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“Quiet, convenient spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Monte Rio Vacation Cottages
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Monte Rio
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Missouri
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204 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Quiet, convenient spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

We enjoyed our three nights in Stellar Jay Cottage. Very quiet location, nicely equipped small kitchen. Picked fresh peaches off the front deck and tomatoes in planters. Only drawback was the pullout sofa bed was not as comfortable as expected, but overall a good place to stay. Cottage is nestled among redwoods and firs. It was convenient base for us to explore Russian River Valley, Jenner, Guerneville, Healdsburg, wineries, etc. Maia went out of her way to make us feel welcome and comfortable.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MO8ball
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Janis H, Manager at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and informative review. Please come back again, and if you enjoy the fruit and veggie picking, come back during our wet winter months for some mushrooming. We are going to try to get a local mushroom expert to lead a foraging weekend, and teach about our local varieties. Thanks again and we'll look forward to your return!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We stayed in the Dallas suite this past Saturday, just for the one night and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Monte Rio Cottages.

The town of Monte Rio itself is beautiful, even on a foggy day and a great place to truly get some "R&R".

Once we arrived, Maia directed us to our room. It wasn't clear exactly how to get to the suite, so we were very pleased when she promptly came out to greet us and assisted with directions and parking.

This room is part of the main house, so you share the yard with the owner of the property, but you wouldn't know it. It's so quiet in the neighborhood.

The bonus was the hot tub. It's a great amenity to the guests here.

We had a lovely stay with and hope to return to Monte Rio Cottages again in the very near future.

Room Tip: If you want more privacy, I would suggest staying in a cottage, not the suite. It was very quiet, b...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LaDeDaGol
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Janis H, Manager at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Thank you so much for you thoughtful review! It makes our day when people enjoy our places! Please come back again soon!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Excellent way to enjoy guerneville and the Russian river . A little away from center which I liked a lot. The owner and staff are great. I left a watch - they found and mailed it back themselves . Highly recommend this place. Beautiful place with hot tub.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nusrat R
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nann0, Owner at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Thank you for your nice review.
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San Jose, California
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Two of us stayed in the Hummingbird Cabin at the end of April for 4 nights. Like the name implies, it is small but cozy (studio cabin). Bed is literally right inside the door. Kitchenette has a stove top with 2 burners, half-size refrigerator and microwave/convection oven. Small dining table with 2 chairs tucked opposite the kitchen sink. On septic system, so be careful what you put down the drain. Garbage/recycling bins available. Basic dishes & utensils provided, but strangely no wine glasses despite being in the middle of wine country. Gourmet coffee beans, grinder and maker available. HDTV but we did not use it.The tiny bathroom is a bit problematic, with a very narrow shower stall and toilet on an elevated platform (we called it "the throne"). No counter, so I used the toilet lid. My husband is a big guy, so navigating the bathroom was a bit difficult for him. If weather is favorable, the living space greatly enlarges with decks wrapping around 3 sides of the cottage. There is a Jacuzzi on one deck and grill with patio table & chairs on another. Cooking is best done on the grill. NOTE: mosquitoes can be bothersome; we picked up 2 citronella candles, which helped a lot. There are also two restaurants with river-front views one block down the street, so food options are easy. WiFi is spotty, and only one device at a time could connect. But one really should just disconnect while here. Very clean; on-site concierge was responsive and friendly. So was on-site feline. Just a 5-minute drive from a great 9-hole golf course (Northwoods) and 2 minutes from the river.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CA_wanderer60
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nann0, Owner at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
What a helpful review for potential guests. I like to say that the Hummingbird is our most romantic cottage. Still, you are correct. It's a studio cottage. Basically, one room. Build date is listed as 'unk'. I imagine that means unknown. My guess is around the turn of the century, 1900 that is. A time when bathrooms were still a luxury. Good comments for potential guests.
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Winchester, KY, United States
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

