This unique Victorian mansion is a wonderful place to stay for a couple, if you are into Victorian period décor and related ambiance. The rooms are full of antiques and items to see and take photos of. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in old downtown Eureka that are nearby. Unfortunately there is no wine served at night, or something to munch on for breakfast in the morning. Usually Victorian lodgings of this type are used as Bed-n-Breakfast venues, and that is not an option at this splendid Mansion, which is disappointing. There is also just one bedroom available that has a private bathroom. The owner-hostess was warm and receptive, and the room and bed were comfortable. If you are looking for an authentic romantic bed-n-breakfast with all the bells and whistles, this mansion may fall a tad short.
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We are delighted that the reviewer appreciated our Victorian House Museum and it’s lodging. The reviewer is quite right in stating that one must appreciate Victoriana and authentic Victorian interior decorating and furnishings to feel comfortable here.
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The reviewer also brings up several important points that are worth noting. Sometimes when researching a place to stay, one over-looks some of the salient points that are thoroughly discussed in the Inn’s literature / website, and even while making a reservation on the phone. In our case, our website plainly states that in an effort to get our prices down to an affordable rate ($125 - $145 ) during the recent (are we out of it yet?) economic crises, we have omitted some of the ‘frills’ often associated with an Inn.
We are careful to make it quite clear that we are NOT a “Bed & Breakfast” inn – in fact, we specifically state that no breakfast is available at the Inn (or evening cordials, wine, brandy, etc.). By dropping our breakfast & evening cordials, we have been able to reduce our rates by $50. – which has been a great help to a great many travelers on a budget.
So there are no surprises and there should be no room for disappointment, for it is clearly understood and accepted that breakfast is not served at the inn - that is why our rates are $50 less than a 'Bed & Breakfast' inn. If breakfast and evening cordials are important to the traveler, then our Inn, as the reviewer quite rightly states, is most definitely not the place to book a nights lodging.
However, all the “bells & whistles” of a true ‘Bed and Breakfast venue’ ARE readily available at the Carter House Victorians (rates from $190 to $275); the Gingerbread Mansion (rates from $185 to $270); The Daly Inn (rates from $180 to $225); The Ship’s Inn ($160 to $180). All of these Bed and Breakfast Inns we heartily recommend and most are listed on our website as lodging alternatives to our (no breakfast) Victorian Mansion. In contrast, by omitting some of the ‘bells & whistles’ common to a traditional ‘Bed and Breakfast’, we can offer the traveler, room rates of $125 to $145, which is $50 (or more) LESS than ‘with all the bells & whistles’ of a true Bed & Breakfast inn.
There are a number of variables that each traveler looks for in an effort to match their own needs and requirements – for some it is the breakfast and evening wine cordials, and the cost is not an issue. For others, while a unique and satisfying lodging experience is important, so is the cost. We are empathetic to the traveler who has felt the effects of this recent economic down-turn, and we have looked for ways to offer more affordable rates to the cost-conscious traveler. Our $135 rate is an alternative to the $185-$235 rate of a true ‘Bed and Breakfast’ inn.
With 4,000 sq.ft. of floor space and a score of rooms, flower garden, antique car collection, horse-less carriage rides, etc., it is easy to miss some of the many amenities and characteristics of our Victorian Mansion. So another point that should be cleared up – both a careful reading of our website (www.Eureka-California.com) and a physical examination of the Mansion - clearly establishes that we do have two (2) bedrooms with a private bath – not just one, as the reviewer erroneously pointed out. This is a common error, I think caused by sloppy semantics on my part. I keep trying to clarify this issue, but apparently, I have more work to do at mastering the English language.
- Doug Vieyra, Owner / Manager
- Abigail’s Elegant Victorian Mansion
- Lodging in an 1887 NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
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