Hotel Review: Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, California
I did a lot of research before choosing to stay at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, California. We were taking a weekend wine trip in northern California, and there are many, many places to stay. Vintners Inn is located in Sonoma County, which is more relaxed than Napa and a bit less expensive. Plus it is right where I wanted to be: In the Russian River Valley, surrounded by the world’s best pinot noir! We really enjoyed our stay, and would definitely like to return. I’m giving it 5 hearts for great service, comfort, and good food. Because hotel prices vary so much depending on time of year and how busy they are, I won’t bother listing a price here, as it’s likely to change.
Like many hotels in the wine country, this one sits very close to the road, even though it has 92 acres of vineyards. However, one of the reasons that I chose Vintners Inn is that many reviewers said there was no road noise, which I found to be true. The hotel has 44 rooms in 5 categories spread out among manor-house-style buildings placed around a courtyard with a fountain. There is an attractive conference center across from the lobby building; a small gym with two treadmills, an elliptical machine, and light weights; and two restaurants, including the famous John Ash & Co. (See my review here.)
I was surprised to learn that the owners are also the makers of Ferrari-Carano fumé blanc, a nice wine that we’ve been drinking at home for some time.
Check-in was a breeze and our first experience with the excellent service that we got throughout our stay. Our Jr. Suite was very nice: a large room with a sofa, coffee table and two chairs, a king-sized bed, a fireplace (there’s a switch on the fireplace for heat or no heat—took me awhile to figure that out), TV with DVD player, and a complementary half bottle of wine. Decor was typical hotel style. Our room opened to a small patio with a small table and two chairs that faced the vineyard, but as it was raining we weren’t able to use it.
The bath area was fabulous, with two sinks and a separate mirrored vanity area with chair outside the bathroom, and a large, beautifully tiled bathroom with a jacuzzi, separate shower, chair, and toilet. All well done, tasteful, and outfitted with Oliva amenities. The closet held two of the nicest terry robes I’ve seen in a hotel. Wifi in the room is good, and you don’t have to jump through hoops to get it.
Because of the rain, we were not able to take advantage of the grounds, but there is a 2-mile path through the vineyard, a garden, and bocce ball court.
The sleep quality was out of this world. The bed was very comfortable with it’s featherbed topper, and the pillows were amazing. The black-out curtains did a great job of blocking out the light, and all of this comfort added up to us sleeping like babies!
In the morning there is a coffee station with complementary coffee and tea outside each cluster of rooms, but we passed and walked straight to The Vintners Inn Café for breakfast. The restaurant has a few cute little rooms, one with fireplace, others with windows and views. We ate here twice, and both the service and the food were excellent. They started us off with a piece of pound cake, which was much appreciated. Everything on the menu sounds delicious. Between the two of us we tried oatmeal brulée (as good as it sounds, yet not overly sweet), fresh yogurt, a beautiful latte served in a tall glass, and the California Benedict, which had the most perfect combination of flavors and made my tummy so happy! I highly recommend this place for breakfast. (Breakfast was not included with the room rate.)
In the afternoon, the hotel offered a free wine-tasting with snacks, which was a nice treat. I don’t know if that is a regular thing or not, but it gave us a chance to sit in comfortable chairs and chat with some of the other guests.
Vintners Inn is convenient to many wineries and restaurants, and although we needed a car, we never had to drive far. All in all, we enjoyed our stay tremendously, and I highly recommend it.