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
- 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 travel often and this was an exceptional stay. The staff is very friendly and well versed on the area. I would say the customer service is 5 stars and this makes a hotel. The hotel was very clean and just wonderful overall.
Really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Quiet, pretty and central to where we wanted to be of highly recommend it. The restaurant is great and there are cute shops to check out all around the square. The hotel is clean and there is coffee every morning steps from the rooms.
This hotel is adorable and the perfect location to stay at while enjoying what Sonoma has to offer. Although the room is on the smaller side, it is furnished well and has plenty of natural light, and has a cute outdoor patio. I spent an hour or so at the swimming pool one day and relaxed in preparation of my wedding. It's also right across from Girl and the Fig restaurant, which is a must!
The hotel is in a perfect location right in the middle of downtown. It has a great restaurant downstairs with a nice outdoor patio. The room we stayed in was simple but beautiful with a dreamy bed and I think each room has a balcony!
What a gem on the Sonoma town square! The El Dorado was a simple yet thoughtful and beautiful home base for our four days in Sonoma. We loved the small touches in our room — great throw blankets, a “vintage” radio that connected via Bluetooth to our phones (and plenty of USB plug-ins), a refrigerator with cold glasses and a large bottle of water to keep us hydrated amid all the wine ... We slept great on our king bed under a super warm and cloud-like duvet. A complementary bottle of Gloria Ferrer bubbles awaited us in honor of our anniversary. Our one regret was not taking more opportunities to dine at EDKitchen. The Glen Ellen Star was fabulous, and The Girl and the Fig across the street was good with great desserts, but we could have eaten three meals a day at EDK and been divinely happy. It’s a bit expensive to stay on the square but totally worth it.