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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My wife and I visited Sonoma County for our first time and Hotel Les Mars was recommended by a colleague. It was wonderful! We were contacted upon reserving our room and given recommendations. The concierge and staff worked to create an itinerary for us with tastings, lunches and even dinners. Their recommendations was great and we thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Staying right in Healdsburg was also a treat. We walked to the bakery around the corner, dinner at SingleThread and Vallete and also through the sqaure with several art galleries. There are also several tasting rooms within feet of the hotel.
The hotel was well appointed, very comfortable and quiet. Really just a great experience. I would not hesitate to return!
Over 50 years ago, as a child raised in Philadelphia, our family vacations to Florida were always preceded by a long car trip down the east coast. Along the way, billboards would alert you of upcoming tourist attractions. One attraction stands out in particular, not because of its unique offering, but because of the billboard placed after it along the road - “Back up Amigo, You Missed It”. Clearly an attempt to get people to reconsider their ignoring of the attraction.
While our GPS provided great directions from Oakland airport to Healdsburg, I was surprised when the GPS directions to Hotel Les Mars said “Back up Amigo, You Missed It”. While this really didn’t happen, it speaks volumes about the low profile of the hotel. Secluded in downtown Healdsburg, this 16 room hotel was beautiful and had an elegant flair.
From the library off the lobby, which doubled as a card room for my wife and me (Had the best cards ever playing gin with her. More the reason to revisit the property!), to the comfy couch you disappeared in while participating in the complimentary late afternoon wine and cheese tasting, to our large beautiful room complete with four poster bed, marble bathroom with powerful jetted tub (only bathes for me during our four night stay), the property was well thought out and appointed. My only recommendations for change would be swapping out the low profile Toto toilets for their ADA version and increasing the size of the television which was restricted in size by the armoire.
The staff were great. Brian, property manager, not only used his Four Seasons experience to make us feel very welcome, but you could see his influence on hotel staff. Ameer, Hannah, and Jacob bent over backwards to make our stay memorable. That included, pre-arrival reservations for dinners and wine tasting (most of which were complimentary), to securing a complementary razor and tube of toothpaste to be in our room upon arrival (didn’t check luggage and wanted to make certain we wouldn’t have a problem with airport screening).
I would highly recommend the experience at Hotel Les Mars and could think of nowhere else I would stay during our next visit.
I have stayed at a small number of high quality hotels, and Les Mars is one of the best. Unlike some of the others, the service was warm and quietly understated. We also had a fantastic meal at the Chalkboard Restaurant attached to the lobby. Loved it!! We will definitely return. A+++