Top Hotels and B&Bs in the Sonoma Valley
Known as the birthplace of wine in California, the 17-mile-long Sonoma Valley prides itself on amazing wine country hotels and inns.
Because the area offers so much to see, do, and discover, it definitely requires finding that perfect spot to stay so you can replenish your energies overnight, then continue exploring in the morning.
Starting in the north end of Sonoma Valley in Kenwood and heading south through Glen Ellen to Sonoma, here are nine of the best inns and hotels in Sonoma County—all of which provide so much more than just a place to spend the night.
Kenwood Inn and Spa, Kenwood
Nestled on the southern edge of Kenwood, this elegant Tuscan-style property boasts a castle-like ambience that will have you feeling like royalty from the moment you arrive. From their luxurious spa with full-service face and body treatments to the sparkling pool, cozy hot tubs, and lavish buffet, you can expect complete rejuvenation after your stay. The hotel boasts 29 unique guest rooms, each equipped with a fireplace and sitting area as well as several other fabulous amenities.
Beltane Ranch Bed & Breakfast, Glen Ellen
Tucked on a hillside overlooking the Sonoma Valley and surrounded by 105 acres of gardens, vineyards, and orchards, this historical 1892 ranch house and cottage offers guests a truly ethereal experience. At Beltane Ranch B&B, you'll begin every morning with a farm-fresh breakfast. Then, spend your day on the private tennis court, strolling through olive orchards and under ancient oaks, or take a short trip to local wineries and shops. The B&B features five bedrooms in the main house along with a cozy cottage, all decorated with family antiques and local artwork.
Gaige House + Ryokan, Glen Ellen
Verdant and secluded, Gaige House + Ryokan was originally built as a private home in the late 1800s. Today, it offers a modern, Asian-inspired lodging experience that can easily be described as a slice of paradise. A true wellness oasis, the inn features an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub accented with calming fountains, and a yoga enclave as well as calming gardens, shaded hammocks, and luscious outdoor spaces that are perfect for quiet meditation. Other amenities include a bountiful breakfast buffet each morning, fresh-baked cookies in the afternoon, and an evening welcome reception with wine and cheese.
Glen Ellen Inn, Glen Ellen
For visitors wanting a bohemian-style experience that's close to everything there is to see and do in Glen Ellen, look no further than Glen Ellen Inn. Hidden behind the iconic Glen Ellen Inn Grill & Martini Bar, this boutique hotel offers seven "secret cottages" along Calabazas Creek. Upon arrival, you're immediately greeted with greenery and seasonal flowers that are intertwined with magical twinkling lights. Each cottage features a gas fireplace, hot tub, fruit and pastry baskets, and an in-room coffee bar. Several cottages also offer decks with creekside views.
The Jack London Lodge, Glen Ellen
Olea Hotel, Glen Ellen
Unwind, escape and explore at this adults-only hideaway in the hills above Glen Ellen. Olea is a small boutique hotel, surrounded by oak and olive trees, that was originally built in the early 1900s. Long since refurbished and updated, the hotel offers the perfect blend of a five-star property with the casual charm and ease of a bed and breakfast. At Olea, guests start their days with a two-course plated breakfast, complete with a bountiful buffet of homemade granola, pastries and fresh-squeezed juices. From there, you can book an in-room massage, soak in the outdoor hot tub nestled among the trees, and indulge in complimentary daily wine tastings.
Sonoma Creek Inn, Sonoma
Casual, comfortable and beautifully-decorated, the Sonoma Creek Inn is touted for both its affordability and proximity to all of the top things to do in Sonoma. Guests at the inn enjoy afternoons in the soothing garden courtyard, chess games with other travelers, and complimentary tasting passes to local wineries. And, don't forget to stop by the Creekside Café (a favorite with locals) located next to the inn for a hearty, home-style food breakfast or lunch.
Set on 13 acres of luscious landscaping and surrounded by ancient redwoods and acclaimed wineries, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a top-tier experience when it comes to wine country hotels. Get pampered at the resort's luxurious spa, tee off on world-class greens, and enjoy decadent meals at their award-winning restaurants. Guests can also enjoy free, docent-led hikes, yoga and fitness classes, and daily wine tastings as well as two swimming pools filled with healing mineral spring water and much more.
Sonoma's Best Guest Cottages, Sonoma
Romantic, quiet and a short, 15-minute walk from historical Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma's Best Guest Cottages combine the elements of a private vacation home with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Sip a glass of wine and relax in the garden courtyard, complete with a fountain and umbrella-covered seating. Get some much needed rest and relaxation at the nearby Calm Spa. And, grab some light bites and local wine from the charmingly rustic Sonoma's Best Modern Mercantile, located next door to the cottages.
Explore our Guide to the Sonoma Valley to discover everything there is to see and do in Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Sonoma.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.