by Courtney Elko
This retro-style motor lodge is situated in the middle of Sonoma County’s wine country. When staying here, families are conveniently located to the Sonoma County Airport, downtown Santa Rosa, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and tons of kid-friendly wineries.
The Sandman Hotel features a Family Suite option with bunk beds and space for a family of five. There is a free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Kids will love the heated outdoor pool and lawn game area, and parents will love the cool vibes of the indoor-outdoor pool house. Families who are looking for a cool and affordable hotel that’s conveniently located to Santa Rosa’s attractions will love a stay at The Sandman.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool
- Lawn game area
- Pet-friendly and Family rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
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There are 135 guestrooms, all with exterior, motel-style entrances.
The guestrooms feature queen or king beds, a small sitting area, a flat-screen television, mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker and complimentary Wi-Fi. The guestrooms can sleep between two and four people and there are also designated pet-friendly guestrooms.
The large Family Suites feature a king bed and a bunk bed with a twin over a double bed. There is a small sitting area with a sofa and chairs, a flat-screen television, mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Family Suite can sleep up to five people.
We were very unhappy! How dare you think it ok to jackhammer out side the guest rooms in the morning if this was to happen warn the guests and give them the opportunity to cancel again I say WTF. It goes to show one should listen to the reviews. I dismissed them and boy did I learn to regret that decision
I read reads and looked at their social media photos before booking. We wanted a weekend away in the wine country to relax in the sun by the pool. I called last night to ask if the pool area was central to all the rooms or if we’d need to drive. They said it was walkable from all rooms. We booked it. We just checked in and when I asked where the pool was they seemed annoyed at my question and said “the pool is closed for renovations” —- what? I just paid a few hundred dollars BECAUSE of the photos you continue to post of your pool every week... and there’s no pool? Asked if we could cancel due to this and they just said “no” —-
Then went to our room. Disappointing. It’s a motel 6 with a paint job and some urban outfitters decorations behind the bed. It’s trying to be cool but the attitude at the front desk, lack of transparency and dated rooms make it an overall disappointment.
Oh and the heater in our room is broken and it’s absolutely freezing. The front desk had someone come to the room and he said it’s motion sensor activated and will only stay on for 10 min. So..... in our freezing room, we have to open and close the door to the outside EVERY 10 MINUTES to have the heating work?
We are trying to figure out why we drove here given there’s no pool and the entire purpose was to have a pool day. Really wish we hadn’t wasted $200+. Given their IG page vs the reality of this place.... I can’t help but think these positive reviews are friends and family of the owners.
The heated swimming pool is open year-round. The kids will love making a splash while the adults can relax in the hot tub or the surrounding lounge chairs. Umbrellas are also available. There are restrooms and changing areas located at the pool and pool towels are provided. The Pool House and Bar, open Memorial Day to Labor Day, offers cocktails and snacks for purchase in a cool 60s-vibe indoor/outdoor sitting area. The pool is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Next to the pool is a backyard lawn space that is available for relaxing or playing with your kids or pets. A bocce ball court can be found here, along with other lawn games, picnic tables and seating around fire tables.
Families can start the day with a continental complimentary breakfast. Cereal, baked goods, fruit, coffee and make-your-own waffles are available from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Pool House and Bar
The Pool House and Bar, open Memorial Day to Labor Day, is located at the outdoor pool and offers cocktails and snacks for purchase in a cool 60s-vibe indoor/outdoor sitting area. The Pool House is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s closed Monday and Tuesday.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Free parking is available.
- Pet Friendly
The Sandman is a pet-friendly hotel and pets are welcome to stay in designated guestrooms for an additional fee. There is also a dedicated pet area near the outdoor pool where dogs can play.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available to guests.
- Fitness Center
A small fitness center with cardio machines, including a Peloton bike, and weights is available. The fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Best Time to Visit
The Sandman is busy throughout the year, with the busiest time for families being the summer months and school holidays.
The Sandman is in Northern California so expect cooler temperatures at night. Temperatures range between 60 and 85 degrees most of the year, with it being a bit cooler in the winter and a bit warmer in the summer.
The Sandman is located in Northern California, less than 90 minutes north of San Francisco. The Sonoma County Airport is located about 15 minutes away. The San Francisco International Airport is located less than 90 minutes away and the Sacramento International Airport is less than two hours away.
A vehicle is needed when staying at The Sandman. It is located just off Highway 101 and it’s easiest to drive to most area restaurants and attractions.
- Pool House and Bar
The Pool House and Bar, open Memorial Day to Labor Day, is located at the outdoor pool and offers cocktails and snacks for purchase in a cool 60s-vibe indoor/outdoor sitting area.