Over the weekend, Jen and I decided to use a couple of our free night certificates to stay at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country. This category 4 property is situated in Santa Rosa with easy access to Napa, Sonoma, and Guerneville. The property is cute, with some hints of Spanish design. In contrast to other Hyatt Regencies, this property felt less business-centric and had a smaller number of rooms.
Rates at the hotel for a base room are typically around $300 a night making this an excellent use of our free night certificates. With the move to peak and off-peak nights, base award redemptions start at 18,000 points per night with a range between 15,000 and 21,000 points per night. The property was solid, but 18,000 points per night is a steep price that I would be reluctant to pay.
The property is cute with courtyard located in the middle. The property is a lot smaller than most Hyatt Regencies which created a warm and cozy atmosphere. The property had a small gym, a pool, and a restaurant which served a breakfast buffet daily($25 per person) which was complimentary as Hyatt Globalist. The hotel’s pool was decently size and heated, but interestingly there were no lights in the evening making it impossible to use after sunset. This was a rather odd, but otherwise the pool felt like a Mediterranean getaway.
We were lucky to be upgraded from the base room, to a courtyard view room on the 3rd floor. The property only had 3 floors but it was pleasant to have views of the courtyard. Our room had little storage space but was otherwise modern and fitted with an abundance of usb ports.
There was a keurig and a large TV. The TV was actually one of the largest I have ever had in a standard room and felt large than the one at my house. The room was kept nice and tidy and shower little signs of wear. No complaints here as the room looked nicely furnished and well maintained!
The hotel had a cute courtyard with oversized board games such as connect four and chess available. In addition, there was also ping pong and cornhole creating a nice family setting. The hotel also had a small gym that was rather dated and filled with cardio equipment and a couple of weights. Of course, this wouldn’t be a true Hyatt Regency in wine country without a firepit which was situated just outside the main lobby in a smaller courtyard.
For two award nights using free night certificates, this was an absolute steal. The property had a great design and felt less business like and more laid back. While the property halls did show signs of wear and tear, the rooms were well furnished and maintained. The staff was super friendly and welcoming, while the restaurant staff was just as nice. All in the all, while the property could use some work, the staff and boutique feel was quite an experience. I wouldn’t pay cash or redeem points at this property, but I could see myself using a few free night certificates to plan another stay in the future!