by Lissa Poirot
This family-run resort has been a staple of Sonoma County since the glamourous 1950s when movie stars like Jayne Mansfield could be found sunning themselves poolside. A historic landmark of Sonoma County, the hotel’s original Flamingo sign remains, but its interior has received a full renovation to create a modern getaway, just an hour from San Francisco. The hotel feature suites, a spa, outdoor pool and onsite dining within minutes of more than 200 wineries found throughout Sonoma County, making it a good stop for families visiting the area.
Our Editor Loves
- Resort-style swimming pool
- Pet-friendly accommodations
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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The Flamingo offers 170 rooms, including family rooms, pet-friendly rooms and suites. Each room is outfitted with flat-screen TVs, mini refrigerators and coffeemakers. Children 12 and younger are free when sharing a room with two adults. Cribs and rollaway beds are available. Cribs are complimentary; rollaways are available for a nightly fee.
Pool View Suites
The largest rooms available are pool view suites. These feature separate sleeping and living areas with a king bed and a sleeper sofa. Often, a wet bar is also available, and families can walk right out to the pool area from the ground-floor suites.
Executive rooms are also family friendly, with a king or two double beds, as well as a single sleeper chair.
We arrived in Santa Rosa to visit my 99 year old father just at the Kindcaid fire was spreading and the electricity was out for many citizens of the area. The hotel could not be certain if they would be evacuated or not . They were not taking new reservations. Fortunately, we had a reservation. The hotel had generators. They did got out one day for a while, but most of the time, I had wifi and cell phone service
that was not available in other areas around the town. We went to the restaurant to take my Dad out. The food was a little too salty for us.
Since most hotels in Wine Country will not let a room for one night on a weekend, we were forced to stay at the Flamingo Resort. We were assigned to a room in the older part of the hotel where the hallways smelled like an old person’s home and there was not even carpeting on the floor of the room. We were charged $400 for this experience in a room that I have seen advertised for around $125. I guess they know when to stick it to the guest.
We received a breakfast voucher for the continental breakfast buffet. There was no bread to toast. I ate a hard boiled egg. The decor is like something out of the 1960’s. It was depressing.
The newer sections of the hotel are much nicer so try to book something in the wings towards the back if you must stay here.
The Flamingo's hotel and rooms are centered around a resort-style swimming pool. The oversized pool is the highlight of the hotel and for younger guests.
The hotel partners with Montecito Heights Health Club and Spa to provide guests with a fitness center, lap pool, spa, tennis courts and more. Guests can walk to the health club from the main resort.
The hotel's health club is available to guests for $15 per day. Childcare at the health club is available at an additional fee from 8:15 to 1 p.m. daily, with 3:30 to 7 p.m. services available Monday through Thursday.
The Terrace Grill Restaurant is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the mornings, a breakfast buffet is made available to all guests, providing a la carte and continental breakfast options. On Sundays, the buffet is turned into a Champagne brunch. In the afternoons and evenings, the same dining area is open for indoor and outdoor poolside dining. In-room dining is also available. Vegan and vegetarian meal options are available.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The hotel is pet-friendly and charges a one-time $50 pet fee. Rooms that take pets feature hardwood floors. A pet area is located near these rooms for easy access when walking your dog.
Onsite laundry facilities are available.
The Art of Smart Timing
Sonoma County is a popular weekend destination, and the Flamingo's conference space makes it a popular place for weekend weddings and events. The best times to visit are in the late spring and early fall for the best discounts and more room availability.
The Flamingo is located in Santa Rosa, California in Sonoma County. An hour from San Francisco and two hours from Sacramento, visitors can fly into either airport. The hotel is minutes from Highway 101 for families driving to the hotel.
The hotel's location in the heart of Sonoma County requires families to have a car to enjoy the area attractions and get around Sonoma and Santa Rosa. Its proximity to vineyards and Napa Valley make it popular for visitors to wine country, but it is also located near the ocean and state redwood forest reserves.
For Mom and Dad
The Spa at Montecito Heights offers a number of treatments, from massages to body scrubs to manicures and pedicures to facials. The spa features a relaxation room and sun deck and is connected to a fitness studio and lap pool.