While looking for hotels in the Sonoma area, Les Mars (Healdsburg) caught my attention. The hotel website conveyed a European charm and elegance rarely found in the United States. My first email was answered quickly and courteously by Ramon Serrano, the General Manager. The room was booked and a wonderful experience followed. The hotel is lovely and tucked on a quiet street in the charming town of Healdsburg. The staff was among the best mannered, professional and affable bunch I have ever encountered. The hotel is simply gorgeous with attention to detail and in perfect taste at every turn. Our room had double height ceilings, French windows, a fireplace and a four poster bed. I loved the Irish linens which made for a great night's sleep and a relaxing morning. In the early evening, we went to the hotel wine tasting and chatted with other guests (all lovely) and then off to dinner around the corner at Spoon. Back at the hotel we spent the rest of the evening enjoying the room before retiring. In the morning, breakfast was served and it was just perfect. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, berries, pastries, oatmeal and a fresh pot of coffee. When we requested more coffee, it arrived a few moments later.
So in short, an amazing stay and I would highly recommend Les Mars. After Sonoma, we headed to Carmel and unfortunately could not get a room at their sister property, L'Auberge Carmel, but will make a point of booking that on my next visit. We did however stop for lunch at Cantinetta Luca, also part of this excellent hotel group and had one of the finest lunches of our trip.
Well done on every level, we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in May 2005 and created by the Mars family, Hotel Les Mars brings the elegance and unobtrusive service of the finest European family hotels to Northern California. Hotel Les Mars follows the philosophy that patrons should be treated more like visiting friends than guests, and upon entering the lobby, visitors are welcomed to the warm smiles of the hotel staff, unique 17th and 18th century antiques, and a comfort found only at the home of a very good friend. Hotel Les Mars represents an intimate location, a labor of love, and a new dimension of sophisticated, luxury lodging in wine country. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, the definitive guide to luxury travel, commented that "Les Mars now sets the standard for luxury accommodations in Sonoma." ... more less
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