Arrival/Check-In: We arrived at Kenwood Inn & Spa shortly before check-in. The front desk attendant went to perform a quick inspection of our room while I enjoyed a complimentary welcome glass of Champagne. She returned and asked if we needed assistance with our luggage, then escorted us to our room. Along the way she pointed out the rooms past the lobby where the daily complimentary breakfast is served as well as complimentary wine tastings.
Guest Quarters: Our garden king room was located a few steps from the outdoor pool and hot tub. A small table and chairs sat on the patio just outside our room, where we sat to take in the views. Even though the room was near the pool, it felt secluded, and we didn’t hear any outside noise during our stay. The heavy blinds offered additional privacy for our ground-level room.
The room boasted a comfortable California king bed, large armoire, two plush chairs with a table, a fireplace, television, two nightstands, a coffeemaker and a radio. WiFi is complimentary. There was a walk-in shower in the bathroom and robes and slippers.
The layout of the rustic property felt more as though we were staying at a Mediterranean villa and not a hotel in California. As one would expect in Sonoma County, vineyards and orchards surround the property.
Services/Amenities: While there isn’t a full-service restaurant on-site, the property offers guests daily, complimentary breakfast and a selection of small plates for purchase from La Cucina kitchen. Available 11 a.m.–10 p.m., the small plates menu includes a charcuterie plate, hummus plate and wood-fired pizzas.
We enjoyed our breakfast in the courtyard. The buffet menu varies day to day and generally includes pastries, fresh juice, a selection of hot and cold breakfast meats, egg dishes, fruit and a hot food station.
Kenwood Inn & Spa offers guests a complimentary afternoon wine and cheese tasting. Enjoy a sampling of wines from local wineries. Complimentary Port service is available during the evenings in the lobby. We took advantage of a wine tasting one afternoon and the complimentary Port one night during our stay.
On our last night we spent some time relaxing at the pool. It offered the perfect relief from the hot weather. After taking a dip, we read and relaxed on the lounge chairs. There were plenty of towels available along with a discreet receptacle for used towels.
Located just next to the pool, the on-site spa was undergoing renovations during our visit. Kenwood Inn’s nearby sister property, Gaige House & Ryokan, offered spa services for Kenwood guests during the renovations.
The location proves ideal for anyone visiting Sonoma County. The property lies a short drive from numerous wineries, restaurants and parks. Kenwood Inn & Spa proved a perfect property for a luxurious, relaxing stay in Sonoma County.
◆ Take advantage of the complimentary on-site wine tastings.
◆ Sonoma County is home to hundreds of wineries. Check at the front desk for staff recommendations and passes for discounted tastings.
◆ Guests will find two freshly baked cookies upon arrival in their room. Purchase a copy of The Kitchen at Four Sisters Inn cookbook and learn to make them yourself.
KENWOOD INN & SPA
10400 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
tel 707 833 1293
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