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What We Love

  • Quietly set back from the road but still an easy walk to Guerneville
  • Friendly and hands-on staff, which is personal and mindful of guests’ privacy
  • Acclaimed on-site cellar, and a 30-min drive of more than 100 Sonoma County wineries
  • Tasting local wines by the fire in winter or during the inn’s hosted summer tastings at local wineries

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • The property is romantic, adult-oriented and very LGBT-friendly
  • Pets and children are not allowed
  • The tree-canopied pool leaves a little to be desired; it is closed from about November to May
  • The property undergoes a soft renovation in guestrooms during slower seasons

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Esteemed as much for its 19 spacious and warmly furnished rooms as for its stellar restaurant, the Applewood is a perfect base for exploring the vineyards, rugged coastline and happily sleepy villages of the Sonoma wine country. Set on a six-acre spread of orchards, lush gardens and towering redwoods, the Applewood lies just on the fringes of the quirky village of Guerneville, a favorite weekend getaway of artists, hippies, the LGBT community and outdoor enthusiasts from nearby San Francisco (just 90 minutes away).

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About half the rooms are in the original 1920s stucco mansion. Although these rooms tend toward the cozy (and are also more affordable), they’re still beautifully outfitted and larger than standard rooms at most upscale hotels. The rest of the units are bigger and more contemporary in style, with two-person showers or tubs, some with separate sitting areas and vaulted ceilings.

The Applewood is as much a culinary destination as a hotel, so plan at least one dinner in the dimly lit timber-ceilinged restaurant — it’s one of the hottest tables in Sonoma. (In keeping with the entire property’s relaxed vibe, casual attire is just fine.) Chef Bruce Frieseke focuses on local ingredients in whipping up such tempting fare as cacao-nib-crusted California rack of lamb with sherry-braised chorizo and mint chimichurri sauce.

How to Get There

Applewood Inn
13555 Highway 116
Guerneville, CA 95446 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 593 Reviews
Pleasant
Reviewed 6 days ago

The property is lovely and the staff very welcoming. Our room was downstairs in the main house which to us was rather gloomy. Both the bedroom and bath room were small
though nicely furnished. Given the senior age of most guests there should be grab bars in the bathtub/shower.
The breakfast was delicious

Great Inn, Super-friendly staff, excellent breakfast!
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stayed here 2 nights while celebrating our 30th anniversary. We called ahead to see if we could drop off our luggage and wine in the morning and pick up our wine passport, and Carlos said "of course". Glad we did - we used the wine passport several times that day and the next. When we mentioned we were on an anniversary trip, Carlos had a bottle of champagne on ice in our room when we returned that evening.
The location is great - our private porch was shaded by redwoods. Very comfortable bed, nice roomy bathroom, really nice grounds, and an excellent breakfast. We enjoyed the hot tub both nights we were there. Everyone we met on the staff was very nice as well.
We'll certainly be back.

Charming hotel with wonderful staff!
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second stay at the wonderful Applewood inn and spa. We love the quiet quaint feel of this charming property. The breakfasts are delicious and the staff treats you like family. We look forward to our next stay!

Feel of Tuscany in Guerneville!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fiance and I booked a room on short notice and were very happy with our stay. The resort is designed like a Tuscan villa in every detail. Our room was updated and nicely furnished. The staff members were friendly and helpful. The only suggestion I have is that more local information should be provided at check in. The breakfast area was very cozy and the food was amazing.
We also liked the location as it was a short walk to Guerneville and a nice drive up and down HWY 116 to wineries and small quaint towns. The wine tasting passport was awesome too.
We will stay at this resort again. Thank you!

Would be 5 Stars With A Little More Attention to Detail -- But Overall, A Nice Stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall, I had a pleasant stay, but for the price and the hotel rating, I think that they could do a bit better in the details. Lets start with the pros. The location is ideal, right near the Russian River, wine country, and more, and its tucked into the woods. Breakfast is included and it was pretty decent. I don't think that it is of the caliber that some other reviewers mentioned, but still good. I was in one of the larger king suites with a private balcony and hot tub.The room was very spacious and the bed was comfortable. I loved the private hot tub--it was great for a soak after a long day. Now for the things they could have done better. Something that immediately stood out was a musty/sweet smell when I walked into the room. I think it was the cleaning products they used but it was overwhelming at first. I did either get used to the smell or was successful airing it out. The room was clean overall, but there were a lot of details that were slightly off. Like the housecleaning staff didn't dust underneath the phone, the soap holders were warn out, the couch was old. The bathroom had a jet tub and a wobbly shower head with poor water pressure. And while I loved the hot tub, I felt like it could have been cleaner. I give this place a 3.5 - 4 star review because it really has a lot of charm and I was comfortable in my room. However, I deducted points for the lack of focus on detail. IMO the rooms really should be at least superficially updated with new furniture and decor.