The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by tamtbell on April 16, 2004

It was a pleasant 3-hour trip from Lake Tahoe to Sonoma, as the day was beautiful, warm and sunny; however, the traffic into Sonoma was rather heavy, which of course made us somewhat nervous, since we were unfamiliar with the area. Upon arriving finally at Broadway and making a right, we then made an immediate left at the Lodge of Sonoma. Upon entering the lobby we were greeted quickly by the professional and friendly staff, who informed us that since we were arriving so early, our room was not yet ready; however, they were happy to begin the check-in process for us. Since we wanted to do a bit of sightseeing, we shrugged and advised the front desk clerk that that was fine.

Later that evening, we headed back to the hotel, quickly picked up our key, and headed to our room, which was right above a few miscellaneous stores. The first thing I noticed upon entering the hallways where some of the hotel rooms were located was that the smell of spoiled olive oil permeated the air. It wasn’t exactly the most disgusting smell I have ever encountered, but certainly not the best either. The good news was that the smell in the hallway did not also inhabit our room. Our room here was very nice with a gas fireplace, king-size bed, sitting area, and the best feature by far was the bathroom, which had a open window looking over the bed that was covered by wooden blinds that could be utilized when privacy was needed while bathing. The toilet was in a small separate room, there was a glass shower stall and an extremely large soaking tub that even came with complimentary bath salts. Also supplied were some of the nicest-smelling lotions, shampoos and conditioners, which filled the room with essence of lavender and vanilla when we showered.

In the evenings, we were treated to beautiful sunsets that could be viewed through the French doors that led to our balcony, which was large enough for a wrought-iron table and two chairs. It was a perfect place to sit and watch the sun go down under the rolling green hills of Sonoma Valley. The only negative aspect to this was that the hotel is situated right off a main road, so of course there are some traffic sounds; however, we heard neither traffic nor the sounds of other guests during our two-day stay here in Sonoma.

The price was just great here for us, because again, I used my travel agent status to acquire a rate of $69.00 when I believe the normal rate here was at least a minimum of $140.00 and up. Overall this was a great place to stay for a few days, soak up some Californian sun, tour some vineyards, and of course try some food at some of the great restaurants nearby. For more information regarding this property, click on the following link: website

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Hotel and Spa
1325 Broadway
Sonoma, 95476
(707) 935-6600

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