Hadsten House Inn and Spa Stay and Dinner – April 25 & 26, 2017

From the outside you would never know what this hotel is all about. It’s located on highway 246 on the way to Solvang, and it looks just like every other Danish style building that this area has to offer. Once you’re in the lobby you get a hint of what the rooms will look like, but honestly you just must come here for a stay to fully understand what I am about to describe.

The rooms are extremely tasteful, offering every kind of amenity you desire. There are muted colors of grays, black, brown and beige, very quaint. You will be indulged in a distinctive European Style with their uniquely appointed guest rooms featuring classic French furnishings, decorative fireplaces and lavish comfort. The beds are extraordinarily comfortable and cozy. I stayed in a suite with two separate bathrooms. In addition to this, they have a lovely indoor heated pool and a quiet outdoor Jacuzzi.

It is centrally located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley wine country and is within walking distance to Solvang world’s famous stores and bakeries. They also offer a free shuttle to the Chumash Casino, this enables you to do some gambling during your stay.

All the rooms include their delightful free breakfast buffet: scrambled eggs, bacon with lots of delicious bread, yogurt, etc. It offers a wide range variety of food that you need to start your day fresh. Additionally, you can get a rejuvenation treatment by selecting one of their spa suites or relax at their heated indoor swimming pool.

Hadsten House is a six-time award winner, honored with the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame by TripAdvisor. This unique accolade is granted only to those venues that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. Certificates of Excellence can be earned only by receiving consistent great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Furthermore, they offer a wide variety of room types: Premium King, accessible King with Roll-in Shower, Premium Two Queen Beds, Premium King Spa, Accessible King Spa with Roll-in Shower and the Premium Suite.

One bedroom suite comes with adjoining suite featuring the King Bed and two bathrooms. For couples, the spa room is very romantic. It comes with a big Jacuzzi bathtub and other amenities like TV and a fireplace in the main room.

They were nice enough to have me as their guest and host a dinner at their bistro. Hotel guests with children of 12 years old and under, eat dinner for free when dining with their parents at the Hadsten House Restaurant.


Lobster Bisque, Oven-baked with a golden puff pastry top and accented with a dash of sherry wine. The presentation is very appealing, the soup itself for me did not have enough lobster flavors, but they do put in some very nice chunks of lobster in the soup.

Fried Calamari with buttermilk-marinated and served with chipotle aioli. This is a very light batter with nice well-seasoned flavor.


Warm Spinach with baby spinach, red onion, cave-ripened blue cheese and candled pecans in a house-made bacon-balsamic vinaigrette. The nice fresh spinach contributes greatly for a healthy salad.


Wild Tiger Shrimp Pasta with angel hair pasta, creamy white wine and roasted clam sauce, mushrooms, smoked bacon, wild tiger shrimp, shaved Parmesan and roasted tomatoes. I loved this pasta, it has a very distinctive shrimp flavor that just pops into your mouth.


Pan-seared diver scallops with Parmesan risotto, fresh greens, house pickled onions & white truffle oil. The truffle infused risotto is just wonderful!

Butcher Block:

Filet Migñon, 8 oz, filet medallion with seasonal fresh vegetables and crème fraiche mashed potatoes. The cut of meat was very tender and the mashed potatoes were delicious.

Pork Chop, grilled 10 oz., topped with Apricot Fig chutney, served with herb-crusted baby red potatoes & grilled market-fresh vegetables. They have a very creative way to make pork chop, and the figs were out of this word.


Créme Brulee, Tahitian vanilla bean custard capped with a caramelized sugar crust. It’s as good as a crème brulee can get.

The wines I tried:

Chamisal, Steel Chardonnay- Central Coast, 2013. For some reason, wine was not included in my tasting, but I had to try the basics. This wine went great with the shrimp.

Vincent Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate-Santa Ynez Valley. Very distinguished Cabernet, was an amazing combination with the filet.

Everything about the Hadsten House has so much more than meets the eye. From its lovely appointed rooms, to its location, you simply can’t go wrong by staying here. My amazing stay and dining experience will become a staple in my future trips.

Hadsten House – Inn Bistrot Spa
1450 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463


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