My husband was a groomsman in a wedding on 6/16/12 and we could honestly not believe how horrible our friends- the bride and groom and especially the bride- were treated by the owner. The lodge was FILLED with wedding guests, many whom had traveled far and wide to attend, including my husband and I and still this man- and I use that term very loosely, as a real man would not do what he did- treated the bride and groom with such utter disrespect everyone was in shock.
To begin, the cabin that my husband and I stayed at faced the pool and while it was clean and comfortable, it wasn't worth $170 a night (after tax). There was no AC available so if you're looking for a place that will be cool during the day during the summer months, this place is not for you. The towels were nice and absorbent and the bed and pillows comfortable; we didn't miss having a television at all and we didn't care that there wasn't a phone, as everyone has cell phones these days. The grounds of the lodge are very beautiful and serene, with several different meadows and pockets where events could be set up. Being surrounded by so much greenery and trees was wonderful, so that part of the weekend was not marred.
On to the less wonderful parts. There was an unruly guest, as previously reviewed, and while the situation was not something that anyone wants to see happen at such an event (and I know what happened because I was right there and witnessed everything) it was taken care of and the guests who were still awake turned in for the night, peacefully, I might add. We all hoped and thought that the event would not stain the wedding the next day and that it could all be forgotten and we could focus on the wedding itself and our friend's who were having the most important day in their lives.
We were wrong. While the guests of the wedding were more than happy to forget about what had occurred the night before with the unruly guest, the owner of the lodge was not ready to let it go. He threatened to cancel the wedding altogether and got in the face of the bride several times to SCREAM at her. Take a moment, readers, and really get a picture of that. You're about to walk down the aisle in a matter of hours, have planned and slaved and spent for more than a year to make your wedding perfect and you are getting screamed at by an irate man right before it's all actually happening. It was more than unnecessary- it was CRUEL.
Did the wedding still take place? Yes. Was it beautiful? Absolutely! But you know who made it all wonderful and beautiful? The bride and her bridesmaids and the groom and all of their family- they all handled themselves with dignity and grace, which is something that the owner of the lodge couldn't manage to do. I, along with plenty of others, hope that people will read these reviews and know that we are not exaggerating and will go somewhere else for their events because the owner of this place deserves to lose business over HIS unruly behavior.
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- Dawn Ranch Hotel
- Dawn Ranch Hotel Guerneville
- Dawn Ranch Lodge Guerneville, CA - Sonoma County
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