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“Romantic and Comfy” 4 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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“Romantic and Comfy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

My husband and I were returning from a hiking trip in Oregon and decided to stay in Eureka on the spur of the moment rather than try to drive all the way home that day. If we had wanted a standard experience we would have driven Interstate 5, but we had headed for 101 and the scenic redwoods. We checked TripAdvisor about 75 miles before we got to town and wanted to stay at one of the Victorians in the area on a Friday. The online booking options at that late time did not seem to work for the Carter House so we decided to just stop in and see. Fortunately there were multiple rooms available and LIndsay, the manager at the desk, offered us a suite with a moderate discount. The room was really fun, with a big, round Jacuzzi looking out over the intersection toward the bay (yes we kept the blinds closed while we soaked) and a sitting room with a gas fireplace. The decor seemed a little dated (1990ish?) but they clearly were aiming for timelessness and mostly succeeded. It was a delight to be able to just walk downstairs to a good restaurant with GREAT oysters, an obvious dedication to using seasonal ingredients on the menu, and a wine list that is boggling just to read. The staff was eager to please, so don't hesitate to ask for what you want or need. If you don't get it, it probably means that this isn't the place you want to stay. Victorian buildings are old and quirky, so I'm impressed that the innkeepers manage to keep them going at all!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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Playa del Carmen
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This is a great place to stay if you want a base while visiting the Red Wood forests. The rooms are lovely and the bed sheets are the best I have ever experience at any hotel, and believe me, I've stayed in many hundreds over the years!
The great thin about this Inn is that it also has a great Restaurant where you can dine in the evening.
Highly recommended would definitely go back!

  • Stayed May 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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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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Santa Rosa, California
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21 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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Stockholm, NJ
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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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Additional Information about Carter House Inns

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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Eureka
#1 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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