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West Sonoma Inn & Spa
Ranked #8 of 13 Guerneville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 July 2011

The location is great, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms have been updated, with a nice decor, down comforter, coffee maker and a flat screen tv. There is a nice pool and view of the vineyards, but the overall outside appearance of the hotel could use a little improvement. The only con was the lack of air conditioning. We are bay area natives and understand that most homes here do not have air conditioning. But this is the first hotel here that I have seen without air conditioning. There is a ceiling fan and table fan in the room to help stay cool but keep this in mind.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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WSISonoma_California, Owner at West Sonoma Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2011

Thank you Lynn for your feedback. We appreciate your comments. Naveed and I purchased this beautiful property about five years ago. I'll be the first to admit we had a diamond-in-the-rough on our hands. Since then we've been working project-by-project to make this an exceptional place to stay. It's a good sized list but the highlights include: remodeled all 32 rooms, restored the original Redwood Room (lobby), added a spa facility, added a wine garden, heated and converted our pool to saline and less than a week ago, added two, super cute, baby goats to help with the landscaping.

But no air-conditioning yet. We have a lovely Mediterranean climate here in Russian River and it cools down dramatically at night. Also, almost like clockwork, a costal breeze comes up the river at 2 p.m. (almost) each day.

With regard to the outside appearance, we have been working away at landscape improvements. We are planning on resurfacing the areas where the Redwood roots have caused the road to get a little bumpy. It'll look better and be healthier for the Redwoods. We are also working on more 'green' projects, like collecting rain water for landscape irrigation. Thanks again for your comments.

Sincerely,


Karen O'Brien
Owner

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Reviewed 18 July 2011

The staff was really helpful and very friendly. The room we stayed in was clean and well kept with a great view of the vineyards. Not all of the rooms have an amazing view so be sure to ask about it. We would also suggest that you pay the extra for the room with a kitchenette. The price usually isn't much different and you get a lot more amenities. Guerneville is a wonderful location. You’re less than 30 minutes from Healdsburg, only 20 minutes from the Pacific Coast, and 10 minutes from Armstrong Woods National Park. Below are some things you definitely want to check out while you are there.
1. Breakfast at the Garden Grille (only a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk from the hotel.
2. Coffee at the Coffee Bazaar.
3. Canoeing at the Russian River (a five minute drive)
4. Dinner at "Boon"

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank TravelKAM13
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

We spent two nights in the West Sonoma Inn and had a nice time. The best thing about the place was the staff who are so helpful and friendly. The rooms are spacious and after a long trip we were pleased with the little kitchenette to have our own breakfasts and cold drinks. The pool too was a big plus and was mainly empty so I really got to enjoy the peace and quiet.

I would 'though recommend anyone who stays here to ask for the rooms that overlook the vineyards. As you will see from other reviews this really made other guests' stay. We were in room 1002 and unfortunately looked over some scrubby land/barn/premise from our windows which wasn't quite the same.

The WSI is styled like a series of mini chalets or motel rooms, rather than a hotel. But it is set back from the main road and is quiet. I was a little suprised that the only winery tour they could offer us was a private limo tour for about $400 per day. I had presumed there would be other options available throughout the Russian River valley. Guerneville is a very small town and we enjoyed one night out there before heading the next night for dinner in Healdsburg which was a 20 minute drive away.

Overall it was a good base to stay, with great staff without the higher prices of Sonoma or Napa.

Room Tip: get a room with vineyard views!
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

We were here to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Upon our arrival, the staff placed a bottle of cold champagne with glasses in our room as they were aware we were celebrating our anniversary. They greeted us most amicably and made us feel very welcome. The staff was extremely helpful and booked our anniversary dinner for us. The view of the vineyards from our deck was very peaceful however the west facing deck was too hot to enjoy sitting outside in the afternoons. Also, the room did not have air conditioning so with the June warm days, the temperature in the room got up to 85 degrees during the day and did not start cooling down until after the sun went down. In fairness, it cooled off nicely overnight and the temperature in the room was 64 degrees by morning. We were able to sit comfortably by the pool until our deck cooled off in the afternoons however we booked the specific room we did to enjoy our private deck in the afternoons, which we were unable to do until dark. This was disappointing. The WSI is conveniently located however, the staff is very friendly, the rooms are very comfortable and quiet. I would return but at a cooler time of the year.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

The rooms are charming with all the modern comforts; we had a fireplace, a deck and a living area with refrigerator. The staff, from the time we made our reservation to the time we checked out, was friendly, professional and helpful. We used the inn's wine tour service which was the best ever. We highly recommend it - and the cost was not that much greater than a tour bus. We visited seven wineries, had a delightful lunch along the Russian River, and thoroughly enjoyed our day. We are thinking of spending Thanksgiving there! Naveed suggested dinner at River's Inn where the Russian River and the Pacifc meet - the food was delicious and the view was awesome.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

We could not have done any better than the West Sonoma Inn and Spa. My husband and I were looking for a short getaway to relax. We live two hours from Sonoma and WSI was the perfect place! The owner, Navid could not have done enough for us. Our suite was spotless and had a fireplace, fridge, microwave, coffee maker and cups etc...
The bed was comfortable and the view was 5 star! We had a private deck (and hot tub) overlooking vineyards and mountains - just spectacular. Very nice bathroom. The pool was great and there is a lovely patio off the lobby for wine tastings or parties. I will definitely be back with my husband or even a girls weekend. Perfect for family reunions too. West Sonoma Inn and Spa is a luxury experience with very reasonable rates.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

I have stayed at most of the resorts in Gurneville, and West Sonoma Inn & Spa consistently offers excellent accommodations, at a fair value, with friendly staff. The rooms and bedding are higher quality than other resorts in town. Staff is very helpful, providing tips on restaurants, wineries, and other local attractions. It's so easy to relax here, and to make it a base "camp" from which to launch day-long hiking, biking, and wine tasting trips. It's location also makes it wonderfully close to restaurants, bars, and other attractions, yet tucked away in a corner off the main streets and away from foot traffic, which means you get a good night's sleep rather than hearing all the commotion.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Address: 14100 Brookside Lane, Guerneville, CA 95446
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Guerneville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Guerneville
Price Range: £119 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — West Sonoma Inn & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the Russian River Valley, the cozy yet posh West Sonoma Inn & Spa is superbly situated on 6 acres of sun-splashed grounds featuring soaring redwoods, shaded lawns, vineyard views and pool. Our rooms and suites feature plush beds, crisp white linens, Italian tile bathrooms and wet bars or mini kitchens. Most of our units have fireplaces, many have private decks and valley views, some have private two-person hot tubs. ... more   less 
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