on July 16, 2013
This hotel was a little pricier than I would normally ever book, but I think we waited a bit too long to decide on a hotel for a Friday night stay on a holiday weekend (in an area that is already somewhat smaller), so our options were limited. The photos looked fabulous, and it had great reviews so I knew it'd be worth it- but glad that we were only staying for one night.The hotel is relatively easy to find and is across from the large, family friendly Train Town attraction. We checked in during the later afternoon, and I think there was only one other person at the desk, so it was very efficient. The gentleman who checked us in was extremely nice, and to our delight informed us that there was a shuttle that runs from the hotel to downtown Sonoma pretty much all night long until 10:30. We were having dinner at The Girl and the Fig later that evening so that would be perfect! We were also informed of the Happy Hour wine tasting that would take place in the lobby from 4:30-6:30, which I had also read about online.We were pretty tired since we had spent the entire two days prior walking around the city of San Francisco, and from getting an early start that morning, so we got to the room and immediately took a nap. By the time we woke up it was time for happy hour, so one by one each of the girls went downstairs with a book to grab a taster of wine and sit on the large patio with lounge patio furniture. The tasting was great, and the pool was pretty hopping with a bunch of families. I imagine this is a good family friendly hotel because you're able to get a "villa" which allows a little more privacy with noisy children. There were also little covered cabana benches surrounding the pool which would be PERFECT for a day full of sunbathing with friends! Once we were all downstairs and reading on the patio, we decided it would be the perfect time to consume our chilled rose (pronounced Ro-say since I don't have accent marks!) we had purchased earlier at Gundlach Bundschu. The bartender in the hotel bar was more than happy to uncork it for us, and playfully said the fee would be a small taste (as he said he loved rose and complimented our taste)! We saw some others at the bar enjoying some charcuterie and thought that would go nicely with our wine on the patio! Once it was prepared, the bartender brought it out to us on the patio and we enjoyed lazily reading and sipping as the sun was setting. The room was adequate for the 4 of us ladies- two double beds and one vanity, and a mini fridge which was good for keeping wine chilled. A nice perk was having the toilet in a separate "room" with a door- good for multiple people! I will say the beds weren't too comfortable, so that was a disappointment. But we did have a balcony with a chair and a table, which was also good for a little place to read in the outdoor breeze. As this hotel is a resort and SPA, their tiled deep basin garden tub was a nice touch, and would be good for a bubble bath if you're lucky enough to enjoy one. I checked out the Spa Treatment menu, which was unsurprisingly pretty steep- but seriously contemplated a foot massage for $45 since my feet were aching from walking around San Fran. There are certainly more "affordable" treatments if you just want a little pampering, but be prepared to pay!The property appeared to be pretty large, as we were staying in the very front of the main building, and saw villas sprawling towards the back. There's even a little mini-vineyard area with real grapes and an irrigation system! There's benches and chairs and an ashtray, so it would appear this is just a scenic place for smokers to sit, but I felt it was a great opportunity to grab a photo since we didn't have time to do so at the actual wineries! It was definitely a great experience and I didn't want to leave. I would hope that the rates aren't as steep on non-holiday weekends, and I would definitely look for a discount if at all possible. This is a Marriott affiliate so if you have points with them it would be worth using them here! If you're looking for a classy place to relax in Sonoma- this is your place!
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