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Best Hotels in Sonoma | Local Wally's Sonoma Tourist Guide

Confused where to stay in Sonoma? Trust Local Wally's Top 10 BEST Sonoma hotels, from budget friendly to luxurious with rate comparisons and discounts.


Where to Stay in the Heart of Sonoma: Best Hotels, Resorts, and Boutiques

Let me start by saying that I am very particular about where I stay when on vacation. My philosophy is that a hotel room needs to be at least as good as my own house meaning it must be clean, it must be comfortable, and it must be in a good location.

When picking a hotel in Sonoma you want to be near the plaza, the heart of Sonoma. Don't be fooled by low, low rates that put you miles from the wineries. You can easily drive from the plaza to Glen Ellen or Kenwood, but if you plan on doing mainly Russian River wineries you should check out my picks for best hotels in Healdsburg.

Tip:  Click the photo to go to the hotels' website, click the TripAdvisor link to check prices, and when available click my link to book through me (which is very nice, thank you).

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From Boutique Hotels to Big Resorts, The Best Places to Stay in Sonoma

Carneros Inn

High end luxury cottages that look like Habitat Houses but are anything but.

Price: $$$$$
Summary: Luxury Resort with all the trimmings and excellent service.
Wally Says: Perfect for honeymoons, romantic getaways, destination resort


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El Dorado Hotel

Super convenient location in the downtown plaza, a luxury hotel with upscale touches.

Price: $$$
Summary: Boutique hotel, trendy restaurant below, exellent location.
Wally Says: Perfect for romantic couples on a budget


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El Pueblo Inn

Good location, a solid moderately priced hotel with the typical ammenities.

Price: $$
Summary: Older hotel that's been nicely updated, noting too fancy but a solid pick.
Wally Says: Perfect for families and those who want a nice moderately priced hotel.


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Fairmont Mission Inn

Old world luxury, Fairmont Mission Inn is elegant, upscale, with excellent restaurant.

Price: $$$$$
Summary: Luxury hotel, classy and classic
Wally Says: Perfect for honeymoons and romance, anniversaries and getaways, elegant but not snooty.


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Inn at Sonoma

Excellent location near plaza and above average rooms with fireplaces.

Price: $$$
Summary: Quaint BNB feel, breakfast included, snacks and wine in afternoon.
Wally Says: I love walking to the plaza for dinner, perfect for couples.


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Ledson Hotel

Live like a king in one of the only 6 European inspired rooms.

Price: $$$
Summary: Located in the Sonoma Plaza the location is spot on as is the service.
Wally Says: Downton Abbey fans will really like this place.


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Lodge at Sonoma

Marriot sexies up its image at the Lodge at Sonoma, a Renaissance hotel.

Price: $$$
Summary: Impressive lobby though rooms are typical Marriott.
Wally Says: Bringing the spouse on a business trip and don't want to tip off the boss?


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McArthur Place

Luxurious inn and spa, lovely getaway resort a mile from the plaza.

Price: $$$$$
Summary: Expect the best of everything at McArthur Place
Wally Says: Wine and cheese in the afternoon, balconies, fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, the works!


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Olea Hotel

(Glen Ellen) A hidden gem, one of the best boutique hotels in Sonoma.

Price: $$$$
Summary: Romantic, modern boutique hotel w fireplaces, gourmet breakfast, fresh, lovely upscale.
Wally Says: Relaxing upscale boutique, surprise your spouse with this one.


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