El Dorado Hotel
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location on the plaza near Sonoma’s best restaurants, tasting rooms, shops and more
- Eco-friendly philosophy from the solar-heated swimming pool and posh EO toiletries to the farm-to-table fare in El Dorado Kitchen
- Elegant rooms with four-poster beds and French doors leading to private balconies
What To Know
- In-room fridges are perfect for chilling the bottles of white you bought from area wineries
- The historic building lacks an elevator, but staff is happy to help with bags and there are ground-floor rooms
- A light renovation will be completed in summer 2015
- Rooms at the back of the property are quietest
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the heart of Sonoma, this 27-room boutique sleep occupies a historic two-story building overlooking the central plaza. The light-flooded lobby makes a good first impression in a homey palette of cream, moss green and slate shades, with a working fireplace, stacks of decorative logs and modern yet rustic wood-frame sofas. On the same floor, local hotspot El Dorado Kitchen serves farm-to-table fare by chef Armando Navarro. The 21-foot-long main table encourages family-style dining and the open-concept kitchen gives every diner a glimpse into the busy working kitchen. Expect seasonal favorites like pork belly with beluga lentils, house made ravioli and delicate profiteroles. Most of the 27 guestrooms are on the second floor, with a handful in a separate building by the swimming pool. All have four-poster beds draped with down duvets, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee makers, plus small en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and eco EO toiletries. Most have French doors that open to balconies overlooking the plaza or gardens. Outside, there’s a solar-powered saltwater pool with daybeds and cabanas for relaxing with your favorite new vintage.
In the Area
Ask the knowledgeable staff for their picks on the Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Trail, which includes longtime favorites like Sebastiani, Larson Family Winery, Anaba, historic Buena Vista and more, or devise your own vineyard crawl (driver essential) through Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and back via Glen Ellen. Active types can get their outdoors fix on a canoeing trip down the Russian River with Burke’s Canoe Trips, while foodies should book in advance to score reservations at Farmhouse, Café La Haye and LaSalette. Save a morning to wander the boutiques and art galleries that line Sonoma Plaza, and, during the summer months, don’t miss the Tuesday night farmers’ market from 5:30 pm until late.
How to Get There
We were lucky to get reservations on a Sunday night in October. They were busy the entire night. The food was excellent. They had a variety of options to appease any appetite. The cocktail and wine menu was really good too. There is an active vibe to the restaurant.
The manager & staff was very accommodating considering the power outage circumstances. They still managed to make it a very enjoyable stay and adequately compensated us for the inconvenience. The location is perfect. The ambiance is just what I would want and expect in a visit to Sonoma! Restaurant was also delicious !
Setted in the main plaza of Sonoma this place offers a great wine selection and really nice and modern dishes. Decor is warm and elegant and the staff is super friendly. It was a real plasure being here.