The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma, you’ll be in the historical district and minutes from Sonoma TrainTown Railroad and close to Sonoma Plaza. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and Sebastiani Theatre.
Make yourself at home in one of the 182 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32.00-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 2 mi.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a business center, and express check-out. Planning an event in Sonoma? This hotel has 11000 square feet (990 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
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We stayed at the hotel for a honeymoon. I have to say that the staff was exceptional. Katie greeted us at the front desk and was always there to give us recommendations on things to do in the square or places to eat. She recommended Tasca Tasca which was amazing. Dan the sommelier was also wonderful. I really wish the hotel would advertise his Wednesday classes more to gas maybe provide a little more detail because it was excellent and to our surprise also included an appetizer with the winetasting. The young lady who made our coffee in the morning had our order memorized by the second day. Another young man told us about the complimentary tasting at Buena Vista winery on our ride into town. We have this on our agenda and I would have been great to know that the hotel had a complementary shuttle and tasting set up for its guest.
Only disappointment was that the one hot tub was not working in the spa area and that the hot tub by the main pool Was often marked do not use until 10 or 11 AM when the pool area opens at 8 o’clock. We really enjoyed taking a dip in the hot tub before or after breakfast as nothing in town opens till 10 AM.
Lastly our room was always clean when it was cleaned, but if you didn’t let housekeeping in first thing in the morning they often didn’t come back.
Love this property have stayed there many times before. Had not been back for may years and was not disappointed. We had a cottage and the gas fireplace had some problems other than that the staff was wonderful especially Kelly McDonald. The room attendants were excellent, rooms clean and always replenished with everything we needed.
We stayed at The Lodge for 3 of our 10 nights in Northern California. Unfortunately, our stay was not the greatest but we cannot blame the hotel for most of it - it was just one of those stays that it seemed like things just kept going wrong or were not satisfactory and one or two together would be ignored but all put together resulted in a disappointing visit.
First, it rained the entire time we were here. This is of course in no way the hotel's fault. However, I did ask the front desk what there was to do when it was raining in the area (since our plan was to sit by the pool and hit a few winery patios) and they could not suggest anything. All they could suggest was the Plaza...which I already knew about...and was also all outside...so not a rainy day activity. They also did not have any entertainment on-site during the day or at night other than sitting in the small coffee shop/wine bar in the lobby (which was impossible due to a conference during our stay that filled it every night). I expect some sort of entertainment, even if it is just live music or showing movies or something from a "resort."
We also had bad luck with our rooms. The first night we were "upgraded" to a cottage rather than the King guestroom we booked. Again, this is not the hotel's fault and they thought they were doing a nice thing but the cottage absolutely was not for us. I had suspected it wouldn't be so I asked to see the room we originally booked but was told none were available and I couldn't see one but if we changed our minds we could switch back. I don't like to accept an upgrade without seeing the two options exactly to avoid the issues we had but the woman who checked is in absolutely refused to show us what we originally booked so we reluctantly spent the first night in a cottage room since all of our bags had been brought there and it was POURING so moving everything in that weather again would have been a hassle. Maybe in different weather circumstances the cottage would have been nice but it was a pain to have to walk all the way to the main building in the rain any time we wanted anything (coffee, wine, etc.), there was no covering over the door at all so you were soaked the second you stepped outside (though they did provide umbrellas), since the door was unprotected the wind and rain literally made it creak and shake all night, the slat shades on the windows did not block an ounce of light (we didn't sleep anyway so we were already awake when light started coming in at 5am), it didn't seem as though the AC was working correctly, and our fire place had to be fixed in the short time we were in the room as it would light and then instantly go out and fill the room with a gas smell (though this was fixed remarkably quickly - the maintenance team here is very, very good and I was surprised how fast they were at our room.)
We went to the desk first thing in the morning and asked to be changed to the original room type we booked. After a short wait we were able to change and absolutely loved the second room - it was much more comfortable and what we were expecting and our only complaint about it would have been that, like other reviewers have mentioned, the shower was oddly small given the size of the bathroom, which was quite spacious - the shower was the size of a coffin. However, we didn't have to shower in there more than once because on night 2 (our first in this room) our fireplace (again) had a maintenance issue when it started making noise (while not in use.) We called for maintenance and they came and said they could not fix the issue right then and since it was late they would find us somewhere else to sleep. We were fine with the noise it was making as long as it wasn't dangerous but they were adamant we should move for the night. (Oscar from the maintenance team helped us this night and he was WONDERFUL - we did ask the front desk to recognize him for great service but want to make sure he is mentioned here as well!) We only took what we needed for the night because we thought (or misunderstood?) that we would only be sleeping in this room for the night and not switching rooms again. We were put in a sparsely decorated handicap accessible room for the night.
However, at 10am the next morning, we were called and asked when we would be ready to go remove the rest of our belongings from the other room. We were told the room had to be closed because maintenance wasn't sure when they would be able to fix the issue. We are honestly still unclear if they thought we didn't want to stay in the room (which we would have as long as the issue wasn't dangerous) or if we actually couldn't stay in the room for some reason but, either way, we were forced to go pack up our stuff and move rooms again. This meant we were stuck in the much less ambient accessible room but at this point, having been in 3 rooms in 3 days, we didn't really care we were just sick of moving our stuff. We did get a small credit for the inconvenience.
So, all of these things alone would have been easy to ignore but all put together we were really uncomfortable and couldn't wait to get out of here. Again, most is not the hotel's fault and is just a series of unfortunate events but it still impacted our stay.
I will say everyone we dealt with from the front desk to maintenance was extremely kind and understanding even though I am sure they were frustrated with us for being "those people" during this stay (which we always make such a point not to be - it was just unavoidable this time!)
Other positives, so this is not all negative:
- Free sangria each evening in the bar
- Free wine tastings each evening (though with the previously mentioned conference we never had any luck actually getting a taste as it was very crowded)
- Netflix access and free HBOGo
- Free bottled water
- Free shuttle to the plaza
- Our last day the weather, while still cool, at least cleared so you could sit by the pool. They did have some live music out here in the afternoon this day which was enjoyable.
My husband and I are frequent travelers and we were highly disappointed with our stay at the Renaissance. The room was old and tired. The carpet was ripped, the shower was so small, we literally had to put our body on the side wall to rinse (and we are not big people). The plumbing in the shower was rusted and mildew in the shower. Our fireplace did not work and our room overlooked the parking lot of cars. We decided to check out early and went straight to the Westin in Napa.
This is a very nice property conveniently located in wine country that is part of the Marriott brand.
What I liked:
- The property and facilities are well maintained
- The staff was generally very friendly and accommodating
- The cottage accommodations were cheerful
- It is located about one mile from downtown so you can walk or take the hotel shuttle
- As part of the resort fee they have nightly wine sampling
- There is free parking
What I did not like:
- The daily resort fee was one of the higher ones at a Marriott ($42 a day including tax) which is steep considering we used very little of what it covered.
- There was no discount afforded to the resort fee like the JW Marriott brand which extends discounts for members with high status
- The fireplace in the cottage did not work well
- The shower handle fell off the first night requiring repair
- One night the fire alarm went off out of the blue and reset
- The gym was smaller and not as well appointed as I would have expected. The two bike machine’s screens were not working properly.
- The pool was smaller than I would have expected
- The pillows were not good, thin and mismatched (feathers and foam)
Please refer to my review of Carneros Bistro.