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Reviewed 14 November 2014

We stayed at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa with two other couples for our 30th anniversary. The lodge is located across from a hardware store and within bicycling distance to downtown Sonoma and a short drive to multiple vineyards. You will pay an extra fee for bike rental.

The property include free yoga in the morning and wine tastings in the evening.

There is a bar with food service off of the lobby. Each day the hotel provides different types of infused water.

The pool area includes a hot tub and seating. But unfortunately the pool is not heated.

We stayed in a cottage. The cottage is very roomy. It includes a bathtub and separate living room with fireplace.

The lobby is tastefully decorated.

Room tip: Ask for a room not facing the parking lot. I would request a cottage versus regular room.
Date of stay: October 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank graye
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Reviewed 13 November 2014

Many positives, but this is an older property in a strange location trying to be more than it is. It is not really a lodge, the cottages are mostly just upgraded hotel rooms, it has a nice pool, but is not really a resort, it is located on the main drag across the street from a children's RR train amusement park, the grounds are well landscaped but the stairs, decks and walkways are very old, deteriorated and in need of replacement, the 2 bars are nice, but small and the menus and food offerings need expansion and the dining room is nice, but nothing elaborate and again, small for the size of the facility. By themselves, these issues are not major but they do add up. I was told this location is a very heavy destination for Marriott Platinum Frequent Guests to use their points with family as it is right in California wine country and this makes it difficult to get your room choices on occasion. Plus those road warriors can be demanding and they probably all claim to know Mr. Marriott personally, so the staff is trained to be extra nice...which they are! Now the positives are much more important than those areas that could stand improvement; the most important is the professionalism and knowledge of the staff. From check-in with a new Marriott position of Elite Coordinator who does everything to make your entry seamless, to the Navigator [old title was Concierge, which I prefer] who all know all the winery locations, tours and all the non-wine attractions in this area of California to the food and beverage staff and servers in all areas to the bellmen, to the valets who wash bug-encrusted windshields on your car, to housekeeping to gardeners all the way down to the maintenance staff who keep the parking area clean and picked up, to security who quickly respond to quests who are too loud and all the way up to the new GM who leads this wonderful group. We had great meals, excellent breakfasts and other than the bars being really busy with meeting folks, good service with drinks. Josh, the sommelier was very knowledgeable and not the type to push you into the most expensive wine, but he certainly knows the local wine scene. Two suggestions-abandon the title cottage and re-label them units in a VILLAGE, it gives more flexibility and is not misleading. Second, is expand the food offerings in the deli bar and try to find additional space to sit in both bars. Maybe the coming renovation will cover these items, but this is still a great location for vacation and business trips.

Room tip: Website photo is misleading, there is no nearby vineyard.Location is on a busy street and parking lot backs up to commercial properties and a kiddy RR across the street. Inside location away from pool is quieter.
Date of stay: October 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank knife_n_fork32168
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Reviewed 12 November 2014

While this was a perfect place for my husband and I to relax, it is also perfect for a girls weekend. The shuttle service into town makes wine tasting much more fun. The employees are so attentive and want to make certain that your experience is the best ever. The SPA is a MUST have. Even if you only get a pedicure (with a glass of wine), you get to enjoy the entire SPA for the entire day.

While we stayed for three nights, four would be better so we can enjoy two SPA days.

Room tip: Ask for a room that is in the middle...equal walking distance to the front of the hotel and the SPA. SPA is a must have!!!!
Date of stay: November 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Renee G
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Reviewed 7 November 2014

Very nice, clean, convemient, excellent staffing. Really enjoyed the cottage atmosphere. Showers small and water soft. Loved the gas fireplace and private patio use. Wine tastings fun. Concierge very helpful . Great to have van transport to Sonoma square instead of walking or driving. Enjoyed the breakfasts, the lobby use, the pool patio with its heaters. Overall, a delightful place to stay.

Date of stay: October 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BrendaB769
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Reviewed 28 October 2014

This hotel worked out great for us. The "cottage" was fantastic. We had a very spacious room with a living area and fireplace. The shower and toilet area were a little small. There was a window in the room with the shower which was great to refresh the room. The location was convenient to the winery's and there was a free shuttle into the town. The outdoor pool looked inviting but it was too cool outside for me to get wet. There was also a hot tub. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again!

Room tip: Ask for a cottage by the spa for quietness and convenient parking.
Date of stay: October 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Pecan10
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