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“Sensational is an understatement!”
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Applewood Inn
Ranked #4 of 13 Guerneville B&B and Inns
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san rafael, ca
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Sensational is an understatement!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Just home from a wonderful overnight at the Applewood Inn. We had purchased the Travelzoo offer to give it a try and were so glad we did. The Inn is lovely and in the perfect spot just outside of Guerneville. Great place to chill after a day of amazing wine tasting. Dinner was a true standout....exceptional food and stellar service. We have the tasting menu with wine pairings and I believe it was the best meal I have ever eaten...every...globally! Joe was our main server and he is absolutely a standout. So...If you feel like a bit of a splurge, we don't think you can go wrong choosing the Applewood Inn. We plan on making it a tradtition!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cumberland Center, Maine, United States
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We absolutely loved the Applewood Inn. It was a lovely spot. We had a beautiful room overlooking the courtyard. We had a relaxing massage followed by a delicious dinner. The service was very professional and prompt. We loved the food and the wine. The gardens were beautiful! It was so worth the drive.

Room Tip: An upstairs room was a perfect location
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had a fantastic time at the Applewood Inn. The place is very cozy and makes a wonderful base for exploring Russian River Valley, the rest of Sonoma, and even Napa. You won't find a bad meal here; the food is absolutely terrific. I would definitely book a reservation for dinner one night. You should do this before you arrive so as to ensure a table. Bypass the a la carte menu and go straight for the Tasting and Pairing menu. It's not cheap, but it is a meal that you will remember for a long, long, time.

Room Tip: I wouldn't pay up for the suites. The regular rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

So many choices - and all of them wonderful.

Starting with sipping a glass of premium champagne while waiting to be taken to our beautiful romantic room that had luxury linens and a patio with a jacuzzi tub. Dinner - when we shared the fixed prix menu - was outstanding, especially the cream of artichoke soup that was one of the five courses. Breakfasts were also enjoyable and are included with your room rate.

What to do? Enough to fill weeks and weeks: visits to the beach to see all kinds of sea creatures, gorgeous drives through redwood forests, walks in the woods, and, of course, visits to world class wineries.

Would we return? In a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Go on the web - you can see them all. We had room 10, a first floor room with a small private patio...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The woman who greeted us was lovely and even admitted while showing us the room that the dressing area was dark. Yes, DARK is the operative word here. The whole place is dark and oddly laid out. We stayed in Room 16, the most expensive room at the Inn and it just was not special. We ate at the restaurant, which by the way, WAS SPECIAL...REALLY excellent food. I am from San Francisco, a foodie...it WAS GOOD! But..back to the INN....on the way to eat..there were empty boxes by the stairs....and other unkempt somewhat messy looks all throughout the grounds. My feeling was..nobody seems to care about the grounds, the darkness of the rooms, or the overall experience. If this INN was in the middle of a fun town it would be a nice retreat, but, it is not, and the grounds do not lend themselves to a resort feel. So, if you decide to stay, just know it will be an ok place to sleep and have a good meal but it will not be a resort like Auberge in Napa or Ventana in Big Sur. And do not splurge for the 500 dollar a night room...not worth it. Oh..yes..we did have a hot tub on the deck, but it looked RIGHT INTO THE RESTAURANT...which meant, of course, they could look at us. From what I could see, all the rooms looked at one another or at the restaurant...so...again...just go to lay your head on the pillow, eat a good meal..and then go somewhere else to enjoy Sonoma.

Room Tip: I have no good tips...the rooms are totally average
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

After reading all the reviews on this place, my husband and I were really looking forward to wonderful meal at the Applewood Inn.. What a major disappointment for both of us. The service was OK. The atmosphere again OK. However the food was extremely disappointing. We both ordered the fish. I ordered the Bass. The size portion was 2 inch by 1 inch in a lukewarm bland broth. I could have eaten the portion in two bites but tried to portion the meal to last atleast a few minutes. My husbands Halibut was overcooked. Again the portion size was appetizer size at best with alot of rice added for filler. After one glass of wine, a shared salad, and two entrees we left with a bill over a hundred dollars and both still hungry.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grass Valley
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Nice grounds. Comfortable rooms. Breakfast very good. Unique every day. Large for a B&B so you don't get to know other people or the innkeeper. Stayed 3 nights. Couldn't get the heater to work in either room. We had to reschedule our trip at the last minute in Jan & were accommodated without a problem. With so many B&Bs around, think We'll try someplace else next time.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Applewood Inn
Address: 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville, CA 95446-9486
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Guerneville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Guerneville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Applewood Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Mediterranean villa in the heart of the Russian River wine appellation, home to some of the world's best Pinot Noir & Chardonnay grapes.The inn offers deluxe accommodations beneath the Redwoods. Pool, Hot-tub, Massage, Picnic Baskets. ... more   less 
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