Sonoma Valley’s Kenwood Inn & Spa, Gaige House + Ryokan Unveil Renovations

(Kenwood Inn & Spa)

Kenwood Inn & Spa, an Italian-inspired hideaway in Sonoma Valley, has reopened this week. The multimillion-dollar project was conceived and overseen by Michael Mohr, principal of MetWest Ventures, and executed in collaboration with SALT + BONES, a Carmel, CA-based design studio. The property continues to be managed by Four Sisters Inns.

Mohr came by the office to give us the latest on the hotel.  

After five months of closure due to the Sonoma County wildfires, Kenwood Inn & Spa’s 29 guestrooms and suites have been refreshed. There is also an updated lobby, and a new wine bar and cabanas. Kenwood Inn & Spa’s junior and executive suites each have separate entrances, and come with fireplaces, featherbeds and Italian furnishings. Good to know: Many suites have views of the surrounding vineyards. The lobby has been updated with a new oak and black marble reception desk and custom key cabinet, which hold the Italian-made tassel keys for each guestroom. The Inn’s public spaces include three courtyards with fountains, and a heated pool with two private cabanas and two hot tubs. 

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Tip: Book the private cabanas upon check-in to ensure their availability.

Each morning, a complimentary breakfast is served in the inn’s Italian-inspired cucina, and guests are invited to dine around the new 12-foot antique Italian walnut trestle table for a family-style meal. In the evening, the inn hosts a Magic Hour with wine and artisan cheese pairings near the pool or wine bar. Kenwood Inn & Spa does not, however, offer a full-service dining room; for lunch and dinner, guests must head into town. Something to keep an eye on in the future is Kenwood’s dinner programming with local chefs, with dinners hosted in the wine cave, which will be converted into a private dining room.

The hotel is currently renovating its spa, which will be completed in the summer. It will have views of the winery and a curtained outdoor deck for couples treatments. Currently, the spa has been moved to an interim space.

To celebrate the reopening, guests can book the Passport to Spring package, which includes 20 percent off room rates, a $50 spa credit per person, a complimentary bottle of wine upon check-in, and a Sonoma Passport for two, which provides exclusive offers to over 60 wineries in the region. The Passport to Spring package is available April through June; valid Sunday through Thursday evenings.

The boutique inn is 11 miles north of Sonoma and 15 miles from Napa Valley. Nearby wineries and vineyards include Kunde Family Winery, Deerfield Ranch and Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Muscardini Cellars, Repris wine, and VJB Vineyard & Cellars. 

Located five minutes away, the Gaige House + Ryokan—owned by the same company—will be debuting its new Ryokan Zen Suites at the end of the month. The historic home (originally a butcher, then turned B&B) has 23 rooms (nine of which are Ryokan Suites, located separate from the main house). Mohr spent time in Japan for inspiration for the redesign. Rooms include two types of slippers, robes, indoor and outdoor space, large soaking tubs and Japanese treats such as mochi ice cream and sake.

The property added several wooden decks, as well as several hanging chairs on property for relaxation. Rooms include books for self-guided meditation; however, Gaige House + Ryokan has plans to host instructors for classes.

The lobby of the main house has also been updated, while the 23 guestrooms will receive new fabrics and furnishings throughout the year. Breakfast is served in the main house. For dining, Mohr suggests Glen Ellen Star, a modern American eatery located within walking distance of the hotel. For guests heading out in the evening, Gaige House + Ryokan offers lanterns to embrace the Japanese aesthetic, or it could simply organize transportation.

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