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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
*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!