Kenwood Inn and Spa, A Four Sisters Inn
What We Love
- The award-winning spa makes this Kenwood property a favorite serene escape
- Two hot tubs and a swimming pool
- Handy on-site wine bar
What To Know
- The inn is more suited for couples
- No TVs or in-room gadgets to ensure maximum relaxation
- The restaurant is open for breakfast only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tuscan palazzo living and vino-centric spa treatments among the vineyards at this romantic 29-room Sonoma inn
The intimate Kenwood Inn and Spa is cloaked in fragrant shade trees and towering palms, creating a private retreat with quiet courtyards and lush gardens. The look is decidedly Tuscan, with ocher-washed stucco walls, quarry-tile floors, and archways over flagstone paths that run through the gardens. Ivy crawls across the two-story buildings that house the 29 grand guest rooms, whose giant carved wooden armoires, heavy velvet draperies, oil paintings, and sumptuous fabrics create a marvelous sense of place. All rooms have fireplaces, most of them gas-burning, and there are no televisions to distract you from your sylvan surroundings. If you’re not up for winery hopping, you can easily linger here all day. A guests-only dining room serves a lavish full breakfast that’s included in the rate (small plates are available for purchase throughout the day), while the five-room spa features regional-focused treatments, including a Matanzas Creek Lavender Scrub and a Honey Wine Wrap. Whatever you do, don’t miss their complimentary wine and cheese hour from 5-6 p.m. daily.
In the Area
Book a spa treatment at the on-site spa—our favorites are the Rosemary Salt Scrub and the fitting Kenwood Wine Wrap. If you’d rather do something more active, head to Jack London State Historic Park for insight into the famous writer’s life and drop-dead views of Sonoma Valley. But this is Wine Country, so head to nearby Benziger Winery for a fantastic crash course in winemaking, which includes a tractor ride through the vineyards. For the best wines, stick with the reserves. Alternatively, the family-run Kaz Vineyard & Winery has a cult following for its obscure small-production reds and blends and is a must-visit. To take a break from sipping fine wines, stop at neighboring Wildwood Farm, Nursery and Sculpture Garden to see beautiful outdoor art amid many varieties of Japanese maple.
How to Get There
We have stayed at this property 4-5 previous times over the past 10 years and have really loved it. It continues to be a nice, relaxing refuge. Although the “new” spa did not seem dramatically different from the old one, the service was great and the whole experience very relaxing. The two pool areas continue to be very nice and generally not very crowded. There is no health club on site, but you can get passes to a nice club about 7 miles away. The wine tasting experience in the evening is uneven. We went both nights. Had great service from the wine pourer one night, but the cheese tray was gone. The second night there was plenty of cheese, but the wine pourer was very busy engaged with one customer.
Our room was fine, although there was no shower gel in the dispenser (not as good as when they used to have bottles to use - we understand the positive environmental impact, but please keep the dispensers full). The breakfast buffet is okay. Decent selection one day. The second day, they had run out of most stuff (no pancakes, muffins or fruit) by 9:30, when breakfast goes to 10. They seem more worried about having too many leftovers as opposed to having enough food for the guests. In previous years, breakfast included cook to order items and was fantastic. Overall, a very nice place, but less “special” than the past.
First time staying in the California wine region, and chose this hotel (for 3 nights) largely by Tripadvisor reviews, as so many perfect reviews. Does the sun and beautiful surroundings cloud one’s judgement?
The property is visually a delightful on arrival and the front desk staff friendly. Being a small establishment, check-in was instant and we were directed to our large room. The Mediterranean rustic theme pervades throughout, but perhaps this masks areas that could benefit from a little TLC, notably the breakfast room. The gardens are a pleasure, the pool large and well heated; nice clean furniture to relax on. A popular area for “girly groups”, but no issue at all whilst we were there.
We have stayed in bed and breakfasts from east to west coast, with many offering a complimentary hour of wine and canapés. Here, this is in the wine room but given by one of the local wineries, so just a very small measure of a couple of their wines (some excellent). The cheese and crackers are provided by the inn, but much the same each evening. The Kenwood is close to many of these wine estates so it is easy and convenient to visit them. There are tickets in the lobby offering 2 for1 tastings at many.
The breakfast was good but not exceptional. The granola tasty, a large plate of cut fruit which was not overly inspiring, a large warming pan of a hot item and muffins. This was all a serve yourself buffet, with fruit juice and coffee. It would be so nice if coffee was poured at the table by staff.
Now for the bedroom. What I did not like was the paper cups, by the coffee machine in the room. Each day, pods for 4 drinks were left, but only three paper cups, so one had to be washed! Never in a 4/5star hotel have I ever had paper cups. Perhaps there is an issue, that china ones might be dropped on the tiled floors, but at the price of these rooms there should better. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bedding good quality. Plenty of towels in the bathroom, and L’Occitane toiletries. It is good to see that the inn is trying to reduce plastic waste from small bottles of shampoos etc, with larger refillable units. One cooler evening the gas fire in the room was a very welcome addition, making it cosy and inviting. Everything was spotlessly clean; the housekeeping first rate.
It is a great shame that there is not a small bar open in the evening offering some quality light food, even if only small, rather than room service pizza or the like, as this would really enhance the ambience of this lovely old inn. We did not use the spa so cannot comment.
In all, we did enjoy staying here, but I think the management need to up its game just a little to make this a truly luxurious experience.
The Kenwood Inn and Spa is not huge and it doesn't have a lot of amenities. There's no sauna, steam room, only one shower, and the waiting room is maybe 11x11ft, at first we wondered if it was our personal waiting room. It was not. The locker/dressing room was also very small. However, it still delivers an extraordinary experience. What it does offer is incredible service, small touches like their plush robes, signature chocolate chip cookies, sparkling wine, and incredible grounds and pool. They have all the best products and my massage was world-class. I enjoyed how quiet it seemed to be. I couldn't imagine being here if it were very busy and I wouldn't come with a group larger than 3 or 4 people unless you're staying at the hotel. It would be the perfect little hideaway for a honeymoon or an escape from the hustle and bustle of larger facilities. In this case, less was more and I felt rejuvenated after spending a few hours here.