The El Dorado Hotel and Kitchen was the host facility for this year's Out in the Vineyard's annual Sonoma event, and we were very pleased with the hotel, the rooms, the cuisine, and hotel and restaurant staff. As other reviewers have noticed, the rooms and bathrooms are somewhat small and closet space is almost nonexistent, but the rooms are very comfortable, clean, and nicely decorated with polished saltillo tile floors throughout. We had a balcony overlooking the outdoor dining and pool courtyard area which was very nice and not at all noisy, even with the area full of diners for Fathers Day brunch. Parking is virtually non-existent on-site (there are only about eight spaces on the hotel grounds accessible from Spain Street), but plenty of free on-street parking 24/7 can be found nearby on the side streets off of the adjacent town square, so this is really a minor inconvenience.
The venue facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are more generous in spaciousness and more than adequate to accommodate the various events for the weekend, including a winemaker dinner and food pairing (the cuisine provided by the El Dorado Kitchen was fantastic), various wine tasting receptions, and a pool-themed outdoor party. There are literally dozens of wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops surrounding the town square, so you can eat and drink and taste to your heart's content without having to drive anywhere! Everything is a short walk away, a block or two at the most.
If you are looking for a spacious wine country resort, you may want to look elsewhere farther from town. However, if you want to be within walking distance of everything and don't mind staying at an older, smaller, boutique hotel with good wine country cuisine, you will be happy with the El Dorado. We certainly will stay here again.
- 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