Hotel Winters a gem of a Yolo County hotel

by Aug 2, 2021California

Hotel Winters Yolo County Hotel Front Entrance

Hotel Winters in Yolo County, California, opened in 2019. It offers a taste of casual luxury in the small, charming farm town of Winters and is a perfect base for exploring nearby wineries, restaurants, and outdoor recreation.

Located just 25 miles from Sacramento International Airport, the town of Winters is quaint, charming, and a perfect stop for wine, food, and adventure lovers. But why just stop in when you can spend the night at a gem of a Yolo County hotel – the luxury, boutique Hotel Winters.

Boutique hotel a centerpiece in a charming town

Open since Fall 2019, this wonderful boutique hotel offers 78 oversized rooms (and by oversized we do mean really huge) and serves as a perfect base for wedding guests, adventure seekers, foodies and wine lovers alike. It is located right in the historic center of Winters, surrounded by widely recognized restaurants such as the Buckhorn Grill and Putah Creek Café, as well as tasting rooms featuring the wines of Turkovich Family Winery and Berryessa Gap. In fact, there are seven wineries within 25 miles of the hotel.

Lake Berryessa is less than 15 miles away, perfect for watersports, hiking and birdwatching. Closer to the hotel front door, you can also book a hot air balloon trip with Yolo Ballooning Adventures. They are amazing folks and their trips start just around the corner from the hotel front door at the Turkovich Family Wines tasting room. Be sure to check out the Hotel Winters “Explore” page for more things to do, and for upcoming package deals.

This Yolo County hotel perfect for relaxing too

Hotel Winters Therese Iknoian Lounge Pool

Sometimes, a stay at a hotel is just about relaxing, too, and you can do all that here. There is a full-service spa that is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a rooftop bar with epic sunset views (it was closed when we were there due to COVID, but has recently reopened), a delightful and refreshing water lounge (think waterfall and shallow wading pool surrounded by chairs on a peaceful patio area), and an onsite restaurant (Carboni’s Ristorante Bar & Marketplace). The restaurant is an ideal place for a happy hour drink, breakfast (Friday through Sunday only) and dinner, or just deciding to hang out and watch the chefs at work from seats in front of the exhibition kitchen.  We were also told a hotel happy hour was coming soon, too, as were lounge chairs that would be sitting IN the pool for a truly cooling experience!

Boutique Hotel Winters Rooftop Bar

Rooms in Hotel Winters are huge!

This is a boutique hotel in every way … except size – huge rooms, wide hallways, high ceilings. From the moment we entered the lobby and checked in, until we walked down a long hallway to find our room, there was certainly a modern sophistication to the appearance and décor. But in terms of small? Nothing doing.

Yolo County Hotel Winters Lobby Brightness

We walked into our Courtyard King room, and practically had to squint to see the other end – slight exaggeration, naturally. But at over 400 square feet and those spaciously high ceilings, there is ample room to move and not feel stuffy or claustrophobic — even if one spouse has luggage known to explode everywhere (in this case, that would be Michael).

Hotel Winters King Room

Since the hotel barely opened prior to COVID shutdowns and limitations, the rooms are still a bit bare in their bigness, with just a smattering of wall art and a sparseness of décor. Not that the clean lines were a bother, but we were told a bit more décor is coming. There was good light and extra USB plugs – always a plus.

But the décor is a small matter since a hotel room’s star qualities are the quality of sleep you can get and if you can work well if needed. Here, the bed was supremely comfy, the bathroom equally huge (room for another bed almost), and the Wi-Fi ridiculously fast – fastest we have tested in a hotel room in a very long time – and a desk quite spacious. In addition, there is a convenient in-room fridge (for the wine you may acquire!) and a coffee and tea station with all you need for your morning (or evening) fix.

We visited just as strict COVID mask protocols were starting to be lifted in California, but it was refreshing to see how seriously the hotel staff and management still worked to protect everyone’s safety. Certainly, the high ceilings and wide-open hallways in the hotel help with air moving, but there were also convenient sanitizing stations by every elevator door and at check-in, staff were still wearing masks and wearing them properly, and rooms were only being cleaned upon request. And the hotel was spotless everywhere we went.

Hotel Winters Rooftop City Skyline

Bottom line, the Hotel Winters is a boutique Yolo County hotel worth spending some time at if you’re looking for a quick escape in an idyllic historic town.

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Disclosure: We were fully hosted at the Hotel Winters. The review, opinions and ratings here are our own, and are not approved, provided, or otherwise endorsed or influenced by the hotel or Visit Yolo.

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Hotel Winters Rating


Our Rating Our hotel ratings will tell you what we think of an individual property and are not a comparison to other hotels in the area. They are valid at the time of our visit, which in this case was during the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant no daily housekeeping and some limitations on meal service. Things can – and will -- change, of course, but we hope only back to pre-pandemic operations and not overall with properties like this that we love! We frequently pay for our hotel stays and will disclose whenever we receive discounts or comped room nights as a part of a hotel stay. Our ratings are a percent, with 100% being perfect and 0% someplace not even a rat would stay. We rate cleanliness/upkeep (e.g. dust on the windows, dirt under the beds, unclean bathroom fixtures, need of repairs/maintenance, etc.), comfort (e.g. taking into account quiet, how comfy the bed is, if there is a nice robe, a comfy chair, etc.), amenities (e.g. free parking, breakfast included and its quality, free Wi-Fi, free bikes, fitness gear, workout room, pool, etc. -- and we are not fans of hotels that say they include things, but then charge a facilities fee!), location (e.g. how easy is it to get around by foot, bike, and car), and value (e.g. how much we feel we got in return for the amount charged).