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“feels like a family visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Highland Dell Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Monte Rio B&B and Inns
Windsor, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“feels like a family visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

The owners, Herb and Ingrid, are German expats that have made the Highland Dell their little alpine hotel. The friendly atmosphere, bar and restaurant more than make up for the "tiny" but well maintained rooms. The buffet breakfasts are really nice and when there aren't many people staying there, Herb will special order for you. The area is somewhat depressed but the hotel and view from the balcony rooms are a nice sanctuary. There are several nice restaurants in the area and if you get the chance, check out the Applewood Inn Restaurant, out of Guerneville and the Farmhouse Restaurant near Forestville/Santa Rosa; both are Micholin rated and worth the small drive. Monte Rio is close to the coast so travel down to Jenner to see the seals.

Room Tip: Balcony rooms are advised
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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arizona
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

We stayed in two queen/balcony rooms for five days - a family holiday. We were the only people for four days during the week - it was like having our own home.

Herb or Ingrid made breakfast each morning - eggs, bacon, bagels, english muffins, with a great selection of hot and cold cereals, juice, milk, coffee. They have a restaurant that offers dinner five nights per week. A fairly simple menu with a German flair (about five main course choices during our stay). They have a full bar. Seating for dinner is out on the deck or inside with floor to ceiling windows.

The balcony rooms over look the river with a small balcony for each room. The rooms are small. They include a queen bed with a sink in the sleeping area. The shower/tub & toilet are in a separate room. There are two nightstands and a dresser with ample drawer space. There are a set of four hooks on the wall for clothing. The mattress appeared to be new. It was a little soft for me but everyone has a different preference. It didn't sag.

We looked at the balcony suites. They had a sitting area with a couch and a bedroom alcove (no door).

This is a nice place to stay for a day or two. This was part of a two week trip for me, so the lack of a closet to hang all my clothes was a bit limiting (I'm traveling by car so brought everything except the kitchen sink with me).

The Inn is in a quiet location and has been kept up nicely. The one thing that could use a change is the carpet. It's pale green and very stained. I'm sure a hard floor would work so much better.

No elevator so I don't think it is wheelchair accessible above the first floor.

See my review of Monte Rio for other notes.

Room Tip: I'm not sure if discounts are available, would be best to call instead of book online.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Barbgb1
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Dana Point
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54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2010

This was a great hotel, they normally do not take new guest checking in on Wed but our travel dates changed and they allowed us to do so. We were the only guest in the whole hotel [we felt special]. The inn keeper was really friendly and made us a great breakfast the next morning. The rooms are small but super cute and really cozy. This hotel is right on the water and close to all the wineries. I hear that they have a really great Octoberfest celebration. This is a stand out establishment that is not to be missed.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Love_Dana_Point
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Gold Country, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2010

Rustic on the outside and regal on the inside with modern appointments. They have somehow managed simplistic elgance within this crisp bright Swiss Chalet style Inn. Wander about like it's you own home. Great dinner show with Barry "the Fish" Melton was just the start of my great stay. Good food and accommodations and I do mean accommodate...these folks know how to treat a guest! No hovering over you, but available always. Thinking of a second home on Russian River? You have one at the Highland Dell Lodge.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank thetravelingcrone
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sonoma,ca
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2010

The Highland Dell is a beautiful building in a beautiful setting. Good food,friendly service and great attention to detail. We had a great stay and will return. Thanks Herbie and Ingrid and all your staff who help make it nice.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank k414141
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Property: Highland Dell Lodge
Address: 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio, CA 95462-9781
Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Monte Rio
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Monte Rio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built circa 1906, the historic Highland Dell is a very popular destination for San Francisco and Bay Area families as it was throughout the 20th century. Surrounded by century old redwood trees and overlooking the Russian River, it is an ideal place for a vacation or weekend get-away. The Highland Dell offers well appointed lodging, and a fine gourmet restaurant, complete with a full service bar. A variety of exciting activities are available within easy reach. ... more   less 
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