Wondering where to stay during your visit to Sonoma? Check out my review of our excellent experiences at Sonoma's newly renovated MacArthur Place.
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MacArthur Place, Sonoma
Overall, MacArthur Place is an absolute gem and this renovation has been a huge success. In particular, it features stunning rooms and grounds, in addition to a number of special touches, including a nightly happy hour with local wine and cheese, free of charge to guests, and hosted in the newly spruced-up lobby.
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MacArthur Place's Location: In the Heart of Sonoma
I should start by saying that MacArthur Place really does have the most phenomenal location. Easy strolling distance from Downtown Sonoma, the walk is through quaint homes, shops, small offices, and dentist offices, and even past the original Williams Sonoma.
Sonoma's town square, the largest in the U.S., is home to nearly 30 tasting rooms of the surrounding wineries, along with high-end restaurants, such as The Girl and the Fig, where we had lunch on our first day. No matter what your plans for your visit to Sonoma, you really can't select a better location than MacArthur's. In addition to our time downtown, we also drove to several wineries that are just outside of town - Gloria Ferrer is about a 10-minute drive. And, of course, Napa is only about half an hour away (though, if I have to choose, I'd highly recommend picking Sonoma over Napa for your wine country adventure).
For a guide to exploring Sonoma, check out the full post!
MacArthur Place's Grounds: A Tranquil Retreat
I find MacArthur Place to be one of the most relaxing places we've stayed that wasn't on an ocean. A world away from the hustle and bustle of a fairly busy tourist trip to wine country, full of trotting in an out of bachelorette-filled wineries, being able to take a quick stroll around the grounds really is relaxing.
With quite a few guest houses dotting the property, it's easy enough to take a quick jaunt, or have a couple of coffee outside (though don't expect to get your daily exercise in entirely on property).
During the day, the grounds are practically deserted, with guests off enjoying all Sonoma has to offer.
MacArthur Place's Amenities: Spa, Hot Tub, and Pool
Exploring MacArthur Place Sonoma's
Definitely for the better, the guestrooms at MacArthur place are unrecognizable after their recent revamp. Formerly featuring a very heavy horse/ranch vibe, the rooms have been thoroughly modernized, with crisp, textiled walls, and patterned ceilings, all in muted oatmeal, black, white, and gray.
Lighting throughout the room and bathroom was able to be changed from a cool network of control boxes, and arranged to suit the mood - relaxed, full lighting, low lighting, etc. Motion sensors were also triggered upon entrance into the bathroom - a nice feature!
I found this not only tasty, but also a bit more hygienic than whatever a much-used and abused hotel coffee maker can usually churn out. The Husband wasn't a fan - but, never fear, there's a coffee shop on site. Turndown service was some of the most thorough I've seen lately - especially with the variety of beverage options being used!
Layla, the new restaurant at MacArthur Place, Sonoma
Replacing the former, much-loved and heavily horse-themed Saddles, Layla features a Mediterranean-centered menu, with hummus and delicious tzatziki (we tried both!) as the main starters, followed by a selection of seafood and steaks. The menu is small and the dishes are all well-done, with just the right mix of Mediterranean flavor infusion, when accompanied by the selection of local wines (a full bar is also available). I opted for the salmon which was excellent, accompanied by a flavorful bed of couscous.
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