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Sonoma Orchid Inn
Ranked #5 of 13 Guerneville B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Have stayed with Brian and Dana on 3 occasions. Each time keeps us coming back for another visit. The rooms are cute, buiding full of character and all the facilities you could want (yummy chocolate chip cookies!). Plus the breakfasts are amazing. Wouldnt hesitate to go back.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We recently spent 4 enjoyable days at the Sonoma Orchid Inn.This charming century farmhouse formed an excellent base for exploring both Sonoma and Napa valley wineries. The owners Brian and Dana were attentive but not intrusive and full of local knowledge and helpful advice. Although our room(the laurel suite)was located at the front of the farmhouse thus closest to the road ,kitchen and living room we were not bothered by any of the traffic or household sounds! This very comfortable room with its adjoining sitting room and private bath gave us plenty of space and privacy.. Breakfasts were inventive,delicious and largely sourced from the owners garden and chickens! The large living room with cosy fireplace, daily New York Times and homemade cookies was a welcomed retreat after a busy day.This is a country inn full of old world charm!

Room Tip: There is lots of room variety.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We stayed in the Acorn room and found it very accommodating; clean and comfortable. Breakfast was very tasty and enjoyable, between meeting other guests, discussing with Dana and Brian what wineries and sights to see, and seeing what Dana had cooked up for us. Dana makes the best biscuits and homemade jams! While some rooms were close to River Road, newly installed insulated windows helped dampen the street noise so we were able to get a good night's sleep. I wish we could stay longer to investigate the property's grounds, but we spent most of our time visiting the nearby towns and tourist sites. After a fun day of wine tasting, we would return to the Inn and sit in the comfortable living room to relax by the fire and enjoy the cookies prepared by Dana. There is a fully stocked guest kitchen which enabled us to keep our wine and cheeses in the fridge. I would recommend the Sonoma Orchid Inn to anyone visiting the area and will surely stay there again when we return to the area.

Room Tip: Rooms away from River Road will definitely have a quieter atmosphere.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Although we booked the Laurel Room for 2 nights, we only stayed for 1. When booking my reservation, I was assured that the room was at the back of the house and was quiet. Quite the contrary. Not only was there noise from the busy street (although we were at the back of the house, the back of the house butts up to River Road), we could also hear the people in the room above us and Laurel is adjacent to the guest kitchen - which created another layer of noise. In addition, we had a cricket in the bathroom, and a large hairball on the table in the sitting room. On a positive, the bed was comfortable.

The inn was very dated and had a very cluttered feel about it. Every poster commented on how amazing breakfast was. To me, it was average. Quiche, scones, chorizo and fruit salad served family style. I've stayed at many B&B's and have had amazing breakfasts.

Upon check in, we were greeted by one of the service staff. She showed us around and asked if we had any dietary concerns/food allergies. We hesitated to answer because we didn't want to create a problem since my boyfriend is a picky eater when it comes to certain foods. Without giving specifics, we let her know just that....he's picky about certain foods. When he went to ask for help with the tv in our room, he overheard the innkeepers and the staff member talking about us in a not so positive way. This did not make us feel comfortable and the noisy room only added to the bummer of our stay.

Although we were offered another room, we decided it was best to leave.

Guerneville is a quaint town and we had an AMAZING dinner at Dick Blomster's Korean Diner (formerly HiFive) and a enjoyed hiking in Armstrong Redwoods State Park, but the town is very rustic and most accommodations are cabins. Sonoma Orchid Inn, relatively speaking, is an upgrade from staying in a cabin along the river or River Road.

Room Tip: Laurel is NOISY.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We stayed at the Laurel, you can hear "everything" from the couples above or the people walking beside our room. This place is overpriced. It is out dated. There is a lot of dust and spiderwebs in the room and throughout the living room. There are actually spiders next to the guest list.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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3  Thank Chio2012
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danacmurphy, Owner at Sonoma Orchid Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

We're so sorry you didn't have an enjoyable stay.

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We stayed five nights at Orchid Inn and I hated to leave! The food was wonderful, our hosts couldn't be any more gracious or helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in the comfortable living area in the evenings. I am very much looking forward to a return visit.

Room Tip: The descriptions of the rooms are accurate. We called and talked with Dana and he was very helpful i...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Love this place! The breakfasts are amazing! Dana and Brian are warm and helpful. We were here a few years ago and had to come back with some friends. It was as great as we remember. Their advice on which wineries to visit was spot on. Great location, nice accommodations, great people, Did I mention that the breakfasts are amazing?

Room Tip: Can't go wrong but the wisteria and narcissus are a little small. Nice but small.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sonoma Orchid Inn

Address: 12850 River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446-9276 (Formerly Ridenhour Inn)
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Guerneville
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Guerneville
Price Range: £131 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sonoma Orchid Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sonoma Orchid Inn - it's all about location, stylish comfort and convenience. Exit the urban scene for an escape to the country. The redwoods rise, the vineyards yield fog-kissed premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the coast beckons, and the scenery ... more   less 
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Sonoma Orchid Hotel Guerneville
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