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The Cottage Inn & Spa
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

My husband and I just got back from a four night stay at this lovely modern style B&B and are already planning our next trip! I can't say enough about the staff, as you'll see echoed in other comments! They were always attentive, friendly and helpful without being intrusive. They gave us great tips and were always available. The grounds and rooms were kept spotless (we often saw them cleaning) and had everything we needed. Every morning we looked forward to the little basket of pastries hanging by our door, so that we could sit and enjoy with the orange juice, milk, fresh fruit and high quality teas which were replenished daily. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was luxurious (two person jacuzzi in the room we stayed in, ask for the suite in the front). There was just the right mix of traditional and contemporary with a zen feel. On top of all of this the location was great, just a blocks distance from the historic and lively Sonoma plaza and very centralized in relation to all the vineyards and wineries.
Note: The couples massage is a great way to start or end your trip!

Room Tip: Ask for the room in the front with the 2 person jacuzzi
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ailopez22
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

We had such a wonderful time at the Cottage Inn & Spa! We stayed two nights at the end of February--the staff was excellent and really bent over backwards to make sure we had a great stay. Since they were not fully booked they automatically upgraded us to a nicer room at no extra charge. We also arrived very late and hadn't eaten dinner, and they called around to find us a restaurant that was open. They also had great recommendations for wineries and restaurants (Benziger winery and Caffe Citte are musts!) We stayed in the East Room, which had an Asian theme and came fully equipped with a fireplace, giant jacuzzi tub for two, private patio with two lounge chairs, minifridge, and a cute little breakfast nook. Our room was right off the courtyard which is absolutely stunning--during the day it's a great place to sit and have a cup of tea, and at night when they light the firepit it's a great place to curl up and sip some wine. For breakfast they leave a basket of fresh pastries on a hook by your door. Lastly, they give you a free tasting booklet for over 20 wineries, so we ended up getting all of our tasting's for free!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank kagee219
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

We booked this lovely Inn from an advertisement on line. We couldn't get the room we wanted but as I got to talking to Faye, the owner, she was more than accommodating about getting the room for us at a not too future date.

When we drove up to the Inn, we were greeted by Faye and the most friendly staff, Then we went up to our room but I would hardly call this fabulous suite a "room". The name of the room is the Vineyard View Room. You walk through a center court with a glass fire pit and lounging chairs, where you can go for wine and cheese on certain nights. Lots of candles and ambiance. We then went up the stairs to the suite. Our first site was the table between the couches, that had a bottle of Gloria Ferrer champagne waiting for us, as it was our anniversary, and two beautiful wine glasses. Behind the table is a fireplace and at the top there are large windows that view a vineyard. To the left was a set breakfast table, with fresh flowers. To the right was a coffee bar, breakfast items in the cupboard and a fridge stocked with milk, fresh orange juice, etc. On the opposite side of the room there is a king size bed and an open bath with a shower and jacuzzi for two. I was impressed!

They were having a wine and cheese that evening with a winemaker showing his wares. We didn't want more to drink, but I went downstairs and brought up a tray of cheeses and crackers (these were not cheeses from Safeway, either!). Faye had graciously made reservations at The Depot for dinner and we were able to walk over there. She knew that I am a food critic, so she was careful to pick a wonderful restaurant and it is.

The next day, we made coffee and went to the bottom of the stairs to find a basket full of pastries for our breakfast. These people know how to do it right! Then we took off for the Sonoma Square, which is only a few blocks away. It was later in the day, so we went to The Girl and The Fig for lunch and ate at the bar and then wandered around the square.

If you are looking for a really special place to share with someone, this is it. I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank carol p
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Excellent place for a couple to spend some time alone - that's what why we were there.

Kind of a B & B but very secluded, and you don't have to share bathrooms or eat at a common breakfast room/table.

Really enjoyed the non-intrusiveness of the staff (and other guests), that allowed us to completely relax. Two person jacuzzi was actually large enough for both of us and we could face the wood burning fireplace while in there.

Great tip from the front desk about where to go in Sonoma Valley, they provide a card with complimentary wine tastings at the local wineries. We took their suggestion and went to a redwood forest near Santa Rosa, that's a perfect destination for nature lovers and a great drive to get there.

It's more expensive than a hotel but the amenities and privacy are definitely worth it. We're going to come back annually and enjoy this special inn.

Room Tip: We booked the cathedral room, don't know about other rooms. Really cool to wake up to daylight shining on your face (instead of a blaring alarm clock like at home!)
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris A
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Recently enjoyed the most romantic vacation ever...and coming from an uncharacteristically, unromantic girl...thats saying a lot. The Cottage Inn & Spa is a special place. Somehow, the staff manages to be the most attentive, accommodating and helpful in the business, without ever interrupting or disrupting.

I stayed at 2 locations while traveling to Sonoma--that was my only mistake. I couldn't decide which hotel to pick based on all of the fabulous review (committment issues). If you are in the same perdicament...just stay here..stay here the whole time, you will not regret it. In fact, you will love it.

Every detail was accounted for...in our room: fresh fruit and flowers every day, music playing when we walked in, a ready to light fireplace (yes, we're probably the only people from the northeast who lit a fire in CA in March), jacuzzi, heated mattress pad, chaise lounge..and the list goes on. We stayed in the Chapel room, and despite all of these fabulous amenities...it is not even their version of a suite.

The experience was even better than the 'stuff.' Enjoyed fresh and delicious blueberry muffins, juice and cereal together, in our room each morning. For an early riser, like me, this was perfect to come back to after my early AM run. The location is walking distance, literally 1 block, from everything you'd want to eat, drink, or buy (well, everything you do not need a car for--ie: vineyard tours)...and ample street parking. In fact, several vineyards are only about 2 miles away, so, on foot or bike, also not bad. Relax, go out, drink wine, return to the open courtyard and serene fire pit. Go out, eat dinner, drink more wine. Repeat for several days.

In between there, GET A MASSAGE from Willow at the spa. Again, serene. Reasonably priced, especially with the current 'couples massage' special...and well worth every penny.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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