Are you being forced to stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn?
Oh, the humanity! I finally got a chance to bask in the magnificence of this NorCal hospitality legend just last winter.
This lucious California Wine Country resort delivers just about everything its rep (and its pricetag) promise, even or especially for visitors with chronic pain and other disabilities. Just make a point of saving up even more cash to splurge on the spa treatments while you’re there. The piped-from-under-the-resort mineral water helps the pain of paying the price of admission float gently away.
Getting Around the Resort
Curvaceous paved paths with gentle slopes crisscross the manicured lawns of the resort. It can be a lot of walking if you get tired easily. But you can request a golf cart with driver from the front desk to get you from check-in to your guest room, and from your guest room to the spa or restaurants.
Valet parking works better if you can’t walk from the self-park lot to your room.
I want to soak forever in a super-deep bathtub like the one in the Mission Suite. Because the guest rooms are scattered across the property in small buildings, and the Inn sits in idyllic residential Sonoma, there’s little noise and less light–nice for sleeping late. Giant Cal-king beds are made up with zillion thread count sheets and a pleasant lack of strong chemical scents.
If you can’t climb stairs, ask for a ground floor room or a room with access to a guest elevator. Not all buildings have them.
Most meals the two on-site restaurants offer can be delivered as room service.
You can get (almost) anything you want at the Sonoma Mission Inn Spa. Choose from a menu of massage types–different chronic conditions respond best to different types of massage. (More on that, complete with an interview with an expert massage therapist, in a future post.) Various facial and body treatments can help expel toxins and leave nutrients behind. Be sure to talk to your doc before booking a treatment if you’re not sure the products and bodywork will play well with your condition and meds.
It costs $39 per day for hotel guests to access the mineral pools of the spa without a treatment. (Ow. I think that was my wallet twinging.) You can only soak or swim for free if you’ve got a reservation for a treatment. Not staying at the hotel or getting a spa treatment? Bathing costs a chilly $89 per day.
Like most luxury spas, the Sonoma Mission Inn Spa exudes all kinds of aromatherapy products from the second you hit the door–beware if you’re sensitive to scents.
Hanging at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is one helluva splurge, but I think it’s worth it. All that pampering eases the pain in my pelvis, even as it drains my checking account.