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El Pueblo Inn

El Pueblo Inn’s lush and spacious interior garden sets this inn apart from other lodging in Sonoma. Just a mile from the Sonoma Plaza and central to the wineries of Sonoma Valley, the charming, family-owned El Pueblo Inn is a great value.

El Pueblo Inn
896 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-996-3651

El Pueblo Inn has four accessible rooms, all on the ground floor:

  • Sonoma Room 131       Two Queens with a roll-in shower
  • California Room 133   One King with a tub
  • Adobe Room 108         One King with a tub
  • Adobe Room 109         Two Doubles with a roll-in showerThe entrance to El Pueblo Inn is graced by a stately fountain and an adobe brick sign.

Entrance to El Pueblo Inn

Entrance to El Pueblo Inn

The lobby entrance had a flush threshold and covered parking for check-in.

Accessible lobby entrance

Accessible lobby entrance

There are four accessible parking spaces for the four accessible rooms, all convenient to the lobby and the respective rooms.

Parking for Rooms 131 and 132.

Parking for Rooms 131 and 132.

Parking for Rooms 108 and 109

Parking for Rooms 108 and 109

Chip and I spent two nights at El Pueblo Inn in February 2015. Bonnie Lewkowitz and Ann Cupolo-Freeman of Access Northern California visited us in Sonoma and stayed there last August. Photos of Bonnie and Ann are interspersed throughout this post. You can see Bonnie’s review for El Pueblo Inn at Access Northern California.

There was plenty of room for Bonnie and Ann to enjoy the ambiance of the lobby fireplace before heading to their room.

Bonnie and Ann enjoying fireplace

Bonnie and Ann enjoying fireplace

The lobby restroom was accessible and attractive.

Accessible lobby restroom

Accessible lobby restroom

Sonoma Room 131 (Chip and I stayed in Room 131, as did Bonnie and Ann last August.)
Two Queens with a roll-in shower

There was plenty of space between the two queen beds for Bonnie and Ann to move around, even with both of them in wheelchairs.

Plenty of room to maneuver

Plenty of room to maneuver

The desk had plenty of clearance for Bonnie to pull up in her wheelchair, and yes that is a guest in the corner, with plenty of room to spare.

Accessible desk

Accessible desk

What a great treat for persons with limited mobility! El Pueblo Inn offers in-room massage therapy, provided by Sonoma Massage. Even with two wheelchairs there was ample room for Bonnie and Ann as well as two massage therapists. With a broad selection of therapeutic massages to choose from Bonnie selected the full body massage and Ann selected the foot massage.

Full body massage for BonnieFull body massage for Bonnie

The mini-refrigerator was discreetly hidden from view, but low and easily accessible behind folding doors along with some storage shelves.

Refrigerator and storage

Refrigerator and storage

The coffee service was accessible at desk height with a welcome surprise of biscotti!

Coffee and biscotti!

Coffee and biscotti!

The closet had a lowered rod making it easy for me to hang clothes. Hotels often include a low rod in the accessible rooms but fail to include a high rod for a traveling companion. El Pueblo ingeniously included the high rod, offset from the low rod so that long clothing didn’t puddle on top of it. Brilliant!

Accessible closet rod

Accessible closet rod

Clever closet rod design!

Clever closet rod design!

Closet amenities

Closet amenities

The closet also housed the accessible ice bucket, iron, hair dryer (in a pouch) and luggage racks. I was able to reach the safe to set the code and open/close the door, but something heavy could be difficult to retrieve.

It was an easy lateral transfer from my scooter to the shower bench in the roll-in shower, with the hand-held shower head and controls easily accessible from the bench. Hotels often leave the hand-held shower head in the high position, but here there was only a low position so no problem!

Accessible showerAccessible shower

The wall-mounted pedestal sink provided knee clearance though not as much counter space as I prefer. The shelf over the toilet was just a little too far away from the sink to set toiletries and medications. The mirror reached the backsplash and was easy to see myself in. The hook was convenient for a hand towel.

Bathroom sinkBathroom sink

Sink mirror

Sink mirror

There was standard accessible spacing between the toilet and sink with appropriately installed grab bars. The water glasses, complimentary toiletries and facial tissues were within reach.

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The view from the patio was totally unexpected.  As great as the room was, this garden oasis was spectacular.

California Room 133
1 King with a Tub

On the other side of the exterior open-air corridor was an accessible room with a King bed and tub.

With 1 king bed instead of 2 Queens, the room was smaller but the clearance around the bed was quite ample with the extra bonus of a fireplace.  French doors with a flat threshold led to a private patio and a greenery wall, though it was missing the spectacular vista of the garden courtyard that we had in Room 131. If you prefer a tub, the one in this room is outfitted with grab bars, a hand-held shower head and a portable shower chair.

The fireplace was a lovely additional touch.

The fireplace was a lovely additional touch.

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The patio was spacious and inviting.

Whereas Sonoma Room 131 and California Room 133 speak luxury, the Adobe Rooms 108 and 109 speak charm.  These reflect the original architecture of the property and have been restored and updated to modern conveniences.

Adobe Room 108
1 King with a Tub

 The board and batten interior walls give the room a cottage feel, and even with a king bed there is plenty of space for a wheelchair or scooter on both sides of the bed.

The tub is complete with grab bars, hand-held shower wand, and a portable shower bench.

The wall-mounted pedestal sink has a convenient near-by shelf for toiletries and medications.  The mirror is at an appropriate height to view from a seated position.

The tub is complete with grab bars, hand-held shower wand, and a portable shower bench.

Adobe Room 109
2 Doubles with a Roll-in Shower

The roll-in shower includes grab bars, a hand-held shower head and a fold-down shower bench.  The wall-mounted pedestal sink has a convenient near-by shelf for toiletries and medications.  The mirror is at an appropriate height to view from a seated position. The toilet had ample transfer space beside it and appropriate grab bars.

Has an accessible desk with plenty of room to pull up a wheelchair, accessible coffee service, ice bucket, safe, and mini-refrigerator are all within reach.  The easy to access open front closet provides a low bar and a high companion bar.

The rooms are all close to each other, to parking, and to the lobby and breakfast  room.

Link to property map from website:
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A walk/roll around the property presented stunning vistas and foliage.  The burst of ranunculus was from our February visit when the majority of the US was blanketed in snow!

The pool environs were equally luscious with a little humorous statuary thrown in.

IMG_4240The pool had a pool lift.

There was a pool cabana for shade protection in the summer heat. I’m visiting here with Christopher, one of the family owners. The accessible restrooms were convenient to the pool, the cabana, and the fitness room.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better it did.  The complimentary breakfast was a gourmet delight.  Fresh baked pastries and breads, quiche, delicious gluten-free granola, fresh-squeezed juice, this was a breakfast worth making  time for.  The granola was even from one of my favorite Sonoma breakfast spots, Community Cafe, featured in my February 5, 2015 incredibleACCESSIBLE Spotlight.

This independently family-owned inn is a delightful place to stay before a day of wine-tasting or strolling around the Sonoma Plaza.  Whether you want a little luxury or a little charm, El Pueblo Inn has you covered.  The gardens and the breakfast will linger in your memory!

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