A safe West County bet that often has rooms when other inns and hotels are full up, the three-story Fairfield, a bit south of Sebastopol's core, is a competently run chain hotel. True to the brand, the room decor is straightforward but colorful, and stone and wood features add style to the public areas. Amenities such as free Wi-Fi throughout, the 24/7 fitness center, and workspaces in all rooms appeal to leisure and business travelers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW On weekends year-round and daily from mid-July through September prices can be higher than one might expect at a Fairfield.
Bold splashes of color offset the strictly standard-issue furnishings. The roomier studio and executive rooms are best for business and leisure travelers who like to spread out. All the accommodations have microwaves, small refrigerators, and workspaces with sufficient outlets and jacks.
The rooms near the pool and hot tub are away from the street and tend to be the quietest.
The spacious bathrooms here all have tile floors, hair dryers, combination tub-showers, and marble vanities with ample space for toiletries.
Several easy chairs near a fireplace with a stone hearth provide a comfortable setting to read and relax. Off the lobby are are the breakfast room and a computer and related amenities.
The heated outdoor pool sits away from the street. Towels are provided, along with chairs and lounges, and there's a whirlpool tub nearby.
The fitness center contains weights, a treadmill, and a few other cardio machines, enough for a decent workout.
Except for a small convenience store selling prepackaged munchables, the morning buffet—hot items such as scrambled eggs and you-make-'em waffles along with the expected fruits, pastries, cereals, and yogurt—is it for dining.
There's no bar on-site.
The Fairfield Inn Sebastopol is within walking distance of downtown tasting rooms, attractions, and restaurants, including The Barlow. More attractions and many wineries are within a 10-minute drive. Sonoma County Transit Bus 20 and Bus 22 travel to Sebastopol from Santa Rosa.
Handline Coastal California (6-minute walk) serves upscale comfort food, much of it seafood, in a snazzy makeover of a former Foster's Freeze drive-in. Himalayan Tandoori and Curry House (4-minute walk) is a casual spot for southeast Asian cuisine. A former chef at Bouchon and other restaurants by superstar chef Thomas Keller opened Vignette Pizzeria in The Barlow complex (6-minute drive), on the site of former apple processing plant.
Three microbreweries—the Hopmonk Tavern (5-minute drive) and, in The Barlow (6-minute drive) complex, Woodfour Brewing Co. and Crooked Goat Brewing—are nearby. For a cocktail, head to the Hopmonk or the bar at Zazu Kitchen + Farm, in The Barlow.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Dependable service, good breakfasts, a bright color scheme, and proximity to West County wineries make the Fairfield a sensible choice if you're not concerned about style. The pool and small fitness center add to the appeal.