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
Checked into MacArthur place yesterday and was greeted by Dan. The hotel is clean and beautiful with fantastic service. Dan was knowledge of popular wineries and restaurant recommendations. We followed his lead and had an amazing time. THANK YOU DAN!!
This has the potential to be a very nice place. The staff was very accommodating and welcoming. Food was average for the cost. Our Room was very well appointed and comfortable and the rear garden was very nice.
Unfortunately at this time the whole property is going through a remodel. We were very surprised to this fact and very surprised that construction continued on both Saturday and Sunday. The remodel and upgrades will eventually make this a very nice place but a this time i would have skipped it for a different property if i knew what was going on.
We stayed this Saturday evening and were surprised about the ongoing renovations, including the main restaurant Saddles. We thought we paid top dollar ($700/night each for 2 rooms), overpriced for its current condition. The cottages were lovely and spacious with nice amenities, including a fireplace. The weather was too cold to take advantage of the swimming pool or outdoor shower/bath tub. Service was very good and so was the breakfast. Just wish we warned in advance about the renovations. Would return again when it is all completed.
This is our third time at MacArthur Place and every visit has been top notch. From the moment we arrive, everyone we encounter is always warm, welcoming and quick to assist us in any way. The location is perfect for our family, as we love to walk to the plaza for shopping, dining, wine tasting, etc. With kids in tow, we love having the pool and the grounds for them to enjoy. My wife and I booked spa treatments this trip and they were excellent - our facials with Chelsea were among the best we've had. The property renovations look beautiful, and the construction didn't bother us - the crew was very respectful. We can't wait to return and see the finished product.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at MacArthur Place! The staff was so helpful to us, and they went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. We also enjoyed the massages that we received.
The concierge, Nancy, did a fantastic job recommending wineries and restaurants for us. We can't thank her enough. It was such a memorable weekend for us.