EDH is located right on Sonoma square. For southern Sonoma county, you could probably not pick a better location, geographically. I would recommend this hotel to a friend SUBJECT TO THE CAVEATS BELOW.
The rooms are nicely styled, VERY comfortable beds, decent bathrooms. Iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, and iHome iPod radio included. (The iHome in our room included a white noise feature which we needed, but did not help the street noise situation entirely (see below)). The rooms have small balconies, which is really a nice touch. The staff was adequate. The pool was, uh, just kind of there; good enough if you just want a dip after a hot day.
As many of you may have done while reading some of these reviews, I was ambivalent to the comments regarding how loud the rooms are. “Oh, boy, another cranky customer exaggerating the negatives. Yadda yadda yadda.”
Believe the cranks! If you are in a Spain Street street-side room, you WILL NOT sleep through the night. I suspect the rooms on 1st St, facing the Plaza, are somewhat better. I think there is a lot of noisy traffic on Spain St. I know, at the very least, that the recycling truck that came by at 6:40 AM and did its best to make as much noise as possible smashing glasses did not go down 1st St.
I actually live in the city. I am not unfamiliar with street noise. That’s another thing I thought of when reading other reviews: “Oh, they probably live in the country and are not used to it.” Trust me, this was a whole other level noise. Unless you live on the corner of 8th and 42nd, you will not be accustomed to this noise.
Seriously, if I were to do it again, I would stay at the Best Western a few blocks away. I stayed there a couple years ago. No, the rooms at the BW are not stylish, but they are quiet. Plus, the pool at the BW is actual NICER than the EDH. You can walk to Sonoma Plaza from there.
That all said, I do not suggest that you dismiss the EDH entirely from consideration. They have some bungalows which look cool and are away from the noise of the street. Also, if you are able to ensure that you get an interior facing “courtyard” room, you’d probably be OK. But how would you be sure you’d get that room? What if you’re checking in late and they give them all away? I personally will not risk that happening to me.
Tip: if you need a close-by place for breakfast, skip the “Kitchenette” in the hotel, unless you want “gourmet pastries”. Walk out the front door, make a right, and right next door is a decent breakfast place.
For dinner the El Dorado Kitchen was excellent and worth the money. No complaints there. Better than the girl and the fig across the street.
- 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