Hotel La Rose
There’s a reason why Hotel La Rose in Santa Rosa has been around since 1907. Actually, many reasons including the historic architecture which adds to the character of this charming building—the only one in Sonoma County listed with the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Both the Hotel La Rose historic building and the modern “Carriage House” across the street, with its large airy rooms, are staffed by qualified and caring people who offer an excellent experience to the visitor. The Carriage House rooms are built around a pleasant courtyard with rose bushes, a fountain and a Koi pond; the second-floor suites feature 15 foot windows and French doors opening onto private balconies. Hotel La Rose has four conference rooms and can accommodate every need from the rental of audio visual equipment to a catered meal—all without leaving the premises. Joseph’s, the acclaimed on-site restaurant, is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and every night for dinner. Shopping and restaurants are just around the corner and there is a walkway to the mall just a block away. The train station across the street was the setting for some scenes from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Shadow of a Doubt, and the recent re-make of Cheaper by the Dozen.
Moderate to Very Expensive: depending on season, room rates are $109.00 - $279.00.
WHY I’D STAY HERE: Joseph’s Restaurant within the Hotel LA Rose is excellent, though on the expensive side. However, guests receive 15% off the cost of the meal, and are offered one glass of complimentary wine per person. A European breakfast (includes meat, cheese, and smoked salmon in addition to fruit, juice, breads and pastries) is included in the room price. It is fun to be in the center of the Historic District of Santa Rosa and close to many shops and restaurants, and in the middle of Sonoma County. Is this a destination hotel? Yes. For a couple, as there are many places within walking distance to eat, have coffee, and browse, but there is no pool nor much within walking distance if you are traveling with children. Ideal for a romantic or peaceful adult weekend.
DRAWBACKS: Can be a bit noisy if there is a crowd in the square across the street, but the town closes up early.- Terri Pischoff Wuerthner