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Whale Watch Inn by the Sea

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35100 S. Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445
Whale Watch Inn by the Sea
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Those of you who, like I, have had excellent stays at Whale Watch in past years and have read recent reviews with sadness, please know that the recent owners who did SO poorly with the place are gone. When we drove by the first weekend in April, the entrance was chained off and a real estate "Sold" sign sat out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

During our initial booking one of the innkeepers helped us pick our room while on the website; she told me which rooms to look at based on our preferences. Definitely recommend booking this way. Very romantic getaway last April during a big rainstorm. When we first arrived they didn't seem to know we were coming so our room took a... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This place is bogus, no one is apparently running the place because after months of calls and emails no one has ever replied to us or answered a phone call. VERY FRUSTRATING. Also the number listed on the website to inquire about a wedding at this location is disconnected. Horrible customer service! If the business is defunct it would be... More 

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San Mateo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It pains me to write this review, but I use Trip Advisor due to the overall accuracy of the reviews, and I must use the same level of honesty. My wife and I have stayed here a dozen times over the last 16 years, and always looked forward to spending a couple of nights here amidst the beauty and serenity... More 

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Santa Clara, California
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I made my reservation for Aug 28 for 4 nights in the Swan room. Then they change my room to another one. I was not very happy about the change but okay. Then once my reservation was cancel I saw that Swan room had reservation for that week. They change me from that room to put someone else. I had... More 

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Vacaville, California
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

After a long drive we arrived at the Inn, we peeled back the covers to lay our baby down for a nap, and to our disgust there were dozens of hairs all over the sheets and pillows. I immediately went to the attendant who checked us in and explained what I saw, and she just said "Oh no. Sorry." and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I read the reviews on this B&B and decided to give it a try. For the amount of money, this was NOT Acceptable. It is in need of an overhaul from the grounds to the entire building. Bad sign when there are tarps covering roofs of buildings. The photos on web site are outdated. The only good thing was location,... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Who wouldn't enjoy sea-front views, the sounds of crashing waves, a near-private beach cove to sneak away to and a fireplace to snuggle in front of? Oh, and it's right by Sonoma for fun day trips! The staff was fantastic and helpful, check-in was easy and the room was comfortable and exactly what was needed to unplug and relax by... More 

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West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stayed at WWI over the July 4th weekend. We stayed in the Cliffside room which was small but had a fantastic view. The room was very clean but a little worn. The throw pillows on the bed had seen better days. We kept the sliding glass door open at night and fell asleep to the sound of the waves... More 

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St. Helena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stayed at Sea Ranch the evening before, but as they were sold out, looked for a new location for our family of 3 children, 2 adults and 3 labrador retrievers (!) The Whale Watch Inn was delightful. Tracy was welcoming, oriented us into our more than gracious and spacious Golden Voyage Room and we had everything we needed. The... More 

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