I stayed in the Rosebud Cottage and had a great experience. The Rosebud is a one-room cottage with a private balcony, river view, sleeps 2 and shares a spa with the Rosewater (a larger, nicer cottage). The Rosebud is free-standing, north of the main lodge.
I really enjoyed staying in the Rosebud and would definitely go back. It is right on Highway 1, so there is some noise. But it wasn't to such an extreme that I could not sleep. The private balcony was very clean - no bird feces, dirt, etc., like others complained - and has a great view of the river and the pretty hillside. There are tons of birds. But, I love those sounds so I found it very relaxing. The bed is very comfortable and faces the balcony so you wake up looking at the Russian River. Nice!
There are I think two seatings for breakfast: one at 8am and one at 9am. The morning I was there they served a tomato quiche, a muffin, and some fruit. Coffee and Tea were also available. The food was perfectly fine and in portions you should be eating anyway. So, if you need a Denny's Grand Slam, then go there.
I found every staff person I encountered to be perfectly friendly. I couldn't figure out how to get the old door on the cottage to lock on my way out and the innkeeper offered to walk down the highway (at night) to help me out. Luckily, she didn't have to do that since I figured it out eventually. But, the point is that she was willing and wasn't the least bit gruff about it.
If you want upscale/luxury, then don't go to the Jenner Inn. But, if you want peace, comfort, solitude, and simplicity, DO go. And about the price: you're paying for location folks. Welcome to Highway 1 (and California for that matter) where pretty much everything is expensive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NEW OWNERSHIP AS OF FEBRUARY 2016. Where the scenic Russian River meets the crashing Pacific, the landmark Jenner Inn is being reborn. Its new owners are painstakingly restoring the historic inn, room by charming room, transforming the hostelry into a destination worthy of its breathtaking setting. Charlie Coyne, along with wife Katie and his cousins Marty and Tom, are the principals of Dublin Square, the family-owned company that is behind the renovation and rebirth of the Jenner Inn. The Coyne family has demonstrated its ability to breathe new life into historic properties and create superior hospitality experiences. A native Northern Californian, Charlie was practicing law in the 1980’s in San Rafael when his brothers brought him on board to join them in resurrecting the foundering Delta King stern-wheeler that used to ferry passengers across the San Francisco Bay. Under the Coyne family’s leadership, the Delta King is now a thriving hotel and restaurant operation moored on the Sacramento River in Old Sacramento. Tracing its roots to 1904, the Jenner Inn began life as a lumber mill, and played a critical role in the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. The mill closed in 1914 when the town consisted of some fifty buildings, seven of which are today part of the Jenner Inn. After the original hotel on the site was destroyed by fire in 1948, the current main structure was built—a one-of-a-kind redwood building with galleon windows, wheel beamed ceilings, and solid oak floors—its design reminiscent of a sailing ship (not surprising since the craftsmen who constructed it were Swedish boat-builders). The building is believed to have been designed by an associate of famed architect Julia Morgan. Today the Jenner Inn is a collection of 21 rooms and free-standing cottages scattered throughout the village, many of them dating to the era of the town’s founding. The Coyne family’s vision for the property is to maintain the inn’s legendary charm while updating its decor, furnishings and amenities. Most important, the inn aims to meld seamlessly with its setting, capitalizing on the surrounding natural scenery, quaint village atmosphere, and proximity to Sonoma Wine Country. Because each room is unique, prices will vary, but the goal is to offer a romantic destination emphasizing the natural beauty and activities of west Sonoma, including kayaking, whale and seal watching, abalone diving, fishing, bicycling and the world class Sonoma wine and food bounty. Several rooms are being designated as pet friendly. Renovation of the inn is occurring in stages, one building at a time, with the hotel continuing to operate throughout the process. Guests may choose from any of eight lodging types, ranging from the cottages with waterfront, meadow or grotto views; to the Jenner House’s comfortable creek side rooms and suites; to private studios. Many have kitchens, most have water views, some have private decks, and all offer comfort, privacy, and charm. In coming months the Jenner Inn’s dining room will include a full bar, and restaurant, beginning with full made-to-order breakfast for guests. The Coyne family’s vision for the Jenner Inn grows from Charlie’s experience as general manager of the Delta King Hotel and Restaurant for twenty-two years, as well as involvement in other hospitality projects in Northern California. An avid abalone diver, Charlie happened upon the Jenner Inn while returning from a diving trip. Dublin Square LLC purchased the Jenner Inn in February 2016, opening the door to another adventurous chapter for the Coyne family. Says Charlie Coyne, “ Our attraction to the Jenner Inn mirrors what motivated our purchase of the Delta King. We will be guardians of an incomparable asset with significance that transcends our ownership. We view the Jenner Inn as a treasure of historic proportion and natural beauty that cannot be duplicated. Our emphasis will be to accent the inherent attractions of the Jenner Inn and west Sonoma County. We were elated at the opportunity to acquire such a unique property located so close to the Bay Area. “ ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jenner Inn And Cottages
- Jenner Inn & Cottages Hotel Jenner
- Jenner Hotel