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Hotel Highlights

  • Ideal location in downtown Healdsburg
  • LEED-certified eco credentials
  • Excellent restaurant, with cocktails from the region’s best mixologist

Overview

In the heart of Healdsburg, H2 Hotel sets the eco-friendly standard. Rooms are fashioned from sustainable materials, the fragrant bath products are made in town, and guests can fill reusable water bottles with sparkling or still from at a bar on each floor.

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Two cocktails at Spoonbar

Facilities

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H2 Hotel – Sonoma County – USA

Need To Know

Rooms

36, including seven suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $289.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

Also

Pair sun salutations with your sauvignon blanc. H2 offers free ashtanga yoga classes every weekend morning. Care to visit the coolest museum in the world? The hotel is also home to the Hand Fan Museum of Healdsburg (www.handfanmuseum.com), which holds 500 fans from around the globe. Though there is no on-site spa, guests can book botanical-based treatments up the road at sister property Hotel Healdsburg.

At the hotel

Gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, custom-made bath products. There’s a free ‘H20 bar’ on each floor where you can top up on still or sparkling.

Our favourite rooms

The Eco-Studios have an open floorplan and lounge area, and a bathroom with a deep plunge tub. Opt for one with a creek view. For a bit more space, the Eco-Suites have two balconies overlooking Sonoma. Front-facing Suites look out to the mountain. Every streamlined green-and-taupe room has a balcony or patio overlooking Healdsburg.

Poolside

The outdoor pool, set off the lobby, is heated by solar panels on the roof, and surrounded by sunloungers.

Packing tips

Plan to cycle through Sonoma? The hotel will lend you a bike for three hours at a time. Those more comfortable with their own wheels can take advantage of the hotel’s free storage, pumps and assorted tools. If only four wheels will do, bring a designated driver: this is wine country, after all.

Also

Pets are welcome; Fido will incur a $99 cleaning fee.

Children

Better for younger children, the hotel offers free Pack ’n’ Plays, but cannot arrange babysitting.

Eco‐friendly

As green as it gets: the LEED-certified hotel has solar panels, a living roof, natural bath products, organic cleaning products and in-house water bars to eliminate plastic bottles.The hotel also works to protect Foss Creek, a habitat for steelhead trout.

Food & Drink

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H2 Hotel – Sonoma County – USA

Hotel Restaurant

Chef Louis Maldonado, a veteran of Napa’s famed French Laundry, has taken a local, sustainable approach to American cuisine at Spoonbar. He cures local fish, including cobia and omega-rich ocean trout, and preserves seasonal vegetables to use throughout the year. The hip restaurant brightens its wood accents – including high panelled ceilings – with bright blue Eames chairs, 3D floral art and a cascading spoon wall that gave the place its name. On warm days, the floor-to-ceiling windows open onto Healdsburg’s main road.

Hotel Bar

Take a break from wine to sip cocktails here. The list includes hyper-local versions of classics, including a mai tai and margarita. If only the grape will suffice, you’re still in luck: the wine list features a robust selection of bottles from local, small-scale wineries.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 10pm on weeknights, and 11pm on weekends. Early risers can pop in for breakfast from 6am.

Room service

The full restaurant menu can be brought to your room during normal kitchen hours.

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Dress code

Edun’s ethically produced dresses for her, denim and button-downs for him.

Top table

Take one of the reclaimed acacia-wood tables by the wall of windows for the best people-watching. The long communal table is great for making friends.

Local Guide

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H2 Hotel – Sonoma County – USA
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

After you’ve tanned by the pool, stretched in yoga and tried a sage-and-Meyer-lemon massage in the nearby spa, explore the scrumptious side of Sonoma. Relish Culinary Adventures (www.relishculinary.com) hosts food-filled tours; the seasonal day trips lead participants on mushroom forages, dairy tours and peach-tasting at an orchard or a local olive oil press. Each trip ends with a cooking class followed by a four-course lunch with wine. The region is packed with vineyards: try longstanding favourite Seghesio (www.seghesio.com) or sip exquisite zinfandel at A Rafanelli (www.arafanelliwinery.com). In town, there are several tasting rooms, from wineries including Kendall-Jackson (www.kj.com) and Murphy-Goode (www.murphygoodewinery.com). There are also plenty of tour operators, who’ll happily ferry you around the wineries via car (www.platypustours.com) or Vespa (www.winecountryvespa.com).

