Sonoma Hotel Review: the New Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country

a swimming pool with chairs and a chair in it

On my most recent trip to Sonoma I decided to stay at the brand new Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country that had opened only a few weeks previously. Because of the fires and the popular time of year, Airbnb picks were scarce and the Hyatt Santa Rosa was going for $300+ with no award availability.

Check rates at this hotel:   IHG  |   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

The Holiday Inn Windsor should not be confused (though many Yelp, Google, and Tripadvisor reviews do) with the Holiday Inn Express Windsor which is just across the 101.

For early November the prices and award redemptions were roughly the same for the two hotels so I opted for “the only full service hotel in Windsor†guessing brand new construction would be worth the potential for hiccups and the lack of free breakfast.

The Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country is a modern looking building right off Hwy 101. There’s plenty of parking with a small covered area right off the lobby and a larger covered garage on the floor below.a reception desk in a hotel

a room with chairs and a television

The hotel looked shiny and fresh but not quite finished, with unplugged vending machines in the lobby and a sparsely stocked snack room.a cart and refrigerator in a room

a refrigerator and beverage cooler in a room

shelves with different types of snacks on it

When asking the clerk about charging stations for electric vehicles, I got a better sense of how much might still be left  to do as he mentioned there were plans for EV charging stations but they were waiting for the contractors to come back, the fires having taken priority.

It also made me wonder if that’s why I’d received a call at 1PM about my no-longer-refundable reservation that day. I had seen they were sold out, but were they overbooked because of unfinished rooms? I didn’t ask.

Anyway, back to the shiny newness. The overall color scheme for the rug was shades of grey interspersed with vibrant orange. I wouldn’t have thought it, but it worked.a hallway with doors and a ceiling

My assigned room was quite spacious, though only on the second floor with not much of a view. The windows were double paned though which did block much of the road noise from the 101. Unfortunately you could still hear people walking above and out in the hall.a room with two beds and a window

a roof with windows on it

Very comfy beds, the right amount of soft with a firm base. Convenient power outlets between the beds. Even a safe that worked (I’ve not had much luck of late.)a room with two beds and a desk

two beds in a hotel room

a alarm clock on a table

The refreshment center featured a fridge, microwave, and Kuerig.

a kitchen counter with a microwave and coffee maker

The bathroom was spacious, everything sparkling clean. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water.a bathroom sink with a mirror and towels

a bathroom with a tub and toilet

A few minor criticisms:

  • I wish there was a way to mute or turn down the volume on the microwave. Not conducive for a quiet cup of tea early in the morning if the beeping noise will wake everyone in the room.
  • Also not sure what was up with all the tea and coffee options but one being decaf. Almost defeats the point? Especially since there was no complimentary coffee in the lobby.a group of tea bags in a black container
  • The bathroom door was nice and heavy, which provided privacy from the bedroom, but it also swung shut (hard) on its own which wasn’t always convenient.

I didn’t go in, but the indoor pool looked nice.a swimming pool with chairs and a ladder

I did get a chance to try the gym which still had the new smell and was still waiting on the water to be installed. I was impressed at the number of machines and workout options for a hotel I assume will mostly by for events and weekend getaways.a room with exercise equipment and a clock

a room with treadmills and exercise equipment

I didn’t eat at the restaurant, Tsika, but noted it was getting great reviews on Yelp. And it offers all day room service.

a room with tables and chairs

a paper with text on it If you don’t want to eat in the hotel, there are several good option nearby, including a Cuban restaurant right across the street and two great breakfast options – the Skillet Café and KC American Kitchen — just a mile or two away.

Check rates at this hotel:   IHG  |   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

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