The real draw at this Mission-style resort is the extensive, swank spa with its array of massages and treatments, some designed for couples. The focus on fitness and rejuvenation extends to an adjacent 7,087-yard golf course winding through trees and vineyards, a changing schedule of fitness classes, and guided hiking and biking excursions each morning. Standard guest rooms aren't terribly large, but are supremely comfortable; some have fireplaces and patios or balconies.
"Mission Suites" are more spacious and have spa-like bathrooms.
Oct 25, 2010
My wife and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary at the Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, and had high hopes. On the plus side, it is one of the few spas in Sonoma/Napa that don't require a two night minimum stay. The hotel itself is nice, with an "old California" feel given it was built in the early 1900's. Our room was in the older section, which definitely shows its age. The carpet is well worn, our bathroom vanity glass shelf had a large chunk
knocked out of it, etc. Minor things overall, but when you're paying close to $500, you expect more (and find it elsewhere). The biggest issue I had was with the service. When we arrived, it was pouring down rain, and after waiting several minutes we realized that there was no one available to assist us with our luggage or park the car. Normally not a big deal, but given the hotel layout this meant that we had to carry our own luggage in the rain to the main building. I had to then return to the car and park about a block away, again walking through the rain. We were soaked by the time we entered the building. Our room was supposed to be ready by 4 pm, but after asking at the desk several times, we weren't given a room until 4:30. So, we sat in the lobby with our luggage, until they decided to open another room for us vs. the one we were originally assigned to. From then on, our other interactions with the staff were great - very friendly and helpful - until I called the concierge the next morning to ask for assistance making a restaurant reservation. He said he would "try when he got around to it, but was too busy and couldn't promise anything". He then said we should just try to go ourselves. I'm actually a pretty easy going traveler, but again for the price of the room this seemed a bit shoddy. He could have been trained to handle a busy day in a much more friendly manner. Final complaint was that, with the exception of the main pool, the hotel charges $39 per person to use the mineral pools, per day. Seems a bit petty. I would have been happy to have paid an extra $100 a night in hotel room charge to not have to pay by the use on things. On the positive, the restaurant Sante was fantastic. Great food and service. Lived up to its reputation for sure. And, as it was our anniversary, the hotel was very kind to provide a discount on dinner to help us celebrate. Which we truly appreciated.
Jul 5, 2010
“Fairmont is a leader in the global hospitality industry, offering guests luxurious accommodation in the most sought after destinations, turning moments into memories for our guests.” - The Fairmont’s mission statement, and I cannot agree more... The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is an exemplary example of a luxurious accommodation for every type of travelling – business and leisure alike. We had a thoroughly wonderful experience.
The minute we drove into the inn, great service was already evident - coming in the form of impressively coordinated and professional concierge and valet attendants to assist us with our bags and car though we were a couple hours early for our check-in. Then, once we were checked-in, there was strong follow up in ensuring the right bags arrived in the correct rooms in a timely way. The Lobby Lounge located on the ground floor holds a sublime ambiance. Immediately upon entrance you will notice extravagant couches, an inviting bar in the back, and if the timing is right their exquisite wine-tasting session – exhibiting a regal, five-star welcome to Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa patrons and guests. Warm colors are prevalent alongside a glowing décor accompanied with fresh bouquet arrangements - bestowing upon any guests a harmonious feel and rendering an instantly relaxing environment. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to take advantage of the spa, but next time we definitely will – they happen to be one of the only luxury spa resorts in the country with their own source of thermal mineral water, and bathhouse fees are waived for hotel guests! We stayed in a premier room with a fireplace. A tasteful presentation of fresh fruits on a platter welcomed us to our room. Magazines and newspapers were available to us in the room and program information to be referred to for television schedules and other program information was neatly laid out. The room provided us with serenity. Unlike some other venues in the Sonoma area, where guests experience discord sounds of foot traffic, I must say, we did not experience that at all. Furthermore, the comfort and quality of the Sonoma Mission Inn beds and pillows are truly sensational. We enjoyed an incredible night’s sleep and woke up feeling increasingly rejuvenated. But don’t just take my word for it – the Fairmont has an unending queue of accolades from distinguished publications the world over - http://www.fairmont.com/EN_FA/Articles/AwardsandAccolades.htm Happy travelling!
Jun 24, 2004
I'm a conference planner and therefore have stayed at lots and lots of five-star places around the world and have become extremely spoiled over the years. I stayed in one of the new suites at the Sonoma Mission Inn complete with king bed, wood fireplace, sitting area, jacuzzi (with two rows of tiny little bubbles) and a great little outdoor patio. Room was very spacious and comfortable, food was yummy, and service was friendly and quick. Spa services
were spectacular, however the co-ed steam, sauna and mineral pool means you need to bring your bathing suit to the spa. Fitness center is large, pool service was friendly and downtown Sonoma is quaint. Lobby is more like a large living room and there's a free wine tasting every evening. Location of resort is a bit odd since it's just off a main street a few miles from the downtown area, but once you turn in to the driveway it really is an oasis. Even the bellmen and valet were helpful with directions, water, etc. The regular rooms are on the small side but have recently been remodeled.