel.


I could easily waste an afternoon with my kindle in this charming reading nook at The Hamlet Inn.












As if I haven’t gushed enough, The Hamlet Inn has a few more exciting amenities.  They offer their guests complimentary bikes to use around town which is the perfect way to see everything within these charming two and a half square miles.  Just remember, don’t drink and bike!  But seriously, there are quite a number of wine tasting rooms in Solvang so you’ve been warned!


How cute are these bikes at The Hamlet Inn?!












Upon check- in, you’ll receive a very handy card with a list of Solvang’s wine tasting rooms.  Hang on to this card because it will get you 2 for 1 tastings and even a free tasting at Presidio Winery further down the street.  Yes, you read that correctly, free wine.  Need I say more?  I also found The Hamlet Inn’s location ideal since it is directly across from Olsen’s Bakery and Paula’s Pancake House which I raved about here.  Just promise me you won’t sit and eat danishes all day long in that lovely reading nook, as tempting as it sounds.


Our view of Olsen’s Bakery and Paula’s Pancake House from the Hamlet Inn.












The Hamlet Inn is affordable luxury at its best with prices starting at $79 during the winter and spring, Solvang’s slower seasons.  Let’s be real though, southern California is forever stuck in summer so there’s really no bad time to visit.

Let me know if any of you have ever been to Solvang!  I always love to hear from you.

Happy travels!

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*Note: I did receive a complimentary night stay at The Hamlet Inn. As always, opinions are entirely my own. I would only ever recommend something that I actually enjoyed and support!

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  1. Bridget @ A Traveling B says:

    I know what you are talking about, it looks just like the Stars Hollow Inn! I love it – so charming and quaint. I have never seen a reading nook in a hotel room before, that could be the best thing I have ever seen. Solvang looks like a great place for a visit – the wineries are right up my alley!
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  2. Mike says:

    The room was gorgeous…not sure I could sleep with all those colors going on…but what really caught me was. That gazebo! I would love to hang out with friends and have some drinks and just chat there. Reminded me of back home. I see your replies all the time and I followed you and commented for awhile but never heard from you. Continue to enjoy, Lauren! You’re doing great 🙂
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Mike! I always love seeing your comments and have replied to every single one. I just realized the other month that no one is alerted when I respond. Oops. Should be fixed now? Thank you for your kind words, as always. That gazebo was really magical! 🙂

  3. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans says:

    This looks like such a perfect place to stay. And right across the street from the Paula’s and the bakery – you can’t beat that! I hear that Paula’s can get crowded, so staying here, there’s no excuse for not getting an early table. I also love the fact that complimentary bikes are provided, I’m also loving the reading nook, and I’m glad you included the bathroom pic. Bathrooms are a big deal for some people like me! 😉
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      You can’t tell in the picture that much but the bathroom was very spacious! I think you’d approve 🙂 It really was a lovely place and it definitely was great to look out the window at Paula’s to see when people started lining up for tables! Thanks for reading, Dana 🙂

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