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“Clean & Friendly” 3 of 5 stars
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23255 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Jenner
Stockton CA
1 review
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“Clean & Friendly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2007

We stayed at Salt Pointe on June 3 for one night. We had a two bedroom suite. Despite the bad reviews, this is not a bad place to stay. The only amenities include a TV and VCR for movies only (no broadcast or cable TV), a coffee pot, a really nice hot tub, and a killer view of the ocean. The restaurant advertises that it will re-open on June 15th. I think the whole operation has a new owner/manager. This is a really isolated spot, so be sure to bring a cooler and food if you don't want to use the restaurant. All in all, the least expensive place on the Sonoma Coast. If you want to be pampered or need lots of amenities and attention, pay to stay somewhere else. If you want to be left alone and do for yourself, stay here.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Isolation
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Napa Valley, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2007

After reading all of these boldly negative reviews, I started looking else where. But due to the rain, traveling with our 3 month old and family functions all weekend at Ocean Cove, the Salt Point Lodge was the only solution. So, I bit my lip and made a reservation, Fire room, #6. My wife and I were very relieved to find that all of these reviews we had read were rather lame. No, this is not the Marriott, but it was not at all as bad as they made it out to be. Quite the opposite.

The staff was extremely friendly, and very accommodating. Extra towels in the room for the baby, they even asked us if we would like ice to fill our cooler. The room was your average size, crisp sheets, big shower, we had a large couch, and there was furniture. AND our room had a coffee maker that only took 4 minutes to make a full pot of coffee! Yes, they do retire to the back of the complex after dark, yes there is only one channel, yes the restaurant was closed for the season, but all of this was explained over the phone when I made the reservation.

The Lodge itself is beautiful, it overlooks Ocean Cove, there is a huge play area for kids to play, scream and run all over. There is beach access right next door, and a small grocery store if you forgot anything. Ocean Cove campground is also right next door and gives you access to trails all along the ocean cliffs, private coves, and a scuba divers paradise. The Salt Point Lodge is a great anchor for traveling up and down the coast. We didn't get to go into Sea Ranch (which is a few miles up the road) but I read there are some great shops.

My wife and I like both kinds of travel, the pampering in the larger hotel spas, and the more quaint and comfy motel/lodge style for a quick get away, (the Borg's Motel in Pacific Grove, CA, is another GREAT stop). The Salt Point Lodge is a great little hotel, we will be back in the near future. For everyone else I highly recommend asking about the property, "Know before you go".
THANK YOU Salt Point Lodge, see you soon.

  • Liked — Friendly people, great location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, CA
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2006

Rooms tiny, dark, shabby; funky heater; no ice machine on proerty; tepid hot tub (at nearly $200/night); no motel employee on duty after 9 PM. Cell phones don't work on the coast and there are no phones in the rooms, so if you had a medical or other emergency you'd be out of luck.

FWIW, the restaurant has been shuttered since the new owner took over the property more than a year ago. Not surprisingly, he hasn't been able to find anyone to take the lease. We pulled in late Friday afternoon on a gorgeous November day, and there was only one car in the parking lot. The owner of that car was leaving in a huff and shouted to us, "Are you checking in? I'd think twice if I were you!" She was too upset to tell us the reason she checked out early.

Think three times before giving these folks your credit card number. They do NOT give refunds, even if you don't stay there. What a shame to have such a poorly managed property at such a beautiful location.

  • Liked — Proximity to Salt Point State Park
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Tips/Secrets — Sleep in your car. You'll be warmer and have more room.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Rafael, CA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2006

Our group of 8 people booked 4 rooms at this location. My wife and I had the misfortune to end up with room #14 which is probably the samllest room of the entire motel.
We stayed there the night of December 2nd 2006.
First, the room was minuscule. Second the bed which we thought was going to be a queen size, turned out to be proportionate to the size of the room: extremely small.
The heater and the TV set didn't work at all. We had a very small amount of warm water and to top it all, there were mosquitoes in the room.
If you ever stray in this area, avoid this place at all costs.

  • Liked — Absolutely nothing
  • Disliked — No heat (in December)
  • Stayed December 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2006

For years we have enjoyed visiting the Sonoma-Mendocino coast and often commented on the lovely location of the Salt Point Lodge. Although we had occasionally eaten at the restaurant we had never stayed in the lodge. In May we made a last minute decision to spend a weekend on the coast. After numerous calls to various lodgings and finding no vacancy we decided this would be the time to try Salt Point. They had a vacancy! Upon our arrival we discovered why they had many vacant rooms! The best room, #14 is quite small, had an old TV with just one fuzzy chanel, one chair, pushed back under the clothes rack (no other room for it), no amenities except for a small bar of soap, worn towels, dirty rug, and a coffee maker which took nearly 30 minutes to complete its cycle. The restaurant has been closed for nearly two years, not even a Continental breakfast is offered, the office is closed from 9 p.m. until 11 a.m. so we couldn't even select from the very ancient videos offered. There is no cell phone service in the area so guests are trapped in case of an emergency. The crowning blow came the next morning when we returned from breakfast several miles down the road and found a note on our door saying there was no room service that day and we could come to the office if we needed fresh towels! Do not stay in this motel unless camping is less desirable.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2006

My husband and I just stayed at the Salt Point Lodge in room #14. I had checked out their website and thought the place sounded nice. I ignored a bad review thinking that it was probably just a fluke or written by someone who was hard to please. BIG MISTAKE. Following is our experienc. The room was 9 feet by 11 feet in size. The "ocean view" was a little water seen through trees. The room had no place to sit other than the bed, which was a double bed on a twin bed frame (broken, at that). When you sat on the edge of the bed the mattress bent and anyone larger would have slipped right off onto the floor. The shower had mold, the toilet was filthy, the room had no phone, no shampoo, no hair dryer, no clock radio, and no horizontal services other than two very crowded night stands, one of which held the coffee maker. The first coffee maker dumped water all over the floor, the second coffee maker took fifty-one minutes to make 4 cups of coffee. I am not kidding, we timed it, and the thing was so loud we couldn't hear the movie over the sound (they have volume control on the television). The television only got one channel (HBO), which you could hardly see and even that went away after about 7:00pm. The VCR player in the room did work, but for some reason the picture was crooked. The lodge had no working ice maker, and the Bar and Grill is locked up tighter than a drum. The front office was also locked up from between 7:00pm and 11:00am (Saturday night). Saturday night I had to walk to the back of the property to a trailer to get the woman to let us in to pick out a movie to watch and it was very clear she was doing me a favor. The key they gave us to get into the jacuzzi didn't work on the gate, but there was no one around to solve the problem.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2004

We love to stay here and have done so several times. We like to get away and enjoy the scenery and listen to the ocean, not watch TV. We find the place quaint with each room having chairs out front. We often have wine or a little picnic there. We like the fireplace rooms. We enjoy the hot tub. We love to drive to Gerstle Cove to go Tide Pooling. We love to drive along the coast or take a drive in the mountains. We leave there feeling refreshed. The restaurant was great last time we ate there. It was a little high, but generous portions. We were never hungry.
If you are looking for luxury, this isn't the best choice. If you want charming and quiet this is a great choice.

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Address: 23255 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Jenner
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Jenner
Number of rooms: 340
Also Known As:
Salt Point Hotel Jenner

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