El Dorado Hotel
Lonely Planet review
From the outside, you'd never guess this historic hotel on the dusty Spanish-style Sonoma Plaza was so hip. It's just a tad pretentious, but swanky minimalism is what the El Dorado is all about, from the cool, lofty lobby to the stylish restaurant and the small and simple but chic rooms.
The hotel is carefully pared down to lines and contrasts, like pure white down duvets juxtaposed against brushed-steel bedframes. Yellow walls are punctuated with dashes of contemporary art. The lobby shows off a concrete-mantel fireplace and low-slung, squared-off leather sofas and tables, and most of the 27 rooms have private (but tiny) balconies with French doors overlooking the plaza (or a central courtyard.) Other swanky touches are high-end linens, DVD and CD players, and flat-panel TVs. Ask for rooms 11, 12, 16 or 17, which have higher ceilings and more space; there are also four detached bungalows with private entrances and patios, just steps from the pool, that are only US$20.00 more per night. Book a room away from the loud rooftop fan above the kitchen.
Our independent authors have visited El Dorado Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Sonoma.
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