Auberge Sonoma

151 E. Napa St., Sonoma, California 95476, USA

Daniel Mangin

If you are traveling in a group of three or four, or just prefer lodgings that feel more like home, consider the two-bedroom suites at this charmer just off Sonoma Plaza. Each suite comes with a gas fireplace, an outdoor porch, Wi-Fi access, and a coffee maker supplied with high-quality coffee. The rates include a pass good for free tastings at 20 wineries and two-for-the price-of-one tastings at a dozen or so others.

If the Auberge accommodations are full up, inquire about the owners' three nearby properties, two cottages, and a bungalow.

room

All three suites, done in soft yellows, beiges and browns, contain living rooms with gas fireplaces and two rooms with California king beds. Recently renovated, the suites have kitchens with fancy Euro appliances and are fully stocked with utensils and even sauces and spices—though with several of Sonoma's best restaurants nearby, you may not do much cooking. Likewise, the washers and dryers may not seem like an extra bonus (then again, maybe they will), but the outdoor porches, entered through glam French doors are surefire pleasers.

The porch of Suite 155, aka the Penthouse suite, faces away from the street.

bathroom

Each suite has a full bathroom stocked with quality amenities. Two of the three suites have double sinks in each bathroom.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The bathrooms in all the suites only have showers (no tubs).

LOCATION

Getting Around

A block and a half east of Sonoma Plaza, the Auberge Sonoma is close to the Sonoma Mission and related historic sites, as well as shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants. More wineries and tasting rooms are a short drive away. You can pick up public buses from the plaza’s south side; a few pass by or near wineries beyond the plaza, but few visitors access them this way.

Restaurants

Chef Jeffrey Lloyd at Cafe La Haye (1-minute walk) turns out understated, sophisticated fare emphasizing local ingredients. Across the plaza, at the also intimate Harvest Moon Cafe (4-minute walk) husband-and-wife team Jen and Nick Demarest serve well-conceived New American cuisine. Just up the street, The Girl and the Fig (5-minute walk) specializes in Provençal-influenced fare.

Bars

Sidle over to Sigh (3-minute walk) for sparkling wines, Tasca Tasca next door for port and Madeira (and Portuguese nibbles), El Dorado Kitchen (5-minute walk) for smart cocktails, and the good-for-a-flashback Swiss Hotel bar for Glariffee, a chilled coffee pick-me-up with an intriguing pedigree.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It's strictly DIY at Auberge Sonoma—no restaurant and no room or maid service—but with their stylish decor and apartmentlike amenities the two-bedroom accommodations deliver solid value, and they're the antithesis of hotel sterility. The location just east of Sonoma Plaza and near shops, restaurants, and historical attractions like Sonoma Mission is another plus. Nearly three dozen tasting rooms can be found in the streets bordering Sonoma Plaza, with more just a short drive away.

QUICK FACTS

Romantic
3 rooms
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
Yes
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 707-939–5670 (voice mail)

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