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Ramekins Culinary School & Inn
Ranked #8 of 11 Sonoma B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 August 2008

My wife and I were looking for a cooking class in the heart of wine country and lucked into a sit-down dinner version with renowned chef John Ash, who was literate, charming and skilled at managing the 12-person class. Ramekins B&B was a convenience--it is in the same building-- but turned out to be a pleasant surprise. For a self-labeled B&B it has a corporate feel in the best sense, which means strong central air-conditioning, spotlessly clean, ultra modern bath and fixtures, and approximately six large, sometimes terraced rooms within a ten minute walk of Sonoma Square. It was professionally managed and satisfactory in every way. Naturally it lacks services and amenities one finds at a genuine hotel; you must carry your bags (elevator to second floor), and eat a breakfast of high-quality, home-made granola, baked goods, fruit and coffee/tea, self serve only. But that is what a B&B is meant to be in these parts, and the room was lovely. We stayed in room number one, which appeared to be the second largest, without terrace. We had a chance to take a gander in other rooms which were being serviced as we checked in and found room number six the nicest, with terrace. Highly recommended, a good jumping off point for wine tasting and culinary adventures in the region.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2006

We are newlyweds and decided to try a bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway. The hotel was an average 3 star type of hotel, a disappointment for us, as we expected a 4 star for the price 225/night. The BB advertises a continental breakfast each morning which is more like free coffee and snack. They had 1 small fruit tray, 6 bite size multigrain muffins, 6 mini scones, minipitcher oj, coffee, and milk setup in a common area next to the elevator, this was for guests in 6 rooms. Our room was as small as a hotel room, however we did enjoy the balcony and were ecstatic that this BB has a private bathroom with each room. Being that the BB is in Sonoma I expected a great view, but not at this BB, our room advertises a garden view, but we actually could see the parking lot, a courtyard entrance and the balcony next door. I did not see a vineyard remotely close to the BB. From the kitchen we could see construction on a small empty lot. Be aware that the walls are paper thin and we were able to hear the tv on the news channel to the right and the entire conversation that one couple had to the left. We did take advantage of the culinary school on site and enjoyed the class. The classes are a bit pricey but I would say worth it considering you taste eveything cooked and we were served champagne and wine. We had a great time as we always do together but would not stay here again, there are better places to stay with better views and larger rooms for the same price.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2006

There are only 6 rooms at this lovely B&B above a cooking school, and they are all beautiful and designer-quality decorated. A real plus is the elevator (rare in B&Bs). There is a kitchen area for all to share in a morning continental breakfast, or to use the frig. to store anything. Wine glasses, dishes, and silverware are there too if you want to enjoy your wine and cheese purchases in your room, or your balcony (in 2 of the rooms) after a day of visiting wineries. Several of the other guests were repeat customers - once they found Ramekins they never stay anywhere else in the Sonoma Valley. There is only someone at the front desk until 6 PM, so you need to ask her any questions before she leaves (although she is a resident at the Inn in case of emergencies). They have a map of the Sonoma Square with locations of restaurants and phone numbers. They also have a book with menus for all to peruse. We ate at the General's Daughter, which is next door, and had an excellent meal. We had two rooms at Ramekins and absolutely LOVED this place.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2006

My husband and I stayed at Ramekins August 2006 and had a great experience. We stayed in room #1 and it was very comfortable and spacious! The inn was very quiet and the breakfast was nice and so convenient right down the hall. We did not have time for a cooking class... next time! The best part was being able to walk (4-5 blocks) to the Sonoma main square with great restaurants, etc.!

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2006

What a pleasant surprise our stay at Ramekins Bed and Breakfast was. It served as a good base for our Wine Country encounter August 20 – 23, 2006. Marilyn, the onsite manager, assisted us with determining the best of the valley as we only had two short days to explore this special part of California. Our stay included a complimentary wine tasting card for 22 wineries and stores that offer wine tasting. A good value when you are often charged $5.00 per tasting at the wineries.

The accommodations are pleasant and tastefully decorated in a Tuscan Country style. Since there are only six rooms and the inn is on a residential street not far from town’s square, you are both in a quiet but accessible section of town to where all is available to you. Breakfast is each morning and also included in your stay. We fell in love with the house granola and are hoping that the chef will part with the recipe!

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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 #8 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Sonoma
Price Range: ₹ 14,185 - ₹ 28,693 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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