A friend of mine was visting from out of town and this was her first time to Sonoma. I really wanted to make this a special occasion and try to live up to her NY expectations of wine country. I knew this was going to be difficult considering we have champagne taste on a beer budget. We didn't want to drop a few hundred dollars on a hotel or meet a 2-night stay minium; we had to take a chance and roll the dice.
Jackpot! The Jack London Lodge lived up to every single expectation we had regarding our 'special' girls weekend in Sonoma. Upon check in, we were greeted by the 'house mom' Michelle, who was extremely warm, welcoming and helpful. She was so pleasant and full of recommendations. Her presence and helpful accommodations really did contribute to the warm fuzzy vibes of this place.
The room was updated with AMAZING BEDING AND SOFT PILLOWS. This is coming from the woman who at one time (in the not so distant past) requested (at 2am) to have her room changed because the sheets were "itchy". Yes, embarrassing. I've moved on... But seriously, the bedding was exceptional. I felt like I was in someone's guest bedroom. it was weird, it was almost too soft. Can I go back yet? It was so hard to get out of bed in the morning...
The hotel is a smaller property out in the Sonoma Mountains off of Hwy 12 in Glen Ellen. It's perfectly situated across the street from the Village Market, as well as a walking distance from a few cafes (most notably, The Fig Wine Bar). The Jack London Lodge is also connected to the "Saloon" which is great for an after dinner drink, when the last thing you want to do drive. Again. Or, if you'e been suckered in to being the DD all day, your FREE at last. You can now stumble to your room. They also serve free popcorn. Great home town feel. Pretty busy too with locals.
One disclaimer: this is not the hotel if your looking for advanced services. You may not get the front desk every time you call, and there might not be anyone there past 9 or 10pm. We were fine with this and felt it contributed to the "hometown" B&B feel.
Overall, you will get an exceptional night sleep in a great location for a superior cost. It's a win win win and I can't wait to go back!
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- Also Known As:
- Jack London Hotel Glen Ellen
- Jack London Lodge Glen Ellen, CA - Sonoma County