Recently I had the opportunity to experience the newly renovated guest rooms at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, as well as their onsite restaurant, Carneros Bistro, and their luxurious spa. Today, I want to share some highlights from our wonderful stay at this well-known Sonoma hotel.
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
The Lodge Sonoma is an elegant and tranquil hotel located several blocks from the Sonoma Plaza, the heart of Sonoma. Walk, rent the hotel’s bicycles, or take their on demand shuttle to the plaza. The Lodge Sonoma is also close to an abundance of wineries, tasting rooms, hiking trails, shopping and much more.
Once we arrived at The Lodge Sonoma, the friendly and helpful staff promptly greeted us. We were given our keys and some information about the property, including where to get our complimentary sangria, served daily to guests. It’s delicious, by the way. Don’t pass it up!
The stunning lobby is modern and inviting. You’ll want to relax by the fireplace, admire the beautiful artwork and design and take it all in! I love the high ceilings and the art hanging above the fireplace.
The grounds at The Lodge Sonoma are filled with flowers, mature trees and grassy lawns. It’s all so well manicured. I love the many rose bushes – all 851 of them! While we were there, the roses were just beginning to blossom. I bet it smells heavenly there at the height of rose season.
While at The Lodge, you feel like you’re in a little village with its meandering paths and two-story buildings dotting the grounds, each with a patio or balcony.
Between the cottage rooms and the main lodge and lobby you will find the Outdoor Resort Pool, which is heated and surrounded by lounge chairs, chic conversation areas and tall heat lamps. Swim and sun by the pool during the day, then enjoy a glass of wine on a comfy couch by an outdoor fireplace or soak in the hot tub.
Our Guest Room
The new renovation revealed a fresh and sophisticated design. A blend of mid-century and Sonoma Valley Wine Country style made for a stylish and elegant guest room.
I love the green lamps on the nightstands with their retro vibe and the color evokes the greenery of the surrounding area in springtime. The furniture is all custom throughout the property, as is the carpet. Wine-inspired art hangs in all guest rooms.
Our room was modern and comfortable. It was easy to see the pieces – from furniture to artwork to the robes hanging in the closet – were thoughtfully chosen for a overall feel of elegance and luxury.
We had a comfortable plush bed, big standing shower, and plenty of space on the marble countertop in the bathroom. Across from the bed, we had a seating area with a loveseat which faced a cozy fireplace and TV. It also had a desk and chair, which was perfect for getting some work done. Doors flanked both sides of the fireplace and led outside to our own patio that had a charming café table.
What a lovely surprise to find a lovely bottle of wine and some tasty nibbles like dried fruit, nuts and chocolate. Such warm hospitality!
Bean & Bottle
Just off the main lobby, Bean & Bottle is the perfect place to get a delicious cup of coffee or an espresso drink and relax. Or perhaps catch up on work – Wi-Fi is free! If an adult beverage is more your speed,enjoy a glass of Sonoma County wine on the patio or in front of their beautiful fireplace. Bean & Bottle also offers a variety of nibbles from cheese plates to homemade potato chips (which are amazing, by the way!).
Located adjacent to The Lodge Sonoma is the award-winning Carneros Bistro. We were treated to a fantastic dinner, with Carneros Bistro’s Chef Andrew Wilson at the helm. Chef Wilson uses ingredients from Wine Country, sourcing the best ranches, dairies and farms to create outstanding, hearty and satisfying dishes with a Wine Country influence.
Carneros Bistro offers farm-to-table cuisine, an extensive wine list with over 400 Sonoma County wines, and outdoor seating, all in an elegant and comfortable environment
To start our meal, we had a refreshing cocktail made with local gin, turmeric and rosemary from their culinary garden. Next, we enjoyed an array of delectable seafood dishes including Oysters on the Half Shell, two ways: raw with a shallot mignonette and barbequed, Ahi Tuna Kinilaw with coconut lime vinaigrette, chile and red onion served with black pepper crackers and Wood Grilled Octopus served with confit potatoes, saffron emulsion, salsa verde and garnished with tiny, colorful edible flowers. Divine!
Next we had our main courses. I chose a spring pasta dish that had fresh lobster and pea tortelloni, black trumpet mushrooms and tiny cherry tomatoes. Bill had Pan Roasted Halibut with crab and asparagus risotto. Both dishes were phenomenal!
For dessert – there’s always room for that! – we shared the dessert special which had bourbon caramel and sliced bananas over a delicate and tender cake. It was served with a luscious scoop of salted caramel gelato.
The Spa at Renaissance Sonoma
The next morning, I had a massage scheduled at The Spa at Renaissance Sonoma. Located in the back portion of the property, this spa is everything you would expect in a high-end spa and more.
When I arrived, I was greeted by the warm and welcoming staff, then shown around the facility. Once in the women’s locker room, I changed into a robe and slippers, then headed upstairs to the relaxation room. I sipped on tea in front of the fireplace and listened to the soothing music playing softly in the background.
At 9:00 am sharp, my appointment time, my masseuse Katherine introduced herself and led me to her spa room where I had a blissful 80-minute massage.
It was raining when I first arrived at the spa but by the time my massage concluded, the sun had come out and it was gorgeous outside! I went out to the private spa garden where there are several cabanas, soaking pools and hot tubs and lots of comfy lounge chairs.
I love how green and lush the landscape is at the spa and it’s so serene. I hope to return this summer for a spa day with girlfriends. Locals get a spa discount so I may just have to book that for my 50th birthday!
The Spa at Renaissance Sonoma also has steam rooms, a boutique, and they offer a variety of services in addition to massages such as facials, waxing, and body scrub and wrap treatments.
This hotel is pet friendly and also has an onsite fitness center. So bring Fido and your running gear and head to The Lodge Sonoma!
To find our more about The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa and book your stay, visit their website or call (707) 935-6600. The Lodge Sonoma is located at 1325 Broadway at Napa and Leveroni Roads in Sonoma.
Disclosure: My stay at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa was complimentary in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed here are my own, as always.