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“Absolutely Wonderful Inn!!”
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Vintners Inn
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Santa Rosa
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Columbia, MD
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“Absolutely Wonderful Inn!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2008

We just returned from a 2 1/2 week tour of California, and the Vintner's Inn was the nicest accommodation on our trip. Our room (really a suite) was excellent -- very plush. We got a great deal on Travelzoo that included two gift bottles of wine (in addition to the normally provided half-bottle of fume blanc).
Although others have also mentioned some of the oddities of this location (just off Highway 101, and next to a power station), you really aren't aware of anything other than the site's amenities (vineyard, beautiful buildings, fountain, etc.) when you are here. We did not hear ANY noise from outside the property. We stayed in Room 206, and I give that room and building a strong recommendation -- it is well away from the parking lot and has a nice view of the vineyards.
The continental breakfast was excellent, the breakfast room very nice, and staff very friendly and helpful. Another nice feature was the excellent coffee right outside our room and also the morning paper at our door.
As I read a previous review from another traveler, I was concerned about their experience with pulling luggage on a pebble path, and also cutting their head on a shower. While I regret their misfortune, I don't believe you should be concerned about either of these issues. You don't have to use a pebble path to get to your room, regardless of which building you are in. That may have been a shortcut to the parking lot, but every room is accessible through the central courtyard that connects to the parking lot via a paved walkway. And I specifically checked the showerhead in our bathroom, and found that it would take an extraordinary misstep to cut your head on it.

  • Liked — The room was very plush and comfortable.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2008

We were very pleased with the Vintner's Inn. Our room was on the ground level, and had a nice view of the vineyard across the lawn. The bed was very soft and comfortable - it was hard to get up! The free breakfast wasn't terribly impressive, but we ordered tasty entrees off the $9 breakfast menu.

It was a bit strange that that our room didn't have a DVD player, but the book said we could get one from the front desk for an additional $10. We decided to go ahead and pay for the DVD player but when we brought it back to the room, it didn't work with our TV and they didn't have another one that did. Odd.

Overall, a nice property and I would stay here again, but it was strange that they were nickel-and-diming for a DVD player when we were already paying wine-country rates for the room.

  • Liked — Nice furnishings and comfortable bed
  • Disliked — Strange DVD player policy
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2008

We stayed here on the first night of our 5 day trip in wine country. The second you drive onto the property... you enter into your own little world. The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained.

We stayed in room 315 and loved its cozy, welcoming feel. When we got into the room, we opened the complimentary half-bottle of wine and enjoyed it on our patio overlooking the courtyard. We'd definitely recommend staying at Vintners if you're looking for a true getaway with minimal interruptions.

Before dinner that evening, we stopped at the bar in the John Ash restaurant for a drink. Granted, it was Valentine's Day and there was a crowd, but the bartender told us that she could "find us a wine list if we really needed one." We decided to leave on that note, and head to our dinner reservation in town (~1m away) at Syrah Bistro.

While we certainly appreciated the complimentary continental breakfast (or $1 off a breakfast entree), it may be better to either offer a more significant discount (i.e. $5 off) or none at all. We'd also like to suggest hiring someone to assist with luggage since 50% of the rooms are on the 2nd floor.

Overall, we definitely enjoyed our stay and suggest that you begin your wine country travels at Vintners, too!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2008

We also stayed on the Travelzoo stay for my fiance's 32nd birthday. The room was wonderful, the tub is deep and wonderful to soak in with a nice book. The snack bar was not outrageously priced as we expected, and turndown service cookies were divine.

The only improvement I would recommend to them would be the pathways that lead from the parking lot to the rooms need to be slightly more rolling luggage friendly (it is small gravel).

The meal at John Ash was wonderful - I highly recommend the deviled egg trio as a starter. It was one of those meals where everytime you take a bite you simply want to close your eyes and savor.

The morning we got up to check out I cut my head on the shower when I flipped my head forward to put my wet hair in a towel. This resulted in me needing to go to the ER for 9 stitches. I called the desk to let them know there was some blood in the bathroom (so housekeeping was prepared) and the desk agent was so worried about me, thoughful, and offered to all an ambulance.

My only disappointments were the diffuculty pulling luggage on the paths as I mentioned, and that when I emailed to see if I would be charged for the 2 towels I ruined when injured I never got a response. At a 5 star resort I would expect a response to every valid email.

  • Liked — Tub in Room
  • Disliked — Pathways not good for rolling luggage
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2008

We got a fantastic deal on travelzoo.com and decided to book a couple of rooms with friends for an after-Christmas treat. Although located off of busy hwy 101, the inn and grounds are spectacular.

There is a main building housing the lobby, a sitting room with fireplace, and the most quaint, French country-style breakfast room. Separate buildings have clusters of rooms with either ground floor patios or upper balconies, some with beamed cathedral ceilings and fireplaces. All overlook either the central landscaped courtyard with a large fountain or acre after acre of grapes in the surrounding vineyard. We never heard the highway and never saw or heard the nearby (across the main road) power station. Rooms were rather large, very nicely equipped. We had turndown service with excellent cookies and half a bottle of the house wine from Ferrari Carano winery, which owns the inn. Our rooms had king beds, two large chairs and a table, a tv armoire, a desk and chair, a sofa, double sink area, large bath/shower bathroom, and still plenty of room left to really spread out.

Even if you don't plan to eat there, you must go see the John Ash restaurant. It's so quaint, full of character, and wonderfully appointed that you'll be taking picture after picture. In addition to the restaurant there is a wonderful, fun bar area (free appetizers every Wed evening for happy hour), beamed-cathedral ceilings, comfortable arm chairs and sofas, a fireplace, tapestries, and really charming architecture. The entire property makes you feel as if you are in Tuscany or a wonderful winery inn in Provence. Its old world charm is exactly what you would imagine finding in California's wine country.

  • Liked — Perfect wine country ambiance, lots of old world charm, beautiful architectural details
  • Disliked — Not the hotel's fault, but hwy 101 can be a construction parking lot. Try to avoid during rush hour.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vintners Inn

Property: Vintners Inn
Address: 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1514
Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Santa Rosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Rosa
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Rosa
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Rosa
Price range (per night): ₹ 15,612 - ₹ 34,693
Hotel Class:4 star — Vintners Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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