Hotel E opened seven days before I arrived. It was a travel writer’s dream – being one of the first guests in a new hotel.
The 1907 Empire Building in Santa Rosa, California, was stunningly repurposed to a 71-room boutique hotel on Old Courthouse Square, a keystone of the downtown renewal.
Spacious rooms have enormous windows overlooking the square. Vintage photos and art from local artists adorn guest rooms and public spaces. The lobby functions as a living room where guests mingle.
The heart of Hotel E is the staff. Welcoming and professional, the new team delivered hospitality I won’t forget.
– Mary Charlebois is a freelance journalist and photographer based in coastal Northern California. No matter where she’s wandering, she digs in, getting to know people, history, food, and art.