How to Enjoy the Oft Sold-Out Hotel Healdsburg For Less
We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.
Wine-tasting in Sonoma can get tiring--the hot sun, the dry heat and the constant light-headed buzz can start to wear you down after even just a day. Which is why we popped into the Hotel Healdsburg for some much needed R&R from um, our vacation.
We booked a pedicure at the hotel's spa which ended up being one of the best hotel pedicures in recent memory. The treatment was simple--just an aromatic foot bath, the usual cut-file-trim procedure, followed by a generous foot scrub and massage and finished off with the polish.
Yet there were a few touches that made it not just memorable but deeply relaxing. The spa chair was a vibrating massage chair but it wasn't clunky or loud--just a smooth, low roll up and down our backs. The treatment room itself was quiet. There's only two chairs and the other wasn't occupied during our visit. Our therapist also left us alone to sleep, er, read in peace--no silly small talk was made.
Afterwards, we wandered around the hotel grounds and throughout the lobby before heading back out to stroll the streets of Healdsburg which are lined with small boutiques, wine-tasting rooms, restaurants and coffee shops.
Considering that the popular hotel is sold-out most weekends this summer and that the rooms that are available start at $510 a night, spending $65* for a 50-minute pampering of our toesies seems like a pretty sweet deal. If you're not into pedicures (i.e. dudes), the rest of the spa menu is pretty reasonable with massages starting at $110.
(That price doesn't include gratuity or the $20 we shelled out for the amazing Healdsburg shea butter lotion.)