What We Love
- Central location: short drive to vineyards and wineries
- Sprawling grounds and walkable gardens
What To Know
- While not nestled in the vineyards, the inn offers the convenience of being close to town
- Library at the center of the complex lends DVDs, games and books
- It’s recommended you make reservations for the spa two weeks in advance
- Standard King and Queen don't have tubs but have walk-in showers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Sonoma was once horse country, and the land where MacArthur Place now stands was a working ranch in the 19th century. The original Victorian house remains at the property’s center, and the on-site restaurant and lounge, Saddles, cheekily nods to the property’s equine past with numerous iterations of its namesake strewn in creative ways throughout the decor. But the many structures that have been built amid the sprawling gardens and spa are way more luxe than MacArthur Place’s history would imply. One holdover, though, is the original ranch owner’s reputation for graciousness and hospitality. The inn’s 64 rooms and suites are strewn across seven acres, connected by sculpture gardens and walkways. The newer structures blend in, with rooms and suites in small two-story houses, and private cottages ring the property. Walking through the grounds at night makes you feel as though you’re in a perfectly manicured and arranged neighborhood. A bottle of local bubbly on the couch beside the crackling fireplace is a great way to cap off the day in rooms and suites with a contemporary Wine Country vibe. Many people come here just for spa treatments, and the spa feeling carries over to the suite bathrooms, which have a large soaking tub and a sink and shower stocked with custom products made locally from grapeseed oil.
In the Area
Being close enough to walk to Sonoma’s Plaza is a nice convenience, and it gives visitors the opportunity to explore the charming town. Asked for a recommendation, the front desk gave an astonishing range of options for dinner. But the inn’s own acclaimed steakhouse, Saddles, is the perfect place to start an evening with drinks at the bar before you head out — or stay put if you’re in the mood to tuck into a well-grilled ribeye.
How to Get There
I originally gave a big thumbs up to the lovely, lovely grounds, my wonderful spa room and the perfect location: near the town square, but surrounded by greenery and trees. I then gave a thumbs down because of the noise of tree cutters who nearly wrecked my four day stay there. I’m revising this review because the staff graciously moved me to a quieter suite and because of the lovely conversation I had with the Director of Operations Kevin Virgo. He patiently explained that, as part of a recent change of ownership and big refurbishment plans, the trees were in desperate need of attention, and that MacArthur Place had to get this admittedly noisy task done quickly to save their beautiful trees. His manner was so professional, but so caring that it had me regretting my three star review. This is a perfect example of why GOOD customer is so valuable in this business. He gave me his card and I have no doubt this will be one of many return visits. BTW - my facial was tremendous and the nightly turn down service with chocolates AND face cream was a lovely touch. Thanks to all.
The property was beautiful and very well maintained. There are many roses and other flowers throughout the property and all are meticulously cared for. The room itself was among the best in which we have stayed anywhere. There is nothing even slightly negative that I would say about MacArthur Place. Regarding Sonoma, there really is not much to do there, other than visit wineries; and they are all pretty much the same. I like a glass of wine with dinner, but it's not worth spending more than a few hours to learn about the wine making process. If you like outdoor activities, there are some nice places to ride bicycles.
Very comfortable stay here. Service was great. Room was more than what you need. And the grounds are beautiful. The restaurant is also a great spot. Very enjoyable all around! I also was able to walk into the town centre easily. Good location.
After dinner at Saddles, we popped in here knowing we would need a new place to stay on our next visit since we did not care for the hotel we had stayed in on this trip.
When we walked into the lobby, there were 3 gentlemen who worked there (valet and front desk) and instantly stopped to ask how they could help us. I told them I was just looking around in case I might want to stay in the future. One offered to take me around the property to look around. I only had a few minutes since our ride was coming, but he gave me a great tour.
With this kind of service, a beautiful property and room renovations on the way, I certainly expect to stay here in the future.
Arrived for a 2 night stay and what can I say - from arriving to departing this was an absolutely fantastic experience.
At check-in we were warmly greeted and everything was all ready for us. Dropped the bags to the room and straight to the Library for complimentary Wine and Cheese - amazing.
You can relax by a warm fire in the library, read a book and tune out from the world.
On our second day the hotel arranged a wine tasting tour of 4 vinyards - this was also top quality and a great day out.
We had dinner one evening in Saddles Steakhouse which was top quality with friendly service - a minor problem with the wine we had ordered but this was resolved promptly and professionally by our courteous server.
I need to mention Bunky Harris, who is the Front Desk supervisor. She is one of the most warm, friendly, professional and kind hotel staff members I have had the pleasure of speaking with while staying at a hotel. Nothing was a problem for her, and she is an excellent ambassador for the hotel.
I look forward to staying at the hotel again - I just hope they don't change it!