I stayed in "Tranquility Camp", a very small, tidy little cottage. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY the cottage information. I did, so I knew what I was getting. The grounds are very well kept, the atmosphere is wonderful. The facility is in a very quiet redwood covered area near the Russian River. Gas outdoor grills are readily available and the cottage has a nice fridge and microwave. They provide coffee and you get to grind your own beans. The on-site concierge is very friendly and helpful. Note the cabin is very small and hence has an outdoor shower. There is no air conditioning, but no window screens either and the mosquitoes are heavy. Bring insect repellant. I had a great time in this cozy little bungalow. Very clean and well kept.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Daniel F
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nann0, Owner at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
You got it right. The advantages of Monte Rio are that it is quiet and more rural than its neighboring towns. Thank you for your response.
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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Cottage #2, the Stellar Jay, was much larger then expected and was spotless clean. Our two dogs and us felt very welcome and comfortable.
The enclosed yard was especially nice in that we could just let the dogs wander in and out of the cottage and yard without worrying that they would bother someone else.
Even the books in the cottage were just right for an evening in a cottage on the River.
A special thank you to Maia. She couldn't have been more helpful and attentive to our needs.
We will return.
Mike and Cathy

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cocobradley
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nann0, Owner at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Mike and Cathy, You got it right. We want our guests to feel at home. The books and fenced yard are two of the amenities we've added. Hope you come back soon.
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Mokelumne Hill, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

The welcome letter says they want you to make this your "home away from home". Their attention to detail shows that they mean it. WiFi is very spotty in this town, so they've included a cable to connect your computer to the internet. Instead of the typical pre-ground/packaged coffee, they have beans and a grinder. Also an espresso maker. King-size bed, flowers in the rooms, very clean. And all of our communication with the facility before arrival was pleasant. Maya greeted us on our arrival and was very helpful. Had we needed anything during our stay I would have felt comfortable contacting her.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sierranomad
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nann0, Owner at Monte Rio Vacation Cottages, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thanks Sierranomad, The coffee beans and grinder are a hit with many of our guests, and are part of the homey atmosphere that we're trying to create.
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Additional Information about Monte Rio Vacation Cottages

Property: Monte Rio Vacation Cottages
Address: 20790 Kingston Ave, POBox 362, Monte Rio, CA 95462-9702
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Monte Rio
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Monte Rio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Monte Rio Vacation Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monte Rio Vacation Cottages - Three levels of Luxury...You Choose!! Vacation Cottages or Suites or Sleeping Cabins.....Which is right for you? Choose a Vacation Cottages for a private spa/hot tub, private fenced & gated yard, private gas grill, fully equipped kitchen, gas or electric fireplace, large furnished deck, premium linen w/robe, SmarTV or AppleTV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, hotel amenities, housekeeping and more! Don't need a kitchen? Then try our Suites - they are lovely, huge rooms (550 sq ft, with 12 ft ceilings), within a beautiful yard with towering redwood trees, spa/hot tub, gas grill, outdoor dining table, & fire ring. Each suite has a microwave, Keurig coffee maker, fridge, Apple TV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, electric fireplaces, lovely living room areas, tiled bathrooms, with tubs, premium linens, w/robes, hotel amenities, housekeeping & much more! but want a spa/hot tub, fenced & gated yard, private gas grill, microwave, fridge, and Keurig coffee maker, electric fireplace, lounging under the redwoods, or sitting by a campfire in the yard, premium linen w/robe, SmarTV or AppleTV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, hotel amenities, housekeeping and more! The two suites share The Sleeping Cabins - Camp Tranquility (two twin beds) or Camp Serenity (queen bed) pack a lot of comfort into their mere 120 sq ft! Each sleeping cabin has a kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, fridge), no TV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, private, outdoor showers, with abundant hot water, en suite water closets, furnished decks, umbrellaed dining areas, premium linens, w/robes, hotel amenities, housekeeping and much more!Monte Rio Vacation Cottages are nestled among giant redwood trees, in a quiet neighbor, on the south side of the Russian River. Monte Rio Vacation Cottages' 1/2 acre compound is made up of 3 cottages (each with a private yard fenced yard and hot tub) and 2 beautiful suites (both share a yard, fire ring and hot tub) and 2 quaint sleeping cabins, all sharing a lovely common area with a communal fire ring. It is artistically designed to let you retreat to your fenced private cottage, or gather with friends and family for social reunions. ... more   less 
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