by Lissa Poirot
This quiet resort provides a place to relax after exploring Sonoma County, with spacious cottage-style accommodations. Guests can choose from king or double standard hotel rooms, or Cottage rooms with a king or two double beds with a living space with sofa bed and fireplace. Suites provide separate living and bedrooms. Both Lodge and Cottage suites provide a king bedroom and a living room with fireplace and sofa bed. Rooms offer either a patio or balcony, and all are equipped with mini-refrigerators.
Onsite dining is available at Carneros Bistro daily. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the casual restaurant serves an American menu with Mediterranean influences. Poolside service and menus are also available at the resort’s small outdoor swimming pool.
Our Editor Loves
- Suites with sleeper sofas
- Cottage-style decor
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Onsite Dining
Can’t believe that this hotel’s aircon is broken! It was ok during the day, but comes nighttime, it suddenly keeps on turning off by itself. Sometimes I can turn it on again, sometimes not. And no, it’s not on auto. The service couldn’t help either and just say: sorry maybe you can do without aircon tonight (!!!). Wall is paper thin, I can hear my neighbors’ everything. So all combined, it’s absolutely a sleepless night...
This is a very nice resort. One of the few Marriott branded “resorts” which actually feels like one. The gardens are gorgeous and the pool is quite nice. As a Marriott Titanium, we got upgraded into a cottage, which was really quaint. Great bed, fireplace, and a huge television on the wall (which we never actually used). Walls are super thin and people get up early but so did we so no complaints there. If you want to sleep in, the cottages might not be for you. Front desk staff was very nice and handed out bottled waters upon request so we could stay hydrated. Now, for the two bad parts:
1. The $37 resort fee. It’s exorbitant. Yes, the shuttle up to the plaza is handy. And yes, the two free sangrias were decent (if very weak). But I don’t see how that adds up to $37. Unless the hotel pays wineries way too much money to come in for tastings each evening, then they are ripping us off.
2. Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. First off, bagels and yogurt as the free elite breakfast is pretty pathetic. But my bigger complaint is that the service is absolutely atrocious. We’ve had this breakfast six times now on our stay. The first time we literally never talked to a server. Ate our whole buffet and were never offered a beverage. We complained to the host/manager at the door and all he did was make excuses about call-offs. No apology. And when we asked for some coffee at least, he directed us to the resort coffee shop. No...we aren’t going to buy it; you go get us some cups to go. Wow. The other five mornings weren’t much better. The entire waitstaff just sits around gossiping and could not care one iota for the customers. We just watched several people complain to servers that the buffet was out of bacon (a rare treat this morning!) and nothing got replaced until the chef came out himself to have a look. Ten minutes later. Literally. With the exception of a male bartender (who actually seems to take pride in doing a good job), every other single breakfast employee in there needs to be fired.
I would still stay here again. The location is good and it’s a charming resort. But a few small fixes would make it great.