The 10 Best Hotels in Sonoma

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Sonoma offers some of the best wine tasting and dining experiences in California, and it doesn’t disappoint in the lodging department, either. Classic bed & breakfasts, modern luxury hotels, and historic inns all lie within a few blocks of one another, and within walking distance of Sonoma’s best tasting rooms and restaurants. Below we’ve laid out the 10 best hotels in Sonoma.
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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

If you want Napa Valley luxury but Sonoma County wine, this is your spot. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa offers the ultimate luxury, from its newly renovated Willow Stream Spa—which uses local thermal mineral waters—to its Michelin-starred restaurant, Santé. The inn also boasts an 18-hole golf course in case you need a break from tasting rooms.

Insider Tip

The hotel’s bar, 38° North, offers over 50 wines by the glass, a great way to experience wines from all over Sonoma County from a bar stool.

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MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

MacArthur Place Inn & Spa is a historic ranch converted into a luxury resort, the kind of place that history buff go nuts for. The 7-acre property houses the original manor house, which was built in the 1850s, as well as picturesque gardens and pools. You can eat well here: Saddles Steakhouse, named for the horses that used to roam the property, is one of the best steakhouses in Sonoma.

Insider Tip

A complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. each evening. Make it your first stop as you head out for the night.

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Inn at Sonoma - A Four Sisters Inn

“California casual” best describes the Inn at Sonoma, a Four Sisters Inn. Classic wine country decor and comfortable furnishings make you feel at home, and it’s only a two block walk to Sonoma Plaza. Complimentary wine, tea, and snacks are served each afternoon, and freshly baked cookies are always on hand. There is one pet-friendly room available, so bring your furry pal along with you.

Insider Tip

Work up an appetite for dinner by renting bikes from the front desk and riding along the 1.5-mile bike path that runs by the Inn at Sonoma.

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El Pueblo Inn

The adobe-style architecture at El Pueblo Inn takes you back to Sonoma’s days as a Spanish outpost, but the amenities are anything but rustic. In-room spa treatments, a 24-hour pool and hot tub, and wine tastings in the lobby are all on standby to enjoy. It’s also within walking distance of Sonoma Plaza, as well as the famous Sonoma Mission.

Insider Tip

The complimentary continental breakfast includes fresh-squeezed orange juice, a deliciously zesty way to begin a day of wine tasting.

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Ledson Hotel

This elegant six-room hotel on Sonoma’s downtown plaza is a perfect location for easy wine tasting, dining, and strolling through the heart of Sonoma. Antique grandeur melds with modern luxury to create a memorable stay, but there’s more to the story than chandeliers and feather pillows. Ledson Hotel was founded by fifth generation Sonoma farmer and winemaker Steve Ledson, and the hotel stays closely tied to the local community through events and charity donations.

Insider Tip

Steve Ledson’s eponymous winery is worth visiting for the house alone, which is replicates a 17th century Norman castle. They pour a variety of wines in the tasting room, including Viognier and Zinfandel.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

The El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen anchors Sonoma Plaza with its historic presence and incredible food, wine, and hospitality. Built by commander Salvador Vallejo in 1843 as his home, it was a literary college and winemaking shop before becoming a hotel. Wind down with a glass of wine on their balcony overlooking Sonoma Plaza, and with a stellar bar that draws people from all over northern California, you may not end up leaving the hotel all night.

Insider Tip

Relax in the solar-heated saltwater pool on a sunny afternoon. If you’re not feeling the water or the sun, snag one of the poolside cabanas.

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Swiss Hotel Bar & Restaurant

For history without fuss, The Swiss Hotel is a landmark. It was built by Salvador Vallejo during the late 1830s on the north side of Sonoma Plaza, and the building has kept its historic charm through the centuries. The rooms are simple and clean, but the real joy is in the history and atmosphere you’ll find in every nook and cranny (and there are a lot of them).

Insider Tip

The Swiss Hotel’s bar is one of the liveliest spots in town on a weekend night, so order a cocktail from the bar and sit back to hear the locals compare harvest notes.

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Spas / Sonoma

Cottage Inn & Spa

The best of Wine Country meets the best of bed & breakfast culture at the Cottage Inn & Spa, just one block away from downtown Sonoma Plaza. The Cottage Inn & Spa offers in-room breakfast from local favorites Crisp Bakeshop and Barking Dog Roasters, a great way to start the day, as any Sonoma local will tell you. In addition to myriad things to do in Sonoma, the Cottage Inn offers a few more with their complimentary day pass to a local fitness facility, and a complimentary wine tasting card for two.

Insider Tip

Fresh, local pastries are delivered to your door each morning for a delicious way to meet the sun.

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Hidden Oak Inn

Housed in a 1914 Craftsman Bungalow house, it doesn’t get cuter than the Hidden Oak Inn. The inn is furnished with antiques that evoke the history of the house, and the plush, classic rooms will immediately relax you. Don’t forget to return in time for the wine reception on the wisteria-laden porch each evening.

Insider Tip

Cafe La Haye, just steps from Hidden Oak Inn, serves classic California dishes and some of the best dessert in Sonoma (try the Yuzu citrus cheesecake).

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Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is your destination for reliable luxury in a convenient location. Right off of Highway 12, it’s just 45 minutes from San Francisco. As one of the most health-focused hotels in Sonoma, the full-service spa and expansive workout center will keep you in shape during your getaway, while comfortable and secluded cottages dot the grounds. Complimentary parking sweetens the deal.

Insider Tip

Visit the on-site wine bar at the welcoming Carneros Bistro, which features more than 400 Sonoma wines to choose from.

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