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“Beautiful inn but disappointing food.” 3 of 5 stars
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The Harbor House Inn
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5600 S Hwy 1, Elk, CA 95432   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 Elk B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful inn but disappointing food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2004

Just came back from a three night stay at Harbor House. I have to say that it was somewhat disappointing for the price. The scenery is incomparable and the gardens are beautiful. But although the rooms are very nicely decorated and well kept, it is somewhat cold and aloof. This may be what the couples who stay here want but it doesn't compare well to other places we've stayed (eg Candlelight Inn in Napa). But the real problem in our minds was the food. Apparently the chef in quite new so perhaps that is the issue but the dinners were quite disappointing for a property of this calibre. One night we had something that I thought was impossible -- an inedible dessert. It was a huge clump of dried out bread pudding -- kind of like croutons with carmel sauce. The previous night we had really chewy stringy lamb. The appetizers and salads were always the best part of the meal. I wouldn't recommend against staying here but I would lower my expectations about the food. But perhaps the new chef will improve.

  • Stayed August 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2004

My husband and I eloped here in June 2003 and had perfect privacy and a beautiful and serene experience. We rented the first floor suite which had a little deck with climbing vines overlooking their impeccably maintained gardens and stunning ocean view. The house and rooms are well maintained and in good taste and the food and wine list were better than expected. The town of Elk is nearby - a cute place to walk around when you aren't relaxing at the hotel. There is a great cafe in town that serves a killer breakfast (if you want to have another option from the hotel's already great breakfast ) and lunch - fab cappucinos.
This place will offer you total relaxation in an idyllic, beautiful environs. Highly recommended. A perfect place to elope or have a small ceremony on the Mendocino Coast.

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Additional Information about The Harbor House Inn

Address: 5600 S Hwy 1, Elk, CA 95432
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Elk
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Elk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
The Harbor House Hotel Elk

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