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
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.
Loved staying here. Eric at the desk was super helpful with restaurants and parking. Location could not be better.
Linens, mattresses, towels...perfection.
Everything that you want from a hotel when you are on a long road trip and need comfort and care.
Thank you El Dorado! it was perfect.
We chose this hotel because it is located right on Sonoma Square and across the street from Girl and the Fig. I found the hotel to be charming, rustic, and minimally elegant. The rooms are small but tasteful; the bed was very comfortable — I think we were sleeping on some kind of featherbed pillow top. The pillows were also very good. The duvet and the covers were made up of several layers, plus an extra plush blanket, so the bedding overall was really comfy. We arrived on a cold, rainy day in February so the warm layers were great. The sheets were nice, probably cotton percale is my guess; they could have been slightly softer, but were still very comfortable. The restaurant downstairs is really good and there is a small bar. Service was excellent at the restaurant. During warmer weather you can eat on the outdoor patio. Cocktails are excellent there and they have an extensive wine list. My pork belly and scallops appetizer was excellent. I loved our stay at this hotel, but here are the reasons I didn’t rate it 5 stars: 1) our room faced the street, and you can’t exactly sleep in in the mornings as the traffic starts pretty early and I was awoken by the loud garbage truck 2) there is no bathtub and the counter is too small for all your makeup and styling products 3) there is no gym or spa, although the spa robes in the room are nice 4) we were lucky to get a parking spot in the back when we arrived but there is definitely not enough spaces for all the guests 5) the interior designer who picked the bed frame should have known better that in such a small room, having a bed frame that juts out is bound to cause many accidents of guests hitting their shins on the frame while trying to navigate between the tiny space between the bed and dresser (ouch!). Overall a really charming hotel with really friendly staff and great location. If we had visited during a warmer season, I’m sure we’d have taken advantage of the balcony while sipping our complementary champagne that was sitting there chilling in ice when we arrived!
This was our 2nd visit to El Dorado and it was even better than the first visit. The staff was very helpful with picking the perfect room. The location is the best for walking around to tasting rooms and great restaurants. We will for sure be back.
We found the staff of the El Dorado exceptionally kind and caring. They were responsive to everything we needed. The hotel was well maintained and well situated right on the town square in downtown Sonoma. The food in the restaurant was excellent--we ate there every day during our 4 day stay. We are looking forward to staying at the El Dorado again on our next visit to Sonoma.