We just returned from a 3 day stay in Sonoma at the El Dorado Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located on the Plaza. A short walk to dining and shopping.
Our room was not in the main hotel but a bungalow. A small dark room adjacent to the hotel's parking lot (small as well with room for only about 10-12 cars). The room had no dresser, a very small flat screen LCD television, no bath tub, just a shower. Poor lighting was not a help in this room either (a desk lamp and overhead light only) which means either all or nothing. Perhaps the rooms in the main hotel are better. Staff was friendly and as helpful as possible.
Now on to the best part of the hotel for you foodies out there, which is the EDH Kitchen. We had two meals in the hotel's restaurant, one of which was Thanksgiving. Both meals were marvelous. Well trained and experienced service staff will try to accomodate your needs.
Don't let what appears to be small portions make you think you will leave hungry. We had scallops that were perfectly prepared with a parmesan garlic risotto which any Italian mother would be proud of. They also served the best filet of beef I can remember tasting anywhere.
Be certain to note that the kitichen tends to default on the low side of the temperature of the meat so be certain to specify. On another occasion, we had the lobster ravioli. A rich and sumptous dish which would make the journey back worth it. Lastly, the desserts where amazing as was the wine selection. Be certain to have one of the speciality drinks. Their mojitos are the best we have had west of the Mississippi!
All in all, we would certainly go back to the restaurant for a fine meal, but I cannot say we would stay at the hotel without seeing a better room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the historic downtown Sonoma Plaza, 45 minutes north of San Francisco, our boutique hotel reflects the simple charm of the wine country as well as the urban sophistication of our guests.From world class dining at our El Dorado Kitchen, to relaxing poolside, to enjoying the area’s many local activities the El Dorado Hotel is a one of a kind destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Dorado Hotel And Kitchen
- El Dorado Hotel Kitchen
- El Dorado Sonoma