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Stanford Inn by the Sea

#6 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
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Highway 1 & Comptche Ukiah Road, PO Box 487, Mendocino, CA 95460
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    • Sleep Quality
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Location
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Rooms
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Service
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Cleanliness
      4.5 of 5 stars
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    Minnesota
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    14 reviews 14 reviews
    8 hotel reviews
    7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I was at Sanford Inn by the Sea 15 years ago and had remembered that it was beautiful. And it still is after all these years. Our room was warm and inviting with a fireplace and a great stereo system. The staff are wonderful, helpful and kind. And I had a massage in the forest. It was an amazing experience... More 

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    Brentwood, California
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    My wife and I wanted to do something great for our 25th wedding anniversary. We had been to the Stanford Inn many years earlier (20 to be exact) with out daughter. The Inn has the best views and the staff was amazing. Ravens had great food. We are not vegan but found most breakfast items great. Other meals we had... More 

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    Snohomish, Washington
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    6 reviews 6 reviews
    3 hotel reviews
    6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Massage in the Forest I had a memorable experience. Kevin Logan: He was professional, strong, caring, experienced, and knew what he was doing. His specialty is deep tissue, but I just had a basic, and wish I would have done 90 minutes. I felt incredible. I tipped him $40, 5 Stars for this guy!!!!

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    London, United Kingdom
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    28 reviews 28 reviews
    16 hotel reviews
    39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I'd been wanting to stay at Stanford Inn in since a friend told me about it years ago, so had high expectations - which thank goodness the Inn lived up to. The rooms are truly wonderful - we were right at the end of the building next to steps down to the main house so was worried about noise but... More 

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    Trento, Italy
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We were upgraded to a gorgeous suite with a view on the pacific, so its hard to write about the rooms objectively. The fire places in the room and lobby makes it very cosy and calm. Staff is friendly and helpful. We booked during a storm (planned this trip from France months before but we had the bad luck of... More 

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    Joan S, Owner at Stanford Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

    Thank you for weathering the storm to come and see us! We are so glad it was still a great stay for you, and that we could make you as comfortable as possible - despite the rain (which does add to the coziness sometimes). We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed the food. We hope to see you... More 

    Salvador, BA
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    18 reviews 18 reviews
    4 hotel reviews
    5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

    I stayed at the Inn in 2012, 2014 and I can't wait to go back and take my family with me. What they provide there it's not only excellent accommodations and excellent food, it's an experience connecting with nature. The location is unbelievable, next to the Big River and in front of the ocean. I remember getting there the first... More 

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    Joan S, Owner at Stanford Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

    Thank you for the great review Marcos! So wonderful to hear that you had an enjoyable and inspiring experience at our Inn. This is truly what we hope to deliver to each of our guests throughout the years. We hope to welcome you back soon, and wish you the best! More 

    San Francisco, California
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    40 reviews 40 reviews
    9 hotel reviews
    24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
    3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

    It's a great spot with great grounds. The rooms are well kept but the fireplaces produce a lot of smoke - chimney sweep time perhaps? The views are great from the 2nd floor executive king rooms but less impressive from the garden rooms. The breakfast is extremely tasty and the evening cocktails spectacular. The espresso does not get included in... More 

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    Joan S, Owner at Stanford Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

    Hi Nicolas, thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are so glad to hear that you found our staff and breakfast to be great! We will pass your compliments on to them. So sorry to hear about the sub-par espresso on your second morning. Our staff would have been happy... More 

    Eureka, cA
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    40 reviews 40 reviews
    17 hotel reviews
    26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

    My husband and I stayed at the Stanford Inn for 3 nights. We have stayed in many of the inns in the area and were hesitant to try Stanford because it is on the other side of the highway from the ocean. But we booked because of their dog policy and the spa choices. We are so glad we went... More 

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    Joan S, Owner at Stanford Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

    What a wonderful review! Thank you for writing and we are thrilled that you had such a great experience. We hope to welcome you, your husband, and the pup back again someday. Happy holidays to you and yours! More 

    NYC
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    37 reviews 37 reviews
    28 hotel reviews
    38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
    4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

    We came for Thanksgiving dinner and only wanted to stay one night. The hotel has a 3 or 4 night minimum at most times so they could not accomodate us. I called the morning of and they had 2 rooms available so I asked to hold one of them for 5 minutes while I confirmed my plans with my family.... More 

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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

    The buildings and grounds at Stanford Inn are lovely. I find the use of pine wood to be very light and inviting. The rooms, including the public rooms, are well done. Fireplaces, comfy places to sit and read. So what's missing? A sense of cordiality, of welcome. "Happy Hour" simply meant someone would prepare you a drink. No snacks, no... More 

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    Joan S, Owner at Stanford Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

    We are sorry to hear that you did not experience this Inn as others have. "Happy Hour" here is simply an announcement that tells our guests when drinks are ½ off at Ravens’ bar. We also serve our guests complimentary dessert, tea, and coffee in the bar area from 3:30pm – 4:30pm which coincides with Happy Hour. Though we were... More 

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    Address: Highway 1 & Comptche Ukiah Road, PO Box 487, Mendocino, CA 95460
    Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
    Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
    Number of rooms: 33
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    Official Description (provided by the hotel)
    Nestled on a hillside, the exquisite Stanford Inn sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, the Inn is a haven. The rambling lobby, guest rooms, and suites are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous organic breakfasts. Inspired by the Stanford's Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens' restaurant is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for its vegetarian cuisine. Guests are indulged at the Inn's Massage in the Forest and private yoga sessions. Canoeing and kayaking on Big River, California's new State Park. ... more   less 
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