The following reviews were taken from www.tripadvisor.com. They are written by actual guests of the Sonoma Creek Inn.
Date: December 6, 2004
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor User, Raleigh, NC
Rating: 5 out of 5
"OK, maybe it's not the Sonoma Mission Inn, but it's clean, stylish, a bit funky, and with the $$$ you save, you can afford to take home an extra case of wine. And you won't find nicer bathrooms at twice the price! Corner cafe breakfasts are tasty too. "
Date: August 6, 2004
Reviewer: a www.hotelshark.com guest review of Sonoma Creek Inn
" My wife and I wanted to get away to the wine country for a week, but were astonished by the prices of lodging in the area. Almost every property we looked at featured 5-star service at prices that were way beyond what we could afford. Even the best Western was booking at over 200.00/night. Then we found the website for this little place, and thought maybe it would be a good alternative. What a find! The rates were so reasonable (starting at 89.00) that we could stay the entire week like we had planned. The pictures on the website were great so we felt very comfortable that we had found something special. When we arrived, we were a bit surprised by Sonoma. The town itself has a small western style center built around a old town hall with lots of expensive stores and resturants. It was very quaint and cute, however it was also very touristy. We could immediately tell that there was a lot of money being invested here. As we drove further away from the center, the pristine nature of the area was not maintained. It was almost as if the secret reality of the area's economy was being revealed as we moved away from the center of commerce. As we headed north on hwy 12, we started to wonder where we were going. Then, all of the sudden, in the middle of this not so upper scale area, we came upon the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and the turn off for our hotel. (It was definately not the location you would expect a 5-star hotel.) We turned off and traveled down past the Fairmont into a somewhat suburban area and found the hotel. Naturally, we were a bit weary at this point, but kept an open mind due to the pictures and the proximity of the Mission Inn. Boy are we glad that we did. Bob, the gentleman who greeted us in the office, was friendly and knowledgable about the area. He quickly got us checked-in and gave us a detailed map and pointed out some shortcuts. He also directed us to some of the best wineries and resturants in the area. After speaking with him, we located our room, and this is where we were even more pleased. It was the best place that we had ever stayed under 100.00. The rooms were wonderfully decorated in a colorful 1940's style. There was custom tile work in the bathrooms and on the outdoor patio. Local artists prints were on the walls, and great southwestern furnishings made the room a unique and stylish place to make home base. With a coffe maker and refrigerator in the bathroom we had everything we needed to settle in for the week. Unfortunately, our time in Sonoma came and went much faster then we had expected. However, the entire trip was wonderful. The hotel was a great place to come home to and although it was small and humble, it's look and feel were definately a wonderful addition to our impressions and enjoyment of the Sonoma Valley. We recommend the Sonoma Creek Inn to everyone and look forward to return again. "
Date: August 12, 2004
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor User, Houston, Tx.
Rating: 5 out of 5
" Two words: Precious and Charming. My husband and I stayed [here] October of '03. I am so particular about where I stay; I am extremely picky and I like places with character and charm; not your run-of-the-mill hotel. I loved the Sonoma Creek Inn! I plan to take a yearly trip to Sonoma and I plan to stay there again. I was in Sonoma again a couple weeks ago and stayed at the Sonoma Mission Inn (of course that's incredible), but I will still go back to the Creek sometime in the future. But, part of the 'charm package' was the outdoor patio; seriously consider paying extra for a patio room. The patio was a perfect place to listen to music, sip wine and play cards. The Creekside Cafe (attached to the Creek) is an excellent place for breakfast. Try their French Toast; yum. Just writing this review makes me want to go ahead and book my next trip. Oh, a side note: consider scheduling spa treatments or paying for the Bathing Ritual at the Sonoma Mission Inn that is right down the street. Things to do to fully take advantage of the Wine Country: picnic on Sonoma Square. You can pick up picnic supplies at the Sonoma Jack Cheese Factory. Picnic at Viansa winery (beautiful!), spend time at Sebastiani tasting room as well as the caves and tasting room of Kunde. Dinner at Kenwood Restaurant is a must; their patio has an incredible view. Enjoy!"
Date: June 13, 2004
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor User, Overland Park, KS
Rating: 5 out of 5
"Don't be fooled by the drive by a muddled collection of older working class homes and somewhat sub-standard shops etc. The inn is super, well decorated, clean and spacious. The bath was especially large and contains a compact refrigerator. A patio enclosed by block walls and containing a small fountain was nice, but not particularly useful as there is some noise from the street that runs right next to the inn. The traffic was light at night so it wasn't a problem with getting a good nights rest. In the Sonoma area I thought the rate ($120) made the inn a particularly good value. Based upon some other reviews a better rate might be had...making it an even better value.
The restaurant in the same complex also offers a good breakfast menu at reasonable prices.
The only major drawback was the absence of any hotel staff on site in the evening hours. "
Date: August 28, 2004
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor User, Fort Collins Colorado
Rating: 4 out of 5
"When we finally found the hotel, after missing the turn. We were a little worried with the surrounding neighborhood - many run down houses but the room was nice. It was clean and large enough for my husband and I. The refrig. in the room was great for the fresh picked strawberries and chilling wine. The room was clean. The restaurant in the same building was good for breakfast. There was a little traffic noise but not too much."