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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

Cal Pals bike trip
418ericm

After visiting the Armstrong Redwoods, we had a lovely one night stay at Applewood. Customer service was top-notch. We were so tired from our day of biking that we opted to dine in and Suzy assisted us with ordering food. She provided dishes and utensils. The location is peaceful. The restaurant for breakfast served a great eggs Benedict.

A disappointing experience
Michelelabelle

The Applewood Inn gets many positive reviews, but our experience was disappointing.
We called in advance to request a couples massage but were told they were “fully” booked. In fact the “spa” is just one room, clearly visible through open windows. It appeared unoccupied - no massages happening - during our visit.
We had booked by telephone weeks in advance, and had called a couple of times for information about the area.
But when we arrived, there was no record of our reservation. Luckily there was one room left - a small dank room, #2. We were kept awake by loud footsteps on the floor above.
We were promised a better room for the next night, but told we would need to pack our luggage and take it in our car for the day, it could not be left at the Inn Office.
We did get a better room for the second night. The room was large, with a bathroom and shower that are open to the bedroom. The toilet being the only private part.
The Inn has WiFi. It was not available at all in our first room, and was weak in our second room. It works best near the office.
The room had a coffeemaker and TV. The bed was very comfortable.
There is a very nice pool and hot tub area.
Breakfast is included. It is served in a very nice dining room. Just one item is offered. We were given pancakes with blueberries and bacon the first morning.
Apparently there was once a very nice restaurant at the Inn, but this was permanently closed some time ago.
I would recommend the Inn with caution - the rooms below the office in the main building are to be avoided. Room #15 is fine if you’re OK with the open shower area.

Charming Get Away
Margaret M

The Applewood Inn is a lovely place. My husband and I shared a beautiful room furnished with antiques and modern amenities. The bed was quite comfortable. We enjoyed a free wine tasting in the afternoon, as well as the complimentary breakfast each morning.