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“The Front Door Slammed All Night Long” 4 of 5 stars
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10021 Coastal Highway One, PO Box 39, Olema, CA 94950   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Olema B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“The Front Door Slammed All Night Long”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2007

In general I really liked this lodge. We stayed in the Sir Francis Drake Room. Dated decor but very clean with a fabulous view of the very inviting gardens. We had been staying at the Golden Hinde Inn and this was such a massive jump up in lodging, I didn't notice anything but the good stuff.

The one truly problematic issue was that in our room, and I suspect most rooms, you could hear all conversations that took place in the main lobby. It was annoying to evesdrop on each conversation. The front door SLAMS shut each time someone goes in or out and it shakes the whole lovely building each and every time. We happened to stay there while part of a wedding party was also there. The door slammed so many times that night I almost started counting door slams instead of sheep. Luckily I was exhausted and went back to sleep after each fit of door slams.

Jacuzzi tub is silly. It only fits one person and takes a massive amount of water to run. The gardens were lovely!

  • Liked — The gardens.
  • Disliked — The noise.
  • Stayed July 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lodgekeeper, Lodgekeeper at Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, responded to this review, August 21, 2007
We are glad that this guest generally really liked the Lodge and enjoyed the fabulous views of the flower gardens from the room (which has a two-story window overlooking the lawns and flowers).

The front door was immediately repaired and now closes quietly, and we do offer rooms with double Jacuzzi tubs that two people can enjoy together. The front door to this room is located in the lobby, but most all other rooms are located outside the lobby.

Wedding season in our area is during the summer and we do welcome wedding groups. Those wedding guests do their best to respect the non-wedding guests' quiet enjoyment of the Lodge. There is definitely a happy celebratory mood around the Lodge during wedding season.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Mateo, CA
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2007

We booked by phone. Requested one of the two cabins, and requested an early check-in. Arrived Sunday afternoon, 1:15 and were told that the room wasn't ready until 3:00. Asked if we could use a restroom while we waited and were told by a snippy young clerk that we could not, and needed to go 1/4 mile to a visitors center to use a public restroom since we were not checked in yet. We left, and returned at 3:00 only to be told that the room still was not ready. Went next door to the restaurant for a couple of drinks. Bartender said he would check on our room. At 4:15 we were taken to the cottage. First impression.....thousands of oak moths. When we commented that we wouldn't be able to sit outside we were told that this is a "seasonal situation." Went inside. The door to the patio and hot tub was dead bolted from the outside and the woman (inkeeper?) didn't have the key. We walked around to look at the hot tub and found it not "dirty" but FILTHY! We said we would not be staying there. She gave us a standard room at a discounted rate which was not bad, but certainly not what we had requested. No hot tub, no patio, no stove or refrigerater, just a room. It was two flights up, 20 stairs, and there was no-one to help with luggage. As two senior citizens, one of us mildly handicapped, this was a major inconvenience. The grounds were lovely and the room adequate but we will not return or recommend to our friends.

  • Liked — The grounds
  • Disliked — Poor customer service
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sonoma CA
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2007

Some things at this hotel were great, like the beautiful views out back and the wonderful breakfast.
However, the walls are paper-thin and thus the room was quite noisy. Furthermore, we had to suffer with an outside light beaming right into our room. There were no curtains on the front window at all. I ended getting up at 3:00 a.m., dragging a chair outside and unscrewing a lightbulb. The light shining directly into our room then became more bearable.
We had come for a day of hiking but were so tired and miserable the next day we just dragged oursvelves around anbd left Point Reyes early.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2006

We stayed in the Drake Suite. Very romantic, beautiful windows. Could use some updating. But the cabin feel and morning breakfast delivery made it wonderful. The garden is beautiful, of which the view from the room was amazing. Very quaint. The fridge didn't work very well. The room was a bit older, but very clean. It was a bit dusty, but generally clean overall. If you like a rustic feel and a romantic old world setting, this is it!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada
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260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2006

