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“Great Place for the Family” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

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20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma, CA 94952   |  
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“Great Place for the Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I can see why this KOA is a two time winner of the Founders Award. Great place for the family as well as a great Getaway for Grandma and Grandpa. Has a great time and will most certainly return. To staff if friendly and helpful. The petting zoo was a hit with the grand kids as well as the playground and Jump Pillow.

Stayed November 2013
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Victoria, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The facilities here are fine and I'm sure it is a clean well run KOA...unfortunately the stench from the manure spreading close by was horrendous and we had not been warned (and at the price I would have been less unhappy if we had been). The info brochure even had an add-on marketing pitch selling the `aroma' at this time of year as a minor inconvenience. Please be upfront about this when people call to book a site. We called and booked early in the day and NO mention of this was made. We are not precious city slickers who have never smelled cow s*#t....this was just way beyond reasonable.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Souther California
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243 reviews 243 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 134 cities Reviews in 134 cities
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a large park with lots of activities for kids. There are not a lot of choices in the area to visit all the wineries, BUT next time I will look for them. The park has paved roads and sites are either gravel or paved. Ask for paved as we were put in three different sites that were gravel and could not level. Small sites. The worst thing is the smell. The park is surrounded by cattle or dairy farms and the cow manure smell was bad the entire week and we only went outside to get in the car. While this is not the parks fault, you pay a lot to smell s*** all the time. There is another review that says this is one of the best KOA's in the country. I have to wonder how many they had been to as we have been to a couple dozen and this is one we would not return to. The staff here is really good.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Centereach, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We came to this campground off- season. At this time, camps are usually empty and no activities are offered. It was different in Petaluma. Kids enjoyed a jumping pillow, a petting zoo, an excellent playground, hayrides, and banana bikes. The swimming pool was full of people. In addition to a traditional campfire, we participated in the Halloween costume parade, Trick or Treat (with more than 40 sites ready to treat). We even had a potluck dinner, where a camp staff provided pasta with meatballs. Big nighttime corn maze was just across the street. My four grandchildren had a lot of fun and we had fun looking at them. The camp location is excellent: it is very close to US 101. Only two cons we can list: a strong manure smell and a weak WIFI signal in our cottage. But it cannot overweight the great time we had in this KOA. We will definitely return there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snoqualmie, Washington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We stayed here staging an eventual trip into San Francisco and it was the perfect place to let the kids have a great time after a long day of driving. Great spots for RVs, lots of amenities including a top notch kids playground, and nice staff with a large general store. In the middle of farm country so that is the only reason this doesn't get a 5 star rating - had to air out the RV on the drive down to SF given the farm smell, but that is the only downside. Recommend staying here with families and to jump off to Sonoma wine country as well.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Portland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

First time at a KOA. Expectations weren't very high, so no room for disappointment. Couple of tips for tent campers: bring earplugs (constant road traffic on 101 can be heard), the smell from the cow farm will be hard to forget (seemed to go away at night, or I got use to it). Bathrooms & showers were fine, nothing fancy. Office kept odd hours, would suggest calling day of to ask their hours, especially if new KOA camper (they have late night reg. process, just sounded confusing to a newbie like me). If you've never been to SF, you MUST take the tour from KOA. Be sure John is your guide. He's from SF and showed us some sights that were off the normal trail, plus he had a personal spin on the stories he shared. Another note - Petaluma seems to close early (a sleepy town), so plan ahead for dinner so you don't get stuck with limited options.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cheshire, UK
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

This is an excellent choice if you want to visit San Francisco or the Wine Country as it's within easy reach of both.
The site was very well equipped with a super pool and lots of facilities for kids. The bathrooms were clean with good showers. Staff at the site were friendly and helpful.
We camped in a motor home on a good sized pull through pitch. Our only concern was that, when returning one night after dining out in Petaluma, we found a group of very drunk people sitting round the public fire pit next to our pitch. We thought we might be in for disturbed night but they were very quiet and went away promptly at 10 pm.
Would be happy to recommend this site and can see why it is so highly rated.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Address: 20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Petaluma
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Petaluma
Number of rooms: 312
Also Known As:
San Francisco North / Petaluma Koa Hotel Petaluma
San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA CA - Sonoma County

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