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Inn at Sonoma

The Inn at Sonoma is casual, contemporary and chic all at the same time. Just a block and a half to the historic Sonoma Plaza, it is conveniently located on Sonoma’s main street, yet hidden away, making it a quiet and private retreat. Part of the Four Sisters Inn boutique collection of small inns and hotels, Inn at Sonoma is gracious and inviting.

Inn at Sonoma
630 Broadway Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-939-1340
Toll-free #: 888-568-9818
www.innatsonoma.com

2 accessible rooms:

Room 1 in the main building, 1 Queen with a tub, 1st floor
Room 20 in the Vintners Cottage, 2 Queens with a roll-in shower, 1st floor

We stayed in Room #20-

Room #20 2 Queen beds with a roll-in shower, 1st floor in the Vintners Cottage
The Vintners Cottage is a short walk/stroll to the main building where you’ll find check-in, cookies, wine, and breakfast. Accessible parking is close by, halfway between the main building and Vintners Cottage.

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The accessible entrance to the Vintners Cottage is at the back, adjacent to the parking lot.

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The room is large, with 2 queen beds and ample space on all sides of the beds for a transfer.  The desk was easy to access from a scooter or a wheelchair

The gas fireplace was tucked in the corner and easy to operate.

The gas fireplace was tucked in the corner and easy to operate.

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Bifold closet doors offered easy access to both hanging and open shelving clothing storage.  A tabletop ironing board, luggage rack, iron, and ice bucket were housed in the closet and easy to access.

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The tabletop ironing board was simple to remove from the closet (unlike a full-size ironing board) and set up on the bed, making it the perfect height for someone in a wheelchair or scooter.

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The roll-in shower was tucked behind a wall, a great design as no shower curtain was needed.  A wheelchair or scooter could roll into the shower for an easy transfer to the fold-down shower bench, and the grab bars were reachable from the front as well as from the left.  Grab bars in front of the shower bench is an unusual configuration and I found it to be preferable.  The hand-held shower head, diverter and lever temperature controls were within easy reach.  The wall-mounted toiletries were somewhat difficult to reach from a seated position so travel toiletries may be needed.

Inn at Sonoma shower demonstration

One of the best roll-in showers that I’ve ever seen!

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The lavatory, with easy to operate lever handles, had a striking zinc countertop with large counterspace for toiletries, and served double-duty, holding the coffee service and wine glasses.  Below the counter were the mini-refrigerator and a basket holding the hair dryer, neither of which blocked the accessible knee-hole.  The mirror was wide and reached to the backsplash for easy viewing.  Towels were conveniently placed and there was sufficient space beside the toilet for a transfer, with a grab bar on the left and behind the toilet.

The inn’s other accessible room:

Room # 11
Queen with a tub, 1st floor

Located in the main building, this accessible room is also the closest to morning breakfast and afternoon cookies, wine and hors d’oeuvres. In Sonoma’s winter rainy season this might have extra appeal.

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Once inside the room a short hallway leads to the bedroom.  The temperature thermostat was low and easy to access. The queen bed had plenty of floor space on either side for an easy transfer.

With a fireplace and overstuffed chairs the room was very comfortable and inviting.

With a fireplace and overstuffed chairs the room was very comfortable and inviting. At bedside there’s an ice bucket, and a convenient outlet for wheelchair or scooter charging.

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The accessible tub had grab bars, hand-held shower head, wall mounted toiletries within reach, and lever temperature controls.  A portable shower bench is available upon request.

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The wall-mounted pedestal sink had a single lever handle for temperature control and provided ample knee space, while the adjacent cabinet provided counter space for toiletries and a low shelf for the hairdryer.  Even with the cabinet there was ample clearance between the sink and toilet for easy transfer.  The mirror reached to the faucet for easy viewing. Grab bars were mounted on the right side and behind the toilet.

A wide door and flat threshold led to a private patio.

A wide door and flat threshold led to a private patio.

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The main building with 19 rooms sits further back from the street making it very quiet and somewhat hidden.  Built new in 2002, this is the place for check-in, complimentary afternoon cookies, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and breakfast buffet.  Accessible room #20 is a good choice for those who want to be close to breakfast.

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The Vintners Cottage is streetside, an actual cottage converted into 8 rooms in 2013.  The exterior is cottage but the interiors are modern and fully appointed. Accessible room #20 is at the back of the cottage with absolutely no street noise.  It’s a short walk/roll to the main building.

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Two van accessible parking spaces are mid-way between the main building and the Vintners Cottage, with an adjoining ramp with handrails that leads to the main building and check-in.  Parking is complimentary.

The entrance to the main building from the front deck has a flat threshold and wide doorways, and is covered in case of rain.

The entrance to the main building from the front deck has a flat threshold and wide doorways, and is covered in case of rain.

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The lobby is spacious with accessible lounge areas, and the check-in counter is low for easy access.  I was able to get a little work done at one of the accessible tables while waiting for a friend.

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The accessible lobby restroom is contemporary and stylish with a glass pedestal sink and a wall-mounted lever temperature control.  The mirror reaches to the faucet for easy viewing.  Grab bars are on the right and back of the toilet.

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We took our afternoon complimentary wine to the upper deck.  Located on the second floor, there was an elevator from the lobby to get us there.

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The complimentary breakfast buffet always includes a hot entree, and the morning we were there it was Breakfast Burritos. There was an official wheelchair accessible table to enjoy our breakfast.

With a friendly and helpful staff, beautiful rooms, and a choice between an accessible tub and a roll-in shower, Inn at Sonoma is great find.  And it’s conveniently located, just a short block and a half to Sonoma’s historic plaza, and a short drive to Sonoma’s renowned wineries.

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  1. Kathleen Edwards Reply

    We recently stayed at the Inn at Sonoma. They were very accommodating, but I did have a couple of problems with Room 20. Although the bath area is very accessible, the soap and conditioner are not. I am a manual wheelchair user (paraplegic) and found the toilet to be a very tight space. When trying to maneuver my chair next to the toilet, the mini-refrigerator prevented me from getting as close as I wanted. But, overall they did an excellent job in their accessiblity. Loved the afternoon wine and cheese and the breakfast in the morning. Our old favorite place to stay in Sonoma was the El Dorado but this place might be our new favorite.

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