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Very Good 387 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Modern wine country digs with a popular restaurant, eco focus and salt water swimming pool on Sonoma Plaza

The Lowdown

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

El Dorado Hotel
405 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 387 Reviews
Great place to lay your head in the heart of Sonoma
skwinky16

Traveled to Sonoma for a girls trip and the hotel was a perfect spot. It's located at the center of the town square which made everything in town super accessible. The hotel staff was incredibly accommodating and the boutique-style made it very cozy and welcoming. I wouldn't say that the accommodations were 5-star luxury, but it was a great value and I had absolutely no complaints about cleanliness or customer service. Great option for a quaint wine country getaway!

Exceptional Service
Mouton In M

Excellent food with exceptional service. Had an issue with the reservation yet it was quickly and graciously resolved. First-time guest visiting with friends for a weekend vacay in Sonoma, CA. Great wine selection.

Great food and ambiance on Sonoma Square (this is a restaurant review, not a hotel stay review)
E6386JOmichaelh

The restaurant was crowded but we were able to get a table for 2 without reservations. Restaurants is part of hotel which gives it a great atmosphere. Good buzz/noise level. Menu had impressive variety and the drinks were unusual and creative. Food arrived at a casual pace which was fine. Dishes were very well presented and easy to share. And, most importantly, delicious. This is not a cheap restaurant, so be prepared. But it was worth it.