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“Lovely al fresco lunch spot”
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Swiss Hotel
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Salem, Oregon, United States
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely al fresco lunch spot”
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

While visiting Sonoma for the day, we decided on lunch here because the atmosphere was so attractive. Ate an excellent lunch on the back covered patio. Very pretty setting and everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. My beet salad was delicious! Service was very good.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Pros:
-Location - location of the hotel was great - you're right off the square in downtown Sonoma and can walk to restaurants, shops, wine tastings, etc.
-Price - we originally booked it because of the location and wanting to be in downtown Sonoma and finding a hotel that was under $300 (I think we booked for $250 for a Friday night).
-Room - size of room was good - pretty generous room and a good size bathroom. Also, for as old of a place as it was, it was pretty clean - didn't feel too dingy.
-Breakfast - not a ton of options, but you get the restaurant to yourself and you can have coffee/tea/juice and food includes cereal, yogurt+granola, bagels or toast, fresh fruit.

Cons:
-Noise - you get warned when you book a room and when you check in that there will be noise as you're situated above a bar/restaurant. So can't complain as I was fully warned. The noise level was pretty loud (banging of pots/pans and talking) until late at night, but was able to fall asleep despite the noise. And the noise began again in the kitchen around 7am on Saturday morning - not too bad, but got a little worse around 8am. I think it we went to Sonoma in the summer, I definitely would not stay here as people might be out later b/c of the warm weather. Also, I would more likely consider staying here during the week instead of a weekend.
-No elevator - didn't both me, but just warning you if you're older or have a big suitcase.
-Parking - no dedicated hotel parking, just spaces out front which are 2 hours limits from about 9am-5pm (free), although I think there's another lot somewhere not too far if you want to park during 9-5 for longer than 2 hours. It worked for us as we parked around 5pm, and left before 11am the following morning.
-No internet - was a little surprised that they didn't have wireless.

Not sure if I'd stay here again - I think if the price was right, maybe, but next time, I might be willing to spend a little more if it got me a nicer (and quieter) place. But not bad given the options.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
369 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Me and Hubby stumbled across this lovely old hotel with outside tables with candles where we sat down for an hour with a glass of wine. Friendly staff, very interesting decor which tells you about the history of the hotel, we enjoyed our pit stop immensely and would love to go back.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sonoma County, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We booked a one night stay after a day of wine tasting so we could enjoy the Sonoma square and extend our wonderful day in the wine country. We loved the room! The noise of the bar only lasted a bit and died down about 11pm. We'll be back for sure. Also loved the restaurant and brought dessert back to the room.

Room Tip: Room #4 is the best with a sun room however it's right over the bar, so be prepared for a late n...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Germany
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We didn't stay at the Swiss hotel, but we had an excellent dinner there. We sat in the shady patio in the back, and though it was rather crowded the service was friendly and quick.
We liked the Italian dishes and enjoyed the lovely wines.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Rockville, Maryland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We didn't eat at the restaurant, but the hotel was great! It had a very homey feel to it, very simple and cozy. I was just traveling with two other friends, but it would be a great spot for a couples getaway, too. Definitely would go back!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Heather P
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
343 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

This hotel is perfectly situated, right on the main square in Sonoma. Parking is easy, just out the back. We had a bed so large that I needed to use the steps up to it and direct access to the balcony overlooking the square. The room had a fridge, lounge area and large bathroom.

Staying right on the square and sleeping directly above a bar can be noisy. The bar quietens down not long after ten so not a problem, but the garbage trucks came round rather earlier than I would have liked.

Breakfast was fine (toast, muffins, bananas, coffee, bagels) but a little simpler than I would have expected. The kitchen effort seems to be focussed on the evening restaurant. Much of dinner takes place in the walled, heated, fairy light filled garden and I highly recommend eating here.

Expect the usual benefits and drawbacks of an old place, lots of soft towels ad hot water, some history, plenty of charm and a little eccentricity.

Room Tip: It's worth paying extra for a room upgrade and bagging the room at the front with the lounge un...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Swiss Hotel

Property: Swiss Hotel
Address: 18 W Spain St, The Plaza, Sonoma, CA 95476-5601
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sonoma
#8 Romantic Hotel in Sonoma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Swiss Hotel Sonoma

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