The region is also rife with hiking trails (www.parks.sonoma.net/Armstrng.html) and riding routes (www.redwoodhorses.com) through redwood parks.

Local restaurants

 It’s hard not to eat well in Healdsburg. Cyrus (+1 707 433 3311; www.cyrusrestaurant.com) is to Sonoma what the French Laundry is to Napa: a pilgrimage-worthy dining destination. Chef Douglas Keane serves five- and eight-course tasting menus of innovative American cuisine, just two blocks from the hotel. Across the road from H2, Mateo's Cocina Latina (+1 707 433 1520; www.mateoscocinalatina.com) serves spicy, locally sourced tacos, tamales and other Yucatecan specialites on a garden patio). One street away in a chicly converted barn, Barndiva (+1 707 431 0100) serves fresh, all-local dishes and creative cocktails. A block up from H2, Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen at H2’s sister Hotel Healdsburg (+1 707 431 0330) is a standard-bearer for Sonoma’s food and wine scene.

Local bars

Repurposed school desks become bar stools at Bergamot Alley (+1 707 433 8720), a few blocks from the hotel on Healdsburg Avenue. The bluegrass bar pours old-world wines and local craft brews. Four miles north of town, Alexander Valley Bar at Medlock Ames recreates a low-lit retro drinking saloon. The menu is wholly modern, with seasonal cocktails made from homegrown ingredients, and a list of local microbrews and wines (+1 707 431 1904).

Local cafés

A group of Chez Panisse alums opened Downtown Bakery & Café (+1 707 431 2719; www.downtownbakery.net) in 1987. The restaurant serves light lunches, including quiche and salads, but the donut muffin is the item that draws the biggest crowds. Pack a picnic with pizzas, salads and artisanal sodas from Oakville Grocery (+1 707 433 3200), a spin-off of Napa’s favourite to-go market.

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Heart of Healdsburg

H2 Hotel

219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, California 95448, United States

H2 Hotel is smack in the centre of Healdsburg.

Planes

Santa Rosa’s small airport is 12 miles from the hotel. For longer hauls, head for Oakland and San Francisco International, which are about 60 and 80 miles away, respectively.

Automobiles

Cars are an excellent way of visiting the more remote parts of Sonoma, which is a 90-minute drive from San Francisco. H2 offers valet parking for $15 a day.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Healdsburg and unpacked their wine and olive oil, a full account of their wine-country escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside H2 in Sonoma… Young, athletic, eco-mind…
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H2 Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Healdsburg and unpacked their wine and olive oil, a full account of their wine-country escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside H2 in Sonoma…

Young, athletic, eco-minded hipster with impeccable taste in food and wine? If H2 were a person at a party, you’d probably want to punch it. Luckily, in hotel form, it’s a perfect bedfellow.

As green as the grapes in Sonoma’s vineyards, H2 sets a new standard in the already eco-minded town of Healdsburg. This LEED-certified hotel doesn’t skimp on style. Nature surrounds it: the rippled roof is puffed with succulents, and a protected creek runs through the property. The lobby is a mosaic of vividly coloured, mismatched Roche Bobois sofas and coffee tables made from reclaimed wood. On pretty days, the lobby opens up to the solar-heated creek-side pool.

H2 even brings its eco love to bed: pared-down rooms are a tree-hugger’s delight of striped bamboo, organic linens and green headboards. Too far from nature? Each room has a balcony or private patio. The sustainable spirit continues inside Spoonbar, where chef Louis Maldonado and the bar staff showcase local ingredients and work with area farmers to create seasonal market-led menus, served with a predictably excellent wine list.

Inside and out, H2 is an ideal match.

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