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“Very unique Vicotorian” 3 of 5 stars
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Carter House Inns
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   301 L Street, Eureka, CA 95501   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 hotels in Eureka
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“Very unique Vicotorian”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a very unique hotel in an early 1900's Victorian. The styling is great and the hosts are very accommodating and friendly. So, if you like unique styling this is your place. The rooms are spartan however. Carpet and bathrooms do need updating. The area is unique and this is a good location in Eureka.

I like the restaurant for dinner however I thought the breakfast was only average.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Everyone said such amazing things about this place, so we paid the really expensive price and stayed two nights. It's in a nice area of Eureka, close to old town and other sites. Frankly, for the $200+ a night price tag I was expecting a fancier room. It was a nice room, but small. The TV was tiny, maybe 18". They have a cute, small little bar that is also overpriced. $16 for a cosmo made with triple sec?? One night we ordered champagne and it was totally flat. Any champagne that has no bubbles in it is old; a waste of $22. The staff is VERY nice and professional.

The day we left we had to be somewhere at a specific time, so the night before asked our meals to be made by 8:00am ready to go; they said 'no problem.' We get to the lobby at 7:58 and the breakfast staff said, 'We'll go start your to-go breakfast.' Ugghh, this is why we asked to be ready to go by 8. Waited 10 minutes, the food came but they didn't give us forks to go. The staff couldn't find any and after waiting 15 minutes after it should've been ready, we just left.

This place is very nice and quaint looking, but the price is OUTRAGEOUS for what you get. Seriously not worth it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

This beautiful inn is not to be missed! It's peaceful and serene yet incorporates modern luxury. The staff treats you like royalty and the food is incredible! They use fresh, local ingredients. The wine pairings were superb. I highly recommend this gem!! Well worth the drive to the Redwoods.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The food and service were great at this inn. I like the Victorians, and this is a really nice example. We stayed in the suite and it was really nice. We had the tasting menu for dinner, and the food and service was excellent. We had a nice stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

nice simple bar. dinner amazing. nice queen was great jet tub an sitting room. perfect place
I'd stay again. room was better than I thought
parking is street but sends safe. breakfast gear to an included

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We arrived for just one night in early April - which is presumably the off-season, because the inn and the whole town of Eureka were delightfully quiet. Without request, Carter House upgraded us to a suite - and what a suite it was. We couldn't believe it when we walked in to a jacuzzi in the bedroom and a beautiful gas fireplace.

Obviously I can't promise everyone an upgrade, but the entire experience exuded this same sense of hospitality. From the complimentary bottles of water in the fridge (luxury hotels would charge an arm and a leg), to the complimentary glasses of wine (which we forgot to redeem, sigh), to the cookies and tea in the lobby at night, to our lovely waitress at 301, to the fact that we postponed our dinner reservation TWICE and they didn't mind, to the thorough directions to the Redwoods upon our departure - it's so clear that the Carter House team cares about its guests.

The inn itself is gorgeous - not on the water, but a 2 minute walk from the little inlet nearby. Everything is meticulously maintained - the charm of an old inn with all of the comfort and cleanliness of somewhere new. The dinner and breakfast were both generous and exquisite. I am reluctant to say "affordable" because that implies "cheap" and Carter House is anything but. That said, everything was very reasonably priced given the quality.

An incredibly professional operation and an enjoyable experience all around. Wish we could have spent more than one night.

Thank you Carter House!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

A group of us needed a place to stay while filming a commercial in the redwoods and so we went with highest rated on tripadvisor, and we were not disappointed. It was a cold and dreary week in the redwoods but there was nothing cold about this B&B. Each morning and each night we were welcomed by a roaring fire in the quaint lobby, and even warmer reception by the front desk. From the moment we checked in we felt as though our patronage was appreciated and even like we just a another member of the family. Breakfast, which is included, was made to order and very good. Dinner at the restaurant "301"? Even better. Fresh, local fare is the mainstay of the menu and even impressed our client. We had just come from filming in San Fran and this topped any of the 4 star restaurants we ate there. In fact, when they ran out of there fresh ingredients for there dessert, the chef came out and asked us if we would let him make us up something from the ingredients he did have. We obliged and we all ended up with caramel apple crepes topped with butter rum whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It was fantastic. The rooms were cozy, clean and well stocked with amenities. It felt much less like a hotel room and much more like a nice guest room made up just for you. It is definitely a unique and experience and located in an even more unique part of town, just take a walk around and you'll know what i mean.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 301 L Street, Eureka, CA 95501
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Location: United States > California > Eureka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Eureka
#3 Business Hotel in Eureka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carter House Inns 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern California's premier inn is an enclave of four magnificent Victorians perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town, Eureka. The luxurious accommodations at Carter House Inns and the sumptuous dining at its Restaurant 301 (considered among Northern California's best restaurants) set and indulgent tone for a marvelous visit to the giant redwood forests, rugged Pacific beaches and the other wonders of Northern California's Redwood Coast. ... more   less 
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