What We Love
- A private, all-suite hideaway in Healdsburg's downtown plaza, with breakfast and tastingsReceiving wine tastings and a discount on scenic bike tours with Getaway Adventures
- Doing some laps in the pool each morning
- Admiring the art among the olive trees
What To Know
- Well located just two blocks from Healdsburg Plaza
- Rooms are ultra-modern and minimalist (think lots of stainless steel and concrete)
- WiFi is hit or miss
There’s no place like Sonoma County. This world-class wine-growing region is a truly magical destination, boasting sun-soaked vineyards and a unique atmosphere that’s unmistakably Northern Californian. And that’s exactly what made Mark and Marie Luzaich, who grew up here, decide to stay – as well as to open the The Duchamp. The all-suite Healdsburg property embraces the low-key yet high-end feel of the region, inviting you to swim some leisurely laps in a 50-ft. pool, or snuggle up in an oversized bathrobe.
With the chorus of birds who live in its olive trees and an interesting selection of thought-provoking artworks to admire, this base invites you to restore and rejuvenate. Start the morning over breakfast in the lobby, and then decide how to spend your day. The hotel is perfectly situated for getting to know the attractions: The famous local plaza is a two-minute walk, with plenty of galleries and restaurants also in the vicinity. And to really help you squeeze the most out of your grape escape, the Luzaichs have partnered with Getaway Adventures to offer you discounted biking tours, and Lambert Bridge Winery to offer you complimentary wine tastings.
Your Private suite is clean, contemporary, inspired by Europe and the surrounding Golden State. Sleep on a California king bed, dressed in high-end linens; relax on a furnished private terrace; and enjoy the blissful silence – there are just six other suites on the premises.
Set in Sonoma wine country, this hotel puts you at the intersection of three wine-producing valleys – the Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek – featuring some of the country’s finest wineries and vineyards. You’re also just a block and a half from the town square, including boutique shops, fine dining and tasting rooms. To the east are the Mayacama Mountains, and to the west is the Pacific, while your choice of scenery also includes Old Faithful, Calistoga’s petrified forest and Northern California’s famous redwoods.
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We stayed three nights at Duchamp and were very pleased with the accommodations and the setting.
Duchamp may not be for everyone, but it was exactly what we were looking for. Duchamp is a small private compound of only six suites. It has a private heated pool and a small 5 person spa.
Each suite is one bedroom with a nice sitting area, desk and huge bathroom. The bathrooms have a large shower (multiple heads) and dual sinks. Each unit also has independent A/C and a small gas fireplace. The beds were very comfortable and the room well appointed.
The compound is totally private and very peaceful, with a beautiful tree canopy. You wouldn't think you were in the middle of Healdsburg. You are also walking distance to more than a dozen excellent restaurants and lots of shopping options. We visited Willis Seafood and Bachi's (Italian) and both restaurants were excellent.
Only suggestions for improvement would be more floor coverings for the concrete floors (they can be pretty cool in the mornings). Also, if there were any way to install a privacy curtain between the bed and sitting area it would allow early risers a retreat where they wouldn't disturb the late sleepers.
Overall this hotel is WAY too expensive for what you get, which is basically a glorified motel room. Pros: the service is overall friendly, there is a pool and a hot tub, it is clean and close to the town. Cons: I have no idea why it costs so much. I'm also not sure why there is a strict limit to 2 people per room when the rooms are huge. The rooms feel very sterile. The code for the door that guarded the property was comically simple, and was open most of the time.
Overall this felt like a HUGE ripoff – we spent over $3,000 for three people for two nights, for absolutely no reason. It's an infuriating amount of money to spend on essentially nothing. I would not recommend this to anyone who cares about quality experience and spending money wisely.
Spent a couple of days in Healdsburg for dinner at Singlethread (just a couple of blocks away) and stayed here. Could not have been lovelier. Standalone cottages build around a shared pool. Don't worry...noise free! The lodgings are beautifully designed and super modern. Tucked away off of a long drive, it's very private, despite being so close to everything. Fabulous bathrooms, although the shower controls are super complicated.
We have been staying at the Duchamp Hotel for more than I care to remember more than a decade and 1/2 of memories. First of all its proximity to the center of Healdsburg, just steps away but you would never know it as it is an oasis unto itself. It’s a very special place and now even more so since it was acquired by a young local couple. Marie Luzaich And her husband Mark have taken this already lovely property and heightened its appeal expodentially. What was once just a vacant adjoining lot is now a lush sanctuary perfect for a wedding or just a place to meditate or zone out with the assist of the soothing sound of fountains and the fragrance of the lush roses.. Duchamp has always been a source of peace and tranquility enhanced by its clean modern design each room is a freestanding “casita” on its own with a sleek double sink bathroom and huge shower. The beds are firm but comfortable the sheets soft the air conditioning efficient and there is a stove for those chilly nights (which we have never used).But it is the beautiful pool that we love most and of course the hot tub. It is never, I mean never, crowded as there are only 6 rooms and with an adult policy, always peaceful. While others are out touring the wine country we are lounging usually alone by the pool. Heaven. Duchamp offers us a respite from the hustle and busel of our daily San Francisco life and more importantly a direct source of much needed vitamin D when infamous SF June Gloom has asserted it self on into July and than August. Thank you Marie for your hospitality and for being the caregiver of such a special place. Gerald Wolf & Deborah Kidder
The front door is locked and the sign on the door tells you to come back at check-in time. Forget about dropping off your bags and getting a bite to eat or shopping while you wait. When we did get in at 3:00, no one was at the front desk. After a few minutes, someone came and showed us to our bungalow, a high ceiling-ed concrete box kind of place. Our little patio supposedly looked out on the creek, but it was really more of a drainage ditch. The bed was comfortable, if a little soft, and the bathroom was very large. The shower was good, but the toilet was just behind a half wall. There was a coffee maker in the room and a minimalist breakfast in the tiny lobby in the morning. We didn't use the pool, although it looked nice.