We stayed here 7 nights on a recent vist to Petaluma to visit our daughter. This is a great little hotel. Petaluma is not a great destination spot, nor is it a particularly good stop over, but this hotel is worth the trip. (I guess people do stay here when visiting wine country). It is a beautiul facility. The landscaping feels like you are in a peacful garden. Jasmine was in bloom and the fragrance was wonderful. There are seven separate buildings on the property (see tips for recommendations). The heated pool and hot tub area is absolutely lovely. The pool area is nestled between buildings 1 and 2 literally a couple of steps outide of the lobby/dining area. It is safe and secure. Our grandsons loved the pool. The gate requires your room key for entry. This is a great safety feature to keep young children and non guests from wandering in unexpectedly. We enjoyed the breakfast. The staff is friendly and helpful. The only complaint is the size of the dining area. It consists of about 3 or 4 tables and some window seats in the hotel lobby. The hotel was full the entire time we were there. We went in at several different times and it was always full and very crowded. Not much room to move around. There are tables outside on a patio that are very nice, but the mornings werer pretty cool while we were there. I love the location of this hotel. It is close to highway 101 and you can hear the freeway traffic when you are outside, but the location itself is somewhat secluded. It is not on a main road, so there is very little traffic. The trees surrounding the property hide the businesses behind you on the highway. It could be a little tricky to find. You exit 101 at exit 476 and go North on the Old Redwood Highway for one block. Turn left at the light on the McDowell extension (at the Applebee's) and then another left on Montero Way and you are there. There are not a lot of hotel choices in Petaluma, but if you find yourself there, this is the place to stay. (Take advantage of the Cattlemen's Steakhouse coupon on your room key.) We got upgraded to the king suite because of our Choice membership. This room truly is a suite! It is not a room with a half-wall divider that some chains (including Choice Hotels) call a suite. This is a two room apartment with a whirlpool tub. The suite is probably 500 square feet. The bedroom is larger than the bedroom in my house. There is a door between the living room and the bedroom for privacy. The "kitchen" area has a eating bar, a microwave, refrigerator and sink. Plenty of cabinet space to store your food and snacks. There is a separate room for the sink/vanity, and cloths closet. And of the course the bathroom with that wonderful whirlpool tub. The living room has a sofa, chair, desk, TV, end tables and coffee table and lots of room to spread out. The other nice thing about it, is it was located at the end of building 3, above the gym, so there were no neighbors next to, or below the bedroom. This suite (235) was very quiet. There are a couple of issues, I must mention. The room, while very clean, and very spacious, was very dated. The furnishings looked like they were probably 30 years old. The two TVs were old 27" picture tube tvs that were in serious need of replacment. The room didn't smell particularly fresh. I don't know if this facility still allows smoking or not, but it reminded me of a room that had been smoked in, and then attempted to clean. My wife plugged in an air freshener but it didn't help much. The room needed some attention. We opened the bedroom window to let in some fresh air and try to get rid of the stale room odor, and found the screen had been patched with a separate piece of screen held over the old screen with blue painter's tape. This didn't seal very well, and we did get some flies in the room. There were a couple of barstools at the eating bar, that were literally falling apart. When I put my feet on the foot rests, they came off and fell on the floor. The whirlpool tub had been patched. I guess it had cracked. One of the jets didn't work. We had a little communication problem with one of the maids. She was coming to clean the room, so we told her we would leave. We left for two hours and came back and our room was not cleaned. Apparently she thought we didn't want the room cleaned. The only reason I wouldn't give this hotel higher marks for value, is that the room rate went up by almost $50.00 per night for Friday and Saturday nights. This put the room at a price that I feel was well above the quality of the room. The weekday rate was acceptable for this area. I will stay here again next time I come to Petaluma, but I would like to see some updates to the rooms, and the same attention to the rooms as they give the hotel exterior and grounds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the southern edge of Petaluma, one of the oldest cites in California founded in 1858, stands the distinctive Cape Cod style complex of buildings that is the Quality Inn Petaluma. Rated three diamonds by AAA, the 108 room hotel serves as the travelers comfortable and convenient hub to historic downtown, pacific coast beaches, wetland hiking trails, golf courses, wineries and family farms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Hotel Petaluma
- Quality Inn Petaluma, CA - Sonoma County
- Petaluma Quality Inn