Location, location, location. El Dorado Hotel is a boutique 27 room hotel at the heart of the historic Sonoma Plaza, on the corner of First St West and West Spain St, with tasting rooms and shops just steps away. El Dorado Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in town, and dominates the first floor of this historic 1843 adobe building. Both the Hotel and the Kitchen are fully modernized and accessible.
The main entrance for the hotel and restaurant has 2 steps with a handrail, but the accessible entrance around the corner is clearly marked. Opening just one of the two doors at the accessible entrance provided ample space for me to enter through the flat threshold. If you’re going to the restaurant there is a van accessible parking space directly across the street beside the crosswalk.
If you’re checking into the hotel drive directly to the private hotel parking lot from West Spain Street, where there are two van accessible parking spaces. From the parking lot, a gate opens into the pool area; the lobby entrance is to the left past the pool, past the outdoor dining patio, and through the restaurant. The accessible room is to the right of the pool.
Check-in is at the base of the stairs at the front of the hotel. There is no elevator to reach the 23 rooms upstairs in this historic building, but the accessible room is ground floor in a 4 room annex behind the pool.
1 Queen with accessible tub, 1st floor
A short walk/roll back through the restaurant and past the pool and the outdoor double lounges takes you to a ramp leading to the accessible room.
The annex rooms are very private and quiet, behind an entrance patio courtyard.
A four poster bed sets the stage for elegance in this charming and serene room with ample space to move about in a wheelchair or scooter.
The accessible tub was well equipped with a hand-held shower head, grab bars, and lever handles. A request to the front desk produced a shower seat with an easy transfer feature.
The coffee service and mini-refrigerator were both accessible beside the bed and the hairdryer was on a low hook in the bathroom. Temperature control for the room was easy to reach and the plantation shutters were easy to access.
The restaurant, El Dorado Kitchen, affectionately known as EDK, is frequently listed among Sonoma’s best dining spots. The main dining room emits a casual elegance, with tables well spaced for accessibility.
In warm weather the outdoor patio is a wonderful option. I was here last summer with two friends both in wheelchairs, and the three of us had no problem maneuvering the space and pulling up to the table.
On this night in February Chip and I decided to have a light bite at the EDK bar, and top it off with a decadent dessert.
The next morning the private patio courtyard in front of our room was a pleasant space to enjoy our morning coffee.
We had our breakfast in the adjoining cafe (breakfast not included).
The lobby restrooms were close by and perfectly accessible.
El Dorado Hotel is a stylish blend of historic and contemporary. Perfectly located on the Sonoma Plaza, it is walking/rolling distance to numerous wine tasting rooms, world class restaurants including its own El Dorado Kitchen, unique shops, art galleries, and the historic Mission San Francisco Solano. An accessible room in the ground floor annex is a wonderful surprise at this historic 1843 adobe.