Written by Nadia Ibanez
I’m a huge proponent of staying in an independent boutique hotel, a revamped bed and breakfast, or a unique resort set among massive acreage with amenities a chain hotel could never offer. You’ll find one hotel chain in Solvang, but the rest of your accommodation options will range in a variety of forms. During my recent stay, as a guest of the Solvang Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, I had some time to check out a few different hotel accommodations in town. If you’re researching where to stay in Solvang, here are a few hotels and resorts that will surely pique your interest.
Hotel Corque offers convenience and excellent service
Solvang is an extremely walkable town so Hotel Corque was the perfect hotel for our trip because of its close proximity to the main streets. (Not to mention, the lush amenities were welcomed after long days of sightseeing and wine tasting.) The luxury, AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel has more than 120 guest rooms and suites and guests can take in the landscapes of the Santa Ynez Mountains from nearly everywhere they stand. And because of its high accolades, the service is impeccable and spot on.
In need of room service, or looking for a place for Happy Hour or an incredible meal? Walk over to Root 246 for a farm-to-table inspired dinner. The lounge is a great place to watch the game or take a date. Read all about our stellar meal at Root 246 here.
Hotel Corque is owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and guests can take the complimentary 24-hour shuttle to the Chumash Casino Resort located just four miles away. If you’re looking for nightly entertainment, spa services and a variety of dining options, I highly recommend taking advantage of the shuttle service. The casino has a live music venue along with a pretty impressive list of performers and shows. Promotions are regular occurrence at the casino and you might just find yourself with some extra gambling money if you sign up for the Chumash player’s club.
If you want to be uber close to the casino excitement, check out the Hotel at Chumash Casino Resort. The recently remodeled resort hotel offers 123 guest rooms and luxury suites. In addition to slots, table games, bingo and poker, the resort offers a fine dining restaurant, The Willows, The Creekside buffet and the Chumash Café for a quick bite.
The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort reinvents Old Western living
Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a working cattle ranch set among 10,500 acres of picturesque countryside views? The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort offers 73 suites and studios at the private ranch where you’ll find 100 horses and grazing cattle. The resort also boasts 50 miles of horseback riding trails, a massive spring-fed lake, two championship golf courses, fine dining and some of the best views in town.
Depending on what you’re interested in, The Alisal offers a number of packages to suit all of your needs. Take for instance the Round-Up Vacation Package, which includes golf, a two-hour horseback ride, tennis, fishing and access to the gym and spa. The BBQ Bootcamp is another popular choice where guests are treated to grilling workshops and tips from the resort’s executive chef Pascal Godé and Hitching Post II owner Frank Ostini. All meals are included with this package and you’ll surely be treated to some amazing Santa Maria barbecue.
If you want to spend a single day at The Alisal, the public golf course is inviting and the River Grill Restaurant offers an extensive menu. I dropped by for lunch and highly recommend the Alisal Tortilla Soup and any of the salads or sandwiches.
If you’re lucky enough to spend a weekend or a few days in Solvang, you’ll definitely have your fair share of hotel options. Solvang offers 14 different types of hotels, resorts and inns so it’s just a matter of finding the right fit. Bring your friends, your family or your significant other and go out and explore Solvang! For more information on where to stay in Solvang, visit www.SolvangUSA.com.