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Fall/Winter 2010

Hotel 2.0

This summer, the owners of the upscale Hotel Healdsburg unveiled the h2hotel—where eco-chic meets user-friendly.

by Ethan Fletcher

Designed by renowned San Francisco architect David Baker and packed with contemporary art, the hotel feels urban, hip, modern, and, most of all, open. On the ground floor, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, Spoonbar, expands onto the sidewalk, creating a fun intermingling between people indoors and out. Inside, the hotel’s “recepto bar” serves Flying Goat espresso on one side while guests check in on the other. Delightful design features—king beds that can be split into two singles, a control placed outside the shower stream so you don’t scald yourself while adjusting the water temperature—pop up throughout.

The hotel, which is shooting for LEED Gold certification, also sports a living roof, solar panels, and communal “water bars” on each floor. While billed as a more affordable alternative to its sister hotel, h2hotel doesn’t feel budget: Each room has its own balcony and top-shelf design elements. It’s also an easy walk to the shops and restaurants in Healdsburg’s central square—provided you decide to leave the hotel at all.

Room rates begin at $195. H2hotel, 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, (707) 922-5445, h2hotel.com.

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