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Op-Ed Are more hotel rooms inherently detrimental?

By Byron Jones

Are new hotel rooms that create or expand hotel capacity to more than 25 rooms per lodging facility, inherently detrimental to Sonoma's unique small town character?

Not necessarily.

The Inn at Sonoma, located next to the Shell station on Broadway, recently expanded to 27 rooms. Did you even notice? The El Pueblo, a family-owned hotel with more than 50 years in Sonoma, expanded to 53 rooms without losing its character or its important niche in our community.

MacArthur Place built 33 rooms in 1997, and then expanded to 64 rooms, and has been a great addition to the community.

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