We were there ostensibly to attend the University of the Pacific graduation ceremony. Our best friend's son was graduating as was his girlfriend and the girlfriend's roommate. Because my wife and I had stayed at Wine & Roses in 2005 when our daughter graduated from UoP, we recommended the hotel as our base of operations.
Based on our recommendation the girlfriend's parents also decided to stay here. Then a few of their friends decided to stay here. And the next thing you knew we had also booked The Cellar Room for a post-graduation buffet dinner entitling all the room holders to a significant discount ($239.00 for standard Kilng room went to $179.00) for their stay.
But that is not why I say "better than should have been expected." Yeah, we were a significant group but in the total scheme of things since our our stay coincided with one of the main tourist events in Lodi, the Zinfandel Festival, you would have thought we would be lucky to even be noticed. Instead we were treated as special guests throughout our three night stay.
The hotel was fully booked both in rooms and restaurants for the weekend. There was a lot going on; Zin Festival, baby showers, graduation dinners. The hotel had expanded since we were there in 2005. They had added an additional 30 or so rooms, some of which were set up for extended stay complete with kitchenettes. They had added a pool, jacuzzi and weight room. They had moved the registration area to the building that houses the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center so they could expand the restaurant.
The restaurant has continued to receive rave reviews as one of the finest in the area. Having it on-site at the hotel makes it extra special. A group of ten of us enjoyed dinner there Sunday night even setting it up in a private room.
The hotel rooms were as spacious as I remembered them. Each of the rooms in the two story buildings have either a large balcony or a large patio complete with teak furniture. The room itself is large with a W&R's version of a heavenly bed, convenient coffee area and refrigerator. The bathroom has a separate toilet room, a soaking tub and tile floors.
But those are not the features I remember most about W&R. What I remember most is Kim tickling the ivories at piano bar in the lobby. The excellent service from Amber, a bartender who has been there six years. The casualness of Russ, the owner, who wanders around as if he is a guest making sure everyone is taken care of. He was even sitting on the couch one evening as it approached midnight, joining in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" when Amber informed us it was Kim's birthday
In fairness there are not a lot of luxury accommodations in the Lodi/Stockton area. In that regard W&R has a monopoly. Maybe they shouldn't try so hard. But Russ wouldn't have it any other way. From the rooms to the amenities (pool, jacuzzi, exercise room) to the on-site restaurant to the spa, W&R just keeps getting better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of Lodi Wine Country in a breathtaking environment of natural beauty is Wine & Roses. Experience an abundance of amenities in the luxurious hotel, savor fresh ingredients in the exceptional restaurant and enjoy the tranquility of the state-of-the-art spa. Wine & Roses also provides the perfect setting for unique weddings, business events, and special occasions accommodating up to 350 guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wine And Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
- Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant Hotel Lodi