20 min north of Jenner on twisty Hwy 1; a full 1/2 hr drive you DON'T want to do at night. Inn recently purchased by new owner in May 2012 and some renovation is being done. Public areas are nice but our room (212) was outdated with snagged low-pile carpet, curtains in an unintentionally retro print, old tired upholstered armchair; minimal desk space.
Room faced southeast, partial cove view from outside on the little deck but not from inside (ocean view rooms are pricier). Daytime you can hear the waves but at night, there was a low continuous machine noise--a generator, maybe? Room decent size but old fashioned 1960's in color, layout and decor. The walls are overlapped unfinished 1x8s. Room ceiling is very high with an uncovered skylight. Lots of natural light, very poor room lighting. Only one 3-prong plug available in bdrm; another is in bathroom. Beds are queens, not kings like newer hotels. Bathroom is built out into the room and tiny, with a showerhead set quite low. Not much counter room.
Net access is surprisingly fast and signal strength was excellent, which was great. But no fan in the room and little cross-ventilation. Even on a windy cool afternoon, room was uncomfortably warm without the sliding doors open. 2 chairs & patio table on a tiny deck attached.
This is an isolated location, so be aware that it's a great place to relax - beachcombing, kayaking, hiking, visiting tiny Jenner or the Ft. Ross State Park - but not a good base for exploring the inland wineries. If you are doing a leisurely vacation up/down the coast, the drive is tiring. Be sure to investigate the many choices between Bodega Bay, Sea Ranch, and Gualala to compare with Timber Cove Inn.
We ate dinner at the Inn's restaurant, Alexander's. Would not eat there again; did not like the food from the new chef who was promoted June 2012.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timber Cove Inn resides on the top of a cliff that provides a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean while remaining encompassed by forest. The Sonoma Coast hotel offers a total of 50 rooms with either an ocean front or forest room view and some fireplaces. Alexander's at Timber Cove Inn offers Sonoma fine dining that utilizes local ingredients to create delectable dishes that can be paired with glass of wine from the extensive list that focuses primarily on acclaimed Sonoma wines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Timber Cove Hotel Jenner