The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Housed in a Spanish mission-style building, this upscale 228-room hotel attracts well-heeled guests and business travelers with a top-notch spa complete with its own thermal mineral spring, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and an 18-hole championship golf course. Business travelers may appreciate the 10 meeting spaces, catering services, business center, and fitness center. Most rooms were completely renovated in April 2010, and come with work desks and comfy seating, plush beds and flat-screen TVs.
Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Hyatt lures business travelers with 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a full-service spa with wine-inspired treatments, a free business center, shuttle service to and from the airport, and an experienced meeting and event planners. Rooms are clean and contemporary, with iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable work desks with several power outlets at hand. Convenient property amenities include a French brasserie with lovely outdoor seating and a small gym with cardio machines and weights.
FountainGrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center Rating: 3.5 Pearls
With a well-equipped business center, Sonoma County Airport shuttle service, and extensive meeting space, this property is a solid upper-middle-range pick for business travelers. Rooms might lack "wow" factor, but they are comfortable, clean and relatively stylish for this price range in Sonoma Valley, and come with free Wi-Fi and small work desks. The lap pool and surrounding sun deck is attractive and tranquil, and a great spot for unwinding, as is the nearby private golf course. Equus Restaurant & Lounge serves up California fusion dishes (with Mediterranean and Spanish influences) in a hip setting.
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This upper-middle-range property is known for its impressive adjacent spa, the Montecito Heights Health & Racquet Club, which features an Olympic-sized lap pool, full-service spa, huge fitness center with classes, and multiple tennis courts. The extra fees might make guests feel nickel and dimed, but location in Santa Rosa is convenient, and there are 13 meeting rooms and a wide array of services available for events. Rooms are generic but clean.