We spent four days at the Sonoma Mission Inn in Boyes Hot Springs near Sonoma, California. While the hotel is not situated in the prettiest stretch of Highway 1, once you enter the grounds and see the beautiful gardens and well-kept buildings, you will be delighted. The lobby is warm and inviting and the check-in smooth and welcoming. We had a deluxe fireplace room on the third floor. Unfortunately, we were across from the elevator and they should offer you another option or inform you of that. While the hotel is very quiet, it took a little while to tune out the elevator signal. The room itself was comfortable and well-furnished as indicated in the web site. The fireplace uses a bag of crushed material and was not easy to light. While we enjoyed the fireplace, I am not sure that the extra cost was worth it. It rained every day and we wanted to spend one afternoon in the room. However, the room was not made up by 3 PM and that was true daily. We called for maid service and she arrived within 10 minutes so we were grateful.
The spa is marvelous. The combination of classes, pools of different temperatures, massages and pedicure, the fitness center all set out in a lovely setting were incredibly relaxing and we felt very pampered. Ashley at the desk was very helpful and warm. The water yoga was unique and Elizabeth and Hannah, the instructors were excellent. The yoga in the gym led by Melena was also excellent. The massages (Vince and Nicole) were the best we have ever had. We also took a morning hike with Lori which was a special treat - into the hills beside the waterfalls. Lori was a joy to be with -- informative, warm and fun.
We lost power two evenings. The first evening, we went to bed at 8:30 as there was nothing else to do. The second evening, the power went out at 4:30 and we were told it would not come on until midnight. While we went to a great restaurant in Sonoma for dinner, we were struck that the hotel dining room could not offer cold food for the guests. Also, the first night there were insufficient flashlights. As the hotel is located in earthquake country, I would hope that there is an earthquake plan and a way to deal with being isolated for 72 hours. That means available food.
We ate in the bar the first night -- there was a good bar selection (sliders, hummus, etc) and the cocktails were great. We also ate quite a bit in the Big 3 Restaurant that is open only for breakfast and lunch. The food was very good but as there are few restaurants in the vicinity, unless one wants to drive to town, options are limited. It would be better if the informal restaurant were open for dinner as well. We don't always want large meals.
On the while, it was a very pleasant weekend in a lovely place made even better by a superb spa experience.
- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Hotel Sonoma
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn And Spa
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Hotel
- Sonoma Mission Inn
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- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
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