Nice and clean, but it could be so much more.
Posted Oct 25, 2016 on Hotels
Cinnamon Bear is a very nice B&B that is a 30 minute walk to the Square in Sonoma. That makes it a great location to serve as your base of operations for doing wine tours. The house is clean, as are the rooms. The staff is very friendly.
Our room had a tub with a spray hose for use as a shower. It served its purpose.
Breakfast comes with your room. We found the breakfast lacking in both flavor and quality. There is just one choice each day. Take or leave it. After the first day, we chose the latter. They have coffee brewed each day in carafes. Unfortunately, the coffee is low-end Folgers. In a region that attracts tourists for the high quality food and wine, there was an expectation that the coffee would be better. A small upgrade in the coffee would be a huge leap forward. Replacing the hot breakfast with Bagels, Croissants, local jams, fruit and yogurt would have been more than adequate to meet the taste desires of most guests.
Finally, there's the smell. I can't even identify what it was, exactly. It's was something like a cross between burned food and musty. Everyone in my party of 6 smelled it. Other guests staying there also smelled it. As expected, the owner and workers didn't seem to notice it because people tend not to smell things after you become accustomed to it. Opening up the windows helped a ton and I took it upon myself to do that each day.
Overall, it was good, but this place has the potential, with a few little upgrades to be sensational.