The beautiful minimal decor of this hotel with it's occasional witty surrealist touches, really appealed to us. It was luxurious and modern without being fussy or ostentatious (if only more hotels had this sort of aesthetic, and not the ubiquitous twee Victoriana style which seems to dominate most of the little hotels in this country.) This small scale of this hotel, with only 6 'cottages', makes this hotel a very personal experience and at times it can even feel like one's own private holiday home!
The breakfast were simple and delicious serving a beautiful array of fresh fruit, granola, scrumptious pastries, with lovely gourmet touches, like a platter of goat cheese and dates.
Sid, the hotel manager, was incredibly friendly and warm, with lots of helpful tips on the local restaurant scene, wineries etc.
The only thing that disappointed me is that I wanted a totally peaceful get-away, but was surprised to find it quite noisy with the perpetual moan of the freeway traffic and nearby construction work - living in LA something I really wanted to escape from! It has to be remembered that this hotel, while a serene and peaceful little oasis in itself, is not a rural retreat - it is still in the heart of town (albeit a smallish town) and unfortunately the outlying traffic noises seem to be amplified here.
It is very similar in feel to our very favourite little desert getaway, Hope Springs in Desert Hot Springs, thoughwe found it to be significantly more expensive..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel in Healdsburg, separate cottages, pool, Free WiFi, Free Parking, near plaza. ... more less