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El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   405 First St. W, Sonoma, CA 95476   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Sonoma
Nice, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Romantic Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Feel like you are in a getaway in a lovely villa in Italy or Mexico. Wonderful rooms and great place to dine and enjoy cocktails in the beautiful garden year around. Park your car for the weekend and leave it then walk around exploring Sonoma's wonderful square.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rock Island, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We only stayed there 1 night but it was great. Comfortable bed, great atmosphere, really comfortable beds/lounge chairs by the pool. Looking forward to my next stay in Sonoma and have already booked my room at The Eldorado!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 165 cities Reviews in 165 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We were in the area for a week on business with my daughter, her infant son and husband. We had two rooms for 3 nights here. I chose this hotel for us because of the location; we would be able to walk to restaurants and shops during the day while the guys were working in nearby Petaluma. Our rooms were upstairs, right off of the main lobby. Our room was down the hall a bit with a view of the inner courtyard and my daughter's was close to the stairs, with a view of the street. She ended up moving to a cottage after one night becuase of concsturction noise.

Everyone we encountered was very pleasant and helpful. The rooms are immaculate with small refrigerators and bottled water. We loved having meals right at El Dorado Kitchen, one lunch was out on the patio which was very nice. We enjoyed walking to lunch at girl and the fig and Swiss Hotel during the week and wine tasting at Roche Family Vineyards. The only problem we encountered during the stay was the construction work one afternoon and morning. They were putting new rain gutters on and the pounding was very annoying.

We enjoyed lounging by the small pool and ordered lunch to the pool one day. There was a cozy fire going at 5:00 am when we down to the lobby to work one morning and the front desk person started the coffee early for us. Breakfast is not included with your room but the restaurant is very, very good.

We would definitely return again to this hotel and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Sonoma area on business or pleasure..... or both! Thank you staff at El Dorado Hotel for making our stay very enjoyable. :)

Room Tip: The cottages in the back are more quiet but you do hear alot of noise from the restaurant all over h...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It's a lovely hotel in many ways. But our experienced was marred by an external air-conditioner compressor which was located just below our room (we were in in #18 - AVOID!), which woke us up repeatedly through the night. We were too tired and discombobulated to want to face moving rooms in the middle of the night (we were only staying one night for a friends birthday), so raised it at check out the next morning with the manager.

Whilst apologetic, and totally admitting the noisiness of the room, the manager took the somewhat uncompromising stance that there was nothing that could be done, and no gesture that could be made to give meaning to her apology. She said if we had complained in the middle of the night she would have happily moved us, but since we didn't, that was just tough. Having had our experienced and our sleep so unpleasantly disrupted, a small gesture - an offer of an upgrade next time or a token discount - would have gone a long way to keep our good will and our return custom; both of which the hotel has now lost.

Room Tip: Avoid room 18 - with the noisy A/C unit outside!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We came here for a quick getaway and it was our first time staying at the hotel. The rooms are tidy and the staff is so nice and courteous.

We wanted to order room service right before the kitchen closed and they went out of their way to make sure our order was put in! The food is some of the best I've had in Sonoma.

I recommend taking advantage of their winter rates as the hotel and Sonoma in general is a lot less crowded. We'll definitely be back!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The location is great. The bed was extremely uncomfortable. Lots of noise from the restaurant in the room. No elevator so had to carry bags up the stairs. No liquid soap in the shower.
Staff did not differentiate between someone eating at the restaurant and a hotel guest.
Would not stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Really good time went back three times and always had fun servers and great drinks and food!

Would go back for sure, we had a private home l1/2 mile from here and never bothered cooking at home.

Be sure to enjoy this stop...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 405 First St. W, Sonoma, CA 95476
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Sonoma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the historic downtown Sonoma Plaza, 45 minutes north of San Francisco, our boutique hotel reflects the simple charm of the wine country as well as the urban sophistication of our guests.From world class dining at our El Dorado Kitchen, to relaxing poolside, to enjoying the area’s many local activities the El Dorado Hotel is a one of a kind destination. ... more   less 
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