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“Don't Stay At A Cookie-Cutter Motel” 5 of 5 stars
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Shorelight Inn
153 West E Street, Benicia, CA 94510   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Ranked #1 of 5 Benicia B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado
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“Don't Stay At A Cookie-Cutter Motel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Old Town Benicia finally offers a fantastic B&B. There are several reasons that this inn provides a pleasant stay. The hosts, Steven and Christina, who are long-time Benicians, are very congenial and they really care that you have a great time with them. Although their website indicates continental breakfasts, Christina usually prepares something with a little more substance - good food and great conversation. They certainly make you feel at home. As others have stated, the rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. A small refrigerator contains a couple of bottles of water - offered at no extra charge (how often do you get that in a chain motel/hotel?). The front lobby is very cute and Steven is known to pour a top-shelf drink or night cap for guests. The Inn's location provides for easy walking to several restaurants - Lucca's is one of my favorites for lunch. The Benicia Marina is close and there are many little shops to explore on First Street. The Inn does not allow pets. You are going to pay a little more for a night's stay at this inn, BUT IT IS WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christina F, Manager at Shorelight Inn, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
We do appreciate your fabulous review - THANK YOU! We quite agree, smaller Inns have much more character and personality and we work hard to make sure all our guests receive the treatment they are looking for. We do hope to see you here again - thanks!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

I was a little spoiled at my recent visit-- maybe because I was the only visitor on a Tuesday at this newly open spot. The homemade breakfast was lovely and the innkeepers both very friendly and helpful. I thought the room was very comfortable and offered a fantastic view of the bay and Carquinez Bridge right out my window (the Pink Palace Suite).

Recommended without reservation.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Lets face it, there aren't a lot of choices in Vallejo or Benicia. This place is probably the nicest place I've seen in this area. Its a small inn with only 6 rooms but all of them are huge. It sits at the end of a street and is right on the Bay. It is walking distance to Main Street in Benicia where there are tons of restaurants and shops. Most of the rooms have huge tubs & walk-in showers. The flat screen tv's are great. They just opened - I don't even think they've publicized this place yet so I would expect they will book up quickly. Their website is shorelightinn.com - I thought their rates were really reasonable given everything is brand new. Yay - someplace nice to book for visiting friends and relatives - finally!

Room Tip: The Pink Palace and Benicia Bay suites are the ones with the decks. But the other rooms are larger a...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Debbie: thank you so much for our first review on TripAdvisor! We so appreciate your help as we are brand new and just opened - it really helps! Thanks again!
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Address: 153 West E Street, Benicia, CA 94510
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Location: United States > California > Benicia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Benicia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shorelight Inn is located on Benicia's shoreline on the Carquinez Strait just off the San Francisco Bay. This all-suites Inn offers spacious suites, all newly decorated and completely renovated. Opened in April, 2012, this historic building is 8,000 square feet in size and each Suite averages 400 square feet in size. Our location cannot be beat with gorgeous Bay views at the end of a street with no traffic and just off Main Street! ... more   less 
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