Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at the Hotel Healdsburg prior to check-in time, and my room was not yet ready, so I decided to explore the neighborhood. The luxury property is located across from Healdsburg Plaza and a variety of shops. A stroll was the perfect way to pass the short time. About 30 minutes later, I received a text from the hotel that my room was available. My luggage had been brought to my room, so I easily went on my way.
Guest Quarters: My room on the second floor overlooked the hotel pool. It was quite warm when I walked in, though the heating/cooling system was easy to operate. I loved the room’s décor, with light gray and green tones right down to a bowl of green apples on the side table. The wooden shades, also in gray, offered great coverage from the sun. Each guestroom in the hotel features original work from a Healdsburg-based artist.
The bed was backlit and controllable via a panel next to the headboard. I enjoyed this lighting option in the evening and morning. The bathroom featured a separate tub and shower. To promote eco-friendliness, the property uses large-format bath products made with locally sourced ingredients and encourages guests to reuse their towels. The signature organic bath amenities come from the hotel’s spa.
The rooms boast a variety of complimentary snacks and beverages, replenished daily. A Keurig coffeemaker is also provided for in-room use. Turndown service is one of my favorite hotel amenities, and Hotel Healdsburg offers this service nightly. A different treat was left each night. I particularly enjoyed a sampling of local chocolate.
The hotel offers complimentary WiFi, which I always appreciate. There were USB outlets on either side of the bed, ideal for overnight phone charging.
Services/Amenities: The property features two on-site restaurants, a bar, a 60-foot pool, a fitness center and a spa. During the summer months a pool bar is open. I didn’t have a car during my visit, though I noticed complimentary valet parking and complimentary electric car charging stations. The property has several bikes available to rent, complimentary for guests. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to experience these amenities during my visit.
However, I did enjoy breakfast on site. Complimentary breakfast is available 6–10 a.m. by the bar off the lobby. The spread includes a variety of fruit, pastries, yogurt, bread and smoked salmon. Hot items like omelets and breakfast sandwiches are made to order. I opted to eat light, as I had an early lunch that day.
The hotel, much like Healdsburg itself, is charming.
◆ Grab a complimentary coffee or water bottle from the lobby in the morning before heading off for your activities.
◆ The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of dozens of shops, restaurants and tasting rooms, so venture out and explore on foot.
◆ Meeting space is available, accommodating anywhere from 14 to 200 guests.
25 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
tel 707 431 2800
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