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Benbow Historic Inn

4.0 of 5 445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, CA 95442
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I had a one-night stay at the Benbow as part of a long road trip through Northern CA. We stayed at many hotels on that trip, but the night's sleep we had here was by far the best. We drove in heavy rain throughout a very long day, and the Benbow, in all it's well-lit glory, appeared... More 

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I decided to stay here overnight on a whim after passing it on numerous drives on 101, and wanting a quick getaway. What a delightful surprise! The Inn itself is charmingly beautiful, like staying in a David Winter Cottage. The Tudor style building has been very nicely maintained. There were little lights on the trees outside that... More 

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San Francisco, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night we checked into the Historic Benbow Inn and experienced the type of customer service that you rarely find anymore. I called and made our reservation and spoke with Michael. He advised me that for that one night the restaurant would be closed for a private employee appreciation party. He then invited us to join them for their dinner... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are traveling the coastal route between Calif and oregon treat yourselves to a stay in this charming Inn. Yes it is on the historical register, so beware lots of stairs and no elevator. This would also be a great destination trip. The rooms are charming comfortable and clean. Good beds and deep tubs. WiFi is good

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Susan B., Thank you for your review of our Inn. We are always pleased when our guests take time out of their busy schedules to share their experience in Benbow. We look forward to your return. More 

Napa Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A twelve hour drive through pouring rain brought us home to California from Washington State only to be greeted by the Inn which was accented by a beautiful display of holiday lights glowing through a fine mist. Enchanting! The great room was adorned with period decorations including a huge Christmas tree.This room offers a small library and games and one... More 

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Greg & Lynn, Thank you for your review and visiting us in the redwoods on your journey home. Many guests have found that the Benbow Valley is an ideal stopping point between the bay area and the Pacific Northwest. Please contact me when you will be passing through again. Neil Leddy Director of Sales and Marketing More 

Healdsburg, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent in every way except the pricing of alcohol. We stayed in the main building, which I recommend. It is advertised as a hotel but has the feel of a large B&B. The rooms are very well appointed, the staff is extremely friendly and competent, the food is great and the ambiance can't be beat. We were there for their... More 

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear World-Foodaholic, Thank you for visiting us and making the scenic drive from Sonoma County. We always strive to price our beverages in line with similar establishments while striving to provide a high level of service. Our premium spirit and wine selection pricing mirrors the pricing in the majority of upscale properties in Napa and Sonoma County. In terms of... More 

Crescent City, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I so enjoyed our recent stay at Benbow Inn. We chose a King room in the historic building which was elegantly furnished. The bed was excellent and dinner in the dining room superb. We had rib eye and steelhead then shared the lemon tart. Before bed, a nightcap and game of checkers by the fire in the... More 

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Deborah R, Thank you for your review. We appreciate that you took the time to mention your Benbow experience on TripAdvisor. We hope to see you again in the redwoods. More 

The Sea Ranch, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
26 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you happen to find yourself travelling in this part of Nor Cal, treat yourself to a stay at the Benbow. It had been on my wife's bucket list for awhile now and we were not disappointed! The room was period fashion history although the baths are certainly modern. We had dinner in the courtyard that night and everything form... More 

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear shakey26, Thank you for your wonderful review. We take great pride in sharing our guest comments with our staff at our weekly meetings. We see from your comments that you stayed with us during the summer. Many of our guests find the winter and spring months to be equally enjoyable. We appreciate your business and hope you will visit... More 

San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This historic property is along the stunning Redwood Highway. If you are looking for a good clean quality property to stay in, this is a good choice. The Benbow is situated in a picturesque easy to access setting and maintains its rich historic heritage. The price is about average for the area and is a relatively good value. This is... More 

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Lonnie L., Thank you for your concise review. From time to time we fall short of the level of service that our guests have come to expect at our Historic Inn. We were pleased to read that your overall experience was positive and that you considered our property to be the best in the area. We will continue to... More 

Grants Pass, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our recent stay at the Benbow. We reserved a room with a fireplace in the newer building. The decor was very nice...antique furniture, but modern amenities. Terrific view from our room (with private balcony) of the stone bridge through the trees. We also enjoyed the roaring fireplace in the lobby, where we drank our coffee in the... More 

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear jkp99b, Thank you for your review and comments. We've discussed your comments with our front desk and waitstaff. We're sorry about the glitches, though we feel confident that that future service issues will be avoided. We hope you will give us the opportunity to serve you in the future. N. Leddy More 

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Address: 445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, CA 95442
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Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Garberville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Benbow Historic Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 55
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