We love this hotel and return often. This stay was on Thanksgiving day, Nov 2012, and we arrived with no reservation, just hoping we could stay in Hotel La Rose, since we prefer always to stay in historical hotels, and this is a favorite for many sentimental reasons.
Usually we LOVE our room, but not so much this time, although we're not complaining because it was the ONLY room available. It was room 47, top floor. Bed nice, pillows just okay (and too few of them), TV much too small for the room, one smallish window. Due to top floor, ceiling is sloped, but there was plenty of room to walk around - the room is positively cavernous. Two chairs to sit in, also, and good bedside lights. Because of the busy holiday, we were lucky to get a room at all, and were so happy to be able to stay in Railroad Square area, which we really love.
We both felt the rate ($129) a little steep for the room, which was just okay in terms of decor/design.
Biggest drawback is that the tv was miniscule for the size of the room. Could barely see it from the bed, which was pretty far from the TV, and the TV was far on the right side, and pretty low on a table, so two people would have to contort themselves a bit to both have a few of the tv. Since we couldn't see the TV, we read books - a good solution!
There is a bar and restaurant combo downstairs, which are small-town friendly. Since it was Thanksgiving, they were not serving off the menu, but instead had a huge feast dinner. Since we're vegetarian, paying to eat a turkey would have been horrendous, so they graciously let us choose a few items from the "feast" and we dined on fresh veggies and other "side" dishes, which were excellent to outstanding. The bartender suggested a Pinot which was also outstanding.
The location is wonderful - Santa Rosa's "Railroad Square." Walk to a few good restaurants, great shops, and even the huge mall just a few blocks away. Great coffee house across the street where you can go to use and plug in your laptop (see separate review: Aroma Cafe).
The personnel at Hotel La Rose were excellent in every way, bending over backward to make sure we had a good stay.
If you dine in their restaurant, provide your room key for a 15% discount on your entire bill!
There was a breakfast in the morning in a roomy back room. We always sleep in late when on vacation, and still made it in time for coffee and bagels.