Wine Country Living at the MacArthur Place in Sonoma

There are a dizzying number of lodging options to choose from when planning a Sonoma wine country getaway. If you’re the type that enjoys being able to wander places on foot, MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa is just a short walk from historic Sonoma Plaza, as well as dozens of wine tasting rooms, restaurants and shops.

Carriage house at MacArthur Place Hotel

A boutique hotel located in the city of Sonoma, MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa dates back to the 1850s. Once a home, vineyard and working ranch, it features 69 rooms spread across seven acres replete with gardens and sculpture art.

I stayed in a suite located on the second floor of the Carriage House. It was spacious and filled with bright light thanks to numerous windows and an expansive patio. Along with a king bed and pair of comfy chairs, there was a gas fireplace that ignited with the flip of a switch, generous desk, and a closet stocked with the kind of hotel slippers you want to take home.

guestroom at MacArthur Place Hotel

Along with a refrigerator, tea drinkers will be pleased to find a Fellow electric kettle. (Coffee drinkers, don’t worry, you’re covered too.) An assortment of complimentary snacks, think along the lines of potato chips and beef jerky, are provided in every room.

The bathroom featured a single-sink vanity, soaking tub, and walk-in shower. Toiletries are provided in eco-friendly, refillable bottles.

pool at MacArthur Place Hotel in Sonoma

Thanks to a four-year property-wide renovation completed in 2023, MacArthur Place boasts a sparkling new pool, spa, and fitness center complete with Peloton spin bikes. Complimentary yoga classes are offered on weekends.

The hotel’s three-meal restaurant, Layla, is named after Leilani Burris, the great granddaughter of the property’s founder David Burris. Dishes here have a Mediterranean focus; offerings range from Turkish egg tartine and a falafel burger, to scallops with fennel cream and lamb merguez meatballs.

The Bar at MacArthur Place offers sandwiches and burgers, along with shared bites the likes of blistered shisito peppers and Moroccan pork belly.

The Porch offers an assortment of tea and coffee drinks, along with pastries, salads, and sandwiches.

Turkish egg tartine at Layla Restaurant

Within a 30-minute-or-so-drive of MacArthur Place you can reach hundreds of wineries. The property’s city of Sonoma location makes it easy to include both Sonoma County and Napa Valley wineries in an itinerary. Downtown Napa is only 13 miles from the property.

Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport is 30-miles away; San Francisco International Airport is about a 70-mile drive.

Rates for a suite start at $849; there is also a service fee of 10%, plus tax, that includes valet parking, EV charging stations, Wi-Fi, and other assorted amenities. You can also try to see if you can get a better rate.

Dogs are welcome; the one-time, non-refundable pet fee is $150. A dog bed, food and water bowls, treats, toys and waste bags are provided.

Review and photos by San Francisco Bay Area travel writer and television correspondent Dana Rebmann. Her stay was organized by MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.

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