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MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Sonoma
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

While this was not our first stay in Sonoma, it was our first stay at MacArthur Place. We found it to be lovely. It has a great location, within walking distance of the downtown square; lovely grounds, with gardens including whimsical sculptures; and charming guest rooms that made you feel like you were staying at a private home instead of a hotel. Our room was in the "Manor House" with only three or other rooms, and had its own porch. Unfortunately, our stay was short, so we did not visit the spa or the restaurant. The only negative we experienced was the bed and pillows were a little too firm.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

We just got back from a week stay at Macarthur Place. This place is magical!! We got a great deal on a deluxe suite through the Macarthur Place website. It was spectacular! (Comfortable King bed, bar, fireplace, desk, rain-shower, walk-in closet). The place was so peaceful, and the gardens were still beautiful in the middle of winter. The pool and hot tub were warm and a great start or ending to every day. The place was very clean, staff exceptional, the wine and cheese tasting was a nice little appetizer before dinner.

The hotel is only a few blocks away from the Square at Sonoma (10 min walk). Trust me, this is the place to be, it is where all of the restaurants and shopping are. If you stay any further north (Fairmont) you are in the middle of the Sonoma ghetto. Macarthur Place is a fantastic location to visit wineries!

We had breakfast a couple of times at the hotel, it is what it is.. free!! Nice fruit, yogurt, cereal, muffin or bagel breakfast. Plenty of fine dining in Sonoma, a quick free breakfast is all you need.
As far as restaurants go LaSalette was amazing, as well as Girl and the Fig for lunch. Meritage was just ok, good happy hour, and sushi at Shiso was some of the best (sit at the bar and you might be lucky enough to have the owner make special dishes for you).

Ask the hosts at wineries for recommendations on other tours and wineries, we got several free reserve tastings.

Word to the wise... it's called "Slow-noma" for a reason. After the wineries close at 4:30 and most shopping closes at 5, all that is alive in the town are a couple of restaurants... open until maybe 10. Macarthur place is a great place to close out each night by the fireplace with a bottle of wine. It was truely a relaxing and restful vacation we were looking for after the holidays.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2008

The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The grounds amazing and the spa was an added bonus of relaxation.
Can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 December 2008

I would highly recommend MacArthur Place as the perfect destination for a weekend retreat. I went with my girlfirends for a quick getaway from Marin. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and enjoyed not only the lovely suite we stayed in, but also a wonderful spa experience. We felt as if we were truly far away in a beautiful resort. We also enjoyed the close proximity to the attractions of downtown sonoma. I would definitely go again - with girlfriends or for a romantic getaway with my husband.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed 8 December 2008

MacArthur Place is, in many ways, better than the existing photos suggest and it would take many more photos to give one a sense of the place than are currently posted. The grounds are well kept and quite beautiful and interesting. The rooms are in small buildings of 4 rooms (2 lower / 2 upper) and there are say 10-15 of these small buildings -- maybe more. The entire setting inside each room is home-like and pleasant. There's a sense of spaciousness and connection with surrounding environment and yet each room has a good degree of privacy. Negatives? There really aren't any. I have also stayed at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena and between the two, it's a close call. I prefer the updated and pleasant day bed environment of MacArthur Place, classic architecture, and overall style. The place is a little more laid back which probably reflects the Sonoma vs. Napa style issue. Harvest Inn is pleasant but I find the in-room environment a little more hodge podge design wise versus what one finds at MacArthur Place unless you get a room that has patio and looks at the vineyard. The upside of Harvest Inn is its close proximity to the heart of Napa Valley. But for pure R&R, you might be better served at MacArthur Place and the presence of the spa (even if you're not going to use it) is a plus.

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Reviewed 19 November 2008

Great place for girls to have fun. fabulous spa . best burger i have ever eaten

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 November 2008

My wife and I had a great 2 night stay in the wine country. MacArthur Place was the perfect spot to set up our "base camp" and explore the local wineries. The food was excellent...the evening wine & cheese was a perfect finish to each day...and, oooh! the spa treatments were out of this world. The Inn staff were so very hospitable, always. I'd give this place a 5 star without hesitation.

Wayne & Jayne Johnson

Stayed: November 2008
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Address: 29 E. MacArthur St., Sonoma, CA 95476-7615
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Sonoma
#1 Business Hotel in Sonoma
#1 Green Hotel in Sonoma
#1 Family Hotel in Sonoma
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sonoma
Price Range: £224 - £461 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury 64 room Sonoma inn and spa set on a historic 7-acre garden estate walking distance to Sonoma Plaza. Heated pool and whirlpool. Full service Spa. Saddles Steakhouse and Martini Bar. Continental breakfast buffet, evening wine and cheese reception, DVD movies, parking, and wireless internet. Bicycle Rentals. Close to more than 30 wineries. 15 Minutes to Napa. AAA 4-Diamond Award. Top 10 San Francisco and Northern CA Hotels - Conde Nast Annual "World's Best" Readers Poll. ... more   less 
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