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.
How to Get There
We have come to Healdsburg for years and have always stayed at the same place but we tried Duchamp and found it the perfect retreat from a few days in San Francisco. We had the facility to ourselves and were able to catch up on some much needed sleep and quiet time. We are not high maintenance but like the nicer things - the Duchamp was the perfect mix of this. Our hosts Marie and Mark were fantastic and we told them we did not require anything but they went out of their way to make a gracious stay and a fantastic, simple breakfast. We randomly met Mark at the coffee shop and had a lovely chat with him later the following day.
If you are a drama queen, require full service, room service, and are high maintenance, this is likely not the place for you. But if you like a simple, uncluttered, quiet, clean, and comfortable place to relax, both indoors and out, you will enjoy the Duchamp.
Since Healdsburg has become overly trendy, hotel prices have risen to match the inflated image it has of itself. The Duchamp is one of those places that thinks it is offering more than what it actually is. Small modern looking prefab cottages with VERY plain furnishings, and a pleasant enough pool. We couldn't imagine paying $600+ for this in high season, though it has a good location within walking distance of town, and just steps from the popular Shed. (Funky neighborhood though, down kind of an alley.) Yes, the owners and staff were gracious. Nothing was "wrong" but it wasn't "great" either.It was very basic, and barely worth the "deal" we got. Wouldn't stay again.
We were pleasantly surprised as we found our way to this beautiful resort. The grounds and room are extremely well maintained and clean. Centered in the perfect location for a restful night, yet walking distance to great shops and restaurants. We can't say enough about our host, Marie and Mark. We now have new friends in the area. This will be our go to stop over when in the area.
This property is run by a delightful husband and wife team and an excellent staff. Not your usual type hotel with only 6 units, but each is comfortable, modern, clean and located in a quiet area just a few steps from the main Plaza. A Nespresso and small fridge in each unit were nice touches.
Fair warning that this hotel is not staffed all day and night; however, we were met upon arrival. If you require a full-time staff and concierge, this might not be the place for you. Cheerful and knowledgeable staff is there in the morning for the continental breakfast, but the office is closed most of the day when we were there. Not a problem as we were typically gone to wineries.
The breakfast (included) is very good with boiled eggs, granola, fruit, yogurt and a pastry selection from the French bakery across the street. The private courtyard with pool and hot tub is a pleasant place for morning breakfast or an evening happy hour.
We could not have been more pleased with our accommodations and the comfortable walk to the most of the excellent local restaurants. Thanks, Marie & Tom!
Our stay was overnight only, and since we didn't have any reservations we called the afternoon of our stay. Marie was so gracious and had our room waiting for us when we got there. The room was very modern, had a HUGE bathroom and shower (OMG!) and the bed and linens were comfy and beautiful. This may sound weird, but I loved the plush towels, too. Lots of storage space if you have time to stay and unpack. We also had a fireplace.
George Clooney wasn't there but a Nespresso coffee maker was – hotel coffee never had it so good! #loved! We were offered free breakfast but we wanted to to hit some local food places.
The weather didn't allow us to jump in the pool right outside our door, or sit on the private patio and have a drink, but if it were 80º we definitely would have. The back office/check-in area is in the back lot, off the street, where the free private parking is (crushed gravel drive).
Marie also recommended two great places to eat; Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar for dinner and The Parish Cafe for breakfast. Both were walking distance from our room and both proved to be top-notch delicious! We left town happy guests, despite the rain and chill of March.
Looks like they are working on more gardens and landscaping. I can see why it's a great place for a wedding!
She also sent me a really nice thank you card. For me, it's the little effort of human kindness that make a difference.