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“1 Year Anniversary at The Vintners, Loved It!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Vintners Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“1 Year Anniversary at The Vintners, Loved It!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2006

My wife and I recently spent our 1 year anniversary staying at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa for 5 nights. We flew into SFO and drove about an hour north to the Inn. Vintners is located just off the highway, very easy to find. I think a previous post or two talked about highway noise, but there was no highway noise and the grounds are beautiful. We booked an Upstairs Fireplace Room and absolutely loved it. The room was large, with our own private balcony and great views of the vineyard and courtyard area. The entire complex was very quiet and very well maintained. It's a perfect romantic getaway for couples.

The location of the Vintners is perfect, with about equal distance to both Sonoma and Napa Valleys without being in a busy area. The Inn is very secluded compared to most areas. The drive to both hubs of Sonoma and Napa vineyards is maybe 30-45 minutes, but the drive is gorgeous, so spending the time is not a factor.

The breakfast at The Vintners is top notch, with a complimentary continental breakfast and also a fantastic menu to order off. The service there is also impeccable. We also ate at John Ash, which is basically part of the entire complex and the food and service were outstanding. Ask to sit outside, where you'll have a spectacular view of the vineyard.

The front desk staff was unbelievably friendly. We arrived at about midnight our first night and the woman working at the desk was waiting for us to arrive, complete with cookies for us. It was as though we arrived at a relative's house. The staff helped us plan vineyard trips, arranged for private tours of the vineyards, provided us with complimentary tasting passes and also arranged to ship back all the wine we purchased. I can't say enough about the entire staff.

The entire trip was perfect, but it was made especially memorable by staying at the Vintner's. I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else.

Stayed June 2006
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2006

We stayed at Vintners Inn for two nights in mid September. This was the end of our two week trip to California. The grounds are beautiful! Everything is kept up very well. The room was lovely. We stayed in a king on the first floor with our own little patio. The room had a large tub and dressing area. There was a welcome bottle of wine in the room when we arrived and turn down service in the evening (large chocolate cookies left on our pillows.) The bed was comfortable and the room was well ventilated. In the evening the grounds are lit with tiny white lights making the inn very cozy and romantic. We ate in the restaurant for breakfast and once for dinner. Service was excellant but the continental breakfast was a little slim. We ordered off the menu because we don't usually stop for lunch. Food was very good. For dinner at John Ash the food was good and portions were fine but it was a bit pricey. Overall, it was a very nice experience and I would recommend this inn. One thing to note, it is not that close to Napa. We drove @40 minutes to get to the heart of wine country. If you don't mind a little drive this inn is worth it.

  • Liked — Ambiance
  • Disliked — John Ash prices a little high
  • Tips/Secrets — A little bit of a drive from Napa but well worth it.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2006

My husband and I spent 3 nights at the Vintner's Inn. We loved the inn and the food at John Ash was wonderful. The staff was excellent. When we arrived, I asked about the in-room massages. We arrived at 4pm & by 5:30, I was enjoying a massage in the privacy of our spacious room. All the rooms have balconies & the landscaping is beautiful. It was very peaceful, quiet and romantic. The breakfast buffet had a large assortment of breads, cheeses and fruit. We also ordered breakfast off the menu and it was very reasonable. We would stay there again. It was a great value for 250.00 a night.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2006

This property has made my top 3 hotel list. Only behind the Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ, and the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, NV. The property is incredible with cozy little buidlings (approx 8 units per building). There is a nice walking path along with the tranquility of the vineyard surrounding the property. It is located next to a power station, but you will never notice once you enter the property. The breakfast is one of the best I have ever had. The food at John Ash is also great. We walked right in without a reservation, but we were told you normally need reservations. My wife loved the toiletries and I loved the free bottle of wine and nightly cookies. The property is also a central location for exploring the Sonoma wine country.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2006

