Hotel Les Mars
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast, a nightly wine and cheese reception between 6 - 7 p.m. and WiFi
- The location, right off the main square in the heart of Healdsburg
- Guests receive complimentary wine tours and tastings at a host of local partner wineries, including Chalk Hill, Lancaster Estate, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, and more
What To Know
- In addition to room and tax, a $30 (plus tax) service fee per night will be collected upon checkout from Jetsetter
- Breakfast is served in your room
- Pets are not permitted and the rooms are not really suitable for children
- Rooms facing the road can pick up noise
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Healdsburg is one of Wine Country’s true treasures, an effortless blend of charm, class and hospitality. The same is true of this lovely 16-room, French-inspired, family-run inn, which took the tiny town by storm when it opened in 2005. Landscaped gardens frame a chateaux-style exterior. Inside, you’ll find a filigreed staircase sweeping down to a lobby filled with 17th- and 18th-century antiques next to a stately walnut-paneled library.
Bed & Bath
Lofty four-poster canopy beds, rich tapestries, antique furniture and soaring ceilings transport guests to the French countryside. But though the rooms are big on old-fashioned charm, Les Mars doesn’t deprive its guests of modern amenities with flat-screen TVs in antique armoires and free WiFi. Gas fireplaces and hydrotherapy Jacuzzi tubs up the romance factor.
Unwind after a long day of wine tasting, then retreat to the library where the nightly wine and cheese reception is held from 6 to 7 p.m.; the event often features Q&As with the resident sommelier or a guest appearance by local winemakers. Afterwards, sample seasonal small plates made from ingredients sourced on the restaurant’s off-site three-acre garden and from other local purveyors at the casual new Chalkboard. Tuck into dishes like housemade wild nettle and ricotta gnudi with mushrooms and meyer lemon and buttermilk fried quail around a massive old-growth oak farm table or at cozy banquettes overlooking the open kitchen.
In the Area
To see the tapestry of vineyards flanked by the Mayacamas Mountains from a bird’s eye view, float up into the clouds in the comfort of a hot air balloon tour. Rent a set of wheels from Anderson Valley wine region and join one of the day tours through Dry Creek Valley and beyond. Old-timey country store Oakville Grocery Co. is one of the most famous institutions in Northern California, having been around since 1881. Get in on the history and grab an artisanal sandwich, perfectly paired with vino, at a table by the crackling fireplace. The area surrounding Healdsburg is more than just vines, it’s full of hidden waterways, as well. Grab a paddle and a canoe from River’s Edge, and float down the Russian River for a perfect afternoon in the great outdoors.
How to Get There
The staff, from the housekeepers to the front desk, are all attentive, friendly and seem to genuinely care about their guests.
I expected a large, clean, tastefully decorated room and bathroom. We got that. We had no problems with the valet parking and enjoyed the excellent Chalkboard restaurant next door. Everything went smoothly and was relaxing, including the free nightly wine tasting. In a truly perfect world, there would be reading lights by the front board underneath the bed canopy. Otherwise, it was just what we were looking for.
I’ve spent a lot of time at Hotel Les Mars over the last year, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Beautiful place, and the staff are friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Really appreciated the daily Wine & Cheese Hour. Make sure to try the associated restaurant, ChalkBoard. I will be back!
We stayed here for our 15th wedding anniversary this past Fall. Beautiful room that felt more like an elegant home than a hotel. The staff was wonderful and kindly decorated our room with petals. Will stay there again the next time we visit.
High end hotel in central part of town. The rooms are very nice and plush but a bit on the formal, French style which is not my taste. Breakfast delivered to the room was fair. Gym was very small and not really worth using. Staff was very ice and helpful and wine tastings offered in lobby were great. It was expensive and perhaps a bit overprised.
The hotel is a small, charming hotel with lots of special touches throughout the stay. We were greeted at the curb and offered champagne once inside. The room had fresh cut flowers and a large bath tub with special bath salts. When we came back from dinner, macaroons were waiting for us. Breakfast was on the lighter side so order additional items if you like large breakfasts.