A delightful little hotel that combines stylish comfort with modern ecological sensibility. Really enjoyed our stay here.
But really, they had us at the Heath tiles.
I generally tend to favor hotels that have a bit of a small inn feel, but not necessarily in the B&B way. Plenty of privacy, please, and no lace trims in pastel colors. And you get that here, in a baby-W format: The lobby is a well-populated bar/restaurant, the reception is attached to the bar, but thankfully there's no silliness like music piped into dark hallways.
The H2 welcomed us with a casual, friendly feel, and followed through with a modern idea of what a luxurious accommodation can be: No water in plastic bottles, LEED certification, sustainable but stylish materials. Did I mention the local Heath tiles?
We had just come back from an NYC trip where high-end-ness was signaled with constantly replenished bottles of Fiji water, and this was a nice welcome back to Northern CA, without it being hippie.
The standard rooms are compact but smartly and interestingly furnished. Lots of Dwell magazine going on here; for those keeping score on local architects, it's a David Baker building.
The hotel had been open for just a week when we stayed, but the staff didn't show it during our fully-sold weekend; I think their small size (36 rooms) allows for plenty of attention to the guests. The couple of oddball requests we asked of them were promptly and gracefully taken care of; as were other launch-week issues like the rooms missing hair dryers and steam irons.
Free wifi. Guest PCs available in the hallway. Comp morning pastries and fresh orange juice were delicious.
Thanks to @ssh2007 for the Travelzoo tip: We paid close to rack rate due to our weekend stay, but avoided the 2-night minimum stay requirement. Such is the reality of wine country lodgings during the summer season.
One note, being a car guy: Their valet parking is in a gravel lot. It's fine, but I know some people care a lot about these things.
We'd definitely go back!
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