I booked Anna's Cottage for 3 days recently. The hotel had a great sale directly through them, and I was very happy to be able to stay here finally after years of almost staying here while in town. The place certainly has personality. It is more like staying in a european hotel than american place. With this you may be happy that the beds are great and clean and linens are lovely. The grounds are pretty, breakfast and coffee included (don't expect anything more than a small pastry or muffin and coffee though). And it is very close to the downtown area, which is basically the only area you would want to stay when visiting Petaluma.
I will warn travelers who expect perfection, or aren't into quirky. This place would not be for you! When I first checked in, I would have given the place 2 stars, based on the fact that the door to my cottage didn't feel secure, the checkin process was weird, the cottage smelled strange and the kitchen was fairly useless. But, I admit that after staying for a day or so, I did come to think of the place like a family member - who you love, even with some faults.
In Anna's Cottage there are two floors. On the top floor there is a round bed in one bedroom (ha!) and three twins in another. I was worried that the round bed would be from the 70's, but it was quite clean and comfortable. There was a huge clawfoot tub that was clean and lovely! The sun shone brightly in the bathroom and roundbed bedroom which made the winter days feel happier.
The downstairs was tired. It is basically just one room with kitchenette and small dining table, couch and lounge chair. The couch was a nice design, but very old and tired looking. Not inviting to relax on at all. The kitchen was an ikea bar with deep sink and strange, produce fridge. No freezer and no oven. When I checked in, the kid told me that I was welcome to use anything in the main area's kitchen. But, when I went looking, it seemed to be just as bare as the kitchenette. It reminded me of my first house, where I got to take all the strange leftover kitchen items from my parent's house that they didn't want anymore. It'd be fine for re-heating take-out, or making some porridge, etc. But, really not practical for a true kitchen. I should also mentioned that on the last day I found the note that said to do my dishes, or be charged $35 (or something around that). Which was fine, I did them already - but no sponge, no kitchen towel, etc was provided to do them!
Cleanliness, I would give 3 stars, except having GREAT clean lines and towels bumped it up to 4
Comfort, I would give it 3 stars, except bed comfort and nice grounds bumps it up to 4
Service, I would give it 3 stars, except I liked the strange personalities working there and the lounge area with self-service drip coffee
Anyway, regardless of the wonkyness of the place... I will return. I don't want to stay on the east-side, and charm and a clean bed and bathtub go a LONG way in my book.
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- French European charm, Located in Sonoma County Wine Country, Only non smoking rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metro Hotel Petaluma
- Metro Hotel And Cafe Petaluma, CA - Sonoma County