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San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA
Reviewed 20 August 2011

I really thought we'd get more value for the amount we had to pay for this campsite. Maybe part of the problem is that we were there on a weekend. Kids everywhere! State cg had nothing available with electrical hookups so we ended up booking a spot at the KOA. We booked 3 nights at about $70-$80/night (at least double the rated of the state cg). At least we booked an end site; sites were close together and not as private as we would like. Neighbors pitched tents and parked their bikes on the grassy area between our sites. We were sleeping about a foot away from them. We could only find 3 buildings with toilets in the entire park. We could only find one building with showers. Three shower stalls for that many people???!!! About 10-15 toilets in total? State parks have way more facilities. The bathroom closest to us was filthy within a couple hours of cleaning.; not surprising considering how many people had to share it. Showers were reasonably clean, but it was tricky to time it right. The pool was Kid Soup. For the price we paid, we thought breakfast was included. NOT! $3 for a single pancake and juice; $5 for two. We didn't bother. Actually had to pay extra upon arrival because we were a party of 4, although I had indicated that when I booked. By the end of our second night, my teens had enough and wanted to leave. We left a day early but were not able to get a refund. Our first time at a KOA; probably our last unless we are desperate.
Best parts of our stay there include WiFi, and nice chairs and log swing on the end site. (Do not stay on a site near the pool!) Also appreciated having laundry facilities. Coffee and hot chocolate was available for a reasonable price in the store. It's probably better than most of the RV Park(ing lots) we passed by on our trip, but we vastly prefer State campgrounds. It might be okay if you have young kids that need a lot of entertainment but not a place for adults looking for a quiet time away.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

What a wonderful site, lovely setting and far enough away from the madding crowds of San Francisco to make it feel like you could be anywhere but there!

Excellent pool facility, lovely clean showers and toilets! Extremely popular site, was very busy, however it never stopped the site representatives from being helpful and couteous.

We where camping in a tent (family of 3), our site was extremely adequate with elevtric and water, the usual camping table and for a change even a lamp over the table (not every table had this, lol)

The site was a little small and not particularly even, but it was grassed and had a little shade to escape the heat of the sun. However, not all the sites where so good and we were lucky that when we arrived they weren't all booked, as we could not have got our tent (average size) on the pitch next to us, as it was just simply too small).

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable stay, only 50 miles from San Francisco Bay, and if you dont want to drive through the madness of San Francisco, the site provide and incredibly good vale for money trip to the city!

Would definately consider returning here! Thank you to all concerned at the site for making our stay a pleasant experience!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

It is a circus, not a campground. True campers looking for nature and solitude must NOT come here. They put two 35 year olds on a tiny, uneven patch of land right in the middle of an intersection AND right next to an extremely loud, busy playground. It really was right in the middle of an intersection, a road on both sides just feet away from your picnic table and tent. High foot traffic as well with people always staring and teenagers with immature comments. Kids screaming, constantly driving by in bikes and scooters. Because the whole site was uneven and small it was hard to place a tent, and sleeping was difficult with the bed at an odd angle where you had to fight to stay on the bed. FAKE campsite, it is just a little hangout for people to bring their kids. This is NOT for true campers, you will be very annoyed with the noise. This is an honest review of an experience with site 129.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank vmcclusky
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

We stayed three nights in space #147. These spots are the normal small RV spots. Didn't like being right across from the Rec center becasue of all the traffic. Banana bike rental was right there so we had that additional traffic as well. The kids enjoyed the ice cream socials and a couple of us even partook in the pancake breakfast.
We had NO issue with barnyard small at all. Bathrooms and garbage were both kept very clean. Pool is large and well used. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Jump pillow was a hit.
We didn't go into any of the different cabins, but they looked cute and had picnic tables & bbqs. (What a great option.)

B,C,D, E, F have larger RV sites. With C39, D48, E57 having extra large grassy areas.

***Base rate only includes two adults and max occ is six people per site.***
The only reason we probably won't go back is cost. $260 for three nights just seems too much for camping.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank lovingsonoma
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

This KOA was okay. The bathrooms by the tents were really small and the stalls were so small i could hardly get in and out. but the staff were really nice. The bikes to rent were fantastic. The tent sites are really close together. The jump pillow is fun but if your not a kid person this place is not for you. (:

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank equestrian747
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Reviewed 16 October 2010

while kid friendly parents allowed to let their children run wild, screaming constantly until security had to tell them to stop after 10pm thank god for that much from the staff. the kids enjoyed the petting zoo but the place is so crowded with camping spots it must be horrible to breathe any fresh farm air in the summer due to all the campfires and bbq's at every site. we were here when the campground wasn't even full and the smoke in the campground was awful and aggravated our asthma alot . I feel sorry and concerned for farm animals that have to live in such close proximity to this place, the smoke they have to breathe from this place all year long must not be good for them :( we ended our stay a day early to come home and enjoy some piece and quiet and better air quality. would not ever recommend this place.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank neveragainatkoa
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

We have stayed at this KOA before and yes, it can get crowded. I would avoid weekends and the summer months. For the number of sites they have they do very well on all counts. Yes, occasionally an animal smell will waft through but it is in the middle of FARM COUNTRY. Get over it. It doesn't "smell horrible" and humans certainly aren't without odors! Our last trip here was during some huge bicycle race and this was their "hub". We could have done without the 6am wakeup noise from these people but overall it was well-managed. We will definitely return, over and over again, even though it's a tad on the expensive side. It beats out a lot of state beaches and other places in our opinion!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank VolksWoman
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Address: 20 Rainsville Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952-8121
Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Petaluma
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Petaluma
Number of rooms: 312
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come enjoy glamcamping in the heart of the Wine Country and a short trip to San Francisco, Coastal Beaches, Graton Rancheria Casino, Sonoma Raceway, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Petaluma Premium Outlet shopping, Lagunitas Brewery, many golf courses and more wineries than you can count! We are located near so many ways to play you may need several days. We offer all types of accommodations at our beautiful glamcamping resort from tenting, cabins, RV sites to full service glamcamping in our Wine Country Lodges. Wine Country lodges offer all the comfort of a hotel combined with all the fun of one of Americas top family resorts. Your Wine Country Lodge even comes with Wine glasses, a gas grill, a fire pit and all the stars you can count. The family will love our bounce pillow, rock wall, beautiful pool and hot spa, banana bikes, gold panning area, petting farm, recreation hall and more. San Francisco Tours leave the resort daily May1-October31st. Our friendly staff are happy to assist you in planning an unforgettable vacation. We look forward to your visit. ... more   less 
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San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA Sonoma County, CA

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