A couple weeks ago I spent an awesome long weekend touring Sonoma and Napa and loving every second of it. The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, a Marriott property, is a category 9 hotel costing 45,000 Marriott points a night, or 15,000 SPG points due to the merger. With rates often going for $500 a night in peak season (although less for our particular weekend), this is typically an excellent use of points.
To recap, here are the past posts related to my trip:
- Booking Sonoma and Napa with points
- Getting a great deal with 10x Chase points on our rental car
- Exploring the Visa Signature wine tasting benefit
- The great, small, Sonoma airport
We stayed two nights at the Lodge at Sonoma. The last night we stayed at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek, which I won’t be reviewing since they are in the midst of a massive renovation. There were only two renovated rooms and unfortunately neither of them were free. However, it was an excellent use of the Hyatt’s free anniversary night!
Moving on to the Lodge at Sonoma, this hotel has been freshly renovated so it was great timing for our stay!
Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Review
Upon arriving from the Sonoma County Airport to the actual town of Sonoma (around a 40 minute drive), stepping into the lobby was immediately refreshing and beautiful with tons of comfortable seating and soothing tones.
The check-in associates were a little harried from the hotel being booked solid but we were helped quickly, and with smiles. The amenities were clearly communicated and for once the resort fee actually provided some items of value!
Resort Fee Includes:
- Shuttle to and from the Sonoma Town Square (around a mile away and very cute)
- Nightly wine tastings with different wineries daily
- Daily activities such as hikes and yoga
- Pool, wi-fi, and all the other amenities that come standard
Lodge at Sonoma Room
We were given a standard room with no view unfortunately. I have lowly Marriott Silver status so wasn’t expecting too much anyways! We were with a couple family members on this trip who paid $50/night to upgrade to a cottage room. I took a look at their room and although it was nicer, it was only slightly larger and I wouldn’t pay any more of a premium than that to upgrade.
The room was on the second floor (there were only two floors) and just steps off the elevator. I found it very nicely renovated and, my favorite part: perfectly placed outlets by the bed!!
The room layout was very standard but the renovations were well done and the fireplace is always a good touch. The bathroom was spacious but unfortunately the shower stall was tiny. I’m guessing they just kept the existing layout because it was too pricey to completely change, but it was difficult to dry off in even. But, the toiletries were nice, and the bathroom was spotless. Unfortunately I was in a rush when we checked in and didn’t realize the shower picture came out blurry but it was well renovated style wise with new white subway tile and a frameless shower door.
There also was a small balcony attached to the room which didn’t have the best view.
The Lodge at Sonoma is very nice and fully renovated. However “nice” is just what comes to mind. It’s certainly not a property that will leave you with a big wow feeling. That being said, properties in the wine country can be very expensive and there are not a lot of point options unfortunately. With that information, and depending on rates, I would recommend it as typically being a good use of points.
The town of Sonoma’s square is absolutely charming, and a free shuttle to it is nice, but I’d think very hard before booking about what area of Sonoma or Napa you want to be tasting in before you book the Lodge at Sonoma. It’s a good location to the city of Napa and Yountville area of Napa County but most Sonoma wineries and any wineries to the north of Napa are a 40+ minute drive away. If I go back to Sonoma/Napa I would stay in the Healdsburg area since it is 1) very charming and 2) close to the wineries I enjoy most. So keep that in mind!