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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • enormous spa
  • excellent restaurant
  • free shuttle to downtown

    Cons

  • standard rooms on the smaller side
  • not as intimate as some similarly priced places

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Review

The real draw at this Mission-style resort is the extensive, swanky spa, easily the biggest in Sonoma, with a vast array of massages and treatments, some using locally sourced grape and lavender products. It's a coed spa, and there are several treatments 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.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

The primary reason to come to this wine-country hotel is the spa. Thanks to an on-site source for thermal spring water, the theme here is healing through water. The signature treatment is a bathing ritual involving a series of hot and cold showers and baths; Watsu (Shiatsu massage in a warm pool) and flotation treatments round out the water therapies. Massages, scrubs, wraps, and facials use, among other things, lavender, grape seeds, and salt—some sourced locally.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Boyes Blvd./Hwy. 12, 2 miles north of Sonoma Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476 | Map It
  • Phone: 707/938–9000
  • Website:
  • Location: Sonoma

    Hotel Details

  • 166 rooms, 60 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 03-11-2013

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    The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Review

    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.

    by srcarlson, 10/25/10

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