So we decided to take a last minute trip to Sonoma. We live close and the weather was supposed to be gorgeous so why not? We wanted to take our 2 year old swimming and have a nice dinner. Well...we waited a little too long to make reservations at our usual Sonoma spots: Fairmont and Lodge at Sonoma...both 4 star properties so we decided to give the Sonoma Valley Inn a try.
First off, this place is in the absolute best possible location for proximity to the plaza and all the great restuarants. We ate at Girl and Fig for lunch, and had dinner at The Eldorado Kitchen, which is also a hot spot for partying. They had live music on sat. night. Great meals at both places.
As I digress...Before reviewing this hotel it is important to note that we usually stay in 4 star properties, and if we stay in 3 star it is a Marriot etc. and remodeled etc. This hotel did not meet our usual criteria in any way other than location. Our room was 217 in the very back of the property....but not a suite as other posters have mentioned. Those rooms sound a lot better than the regular courtyard rooms, which we had. Our balcony was blocked by trees so our room received no sunlight, and the lighting in the room was dim. It was listed as a non-smoking room, but the room stank horribly of cigarettes. It was overwhelming. The bed was average...again...it depends on what you are used to. The room was an average size, and the bathroom was old with a couple of cheap upgrades. The floor was also lifting, the wallpaper peeling, the towels were thinning with holes. This motel is definitely "no frills". I would only stay here, if for 1 night, if the room was under $150, or if I couldnt get in anywhere else.
Oh..the whole reason why we decided to stay here was for the pool, and it was really cold. They don't heat it, which is unusual for Sonoma. Their hot tub was OK, but there was dirt and sand on the seat and floating in the water.
Don't expect much from this place other than a place to sleep and to leave early in the morning. This is not a hotel (actually a motel) where you want to stay in the room for longer than sleeping or to change your clothes, but is in a great location and you can walk everywhere. If you do stay here, make sure you get in a room that doesn't stink of cigarettes.
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