h2Hotel 219 Healdsburg Ave./Mill St., (707) 431-2202. 36 rooms. Full breakfast. Free parking, valet $15. Pool. Breakfast; restaurant; room service. Pets ok.
This new LEED Gold-certified “eco chic” hotel, built in 2010, is located just a half block from the plaza. A lobby fireplace made from salvaged Steinway piano cords sets the tone along with a staircase made with sustainably grown urban forest stewardship wood. Each room has a deck or patio, naturally-striped bamboo floors, funky Peace Industry rugs, local art, a Serta mattresses with luxurious Coyuchi brand white organic cotton linens and robes, a built-in desk with an ergonomic chair, a seating area, and a 27-inch flat-screen TV. Guests fill provided water canisters at a central water source on each floor known as the Water Tap Bar and can choose sparkling or flat, cold or room temperature. Suites have a convertible sofa bed, which makes it easy to accommodate children, and also a deep Japanese-style soaking tubs for two. A solar-heated saltwater pool is positioned just off the lobby beside Foss Creek. Loaner bikes are available, and a complimentary Ashtanga yoga class is scheduled on weekend mornings. Also, complete spa services are available a block away at sister hotel Hotel Healdsburg.
Spoonbar—the hotel’s restaurant and bar—has a wall of large glass doors that are opened to the sidewalk in good weather (L Sat-Sun, D daily; bar nightly.) Reclaimed elm planks serve as dining tables. The complimentary full breakfast is served here and includes juices, fresh fruit, house-made baked goods, cereal, egg dishes, and local Flying Goat coffee and tea. The bar is well known for its trendy and unique cocktail concoctions, and for tasty appetizers such as crispy Thai beet boudins and also chicken wings glazed with aleppo pepper and green papaya ribbons.
A blood orange margarita made with Frida Kahlo Blanco tequila and topped with petals from a yellow, daisy-like calendula flower is primo, and the bartenders are as cool as their drinks.
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