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“A little slice of heaven...”
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Fort Ross Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence
Saratoga, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A little slice of heaven...”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

We were able to get away for a night--the first time in at least 3 years. My husband picked this Lodge as we used to always drive by it on the way home from Mendocino but never had the chance to stop. We stayed in Room 5 and the moment I stepped in the door, I was love! Tom & Sheila have done a wonderful job of making guests feel so welcome. Wine glasses & opener, cheese board & knife & a candle along with the great view is what we saw when we opened the door! Sitting in the hot tub outside & hearing the surf & watching the stars was like heaven! The room was clean & cozy, especially once we got the fire started. We definitely want to go back, already planning on staying in Room 24 on the hill as soon as we can get away!
Thank you Tom & Sheila!

Room Tip: Our room had a great view of the coastal sunset! Will post hopefully soon some pictures!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Leandro, California
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We spent last weekend in room #19 on the hill of the lodge. The view was spectacular. You can see the sunset from the hot tub on the patio. With all of the big trees on the hill, it felt like you were camping but with all of the amenities of home. The room was very nicely decorated. The owners were very helpful with information about the area. We would definitely go back again. The only negative was the bed was too firm for us. It could have used a pillow top. Other than that it was a great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

The Fort Ross Lodge is a really great find in the area north of Jenner. It is clean and very well maintained with beautiful grounds, garden and common sun room, plus terrific views of the ocean. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating. It is only a couple of miles from historic Fort Ross, and the rooms all have outdoor grills, so you can cook a meal while you watch the sunset over the ocean. We will stay there again, hopefully soon!

Room Tip: Almost all of the rooms have ocean views. Depending on what you need, some rooms are larger and have...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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DeWitt, Michigan
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We stayed one night at the Fort Ross Lodge. The facility is older, but very well maintained. All rooms have an ocean view and a easy walk to a bluff overlooking the ocean. In-room fireplace was a nice feature on a chilly evening. The hostess was particularly helpful.

Room Tip: There is a community hot tub, but a few rooms have their own hot tubs. That might be a nice feature...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paducah, Kentucky
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

We had been driving up hwy 1 and stopped at several places without availability. We stopped at fort Ross lodge and received a room with an ocean view, fire place and private hot tub! We walked down to the cliff overlooking the ocean and then came back to a relaxing evening in the hot tub. The stars were amazing and our stay was so relaxing. I would highly recommend this jewel and would definitely be back!!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Vacaville
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

The property is fine with great views of the ocean from afar provided there is no fog. The bathroom lacked space other than drawers as to put out your things and the bathtub/shower appeared new, but the sides of the tub are so high you need help getting in and out of it especially if you have any physical aliments !!! The rooms should be inspected before check in if they haven't been used in awhile ours was ok clean but dusty !! Smelled of a room shut up for awhile and stale smoke from the fireplace !1 My biggest complaint is with the Owners or Managers either the owners are inexperienced and rude and the Managers just throw the Owners under the bus or visa versa ~~~ We rented out and secured the Lodge for 2 days and they would not let each room guest call with their own Charge cards everything had to be done thru me !!! grrr they told me a month before the date to have a certain amount in my account and I DID they never charged my account until after we got home from the Wedding and the day before the Wedding I got a call from the Bride saying that they would not give out keys until the last huge deposit I had made into my account was cleared (as you know the bank always places holds on 2 party checks) This was a NIGHTMARE !! and unheard of ??? And planning a destination wedding itself stressful enough !!! All in all though the wedding and reception was beautiful !!! Just glad this is behind us !!!

Room Tip: I feel all the rooms were fine, as we rented out the entire Lodge for my daughters wedding for 2 da...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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TinaRomeo, Manager at Fort Ross Lodge, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We take all of our reviews seriously. I would like to offer that many of our rooms have wood burning fireplaces and some people are sensitive to wood smoke. Additionally, our housekeeping department inspects all rooms prior to guest arrival, and we are sorry to learn, after you checked out, that your room wasn't to your satisfaction.

We were very happy to host your daughter and son in law's wedding, and thank him for his wonderful review of our facility and staff. We do not intend to cause any added stress to any of our guests at any time. When your son in law reserved his wedding at our lodge, many details were discussed. A group reservation was created and his/your guests were able to call and secure their room, which more than half did. I still am not clear as how our lodge was responsible for your bank's actions. Please accept our apologies and we hope to have you as our guest in the future.
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Dixon, California, United States
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

My wife and I just got married at Fort Ross Lodge on Sept. 7th 2013. It was probably the nicest day of the year that day and everything was just beautiful and perfect in my opinion :) We had stayed at the lodge earlier in the year and we both just knew it was the place for us. Sheila and Tom (the manager's) told us that we could have our wedding there as long as we sold out the lodge for the event ( easy to do because we both have large families and a lot of friends) We were able to pretty much set it up and do what ever we wanted. We had it catered by Garden Grill out of Guerneville, rented tables and chairs, and brought a d.j. and partied from 2p.m. until 11p.m. Hotels a few miles up complained... oops :/ We didn't need very many decorations due to how beautiful the location is and the lodge itself is kept up very beautifully. The maids worked their butts off and did a great job as well as the maintenance employees. We can't thank Sheila and Tom enough for all of their hard work and accommodations. Our wedding was the first one there that I am aware of and they handled it great! Very clean rooms and amazing views from the bridal sweet on "the hill".

Room Tip: all room locations are great but the best is room 17, or the bridal suite!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Fort Ross Lodge
Address: 20705 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450-9743
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Jenner
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Jenner
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Fort Ross Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
22 cozy, romantic rooms on the beautiful Sonoma coast. Each room is individually decorated and has all the comforts of home. Most rooms offer: Ocean View, Fireplace, private patio with BBQ, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, satellite TV with HBO, and DVD player. Some rooms offer private patio hot tub, or in room jacuzzi tub and sauna. ... more   less 
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