Pros

  • Budget-friendly inn with garden courtyards located near downtown Sonoma
  • Comfortable, lodge-style rooms with fireplaces, mini-fridges, and patios
  • Heated 24-hour pool with a hot tub
  • Country-style breakfast room with a buffet
  • 24-hour fitness area with cardio equipment
  • Computer corner with a PC and printer
  • On-site bike rentals
  • In-room spa treatments available
  • Meeting space available in the breakfast room
  • Microwave for guests' use in the lobby
  • Free breakfast, street parking, Wi-Fi throughout, and wine tastings
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Cons

  • Some rooms need an update
  • Noise travels between rooms
  • Breakfast can get crowded
  • Guests must sign a contract agreeing not to make noise (a pro for some)
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Bottom Line

The 53-room El Pueblo Inn is a budget-friendly mid-range hotel tucked in Sonoma on the road to San Francisco, with 24-hour front desk service, lush garden courtyards, a breakfast buffet room, a fitness area, a heated 24-hour pool, and a hot tub. Cozy, traditionally furnished rooms come with mini-fridges, fireplaces, and patios, and overlook the gardens. Flat-screen TVs are in some rooms, but others still have tube-style TVs and outdated decor. Guests might also want to check out the more modern -- but pricier -- MacArthur Place Sonoma’s Historic Inn & Spa. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

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El Pueblo Inn

Scene

Mid-range Sonoma motel with lush courtyards, a breakfast room, an outdoor pool and gym

The El Pueblo Inn is a budget-friendly hotel with mid-range amenities right outside downtown Sonoma. Many travelers use this roadside inn as a stopping point en-route to San Francisco or Napa. Tall pine ceilings, a stone-faced fireplace and comfortable furniture in the lobby create a lodge atmosphere. It’s the serene overgrown gardens -- with dirt pathways, patio seating, lawns, and fountains -- that set the El Pueblo Inn apart. Trees shade the heated 24-hour pool that has a deck with lounge chairs and a wheelchair lift. There’s also a hot tub and a pavilion with wooden patio seating, and a small fitness room open 24-hours a day with a handful of cardio equipment, towels, and a water cooler.

The charming breakfast room has pitched pinewood ceilings and large windows that overlook the gardens. There’s a buffet counter, where breakfast is served. The inn cultivates quiet, and guests must sign agreements promising not to make noise. 

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Location

Close to downtown Sonoma

Many guests stay at the El Pueblo Inn en-route to San Francisco, a one-hour drive, or Napa, a 26-minute drive. Downtown Sonoma is a three-minute drive or 25-minute walk. Once there, guests can find their way to the Sonoma Plaza, Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, bars, wineries, restaurants, and shops. Also downtown, is the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. The Wine Country Bicycle Tours are two minutes away by car. It’s a 20-minute drive to Simraceway Performance Driving Center. The Sacramento International Airport is an hour and 25 minutes away.

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Rooms

Comfortably furnished rooms with mini-fridges, fireplaces in some, and patios

Comfortable furniture define all room styles: Premier, Adobe, Sonoma, and, California. Paisley duvet covers, pinewood furniture, writing desks, and Sonoma framed pictures give rooms a homey vibe. Some of the rooms, which have tube-TVs and reclining chairs, could use some updating. All rooms come with coffee/teamakers, air-conditioning, safes, ceiling fans, free Wi-Fi, irons, and mini-fridges. Sliding glass doors lead to balconies or patios that overlook the gardens. Clean, tiled bathrooms have magnifying makeup mirrors and shower/tub combos. California and Sonoma Rooms have DVD players, and some have electric fireplaces. Sofa beds, rollaway beds, and ADA accessible rooms are available. 

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Features

Business corner, bike rentals, fitness room, free-Wi-Fi, breakfast, and private meeting space

Keeping in harmony with the surrounding Sonoma vineyards, the El Pueblo Inn hosts occasional free wine tastings in the lobby. The breakfast room -- with 323 square feet -- can also be rented  for private functions. A PC computer and a printer is available in the lobby. Bikes can be rented on-site. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast, a 24-hour fitness room, outdoor pool, and hot tub are also available.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

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