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 had a fantastic two night stay at Duchamp and will certainly return.
The entire place is immaculate and the beds are just perfection.
This is minimalism done right.
There is a very generous breakfast voucher for the delicious bakery across the street. We especially enjoyed the hot tub which was extremely clean and wonderfully hot on a very chilly night.
This would be good for families with young children. The room was large, with a king bed, a day bed large enough for a tween, and space for a crib or playpen. The bathroom was also very large. And of course there is the pool, 3-1/2 feet deep everywhere.
We were traveling as a couple, however, and it was not what I expected or desired. It is a designer version of what, in my parents’ generation, was a motor court, or motel, and has a very industrial look. The only thing you see from the street is the parking lot. There is an 8-foot high corrugated metal fence on one exterior. The cabanas are separated from the pool, for child safety, by another metal fence. Not appealing at all.
Other things I did not like:
This is probably only relevant offseason, but no windows in the cabana opened, so we had no fresh air as we slept.
I don’t know if this was another offseason issue, but there was no staff on premises before 8 am or 6 pm. Nobody.
The website seems to say they will arrange transportation for guests but they declined to do so when I inquired.
Score could be 4.5. Two minute walk to Healdsburg Plaza makes for great shopping and restaurant access. Quiet, separate bungalow, with direct private outside access allow easy in/out from the hotel. Interior offers large room and bathroom. The minimalist danish modern architecture is clean and appealing. However, the interiors are a bit dated and need some “freshening”. Bathroom floor tile needs grout, duplex wall outlet in bathroom was inoperable, and a ceiling light hung loose from its cord. The bedding was simply sumptuous. Pillows were excellent. The housekeeping staff were invisible but our room was well stocked with ample high grade towels and wash cloths. It was expensive but we enjoyed our stay and will return.
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.