My husband and I stayed at Vintners Inn for 3 nights. The drive from Oakland was tough with the traffic on 101. But once at Vintners Inn, which is just a couple miles north of Santa Rosa, it was like being somewhere else. The place is surrounded by a berm and a stonewall to protect the views and sounds from the traffic on the 101. Being so close to the freeway was very convenient to get to all Sonoma amenities. The vineyard views to the South were spectacular. It seems like Vintners Inn is in the very center of the County. Close to the ocean, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek.
After a friendly check-in we went to our room and walked through a beautiful courtyard with a fountain (Just like in the South of France). Our room was so comfortable with a huge bed, feather bedding and Italian amenities. The soaking tub was huge!
Their restaurant, John Ash is just steps away from our room. It has an incredibly beautiful bar – the drinks are awesome! And the terrace dining by the vineyards was the best of all. The food and service really made us sold on this place.
Breakfast was fair – as we were offered a complimentary continental, but the hot menu items made up. They were so tasty and reasonably priced. The best was that they serve delicious Illy coffee – even at all the building lobbies early in the morning.
The front desk staff was helpful and gave us really good recommendations for wineries and activities. They had maps and brochures for everything. If not they’d check the Internet and print out instructions for us.
Unfortunately the weather did not help with so much rain in the area, but our cozy room with fireplace was the best!
We will definitely visit our new friends again.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2006

My stay at Vintners Inn was wonderful from start to finish. My wife and I were looking for a place to relax for our anniversary. Everything from the staff, to the Deluxe Breakfast, to the grounds and the rooms was perfect! We will return again soon.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2006

We got an auction package for this place. As others have said, it's in an odd location in that to get to it from off the highway, you have to travel by a power plant to get to it.

However, once there, it's just a wonderful place, surrounded by a vineyard. The inn is comprised of three small buildings and the main lobby building.

Our room was upstairs overlooking the vineyards which was especially nice in the mornings and evenings. The only mistake of the stay was on the first night we needed to use the sofabed and found there were no sheets on it. We called down and the bed was promptly made. The rooms are large and very well kept. We had an upstairs junior suite. Great bathroom and actually the best quality hotel robes I've ever seen at a hotel! Decent closet space, but not huge. Good size dressing area with room for two. I thought there wasn't a chest of drawers until I figured out they were part of the TV Armoire.

It's very quiet in the evening, no noise from the rooms next door or the nearby highway. Everything was clean and just as it should be. Upon arrival, the front desk had everything ready in our travel packet; she'd made the reservations for us for the wine tour and dinner at John Ash. There were maps and directions for everything we wanted to see. For those who can't live without the internet for 48 hours, you should be aware that there aren't any wireless connections in the room. But there is a communal computer in the lobby if you don't want to do dial up.

I thought the breakfast buffet was appropriate for wine country; I suspect folks hear the word "buffet" and are expecting one of those all-you-can-eat Las Vegas things. It's more like a continental breakfast: a small selection of fruits, cereals, yogurts, cheeses, small pastries and so on. It was plenty for my friend and me, but if you're a ham & eggs person, there's a full menu to order from.

The grounds are quite lovely with a large fountain the courtyard between the three buildings. There's a small workout room with a couple treadmills, bikes, and weight set. While it would never occur to me to work out on vacation <g> it seems about the right size for an inn with only 22 rooms, but it's not a full gym. There's also an outdoor Jacuzzi.

At John Ash restaurant, which is part of the hotel, I had a wonderful meal with butternut squash soup and pork tenderloin (although my friend was disappointed in her risotto). The wine list is extensive and our server made some nice pairing selections. There's a very nice bar, and outdoor patio for when the weather is good. We ordered room service one night, it arrived hot and was exactly as we ordered.

The hotel is owned by the FERRARI-CARANO winery, so quite naturally the hotel was happy to make us tour reservations at their winery about a half-hour's drive from the hotel. It's a beautiful winery, the tour was fun, our guide seemed to actually enjoy her job instead of just reciting endless wine facts, and there was a distinct lack of snobbism or pressure at the tastings.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay there and recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vintners Inn

Address: 4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Santa Rosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Rosa
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Rosa
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Rosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vintners Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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