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Benbow Historic Inn

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445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, CA 95442
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We are upstairs and the room is hot and has a funky smell. The room is clean and staff is friendly. Perhaps another room would make us want to come back. Right now just want to get the night over and get out of here.

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Bayside, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed at Benbow Inn many times and I just cannot say enough about this establishment. The rooms, the property, the staff, the food, and the service are always "top notch"! But what I also want to express, being a Humboldt County resident, is that Benbow Inn is very community minded. My husband and I attend many fundraisers and... More 

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

Dear LisaD, Thank you for such great feedback about our property and for choosing the Benbow Inn during your visits to Southern Humboldt. We feel truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community also, and are pleased to give back as much as possible. We look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Safe Travels!... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved everything about staying at the Benbow Inn, particularly its old-world character and beauty and association with silver screen stars from the twenties on. The lobby was not only elegant but inviting; afternoon tea and scones were particularly appreciated. Our room (with decanter of sherry) was spacious and beautifully accommodating; our two nights dining in the dining room were... More 

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

Dear Ekm-Tkm, Thank you for taking the time to offer your valued feedback regarding your recent stay. We, too, find the historic building to be quite magical and imaginative. We have done our absolute best to keep the history alive that once dwelled within our walls, yet offer modern day amenities for the convenience of our guests. We would love... More 

Sonoma, California
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13 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, we have driven by many times on our way to and from Arcata. Rather than drive all the way, Benbow is a wonderful stop over, well worth any extra time you have to relax and enjoy the hotel, resturant and grounds. Once you walk up the stairs to enter the hotel you are surrounded by history. The lower cost... More 

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

Dear BoulderNut, Thank you for your wonderful review of our Historic Inn and of our prized restaurant! We truly are blessed with our Husband/Wife chef team and culinary talents in the kitchen. So glad you took an evening of rest from the highway, and again, we thank you for your feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.... More 

Trinidad, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have driven past this Inn and have visited all the nearby attractions for almost 20 years. I finally had an opportunity to stay at this amazing inn. Absolutely beautifull property surrounded by forested hills in the Eel river valley. Great friendly staff, very nice room, and historical architecture and decor make this the best place to stay in southern... More 

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

Dear DJPablo707, After twenty years, we are thrilled to hear that you were able treat yourself to the Benbow Inn Experience! We too hope that you are able to make your next visit a bit longer, as there is so much to do surrounding our unique Inn and Southern Humboldt in general! Thank you for taking the time to share... More 

California, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I could not have chosen another place for such an array of overwhelming pleasantness in and of every sense of my being. I have seen this Inn off the highway on our way to Shelter Cove, Humboldt County, CA for the past 10 years and decided to book a stay here. Do not want to go anywhere else for a... More 

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

Dear JoyceW954, Thank you for your review of our beautiful historic Inn, and for giving us the opportunity to host you after all these years! We are so happy to be your third home, and hope to offer many more stays that exceed your expectations. Safe Travels, and we will see you in the future and look forward to bringing... More 

Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This inn is so picturesque, quaint and full of history and charm. Definitely the place to stay in this area. Very nice dining, staff friendly, helpful and accommodating. I was only in town for one night but it was lovely. Wish I could have stayed longer.

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

Dear Monica H, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here, even if only for one night. We are pleased to offer our 'Historic Rooms' with out televisions, in order to give our guests the true 'Benbow Historic Experience'. Safe travels and we hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future. Sincerely,... More 

Garbervil
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visiting friends who have stayed here have generally raved. For me, a twenty-year transplant from the Bay Area, the Benbow is the place to go for dinner when you really need your dose of elegance. Sometimes my husband and I have dinner in the lovely dining room, or in summer, the terrace with breezes, and sometimes he plays chess... More 

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

Dear Karenl L, Thank you for you amazing review...Just goes to show, no one knows the Benbow Inn quite like the locals ;) Thank you for your continued visits, we look forward to hearing of future memories! Sincerely, -Aimee Beardsley Director, Sales & Marketing More 

San Jose
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the cottage just off the garden courtyard and could not have been more pleased! The back patio let us watch a family of otters for several days. the birds were amazing and the stone bridge is lit up at night and was visible through our window. The staff were charming and helpful. the room exceeded out expectations... More 

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

Dear FlynnsterSanJose, We appreciate you taking the time out of your day to review our property, and are happy to hear that you find our Garden Cottage room as magical as we do. It truly is a special experience. Thank you for paying us a visit, and we hope to see you again in the future :) Sincerely, -Aimee Beardsley... More 

Petoskey, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great hotel. I arrived very late at night and really did not see much of what I was getting into on my drive from the south. After stepping inside the front door, it was as if I had stepped back in time and was staying with the Von Trapp family! All the staff I encountered were very helpful and friendly.... More 

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

Dear Mark T, Thank you for visiting us here in the beautiful Benbow Valley, and though your visit was based on business, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! We appreciate your feedback regarding our complimentary WiFi, and could not agree more with your comment. Rest assured, we are in the process (as we type)... More 

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