I love this hotel. Years ago before Fairmont branded it, the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa was a landmark wine country destination. The spa was fabulous and the lobby bar, restaurant and grounds were lovely enough to offset somewhat smaller rooms. At some point, the hotel was renovated and outbuildings were added housing lovely suites. The suites make the hotel worth the trip and worth the $$.
Fairmont is a great hotel chain, but room categories vary in experience as much as you can imagine. This property is no exception. I always choose a Mission Suite and love the large jacuzzi tub, fireplace and privacy offered for a couple's romantic getaway. The layout is ideal for a couple wishing to enjoy each other and not the sights or sounds of other guests. Unfortunately, the experience is quite different if staying in a Fairmont room or even a deluxe or superior room. There is just no comparison.
The restaurant is nice, but nice restaurants are abundant in the wine country so I'd give it 4 stars, too. The spa has a wonderful layout and great menu of treatments, and you can make an entire trip just to spend time for a few days at this spa and not be sorry.
All in all a great destination for local Bay Area people who just want to get away and be pampered at the spa or taste wine on the weekend and lay their heads closer to their last winery. Visitors from other areas will be a fair distance from other San Francisco sights, but might enjoy a few days at this hotel while they experience the wines of Sonoma.
Just be certain you choose your room category carefully. Ask about upgrades and splurge if you think your occasion warrants paying the extra $$ to share a soaking tub with that special someone by the fire. You won't get that sort of experience in a room but the hotel and area both have much to offer in either case.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn And Spa
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Hotel Sonoma
- Sonoma Mission Inn
- Fairmont Inn Mission Sonoma Spa
- Sonoma Fairmont