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
I would rate this 5 stars for our stay. Once we arrived at the front, the bell boy and valet were helpful and friendly. They offered us water and warm towel upon we stepped out the car. They have electrical bike for us to use and roam around town. The room is nicely refurbished, the interior design is chic farm style and I like it. Just some of the craftsmanship was lacking when you look in details (eg, the LED light in the shower shampoo niche did not proper tiled). But these are just minor issue. The complimentary snacks and Voss water are awesome. The turn down service came with a box of chocolate chips cookies!
The main issue I have with them was when we check-out, their computer showing I booked thru Expedia which was wrong. She requested my credit card and she swiped it once. We checked with her to make sure that swipe is just to make sure the hotel had been fully paid and no extra charge. She confirmed everything is good. And when we came home guess what I found on my bank statement. They charged us $271.28. I emailed them right away and someone did replied to confirm the date of our stay and name. And it has been over a week and I haven’t heard back from anyone!!!
The MacArthur Place Hotel is an excellent place to stay while visiting Sonoma, California. This hotel consists of a number of two-story buildings (no elevators) located on an approximately two square block area close to Sonoma's downtown Plaza. The hotel is just completing a significant update and is very nice-both with respect to the rooms themselves and the well-landscaped, attractive grounds (including a very nice pool). Rooms are spacious, well-appointed and comfortable. Staff is excellent- helpful and courteous. The new restaurant, Layla, is well done with both a good menu/food and a good bar. There are many, many nice wine-country hotels in the Sonoma/Napa area and this is one of the better ones- and certainly at the top of the list in Sonoma itself.
Beautiful hotel, amazing staff, and great location. The hotel and rooms are beautiful. There was some construction going on (end of June 2019) but it didnt bother us. Our room was amazing and had a private patio with outdoor shower. The weather was nice and warm so we really enjoyed lounging outside on our patio. The couples massage was great and even though we didnt have reservations at their restaurant, Layla, they were able to accommodate and fit us in. Overall, we had an amazing stay and we would definitely recommend MacArthur Place.