Enjoyed the Hilton Sonoma
We stayed for four nights in early August. Had a beautiful room with deck overlooking the pool. The kids loved the pool! The rooms were clean with comfortable beds. All of the staff were very nice and responsive to our needs. We only had breakfast one day at the hotel restaurant. Food was good, but overpriced, as most hotel restaurants are. We found lots of great places to eat in downtown Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa was a great central location for touring wine country. Would definitely stay here again!
Love the Hilton Sonoma!!
This is a FABULOUS hotel, and completely charming with the "round barn" next door, for which the street was named after.
Front desk personnel must have changed since earlier reviews, because they were extremely helpful to us and other guests - with a number of us checking in at the same time and asking directions to various attractions. Desk staff were entirely accommodating and accurate with directions.
I'm sitting in our room as I write this review, and the room is ENORMOUS (king size bed, 2 nightstands, TV armoire, desk with chair, lounge chair, dresser, and still tons of walk space!), obviously updated in the last year or two in the "now colors" of red and yellow with green accents, super-plush carpets throughout hotel, nice furniture, elegant red "blackout" curtains on the room's bay window (and this is just a $149 room!). Our king size bed is great, extremely comfortable and loaded with pillows. The lobby is spacious and well decorated, and there is a business center. Wireless internet access available in lobby and rooms (for a daily fee, but not automatic "noon to noon" fee like some other places, where you would have to pay 2 days' worth to have morning and evening access - here, it's one fee for a full 24 hours from when you first access, whether noon or another time).
As for the prices at the hotel restaurant, Nectar, they are the same as many breakfasts here. We are going on 10 days here in northern California and have consistently found that breakfast tends to be expensive, and lunch and dinner more reasonable (i.e. more accurately put, breakfast is priced like lunch and dinner, instead of being cheaper, regardless of quality). As posted earlier, the hotel is more like a resort, with several buildings, all named after types of wine, circling around the pool area. First floor rooms open in the back to a deck-like boardwalk around the pool area, with their own patio furniture - it's too cute (but those rooms cost more). And the pool's chaise lounges are fully cushioned - very comfy!
great place, nice surroundings
The Hilton Santa Rosa our family founds to be a great place to stay when vacationing in the wine country. We only stayed one night but throughly enjoyed the place. When getting off the 101 freeway you see the buildings and "Hilton" sign perched up on the hill. We had a little trouble finding the enterance.
The hotel is set up in 5 or 6 different buildings all named after a different type of wine. They are all close together and easily accessable from the pool and fitness center. The pool and fitness center are located right near eachother with a nice view of the valley but i didnt think it was quite the view that was protrayed in the pictures on the hotles website. The resturant looked a little pricy but had a nice outdoor patio with fire pits perfect for a evening drink and dessert.
All and all this is a great hotel for the rate we paid ($76 on priceline). We were very satisfied with the service and the property.
Ordinary- Noisy by parking lot
Check in staff was great and allowed us an early check in- We were here attending a wedding at Griffith Woods (which on the side is a FABULOUS place for a wedding for event)...
Rooms were ordinary and standard... but clean. One thing we noticed was that our room looked out onto the parking lot, which ALOT of the rooms do. The windows definitely need to be a higher quality as we could hear a ton of noise. SO, if you decide on this place, definitely ask for a room that doesn't look out onto the pool or parking lot, it will be quieter.
Expensive for what it was... we got a special rate of 149.00 and that was too high for this type of place, in my opinion. Very 'motel' feeling to me.
We found a TERRIFIC mexican place to eat on Steel ln. and Mendicino Ave called Santa Rosa Tanqueria which was awesome- eat there instead of at the restaurant.
My husband and I stayed for 2 nights while visiting family in the area. It was a beautiful hotel, with a nice view. The bed was very comfortable, the room spacious and nicely decorated. Centrally located to nearby wine tasting and downtown Santa Rosa.
We were very happy with our stay and would definitely stay again on a return trip!
Easy Access, great location for Wine Country
We stayed at the Hilton during what I think was a lull in the tourist season in the Wine Country. We arrived late, and had called. Check-in was no problem. The rooms were very spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. We were there 5 days and we never heard any noise in the hall (the hotel was extremely quiet), never had any trouble finding a parking space, and always arrived back to the hotel to a tidy room. So, we kind of felt like we had the hotel to ourselves, which was nice. We had breakfast at Nectar one day. It was certainly overpriced and the food from the buffett was mediocre and there wasn't much variety. Staff asked if we had coupons and we didn't, but inquired as to how we could get some . . . gee, sorry we don't know. But really that was the only negative comment I could make about our stay. We ate outside and the view was lovely.
The pool is huge. If available I would ask for a room with a patio by the pool. The buildings that faced the pool each had a little deck with tables and chairs. However our favorite thing about the hotel was the location. We rented a car with a navigation system so we could route ourselves to the wineries and back. Santa Rosa was really right in the middle of everywhere we wanted to go. And the Hilton has easy access to the interstate, but fortunately no noise from the interstate (best of both worlds!). I would easily recc the this hotel and will stay there again.
Great Property, Snotty Staff
This is a gorgeous property but the service was really obnoxious. If you're just going to stay for one night and already know the area, you're all set. But if you need any services or need to ask any questions -- forget it. They lose reservations, they change their rates even when you have a group contract, they rarely return messages and are simply uncoordinated and unapologetic. Regrettably, Hilton corporate can't help you mitigate problems either.
Very Nice Property; Mediocre Service
As a frequent traveler, I think of Doubletree properties as being no better than average. As a gold Hilton Hhonors member, I was taken aback on what a fine property this was. In my mind, Hilton ought to place a Hilton sign on the front door. I hate to rate this place anything lower than 5 stars, but the service I experienced at the front desk was poor, and the fact that I see a lot of similar comments from other travelers on this site means there should be some personnel changes at the management level. The rooms are spacious. The decor is first class. There is a huge lobby with a lot of room and a lot of comfortable chairs. There is a game room with pool table. They have a golf course I'd like to have played if I had my clubs and the time. The morning breakfast puts the Embassy Suites to shame. Fix the front desk, and this place gets 5 stars.
Very nice stay!
I loved staying in the Sonoma Hilton. We book a romance package and had a very nice concierge room with a patio (were we had a lovely breakfast) and the pool outside. The bed (really kingsize!!) was excellent just as well the champagne we got (Korbel). We had a very romantic dinner at the Nectar (a beautiful terrace with an open fire). The food and wine was excellent. Friendly staff in the hotel and restaurant. Would stay again in Sonoma Hilton.
Railroad Square Handcar Regatta, Santa Rosa
Ice Arena - Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Italian and classic cars, Festa Italiana