8 Hotels to Rest Your Head in Santa Rosa

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Northern California has so much to offer, like top tier wineries, Michelin-rated restaurants, and activities like hiking and shopping. If you’re planning a weekend to this part of the world but are still looking for a place to stay, try the city of Santa Rosa—located northwest of Napa, it provides many of the same experiences, but without the price tag. We’ve put together a list of hotels that accommodates just about every price point.
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Lodging / Santa Rosa

Vintners Inn

Cozy, intimate, and relaxing, this little hotel in the middle of a vineyard provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With a luxury spa, iconic restaurant, and over 92 acres of lush landscape and rolling vineyards, the full Wine Country experience is available without even leaving the grounds. John Ash & Co.—one of the first Sonoma County restaurants to introduce the concept of cooking seasonally with fresh, local foods and produce—provides five-star dining that pairs well with the wines from the region.

Insider Tip

Looking for a quick and unique adventure? Head over to Segways of Healdsburg for an easy tour of the redwoods and Russian River.

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Fountaingrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center

At first glance, Fountaingrove Inn might seem fairly ordinary with its location right off the freeway. But a closer look will reveal a comfortable oasis, sheltered from the noise. Relax out by the pool after a long day of wine tasting, or indulge in a New York steak at the restaurant Equus. Guests are allowed to golf, play tennis, and enjoy the amenities of the nearby Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club.

Insider Tip

Montgomery Village, located 10 minutes south, is a casual place for shopping and lunch.

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Lodging / Santa Rosa

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Travel back to the 1950s, when Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin dominated Las Vegas and celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant ruled the silver screen. Modeled after the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, Santa Rosa’s Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa was the hotspot for Hollywood stars when they traveled up to Northern California back in the day. Although it’s been updated, the hotel still carries that mid-century summer resort feel. Guests can enjoy a game of tennis or a dip in the pool before indulging in a massage at the luxurious spa. The Terrace Grill Restaurant offers a casual yet elegant ambiance and hosts one of the best-rated Sunday Champagne brunches in the area.

Insider Tip

Put on your dancing shoes and take a swing or salsa dance lesson prior to the open dance later in the evening.

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Hilton Sonoma Wine Country

Reasonable rates, spacious rooms, and picturesque views of the valley are a just a few of the reasons Hilton Sonoma Wine Country is worth a stay. Relax while laying poolside next to the newly constructed pool bar, or order an in-room massage after a long day of wine tasting or golf.

Insider Tip

Take a gamble and visit Sonoma County’s latest attraction, the Graton Resort and Casino. 13 restaurants fill the property, and table games like Baccarat, Blackjack, Pai Gow, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em fill the floor.

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Lodging / Santa Rosa

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa

With its luxurious Mediterranean-style ambiance, Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa offers a luxurious stay for the price. Guests can relax by the large swimming pool, meander through the sculpture garden or along the walking path, and roast marshmallows in the outdoor fire pits after the sun has gone down. Rejuvenate at the Le Carre Spa where your massages will include Wine Country-focused ingredients like grape seed oil and local lavender. Experience the show kitchen at the exceptional Brasserie Restaurant, where chefs prepare culinary masterpieces as you watch.

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Fifteen minutes north of the hotel, Safari West Wildlife Preserve allows visitors to explore Sonoma County’s own “African Serengeti.” Plan an afternoon here and see glimpses of exotic animals like giraffes, gazelles, zebras, and wildebeests.

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Best Western Garden Inn

The Best Western Garden Inn is a great compromise for affordable Wine Country accommodations that don’t skimp on comfort. The pet-friendly hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, two swimming pools, and a breakfast cafe to start your day, while the garden setting around the hotel feels like a small oasis.

Insider Tip

Explore the outdoors and drive 15 minutes east to Spring Lake Park where you can horseback ride, hike, and picnic.

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Lodging / Santa Rosa

Hotel La Rose

At more than 105 years old, Hotel La Rose is the only Sonoma County hotel to be listed on the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America. Guests can choose to stay in either the main historic building, or the more modern, airy carriage house—either is a charming and quaint option, offering the feeling of staying on a lush estate. If you’re looking to do some wine tasting, the hotel has several packages to wineries in the area available for reservation.

Insider Tip

Spend some time exploring the shops of the nearby historic Railroad Square located in the the heart of downtown Santa Rosa.

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Sandman Inn Santa Rosa

While not upscale, the no-frills Sandman Inn is ideal if you simply need a clean and comfortable room to drop your head on the pillow after a full day of exploring the area. The hotel provides a complimentary continental breakfast and has a pool and jacuzzi where for kicking back after a full day of wine tasting.

Insider Tip

Walk over to Trader Joe’s, where you can purchase food for a picnic at Paradise Ridge Winery.

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