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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
An interior design delight and wonderful transformation of property. However, the restaurant's main menu was a deep disappointment. Overly simply, Overly expensive and we couldn't wait for the evening to end. Arrogant waiter who thought we were dining at the French Laundry. Need a new chef and a more engaging dining experience. The bar menu was much better and affordable. Will visit frequently once chef and menu change. Fingers crossed it is soon!!
We really enjoyed our stay here. All the staff were helpful, from the valet to the reception, to the coffee shop. We wished we had stayed more than 2 days (although my wallet is probably pleased we did not, given the prices). Close to being a 5 rating. But the room rates demand something exceptional. The pool area could do with improvement versus other upscale hotels. Bar and restaurant very good, at a price.
We had a wonderful experience despite the blackout! Mgmt planned ahead and had back-up generators in place until power was restored. Concierge, front desk, restaurant, and valet service were top notch. Food in the restaurant was great. Seating areas scattered around the property were charming. We stayed in the Carriage House. It was chilly so we used the fireplace one night. Highly recommend this property!