My wife, dog and I stayed at the Sonora Best Western plus for two nights, February 14th and 15th and really enjoyed our time there.
We went to the hills partially to celebrate Valentines Day. Also to just get out in the woods and recharge our batteries. Our visit to the SBW+ did just that.
From the time we checked in the hotel clerk, Kathy?, made me feel as though we'd come to stay with cousins in the mountain for a couple of nights. Meaning at a comfortable home away from home. Whenever I needed additional help from them, the maids and hotel restaurant staff were all so nice. More family than clerks.
We stayed on the ground floor towards the middle of the property. Specifically room #116. We loved the expansive grounds. With the various grassy spots and trees it was nice for both pooch and people to walk around.
The room was well appointed and offers a sliding glass door to a patio area. Thus allowing fresh air in your room. TV seemed large though we didn't turn it on. Refrigerator comes in handy to store chow for your trip or leftovers from the great restaurant.
Down sides to the room were: (a) The bed lacks good support (b) The AC comes on a bit loud in the middle of the night. Also if you have a ground floor room it can be noisy outside your door in the a.m. Reason being some folks use the SBW+ as a through-way place by some folks going to the Sierras. They tend to get up early, load up their cars and leave.
Kathy at the front desk pointed out the noise factor can be avoided by either taking an inside room or one of the rooms by the conference center in the back part of the property.
Their restaurant on site was nice but we wanted to try some other places in the town of Sonora. Kathy's suggestions were good for places in town. Just be sure to make reservations or get to town early as the restaurants fill up fast.
The breakfast provided at the SBW+ restaurant tasted great, was filling and made the stay an excellent value. I enjoyed, eggs, bacon, oatmeal and a waffle . . . um I was hungry.
In terms of what we did or to do if you're interested in the out of doors I'd do two things. When I offer these keep in mind my wife and I are north of 50 and in so so shape. So these are easy things to do.
First; Go hike through Red Hills BLM land near Chinese Camp. It's about 20 minutes south east from the property. Nice terrain, easy hike on a fire road, nice stream running along side with a small waterfall about 30 minutes up the trail. Though be sure to go early in the morning if it will be warm that day.
Second: On the same day we traveled North East on 108 to Pine Crest lake in the afternoon and hiked around there a bit. Very different from Red Hills in terms of geography.
For other things to do I'd highly recommend you check in at the Stanislaus National Forrest Headquarters building. It's about 10 minutes west from the hotel. They are open M-F. There you'll find maps, free information, guide books, pins and trinkets to buy if ya need them and great counter staff.
The Sonora Best Western and conference center offers good comfortable rooms, with excellent food on the property. All of the staff from the ground up are there to please the guests and seem as though they really like what they do. They seemed more family than employees doing a job.
This hotel and it's location serve as a great base camp for a simple 'get out there' couple of days spent in the lower Sierra mountains.
We'll be back for sure.
Peace, Woof & God Bless
Scott R. Kirkman
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