by Courtney Elko
This Santa Rosa landmark hotel has been situated in the Railroad Square Historic District since 1907 and it is listed on the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. The guest rooms and suites in the main building feature a more charming and historic feel with one king or two queen beds, that can sleep between two and four people. The Carriage House guestrooms and suites are much more modern and feature a king or two queen beds, flat screen television, coffee maker and a balcony. The Carriage House rooms can also sleep between two and four people. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and free parking is available.
Our Editor Loves
- Central Santa Rosa location
- Modern Carriage House rooms
- National Trust Historic Hotels of America
- Free Wi-Fi
by Sean J
Ok, so let me start by saying, the hotel itself, is located in a perfect area with places to eat and bars for drinks, pretty much anything u need was in walking distance so that's a plus. Now for the exterior of the hotel, u can tell it was an old building, and I did my research on it and I read stories of hauntings and this wasn't my first rodeo when it comes to haunted hotels, not like any of them lived up to my expectations though. Now the interior of the hotel was a lil too old timee for my liking, and some of the pictures on the walls were a bit weird. The room was a nice room except for the decor and wall paper, and the tv remote was way out dated and for the price, they should of had more then basic cable, but I digress, bed was comfortable as all heck, nice shower pressure, nice soft towels, etc. But the art in the room was creepy and the room had this old creepy stand up mirror that kept swinging upward. So about this time I'm not complaining, but I'm not in acceptance of the price vs the ambience. Oh and u have to get the lady at the front desk to get your ice for u, which I didn't like cause that's limiting my ice and I had beers I needed to keep cold since there was no fridge. But I'm not a person to start demanding money back or creating a ruckus, I just suck it up and push through. So the night goes pretty well with my room guest, and it's about 6 am and the room phone rings, and I answer it and it's a child saying "hello, were here" and I replied in a half awake tone "ok" and hung up. 10 seconds later the child calls back, I answer, he says "hi" and I hang up. About 30 seconds later, the phone rings and I'm awake now, so I answer "hello" and it's the kid, and he says "hi, we are here" and I replied "ok, I think u got the wrong room, this is room 24" and he says "no, this is the right room" and I hang up, not out of fear, but cause it's a kid, kids say the darndest things. So for the next hour the phone keeps ringing and I keep answering and having lil quick convos with the kid and I'll hang up. So he calls again and I'm like "ok kid, I don't know who u r looking for or who y'all r but I'm not expecting anyone, no one knows I'm here so you have the wrong room, sorry lil dude" and he says "no, room 24, were here" and I said "yeah, sure bye." No more phone calls. When we wake up me and her talk about it and I'm joking with her, scaring her, saying, maybe it's the ghost, she's freaking out, I'm laughing, and I'm like "when we check out I'll ask the lady at the front desk if there were any families checked in yesterday or today that had kids with them, figuring it was bad parents letting there kid prank call other rooms at 6 am. Needless to say there were people at the front desk checking out, but talking about something important with the front desk lady (and it didn't sound like prank phone calls) so I just dropped the card key off and said my room number and left. Later that night, I'm on the phone with the woman I shared the room with and we were talking about the phone calls, so I was like, "imma call them right now and ask." So I call and I'm talking to the receptionist and I ask were there any families with kids and she says, I'm not sure cause I wasn't here but it doesn't look like there were many people signed in, only 3 rooms total, and I saw 7 people leaving at noon before us and they were all in there late 20's early 30's, so she asks "what seems to be the problem?" And I tell her some kid kept prank calling my room at 6 am till about 7 am or so and she says "we've had many reports from past guest of a kid calling them at random times" and when she said that the hair on my neck stood up, I got goosebumps, and the chills, it was awesome!!! So I can the lady who stayed with me back and I'm telling her and she's looking up the history of the hotel and she says that there's stories of a woman in a gown and 2 children haunting the hotel, 2 children!!! "We're here" the kid was stating him and the other child were there. So here's my final conclusion, the only thing that made the price for the room worth it was the ghost, now would I pay that again? No way, cause what's the possibility the kids will call back and I'm not taking a gamble with that price just to be let down. So the only thing that is making me give this hotel a good review is the ghost, I finally got to experience one at a hotel and interactively, I just wish I knew that the phone calls were the ghost, I would of had a more insightful conversation with it, tell it that it's forgiven and it can go peacefully or whatever. So yeah, that's my experience, so if a kid calls u, please, have fun with it, I don't care who u r, what u r, u prank phone call me, u r going to get a fun response
This is a very nice place. Antique-ish, awesome bedding, good breakfast downstairs. Waffles, hard boiled eggs, cereal, etc. Convenient parking across the street. Close to great restaurants & coffee shot. Awesome Italian restaurant down the street. We'll be back!