My husband selected this hotel for a get-a-way in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary. Boy, did he do well! This boutique hotel of 16 rooms was built in 2005 but looks like a charming old building that had been recently restored. The original owners wanted to build a hotel that emulated some of the best hotels in France and they certainly did achieve that! The hotel is warm, inviting and intimate in a very comfortable and luxurious manner. The staff is exceptionally well trained and from the moment you arrive to your departure you are extraordinarily cared for. They are welcoming and accommodating in every way from parking your car to offering you bottles of Voss water, to printing out directions, to making restaurant reservations, all done in a friendly, unpretentious manner. The General Manager Ramon is charming and ever present, insuring that your stay is perfect in every way. He hosts a wine and cheese reception in the evening with local vintners in the lobby salon. Our room, located on the 3rd floor and overlooking the street below could not have been more perfect! It was the perfect size, the 4 Poster Bed was super comfortable with wonderful, high-thread-count sheets and down comforter. There was a gas fireplace in the room operated with the flick of a switch, a Nespresso Coffee Machine, a jetted tub and lovely rain shower in the bath, fresh roses in the room & bath and every other amenity one could ever want. They left complimentary chocolates on the pillow, surprised us with champagne & chocolate dipped strawberries for our anniversary and gave us a complimentary bottle of Chalk Hill wine in the room. The in-suite Continental Breakfast was included with the room and was delicious. What more could one ask for?
The current owner of the hotel also owns Chalk Hill winery. My husband purchased a package from the hotel that included our lovely suite, a private tour of the Chalk Hill Winery and a six course tasting menu dinner at Chef Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen. A young and enthusiastic Jason toured us around the Chalk Hill vineyards in their Hummer and then poured us tastings of $150.00 wines. We were so impressed we joined the wine club.
Dry Creek Kitchen was also EXCEPTIONAL. Every morsel of the six courses was perfection. The atmosphere was comfortable, the service impeccable and it was entertaining getting to watch our meal being prepared as the chefs worked in full view of the diners behind a slightly screened wall of glass.
Healdsburg was also super charming. We have been to Napa many times and decided to venture into the Sanoma wine country this time. What a great choice that was! No crowds, no traffic and equally if not more beautiful countryside than Napa Valley. The charming village of Healdsburg is built Spanish style around a lovely square and park. The shops are delightful and all within an easy walk of our hotel.
I cannot wait to return to this beautiful part of California!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Les Mars, Relais And Chateaux
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in May 2005 and created by the Mars family, Les Mars Hotel brings the elegance and unobtrusive service of the finest European family hotels to Northern California. The Mars family follows the philosophy that patrons should be treated more like visiting friends than guests, and upon entering the lobby, visitors are welcomed to the warm smiles of the Swiss-trained hotel staff, unique 17th and 18th century antiques, and a comfort found only at the home of a very good friend.Les Mars Hotel represents a unique family project, a labor of love, and a new dimension of sophisticated, luxury lodging in wine country. Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, the definitive guide to luxury travel, commented that "Les Mars now sets the standard for luxury accommodations in Sonoma." ... more less
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