The Lodge is worn out and could use some TLC. Our room was so small we barely had room to move around in it. We were also disappointed that our room lacked the basic necessities for a standard room. What it lacks in necessities, it makes up for in noise. If you're looking for a quiet get-away, you won't find it here. We had to sleep with ear plugs to drown out the noise from the highway which the Lodge is located on. Our room had two chairs in the bay window that were so uncomfortable you could feel the frame coming through the fabric. However, the walls were nice and clean which made up for the dirty mauve bedskirt on the bed. In the main building we couldn't tell if the carpets were filthy or just worn out.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2006

We stayed in the creekview room #1. It's the least expensive room for $135. It's on the ground floor, there's actually no door, you enter through the patio window type doors. Very small room, strange layout. The bathroom is located at the back of the room. The door to the small toilet on the left side and the shower door at the back right, with the closet in the middle. The counter and sink are located above and behind the headboard of the bed. There's no privacy or separation of the bathroom from the bedroom so you can hear the shower and the toilet flushing. We constantly heard footsteps and commotion in the kitchen and common areas which are directly above the room. Wouldn't recommend this room. The other more expensive ones may be better. But we would have rather stayed at the Corte Madera Best Western which we stayed at the previous night. It was cheaper, more spacious, and offered more amenities. I know that B&B's are supposed to be cozy and quaint, but I thought it was a bit overpriced for a subpar room. Breakfast at Corte Madera was better too. The only advantage for this place is you're closer to the Point Reyes hikes and area. The pictures posted make it look way bigger and nicer than it is. The farmhouse deli restaurant next door had good food though, I'd recommend that place.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, D.C.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2005

We stayed here recently because we were married in the area. While we did not get married at the Lodge, or on their grounds, we thought it would be a nice place to stay.

Overall, it wasn't bad. The grounds are lovely, and peaceful. The rooms are furnished like a Marriott Courtyard or Hampton Inn - absolutely nothing special. The "continental breakfast" is much like what you get at a Hampton Inn...toast, bagels, cereal, juice.

The bathroom in our "Fireplace Room" was so tiny that you could barely turn around.

The really disappointing thing, however, was the way we were treated before we even arrived. My new husband (an active duty military officer) and I were trying to plan our small wedding from quite a distance. We suggested the Lodge to many of our friends and family (about 10 rooms in total).

When the manager found out we were staying because we were getting married, he made his displeasure very clear. We were told that "wedding parties are not welcome." Even though we are in our 40s, and the age range of our guests was 37-88 and well behaved, we were told that wedding parties are "disruptive" to the other guests.

Considering our ages, our guests ages, my husband's military career (which would not allow for wild weekend antics like tearing down shower curtains or whooping it up in front of other guests), I felt the "zero tolerance for wedding-parties-not-having-a-wedding-at-our-hotel" policy was a bit ridiculous. At one point the manager even suggested to my then-fiance that he would move our room to a less-nice room because we were there for our wedding.

My husband and I are well-educated and frequent business travelers. We're accustomed to good service and I'm afraid this was not good service. I don't believe the wedding issue was a "misunderstanding" because we both had conversations with the Lodge and tried to explain the situation several times. Each time the response was the same: we don't welcome wedding parties.

I'm sure under different circumstances the Lodge is not a bad lodging option. However, there are so MANY truly charming B&Bs in the area, that I would choose Bear Valley Inn, Roundstone Farm, or the Olema Cottages over the Lodge's colder, more "corporate" feel.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10021 Coastal Highway One, PO Box 39, Olema, CA 94950
Location: United States > California > Marin County > Olema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Olema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Adjoining the Point Reyes National Park, the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge is designed to feel like a private country estate with all of the amenities of a modern inn. Featuring 22 rooms and 2 cottages, all rooms are private and many have Jacuzzi tubs or fireplaces. Complimentary WiFi. Onsite restaurant (featuring local oysters), historic bar and deli. Close to San Francisco and Wine Country. ... more   less 
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