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
** this review is for changes occurring directly within the month of January 2019**
I just stopped by to have a look - they are redoing every single building. Changes include:
—Most of the gardens are sadly torn up, except the art area beside the Spa (which used to have shade, but the large shade tree has now been cut) It’s hard to see. But thankfully they’ve retained the master gardner, Carlos. He will hopefully do his magic again and bring what were once MacArthur’s famous relaxed, style gardens back to life.
—No buildings were visibly being demolished, thankfully. Just gutted and redone. The ugly concrete in front of the two story buildings seem to be having mini yards and/or mini decks added to them, which is a plus.
—All the rooms are being remodeled to modern instant touch eco lighting. From the looks of it, that horrid modern grey/tan trend designers have been recommending for over a decade now, is their theme. I hope they’ll create variety and add color. I’ll miss the coziness, the colors and the “ranch style meets Sonoma art” feel of those rooms.
—After all these changes are complete, the spa and the art reflective area are next.
—Their goal: 5 star.
I can only hold onto the hope that they’ve retained Carlos, their original amazing master gardner who had made MacArthur Place famous for its beautiful gardens. Let’s hope he can put the heart back into the grey/tan modernization of the place.
I’m concerned they’ll go at the spa area next and make it she-she (Chez-Chez), but I have heard nothing about this change. Also, Saddles is closed and I hear there’s a 5 star restaurant being planned.
-buildings are modernized to create eco benefits throughout the property
-staff are being hired and/or retrained to bring excellence to their service. The person I spoke to was a mix of professional meets old Sonoma kindness (Imho this was previously lacking with scattered results at the front desk. I’ve talked to the administrative staff for the last 20 yrs of reservations. I hope they’ll retrain for less of an uptight feel. We always liked the relaxed kindness in the spa staff, though)
-Construction was going on in the winter, so hopefully will be close to complete when the warmer months arrive.
-mini front porches and/or yards seem to be replacing the ugly concrete that was in front of the double story buildings.
-the new restaurant may retain some of the appetizers we enjoyed so much at the pool and in Saddles. We hope.
We were lucky enough to be the first ever guests in one of the new luxury suites at MacArthur Place.
The room was warm and cozy with thoughtful details. We especially loved the fireplace and the heated bathroom floor. The bathroom was well appointed with plenty of space and fancy Grown Alchemist products. The private balcony and multiple windows provided an airy and bright space for relaxation.
Fantastic service throughout, from check in to check out. Everyone was accommodating and kind.
Overall a great stay and we can't wait to go back - exactly what we needed to unplug and unwind. Thank you MacArthur Place and great job on the renovations!
We stayed 4 nights in a King Suite with fireplace for a couples getaway. The room itself was very spacious with a separate sitting area by the fireplace and a Daybed. It was nicely appointed but you could tell it is in need of an update which they are in the process of doing. A lot of noise transfers into the room from the street as well as from rooms above. Very good service with a complementary Wine a Cheese happy hour that was nice. Yes you will notice the construction and hear some noise from it during the day so if you want to just sit at the resort all day then you might want to wait until the renovation is complete when this place will be amazing. The restaurant was closed during our stay due to the renovation. Prices were great due to it being the off season and probably because of the renovation so the value for what you get is really good. I am a little scared that the prices will be much higher when complete and I will not be able to afford to stay her any longer, but we enjoyed our stay immensely.
Loved this hotel! Even though under renovation our room was spacious and quiet. The staff was very pleasant and helpful..lovely 5pm wine tasting and nice continental breakfast. We will be sure to stay here again when in the area!
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!!