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Royal Scandinavian Inn - Solvang

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Contact Information

400 Alisal Road, P.O. Box 30
Solvang, California 93464
Phone: (805) 688-8000
Fax: (805) 688-0761
www.royalscandinavianinn.com

The Royal Scandinavian Inn offers immediate proximity to the fun Danish-styled shops and restaurants of Solvang.

I first discovered Solvang as a college student in Santa Barbara. Having grown up in Northern California, I had not been well-acquainted with the treasures that lay along the central coast. Once I came upon this town, about an hour north of my college, I went there every chance I could. It allowed me a sense of escape to an old, charming world of windmills and European romance. A quiet and authentic Danish town filled with coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, and shops, the town exuded a sense of serenity and an air of fantasy. This ambiance I enjoyed then is what makes Solvang an ideal spot for traveling families today.

When you visit Solvang, you will want to stay right in the village so that you can push your stroller or walk with your youngsters into the town, to browse through the shops and dine in the restaurants. The Royal Scandinavian Inn meets this need as it is located in the heart of the town. An old Danish village with cobblestone sidewalks, windmills, and high shingled roofs, the town of Solvang is like a Disneyland for children. Solvang, which means "sunny field" in Danish, is situated in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Established as a Danish village in 1910, Solvang continues attracting Danes from all over the United States and Europe and has become a community committed to the Danish heritage and culture. One-and-a-half million visitors annually find their way to Solvang and, in September, the town celebrates their own Danish Days Festival and theaterfest.

This little hamlet is filled with interesting windmills and Danish shops which include numerous candy shops, toy shops and children's clothing stores. The many outdoor cafes create a refreshing atmosphere for families with babies and young children, and enable parents and youngsters to enjoy the festive, casual environment, and the fresh air. Mom and Dad, as well as the youngsters, will love sampling Aebleskives--Solvang's signature Danish dessert--a delicate pastry served hot with jam, syrup, or powdered sugar. Much of the town's street illumination is provided by old-fashioned gas lamps. Those well-lit streets, combined with Solvang's extremely low crime rate, make walking with children and babies safe and inviting in the evenings.

At the Royal Scandinavian Hotel, rates vary slightly according to seasons, but it remains a generally economical hotel.

Baby/Child Friendliness:

  • Much of the Royal Scandinavian Inn's baby-friendliness does have to do with the location. Its proximity to the town means that there is no need to get into a car and get babies into car seats. The village can be easily reached by walking.
  • Cribs are provided upon request.
  • The long, wide, hallways are a convenient feature for a toddler. My almost two year old daughter could run up and down and burn up steam.
  • I found easy elevator access to a wide elevator.
  • I recommend you request one of the many rooms available without patios, which are baby-safe.
  • In-room cable television was provided on which we found Sesame Street.
  • Air-conditioned rooms are comfortable for children.
  • Sound-proof rooms. During our stay, my toddler daughter was sick with a cold, fussy, and crying, yet nobody seemed to hear, nor did we hear anyone else.
  • Walking trails. Two blocks from the hotel is a beautiful walking path near a new home development. The trail overlooks the Santa Ynez Mountains and a lush golf course. It is very easy to push a stroller along this trail, and, my older daughter (almost two) and baby daughter seemed to enjoy the scenery as much as we did.
  • In-room dining. Food from the Royal Scandia Restaurant is served from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Mom and Dad might select a portabella mushroom sandwich or beef tenderloin cobb salad for instance. A small child's menu includes chicken fingers, corn dogs and cheeseburgers. Although food selection is not as extensive as some hotels listed in this book, the hours are convenient.
  • A large heated swimming pool is available.
  • Games in the lobby, including checkers, are amenable to traveling families.
  • No smoking rooms are available.
  • A baby-sitting service is provided upon request.
  • Laundry service, including one-day-service is available. Dry cleaning is also available.

Note: We found the absence of in-room refrigerators and the small size of the rooms not so baby-friendly. When staying at the Royal Scandinavian Inn, you will need to make accommodations for these inconveniences for instance, by bringing a large cooler filled with ice and also packing very lightly.

Many Solvang travelers don't realize that, beyond the shops and restaurants, the Santa Ynez Valley offers beautiful trails for hiking and walking. This one, located behind the Royal Scandinavian, was very stroller-accessible for my family.

Romance:

  • The hotel's somewhat romantic decor includes the paneled walls of the lobby, beamed ceilings, and a large stone fireplace.
  • Attached to the hotel is Meadows Restaurant and Bar which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Room service is available from here as well.

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