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The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
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Reviewed August 4, 2004

I can understand most people's reviews of the Lodge at Sonoma -- the high prices, the unfinished look of the place, the not-yet-mature landscaping (I was there a while ago, so I don't know if that's changed) -- but I can only tell you my and my wife's reaction.

We arrived at the Lodge after a particularly harrowing day in Napa Valley. Everyplace was crowded, there was traffic like you wouldn't believe, and every wine-tasting was insanely expensive (what happened to free wine tastings?). When we got to the Lodge and checked into our cottage (true, it's more of a "unit" than a cottage), it was the perfect sanctuary to relax. The raised ceiling, the on/off gas fireplace, spacious room layout, bath tub in the middle of the room with bath salts, amazingly comfortable (and crisp, clean) bed, separate shower with wine-scented shampoos...sometimes it's just nice to stay in an upscale chain like Renaissance.

That night, after spending the day drinking wine out on our private deck (and in bed watching the Academy Awards), we went to the hotel's restaurant Carneros, which is considered the best in Sonoma by at least a few of the shopkeepers we spoke with. It was...the best meal of my life. True, it was very expensive, but all the ingredients came from local farms and tasted fresh. Our waiter kept drinking wine as he served us, but it was okay because he poured us those free tastings we craved all day! I suggest the portabella fritatas for appetizers, then the lamb. My wife had some fish which the waiter fileted at the table. So, Carneros -- not the most amazing decor, but food that I still remember fondly. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, check this restaurant out.

Anyway, after spending some nights in San Francisco before going to wine country, the Lodge was truly a relaxing, four-star experience. And Sonoma is so much nicer than the crowds of Napa. You can walk from the hotel to the main square in town, and the concierge pointed us towards some very scenic hikes in the area.

It's funny, I can see why other people were disappointed with the cost of cable and Internet and all that stuff, but we weren't there for that, and the Lodge just felt perfect for our Wine Country experience.

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Reviewed July 25, 2004

With a cheerful staff and sunny locale it's unfortunate that the Inn at Sonoma seems to greet visitors the way casino's in neighboring Nevada greet gamblers; get out the wallet and keep it out.
This hotel is set-up more for business travelers working for large corporations, executives who can continually add fees and dues to their ever-expanding expense account. This is NOT for the small business owner or family traveler. It is NOT the place to go for a romantic weekend in wine country.
Many fees that have been long waved by other large west coast hotels are still in place here.
From exorbitant fax charges to the highest corkage fee of any hotel restaurant in the area The Inn at Sonoma keeps the coffers full!
Room service even manages to pile on gratuity, delivery fee; taxes, inter room fees.what next, ice sold by the cube?
The Internet hookup is a scam. With local calls costing one dollar each call, beware of repeated dial ups as well as the arbitrary dollar an hour fee for phone use. $24 dollars is a bit high for having your machine online for 24 hours don't you think?!
Also The Inn's cable connection is less than basic so any entertainment, from movies to popular TV shows must be ordered and charged at $12+ per viewing. Ouch!
By the way; those who fail to check the room first get stuck with views of a busy, noisy highway or have rooms that overlook an electrical transfer station. Check your room before moving in. And be sure to ask for a spider free room ( we didn't)!
Since they obviously love to gouge travelers, why not just raise fees and not charge for common amenities?
After having spent 3 weeks traveling some of California's more swank locales; Carmel, Napa, Tahoe, etc., we are sad to report that the Inn at Sonoma makes you feel more like a customer than a guest.

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Reviewed July 12, 2004

We had a great time here. The kids loved the pool, the rooms where excellent, and the restaurant was wonderful and had a great kids menu. I can't wait to go again!

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Reviewed July 11, 2004

Front desk attitude was terrible considering the price points. Much better options in Sonoma.

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Property: The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
Address: 1325 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476-7505
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Sonoma
#3 Spa Hotel in Sonoma
#3 Family Hotel in Sonoma
#3 Green Hotel in Sonoma
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sonoma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Indulge in an exquisite Sonoma Hotel offering vibrant charm in a tranquil setting. Nestled in gorgeous Sonoma Valley, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is less than an hour north of San Francisco and centrally located among the country's finest wineries. Showcasing the incredible beauty of the valley, our Sonoma resort's accommodations combine authentically artisan surroundings with contemporary facilities to create a haven of casual sophistication. The award-winning Raindance Spa in our Sonoma Valley resort offers the ultimate in reflection, revitalization and romance. Carneros Bistro at our Sonoma resort features local wines and innovative cuisine with Mediterranean influences. In a hurry? Try Bean & Bottle, our wine & coffee bar with locally inspired items to-go. The Lodge at Sonoma is also the perfect destination for corporate meetings, social events and Sonoma Wine Country weddings and wedding receptions offering 22,000 square feet of flexible event space, both indoors and out. ... more   less 
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