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Fort Ross Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 August 2010

I wasn't expecting too much based on the reviews I read and from the initial outward appearance of the Lodge, but ended up being pleasantly surprised. We ended up getting the last available room, which was in the row closest to the ocean. These rooms appear to be the largest and, based on the reviews, the nicest.

The room was nothing fancy, but fairly large, pleasantly laid out, and clean. There was a private hot tub on the deck, which was a very nice addition. There is also a fireplace, a TV, DVD player, a small table and chairs, and a grill, none of which we used during our short stay. The bed was king-sized and very comfortable.

Check in service was friendly and helpful. Minor complaints - the overhead light didn't seem to work, and the heater was little noisy -- kind of rattly, with occasional loud "pops" which might wake you up at night depending on how light a sleeper you are. I ended up shutting off the heater after being woken up once.

Our price was $229 per night, which sounds expensive, but is probably about the right price given the lack of options in the area, the large room, and the fact you have your own private hot tub. All in all, I went in not expecting much, but I'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

I had a weekend to kill during a business trip and decided on the CA coast. It is admittedly difficult to find anything on a July weekend there so I was happy to get anything.
The room was fine but a little dark, especially in cloudy weather, and could have used a makeover for the paint and the bathroom. Also the terrace is not exactly inviting. Also there is only an ocean view for the cottages in the first row, not further back.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

We live a couple of hours away from the coast and knew about the Fort Ross Lodge only because my husband was up there 10 years ago roofing the Cal Trans building nearby. He thought the views were great & wanted to do something nice for my birthday, so we went for a romantic getaway (aka: get away from the kids, lol).

We splurged for the ocean view (room 14) and hot tub on the deck. A bit pricy, but if you go during the week, you can stay for 2 days at the same price as one night on the weekend. Very secluded room and pretty quiet, we felt like we were alone, though there were people at the other end.

I recommend bringing food (there's a small fridge and a Weber BBQ with charcoal and utensils provided) if you want to relax and have some wine, you don't want to drive. The nearest restaurant is at Alexanders, Timber Cove and it sucked. The next restaurant after that one is in Gualala, about 35 winding miles up the road.

We will probably make this trip again and will be happy to stay at Fort Ross Lodge again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

This place was disgusting, filthy and needed a good cleaning. We didn't pay to sleep in a cabin, but for over $100, we expected to have a clean room. The place was falling apart, horribly outdated and in need of repairs. Do yourselves a favor and drive 30 minutes more either way and get some better lodging right on the beautiful CA coast. It's a shame, because if the owners sold the place, or spent a little money and updated the rooms, gave them a good Cloroxing, and had a better attitude toward their guests, this COULD be a great place.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

It is not in Jenner, but just north of Fort Ross, near Timber Cove Inn.
The owners seem to play the game of offering a choice of very cheap or a very expensive room, but when pressed may come up with something reasonable.
Our room was across the road on The Hill. It was very quiet and had a very pretty setting with lawn and forest and ocean view. The places on the ocean side were not much closer to the ocean, and looked like rows of tacky little condos.
Ours was like a little house trailer inside, with no closet. The inside walls were covered with what looked like white exterior fake wood siding. It did have a little fireplace and large picture windows. There were glaring outdoor lights that shined in at night through the door window, and the shower took five minutes to get hot water. The owners are helpful, but if you need anything, there is no phone to call for help.
Alexander's at Timber Cove is the only restaurant nearby, and it was very good.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

My honey and I wanted to get away for a quick romantic escape at the last minute which limited our choices. I specifically was searching for a room with a hot tub. I contacted them by phone and made a reservation for a king/hot tub room and we made our way out there. The drive is twisty and nauseating but once there...wow. We pulled in and the manager was very helpful. We were allowed to check in 2 hours early which made us happy. The room (14) had wonderful cathedral ceiling, the shower/tub was needing some attention, fridge and microwave with wet bar, fireplace and bbq. No wine or apples were waiting like others had posted. It was so quiet and private I was comfortable enough to hop in the hot tub naked as the day I was born and wasnt worried about prying eyes. The towels the hotel supplies suck for lack of a better word, so bring your own. Also if you plan on using the BBQ bring your own lighter fluid. The bed was nice, and the comforter was nice and modern. There are extra blankets in the room which were soft and cozy. Our room came with a screen on the slider so we left the door open and had the heater running. Dining options are limited, we went to Guala Bones Roadhouse for dinner and Timber Cove Inn for breakfast. We will be back! The views were amazing. If you can overlook some little flaws then you can enjoy this place.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2010

We've been to Fort Ross Lodge many times and always enjoy ourselves. They have put in a new sliding glass door in unit 17 and it was fabulous. New sheets and comforter too. I could not have been happier. It's really a lovely place to stay for quiet seclusion. A very short 5 minute walk to the cliffs above the ocean and watched the whales. Saw EIGHT whales this trip. OK, maybe it was the same whale 8 times but I don't care. I watched for over an hour. We always go mid-week which makes for cheaper rates and less people. Bring food to BBQ or make sandwiches. The store directly across the street will keep you in sandwiches, snacks and DVD's. If you want a fancier dinner or lunch, drive to Alexander's Restaurant at Timber Cove. It is only about a mile up the road and they have upgraded their menu and service. You can't go wrong at Fort Ross Lodge. They have a wide range of rooms/prices to choose from. You can go high-end with a private hot tub and ocean view or low-end it at half the cost and skip the tub and view but still have access to that coastal cliff view. It's your best bang for your buck.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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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: £122 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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