California Wine Country, United States

H2 Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$199.20

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD227.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Green, by nature

Setting

Heart of Healdsburg

Setting the eco-conscious standard in Sonoma, the H2 Hotel has sleek, wood-floored modern rooms in muted earth tones that are fashioned and furnished from sustainable materials. Bath products are locally made and guests are encouraged to refill reusable bottles with still or sparkling water from a bar on each floor. The living roof is rich with succulents and a protected stream runs next-door. The talented chef at the hip restaurant is a veteran of the French Laundry and the bar serves cocktails created from local ingredients.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

36, including two suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $199.20, excluding tax at 14 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD227.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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.

Please note

There's expected to be construction at the intersection of Healdsburg Avenue and Mill Street until 2017, which could delay your approach to Healdsburg from the Central Healdsburg Avenue and Westside Road exits, Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm.

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 and Drink

Photos H2 Hotel food and drink

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.

Dress Code

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

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.

Location

Photos H2 Hotel location
Address
H2 Hotel
219 Healdsburg Avenue
95448
Healdsburg
United States

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.

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 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 or sip exquisite zinfandel at A Rafanelli. In town, there are several tasting rooms, from wineries including Kendall-Jackson and Murphy-Goode. There are also plenty of tour operators, who’ll happily ferry you around the wineries via car, such as Platypus Tours.

The region is also rife with hiking trails and riding routes through redwood parks.

Local restaurants

 It’s hard not to eat well in Healdsburg. Cyrus (+1 707 433 3311) 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) 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 cafés

A group of Chez Panisse alums opened Downtown Bakery & Café (+1 707 431 2719) 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.

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).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

‘My god, Healdsburg is the spiritual home of the happy hipster!’ declares Mr Smith, as we drive through this not-so-sleepy northern California wine country town on an unseasonably warm autumn day.

He’s not wrong. It might be located in the heart of Sonoma, with some of California’s finest wineries on its doorstep, but Healdsburg is no hokey folksy blip on the map. Upon arrival, we see that a craft beer festival has taken over the main square – smoked meats, rockabilly tunes and small batch brews carefully crafted by passionate bearded guys who’ve left their Silicon Valley jobs to pursue their dream. ‘Brisket and beer in the sun on a Friday afternoon – this is definitely my kind of town,’ marvels Mr Smith.

Pulling up at the H2 hotel – conveniently set right in the centre of town – we’re greeted with a friendly,  ‘Hey guys’ from the young H2 lobby dudes casually clad in lime green Nike polo shirts and shorts. For a minute we think they might high-five us, toss us the keys to our room and suggest we join them for a drink.

After all, the reception area doubles as a bar – and a well-stocked one at that. They make their own shrubs – a sweetened vinegar-based syrup that’s all the rage with the artisan-cocktail set – from local botanicals, and focus on regional spirits and Russian River Valley wines, naturally.

As we climb the stairs to one of the 36 rooms, there are reminders everywhere of how green and virtuous we are being by staying in this eco-chic hotel. Starting with the sculpture in the entrance created from hundreds of tiny espresso spoons with recycled water flowing over them to create movement and an air-conditioning effect for the lobby.

Of course, there’s also the solar-paneled rooftop garden abounding in succulents that filter rain water into nearby Foss Creek, a bike rack full of complimentary bikes (thankfully not the fixies one would expect in a hipster heaven such as this) for tootling around town and large glass bottles in-room for filling with filtered water to avoid the waste of plastic bottles and disposable cups.

Our room is airy and light-filled, full of pale timber Scandi-design details without skimping on mod cons (eco ones, of course). Ceiling fans whir lazily overhead, wooden shutters reduce the heat, and local favourite Meyer lemon is the signature scent in the delicious smelling custom-made toiletries.

Given the timing of our visit, I curse that we are going to miss the free morning yoga class on Sunday – until Mr Smith reminds me that this unfortunate scheduling might become a convenient excuse to stay in bed after a few too many local pinots. He clearly has big boozy plans for our stay.

By the time we finally tear ourselves away from our sanctuary to partake in a craft beer or a mixologist-made ‘farm-to-bar’ cocktail by the neat little vine-shrouded pool, the lobby has turned from a laid-back WiFi hang into a bit of a party. We find it full of young things drinking their zinfandel and snacking on organic local cheeses before heading to dinner in Spoonbar, where young chef Louis Maldonado is a disciple of local hero Thomas Keller of The French Laundry fame, whose ‘support local, cook local’ ethos is stamped all over town.  

We spend the following day cruising the surrounding cellars specializing in local-darling zinfandels and silken-textured pinot noirs – some of which are a convenient 10 minute drive down the road – and decide we are well and truly deserving of a spa treatment. So it’s handy to know that H2’s sister hotel, Hotel Healdsburg, just one block away, has a pretty fancy spa setup.

The hotel is the cool, calm and collected older sister of the spunky young H2, a bit more luxe with its high ceilings and open fireplaces. The spa is heavenly and we settle on massages using the ubiquitous Meyer lemon, which cleanses and revives, we are told. French doors allow the country air to breeze through the room, and we emerge fragrant and happy.

Ready for a pick-me-up, we stroll over to nearby Shed, a shop and cafe, for a kombucha on tap. We lose ourselves browsing the aisles stocked with locally-made ceramics, cookbooks by local hero chefs and tempting foodstuffs from honey to gin. Wandering back to H2, past modern little satellite cellar doors and beer gardens overflowing with the town’s happily imbibing inhabitants, we understand why so many have migrated to Healdsburg.

