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Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn

You couldn’t ask for a much better location than Sonoma Valley Inn, only two blocks from the historic Sonoma Plaza. It’s reasonably priced and loaded with unexpected amenities. And it has five accessible rooms with three different configurations.

Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn
550 Second Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476

707-938-9200
Toll free:  800-334-5784
www.sonomavalleyinn.com

Five accessible rooms:

  • Room 311 “Railroad Suite”:  King Suite with a roll-in shower, ground floor
  • Room 136: King with a tub, ground floor

Three rooms have connecting rooms, convenient for attendants or traveling companions:

  • Room 124:   2 Queens with a tub, connects to Room 123 with 2 Queens, ground floor
  • Room 126:   2 Queens with a tub, connects to Room 125 with 2 Queens, ground floor
  • Room 128 :  2 Queens with a tub, connects to Room 127 with 1 King, ground floor

The Inn is family owned and operated, as you’ll know right away from the warm and welcoming staff. This clean and comfortable hotel offers amenities beyond what you might expect—complimentary full breakfast, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottle of wine (King Suite only), and a cozy fire pit. It’s even pet friendly! Sonoma Valley Inn is perfect for long-term stays or overnight visits.

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Not only is it 2 blocks from the Plaza, it is also directly across the street from a shopping center inclusive of a Whole Foods, a CVS Pharmacy, and the Black Bear Diner. Convenience abounds!

Check-in was a breeze. Although the counter was a bit high, the clerk came around with a clipboard to make check-in easy. Next to the desk was a welcome assortment of refreshments, all within easy reach. The cozy and inviting lobby has a large sofa and fireplace.

Room 311
King Suite with a roll-in shower (Railroad Suite), ground floor

Railroad Suite

We stayed in Room 311 Railroad Suite. It’s on the ground floor in a separate building with the other suites.

Parking

Parking was convenient to the room.

Railroad Suite interiorKitchenette

The Railroad Suite is huge with plenty of room to maneuver a wheelchair or scooter. There is a sitting area with a love seat, fireplace, and kitchenette.

The mini-refrigerator had a nice surprise–a complimentary bottle of wine, and wine glasses and corkscrew to go with it (for suites). The ice bucket and coffee maker were within reach. The bar sink has easy lever handles.

Room key and surprise!

Another nice surprise was complimentary reserve wine tasting at Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Just show your room key. We’ve been to both wineries many times and love them. Here’s a fun video that I did at Cline.

Fireplace

The fireplace came with a complimentary Duraflame log, replaced each day. The plantation blinds were easy to open and close.

Roll-in shower with accessible controls

The roll-in shower had a portable shower seat that could be positioned anywhere. The hand-held shower had a low hook and a high hook. The temperature controls were easy to operate.

Bathroom vanity spaceAccessible toilet

The double sinks had lots of counter space, plenty of knee space, easy lever handles, and a huge mirror that reached the backsplash. The toilet was appropriately spaced without obstacles in the transfer area.

Closet and accessible features

The closet had a lowered bar and shelf with the hairdryer and robes easy to reach. The full-size ironing board was conveniently placed, though cumbersome as so many full-size ironing boards are. The luggage rack was also within reach and lightweight.

Accessible thermostat and light switches

All thermostat and light switches were within reach.

Easily accessible desk

It was easy to work at the desk still seated in my scooter.

Breakfast roomFlush threshold into breakfast room

The breakfast room was immediately outside our suite. I opened our door and breakfast was waiting for us. The flush thresholds between our suite and the breakfast room made movement a breeze.

Breakfast is served!

Breakfast was quite a spread—bacon and eggs, oatmeal, fruit—all complimentary. The pancake maker was a new experience for me–push the button and a minute later out pops a pancake. Nice!

Breakfast with friends

The breakfast room was large and inviting with plenty of space between tables. Quite to our surprise, friends who just bought a house in Sonoma were staying here for a couple of weeks while their remodel was being completed.

Fire pit

After breakfast we relaxed a bit by the fire pit, just a few steps—or short roll—outside the breakfast room. Here we were at the end of January, but no coats for us! Sorry, but I had to brag about our California weather just a little.

Heated pool with lift

Warm as it was I still wasn’t tempted to go for a swim. But the pool is heated and has a lift at the ready.

 Accessible pool restroomAccessible facilitiesEasy access lavatory

The fully accessible pool restroom also serves the lobby.

Laundry room

The spacious and navigable laundry room has two washing machines and two dryers—no coins needed!

Fitness room

The adjacent fitness room is on the small side with three machines, but it’s a nice option for a little exercise.

Pet-friendly for a friendly pet!

This little guy was happy to be at this pet-friendly hotel!.

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The fully accessible pool restroom also serves the lobby.

Other accessible rooms:
Room 136: King with a tub, ground floor

Room 136Room 136 interior

Though smaller than the Railroad Suite, this room was also spacious with plenty of room on both sides of the bed.

Room 136 accessible amenitiesLamp base outlets in Room 136

The accessible amenities were on a par with the Railroad Suite—desk, fireplace, thermostat, refrigerator, ice bucket, and lamps. The lamps in this room have electrical outlets on the base, making it convenient to plug in a wheelchair or scooter overnight with easy access to the on/off switch.

Accessible tub in Room 136Accessible toilet in Room 136

The tub was fully equipped with grab bars, and even the slider for the hand-held shower also functioned as a grab bar—something I don’t see often. The toilet had grab bars conveniently spaced with plenty of room for transfer.

Accessible and well appointed sink and vanity in Room 136

The sink had a proper kneehole, extended mirror, and lever handles with an accessible mounted makeup mirror and hairdryer.

There are three accessible double-Queen rooms with attached units:

  • Room 124: 2 Queens with a tub, connects to Room 123 with 2 Queens, ground floor
  • Room 126: 2 Queens with a tub, connects to Room 125 with 2 Queens, ground floor
  • Room 128: 2 Queens with a tub, connects to Room 127 with 1 King, ground floor

All the Double Queen rooms are identical, though their respective connected rooms are different.

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With plenty of space on both sides of the Queen beds, the room was quite large. The corner fireplace added a homey feeling.

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The private patio had a view over the hot tub gazebo and pool.

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The accessible tub was equipped with grab bars and a portable shower chair, a hand-held shower head and easy to operate temperature controls. At the other end of the bathroom was the toilet with standard transfer space and grab bars on the left and behind the toilet.

The lavatory was independent from the bathroom and was loaded with accessibility details. The mirror was full extension to the backsplash and a supplemental magnifying mirror was at a seated height. There was plenty of knee space below the sink and room for a scooter to fit sideways, even with the mini-refrigerator located under the sink. Counter space was ample to hold toiletries as well as the coffee service. The installed tissue box kept counter space open. The hair dryer, electrical outlet, and lightswitch were all within easy reach.

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The closet had a low bar and housed the ironing board, iron, and luggage rack.

The Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn is a great choice when booking an accessible room in Sonoma.  With 5 accessible rooms all on the ground floor,  3 different bed configurations, 3 rooms with connecting companion rooms, and 1 roll-in shower, chances are great they will have just the room required.  Add to that the convenient location, moderate pricing, and beautiful grounds, Sonoma Valley Inn is a real find.

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