We stayed in the El Dorado for 2 nights over a weekend. Our room (6) was facing the Plaza and had a small balcony with chairs. Rooms 3 and 4 have the best views and larger balconies. But noise from the street can be a little annoying. Most rooms face the courtyard/pool which I understand have other annoyances (noise from outdoor restaurant tables, a/c units). However, you cannot beat the location and the nice contemporary décor and the fact that this is not a chain hotel makes it a very attractive option.
Our room was small by American standards although with adequate space to store our luggage. Wooden floors and simple, clean decoration gave the room an airy feel. We had a queen bed. Fresh white bed linen and a duvet made a welcome change from the usual sheets and blankets found in many hotels. According to guidebooks the hotel has been recently refurbished. Not sure whether this extended to bedrooms as our room & bathroom were a little tired looking and the hallway outside our room had a grubby and rather worn carpet.
Front desk staff were excellent. Always friendly and ready with a polite greeting when we came through the lobby.
We did not eat in the El Dorado Kitchen. With so many excellent restaurants in the surrounding area we ran out of time! There is a nice little café right next door to the hotel if you want a simple breakfast. There is complimentary coffee served in the lovely lounge area
The hotel is in an excellent location. We parked up and did not take the car out for 2 days. You can hire bikes to get to all the local vineyards (bike rental place is just down on Broadway). Both vineyards and the town are best seen from the saddle or on foot. Traffic can be busy at weekends.
Parking can be a minor problem during the week and on Saturdays. The hotel lot (no more than 5-6 spaces) is often full. There is plenty of on-street parking but it is limited to 2 hours during the day time so be prepared to move your car if you are staying around the area. There is a public lot with unlimited parking just behind the Swiss Hotel which is a good option.
- 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