This idyllic little town is Disneyland for food-and-drink-loving adults – overflowing with all things local and delicious, rich with creativity, and idealistic in its approach to supporting its own and doing things as ethically and sustainably as possible – just like the hip and youthful H2. ‘They’re not so silly, those hipsters,’ says Mr Smith, as we sit on our balcony looking over the quiet street at night, ‘I just might start growing a beard…’

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in H2 Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The bedroom was beautifully neutral, spacious and simplistic with an impressive bathroom to match. I loved the complimentary snacks that were replenished each day - nice touch. The food and cocktails at the Spoonbar were exceptional and the staff were extremely attentive. The buffet breakfast spread was equally delicious and generous. Healdsburg itself is a quaint town so everything is walking distance. I am a massive coffee drinker so I was pleased to discover Flying Goat Coffee could make me a flat white exactly the way I like it. The Shed is a great restaurant, café and shop in one selling lots of locally sourced produce and amazing cakes. They also run cooking classes so try and book in advance if you can. There is a plethora of vintage shops to get lost in and, of course, numerous wine tasting bars to while away the afternoon.

Don’t expect

...Opulence and pampering, this is a trendy and ideally located stop-off for the Sonoma/Napa Valley visitor. The town of Healdsburg itself is small but adequately stocked with wine bars, restaurants and cafes. Ideal for a quiet getaway with lots of wine guzzling but don't expect a buzzing nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Nov 2016

We loved

The room, Spoons Bar, the restaurant and the bikes. Recommend Baci, the best night in a restaurant in Healdsburg

Don’t expect

To want to leave

Rating

Stayed on 1 Sep 2016

We loved

The eco-chic ambience, free bikes, killer cocktail menu. Great wineries and bike loops-- take the West Dry Creek Rd route and stop at some lovely local vineyards

Don’t expect

Anything overly luxurious, olympic-sized pool

Rating

Stayed on 22 Aug 2016

We loved

Decor, service, the bed, the food and the location. The Shed restaurant

Don’t expect

All day bikes!

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jun 2016

We loved

It would be too easy to say it is simply the best, but I'm going to take the easy way out and say it has everything you want in a boutique hotel. Sleek rooms, balconies, great breakfast, nice bikes to ride and a small but effective bar. We try and go once a year just to get away!

Don’t expect

Don't expect any staff to be anything but pleasant and helpful.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jun 2016

We loved

The large fluffy bed, wonderful breakfast, awesome bar, perfect location, and relaxing pool. Cafe Lucia is delicious! We also loved Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar.

Don’t expect

Silence on the balcony, there is a little bit of street noise.

Rating

Stayed on 29 May 2016

We loved

The deep double bath with lovely bathroom products, free cocktails, as much water as you need (no mean little bottle leaving you parched in the middle of the night), delicious breakfast, great service!

Don’t expect

All our expectations were met!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Nov 2015

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in H2 Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The bedroom was beautifully neutral, spacious and simplistic with an impressive bathroom to match. I loved the complimentary snacks that were replenished each day - nice touch. The food and cocktails at the Spoonbar were exceptional and the staff were extremely attentive. The buffet breakfast spread was equally delicious and generous. Healdsburg itself is a quaint town so everything is walking distance. I am a massive coffee drinker so I was pleased to discover Flying Goat Coffee could make me a flat white exactly the way I like it. The Shed is a great restaurant, café and shop in one selling lots of locally sourced produce and amazing cakes. They also run cooking classes so try and book in advance if you can. There is a plethora of vintage shops to get lost in and, of course, numerous wine tasting bars to while away the afternoon.

Don’t expect

...Opulence and pampering, this is a trendy and ideally located stop-off for the Sonoma/Napa Valley visitor. The town of Healdsburg itself is small but adequately stocked with wine bars, restaurants and cafes. Ideal for a quiet getaway with lots of wine guzzling but don't expect a buzzing nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Nov 2016

We loved

The room, Spoons Bar, the restaurant and the bikes. Recommend Baci, the best night in a restaurant in Healdsburg

Don’t expect

To want to leave

Rating

Stayed on 1 Sep 2016

We loved

The eco-chic ambience, free bikes, killer cocktail menu. Great wineries and bike loops-- take the West Dry Creek Rd route and stop at some lovely local vineyards

Don’t expect

Anything overly luxurious, olympic-sized pool

Rating

Stayed on 22 Aug 2016

We loved

Decor, service, the bed, the food and the location. The Shed restaurant

Don’t expect

All day bikes!

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jun 2016

We loved

It would be too easy to say it is simply the best, but I'm going to take the easy way out and say it has everything you want in a boutique hotel. Sleek rooms, balconies, great breakfast, nice bikes to ride and a small but effective bar. We try and go once a year just to get away!

Don’t expect

Don't expect any staff to be anything but pleasant and helpful.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jun 2016

We loved

The large fluffy bed, wonderful breakfast, awesome bar, perfect location, and relaxing pool. Cafe Lucia is delicious! We also loved Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar.

Don’t expect

Silence on the balcony, there is a little bit of street noise.

Rating

Stayed on 29 May 2016

We loved

The deep double bath with lovely bathroom products, free cocktails, as much water as you need (no mean little bottle leaving you parched in the middle of the night), delicious breakfast, great service!

Don’t expect

All our expectations were met!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Nov 2015