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“Lovely facility, but don't try to sleep here!”

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Ramekins Culinary School & Inn
Ranked #7 of 11 Sonoma B&B and Inns
Camden, Maine
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely facility, but don't try to sleep here!”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Ramekins Culinary School & Inn is more school than inn. It offers catering, cooking classes, lectures, even musical evenings. A staff of mostly friendly folks spend their days organizing classes and peddling the small but attractive facility as a great spot for weddings and special events. Maybe so. What Ramekins is not great at is being a B&B, where presumably guests pay to get a great night's sleep and wake to a beautiful breakfast. My husband and I went to Sonoma to visit relatives and stayed at the inn for five nights, Unfortunately, two of the nights involved being kept awake by noisy evening events being held immediately below the bedrooms, events which went on until 11 p.m. Not restful. The breakfast was set up in a nook-type area off the elevator, through which staff members walk on their way to and from their offices. Breakfast appeared at a slightly different hour each day and, though attractive and full of fresh fruit and granola, offered what must have been par-baked croissants that were not a good advertisement for a cooking school. One morning, we came out to the breakfast area to find the wine and cheese spread from the night before still in place, uncleared.
It appears that Ramekins is focused much more on event-planning and cooking classes than on accommodating overnight visitors. For instance, Wifi was advertised as being available, but it didn't work in the rooms; we had to go to the breakfast area to pick it up. We were unable to sit out on our balcony because the inn was installing solar paneling the week we visited. The latter was no one's fault, but it certainly influenced the quality of our visit. We did not have a good time and would not return to this facility. If Ramekins wants to continue as an event locale and cooking school, fine. But If it is going to call itself an inn, it needs to be more focused on the customer experience. Perhaps staff members should try sleeping there!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2011

So we paid $120 for cooking lessons (we got a discount from Groupon). Well what I thought was cooking lessons. In fact, groups of 2 are made and you have to choose from appetizer (shrimp wrapped in procietto), dessert (pot de creme) , soup (pear & squash), vegetable (carrots), main (pork loin), side (potatoes) and other (shortbread for soup). So basically you get 1 hour not of instruction (though you have to follow the directions on the piece of paper) to do your specific meal. The chef is very nice & entertaining and does come by each group to make sure all is going well. But I was disappointed because even though the class was 3 hours, its actually 1 hour of cooking 1 thing, then you go outside and eat together what everyone cooked for 1/5 hours. I will say, they were nice that they provided local wines during the meal, that was definitely a nice touch. All is all, we have fun, not what I expected, not sure its worth the $120 - maybe...but definitely not the full price. The facility itself is great and gorgeous.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

Just a few blocks from town--an easy stroll. Each morning they served an excellent breakfast. We did not dine at the inn otherwise. Staff was very courteous and helpful, and offered complimentary water, juice and sodas at anytime. The room was spacious and both room and bath were modest and very clean. The mattress was very comfortable--like being at home. However on-season room prices seemed high for the overall value.

From behind the Inn we had an excellent view of the July 4th fireworks .

Regarding Sonoma, the Independence Day parade is a big deal there and well-attended. The festival on the shaded green on the square was bustling with food, beverages and local artists. The Sonoma fireworks display on Independence Day is recounted to be among the best in Norther California. And of course, you are in the heart of the wine country in the Northern Bay area--need I say more? Many wonderful restaurants here.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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winterparkcity
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2011

My husband and I attended the premiere adult culinary and wine camp at Ramekins. All I can say is sign up quickly for the October class. Bill, Lisa, Doug, Seth, Roger and the rest of the Ramekins family made us feel more welcome and at home than I have ever felt in a hotel. The guest chefs Mary, Pierre, Diane, Ron, Jill and everyone else we encountered were simply lovely and graciously imparted extensive culinary and wine information in such an accessible manner to all of the "inaugural" class that it always felt like playing in the kitchen and never work. The classes and experiences we had were more than I ever imagined could be done in a week! We cooked, ate, drank and really became part of this amazing School and Inn! The breakfast served upstairs "family style" each morning was charming and just right. You felt like you were staying at a friend's home - not an Inn! Wonderful! The rooms were simple, elegant and the beds were unbelievably comfortable - I recommend room 6! The attention to detail, welcoming and flawlessly executed experience was our first but certainly not our last. Hope next year to attend the "level 2" class with our fellow classmates! Cheers!

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, Ca.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2011

We attended a cooking class purchased from a groupon. There were 12 people in the class and it was a "hands-on" class which meant we all took part in preparing at least part of the meal. All ingredients were measured and prepared for us, so we just had to follow the recipes (with instructions from the chef) and turned out an amazing 4 course Tuscan themed meal. We all ate together at the end and with a few bottles of wine. It was a fabulous meal. It was really fun, the food was excellent and the instruction from the chef was great. I would most definitely take another class with them. I think it would be fun to book a whole class for friends/family for a special occasion.
After the class, we spent the night at the B & B (six rooms upstairs). Our room (#6) was huge, with a large outdoor balcony. The bed was incredibly comfortable with wonderful, soft sheets. Very nicely decorated and very comfortable. Very quiet and private.
The breakfast was continental in the shared breakfast space (or you could take to your room) . Really good fresh fruit platter, croissants, cereals, yogurt, juice and coffee.
The thing that stood out the most, however, was how friendly and helpful every single staff person was. They went out of their way to provide whatever we asked for (from knives and cutting boards, corkscrews and glasses, extra 1/2 n1/2 for coffee, hot water and tea before bed). Really just amazing. There is an outdoor patio with fireplace where we sat and enjoyed wine and cheese and the staff person came out and lit the fire for us and made sure we were comfortable.
I would absolutely stay here again. Great place.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ramekins Culinary School & Inn

Property: Ramekins Culinary School & Inn
Address: 450 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476-5625
Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Sonoma
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,540 - ₹ 27,853
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ramekins Culinary School & Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Room amenities include king-size beds, rustic French antique furnishings from Chateau Sonoma, Wi-Fi internet access, digital cable and ipod docking stations, eco-friendly Aveda hair care products and certified organic bath products by Olivina. ... more   less 
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