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
Great location at the Plaza. Room was very comfortable, the restaurant was excellent. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. When in the area I will stay at the El Dorado again. Besides being located at the Plaza they are close to Nape Valley, Santa Rosa and other places that are fun to visit.
dinner was really good-accommodations very nice-staff so accommodating when I had a question or wanted to change room
pool was great a little chilly however the weather was cool and I was the only one out there twice
Having realised to our cost that we had booked a somewhat less attractive hotel in a somewhat less attractive part of Sonoma, we booked here at short notice as we knew it was in a great location............and we couldn't have been more please and relieved. Tasteful rooms, spotlessly clean, crisp white bed linen, a nice balcony. Were we not living 5,250 miles away, I would have no hesitation in returning.
The service and the food are great. We were welcomed by a joyfull steward at the entrance and seated in the rather large dining space. While awaiting food, we got a complimentary snack and freshly baked bread. Our meal took about 30 minutes to prepare, which we thought to be perfectly reasonable, but the chef send us a plate of garlic fries with his excuses for the delay.
The food was delicious. The only minus was that the portion of ravioli contained only 4 pieces.
I recently traveled to the El Dorado Hotel with nine friends for a birthday trip and can't say enough positive things about the experience. The hotel is perfectly located right on Sonoma Square, and you can walk to a number of restaurants and tasting rooms. But the service was the best part. Andrea was absolutely wonderful and made all of our transportation, winery and dining arrangements - she went above and beyond to make sure this was a special trip. The restaurant in the hotel is fabulous! I also highly recommend Oso, Harvest Moon, Scribe Winery, Lynmar Estate Winery and Sunflower Caffe for breakfast.