I'd call it a "hotel" rather than a hotel in a good way. No elevators or front desk, but a funky, cool big multi-bedroom suite house full of crackle paint furniture with a french artist feel. It's "metro" like high-end city. It's "metro" like french subway. The downstairs is common area with sitting areas and a french cafe. The cafe setting is self-serve with shared refrigerator and dishes. Great self-serve coffee and lemon poppy cake was set out the morning I was there.
I have not been to a self-serve establishment. You get a combo code for the exterior doors. If you arrive late you basically check yourself in. And for check out you just drop your key in the box and go. I was given a brief tour and explanation of the place works and then I was on my own.
The room I stayed in was on the street side with a great alcove window. Typical street noise for the front of a house. The room was big, had a private bath with claw-foot tub, a 47" wall mounted TV, and a second room with single bed and trundle bed. All of the walls are colorfully painted and all of the floors are wood and slightly creaky. But the guests are asked to be quiet and they certainly were during my stay. The occasional creaky floor board in the hallway is all I heard even in the morning. Bed was comfortable and the sheets were crisp.
Lots of outdoor sitting areas. If I was here for a wine trip this place would be fantastic. This would be a great place for a group of friends doing wine country or a couple. I was traveling alone and wanted something boutique, out of the ordinary, and close to Lagunitas Brewery. This was perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique style that'll make you feel like you're miles away in a chic French inn, yet feel right at home. Luxurious queen beds, a clawfoot tub and shower, cable TV, maid service, not to mention complimentary crepes and pour over coffee in the morning! Located in Sonoma County Wine Country. Only non smoking rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metro Hotel Petaluma
- Metro Hotel & Cafe Petaluma, CA - Sonoma County