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Emerald Dolphin Inn
1211 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437   |  
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Ranked #12 of 22 hotels in Fort Bragg
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“favorite place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We always book a queen with jacuzzi tub for around $100. Its a value you can't beat! You can walk along the cliffs, play frisbee golf or mini-golf and to a local shopping center. We drove into the main part of town. It is a quiet location, rooms are very clean and comfortable. The tubs are not very big, they are heart shaped. For us, we fit comfortably but husband is not very tall or wide. The breakfast is just cereal, pastry/bagel and hot tea or coffee. It's ok but is even better if you get fruit to go with it from local market.

  • Stayed February 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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EDIFortBragg, Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. It is always nice to have couples join us for a getaway from reality:) We have several beautiful rooms with king or queen beds that offer a corner jetted spa tub that seats two with fireplaces. Our rooms come complete with all the beauty, charm, and upscale amenities, but with a more affordable rate than other hotels offer. Just a short walk out of your guest room door will lead you to the ocean cliffs. Hopefully you saw some whale spouts or one of our amazing sunsets!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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El Cerrito, CA
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed here with our dog during the off season. The inn is very convenient to downtown Fort Bragg and several of the attractions in the area, especially the off-leash dog beach. Our room was clean and comfortable, facing the south side of the property (this is important as it is near the south field which doubled as the canine bathroom).

There is a mini-golf course & arcade right on the property (we did not take advantage of this during our stay). And a down a side street (Ocean View Dr.) is, well, a cliff view of the ocean. The property also gave us two free passes to the Botanical Gardens.

One thing prevents me from giving this place 5 points. Considering it's dog-friendly, a hand-held shower head, or an outdoor hose would have been really helpful (our dog got pretty dirty at the beach and washing her was difficult).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Market Weighton, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We recently made an unscheduled stop in Ft Bragg on our way back to Los angeles, so checked into the Emerald Dolphin. It was a fantastic little find! The room was comfortable and well appointed. We were there out of season so paid very little money, and in fact even on the rest of the trip paid more than double for other rooms that were no way as nice as this find. It is a short walk from a very nice restaurant, and on a good day the town is not far, although we were caught in a storm so drove into the centre for supper. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a good room in a very pretty location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I recently stayed at the Emerald Dolphin Inn in Fort Bragg, CA for three nights and greatly enjoyed my stay! The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially the owner Kim Queen. She assisted us on a couple occasions and provided great service. The room (spa suite) was very clean and comfortable. The spa was a great addition and the bed was very comfortable. We were in the annex building across from the lobby of the hotel. This provided us with a very quiet stay, we didn’t hear our neighbors or the highway once. The continental breakfast is a typical one, providing cereal, pastries, juice and coffee. Not a gourmet meal, but all we needed to start off the day. :) I would definitely recommend staying at the Emerald Dolphin Inn and I would stay here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ukiah, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I've stayed here a couple of times and recommend it as a clean, comfortable option when staying on the Mendocino Coast. I live in inland Mendocino County and like to come over to the coast for weekend visits. The 200+ a night options are nice for an occasional splurge, but most of the time I am looking for something less expensive. This is a good option. No grand ocean views, but convenient to either Fort Bragg or Mendocino.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I bought a "Group-on" voucher for this Inn back in March of this year. My wife and I finally decided to take a drive up to Fort Bragg and use it. The Inn is in reality a run of the mill motel, however the rooms are clean and fresh. The staff is pleasant and accommodating. We would not stay there again, as there many more places in Fort Bragg that have more to offer.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EDIFortBragg, Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
The Emerald Dolphin Inn is an extremely well maintained three diamond facility and one of the newest motels on the Mendocino Coast. You will find cherrywood furnishings, granite counters, upscale linens and complimentary guest amenities. Within walking distance to the ocean bluffs with a gorgeous paved walking trail, and close to all attractions Fort Bragg has to offer. In addition, you will find a beautiful 18 hole miniature golf course, family fun center, and hair salon on the property. Complimentary tickets for the mini golf were included with this guest's stay. Although our rates are comparable with lesser quality inns that do not offer any kind of morning meal, we do offer our guests a great cup of Jo, other beverages, and a simple variety of cereals and pastries to get you going in the morning... complimentary. No hidden fees, no room upcharges. Motel 6? We think not.
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Auburn, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

There are two separate buildings, separated by a two lane street. The rooms were very nice and what I would expect for the price we paid....clean, quiet, comfortably sized with nice furniture and beds. HOWEVER.... one of the reasons for choosing this property was the advertised inclusion of a continental breakfast. Especially since breakfast for four can be pricey. What a dissappointment. It included (mind you for the entire property) only two choices of cold cereal, approx 12 tiny danishes in a case, and instant oatmeal if you wanted it. That's it.... and all housed in the small office lobby across the street that only fit four people with no-place to sit. We went to McDonalds across the street on the second morning.
If value is what you're looking for, do not consider the offering of a "Breakfast" as part of the deal. You are paying for the room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1211 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the newest Inns on the Coast, Emerald Dolphin's guest rooms bring luxurious comfort, gracious hospitality, and first class service to the Mendocino Coast. Located within walking distance to the Ocean Bluffs. Some jetted spa & fireplace suites. Complimentary continental breakfast, WIFI and many other amenities. Pet friendly rooms available. 18 hole Miniature Golf Course, fabulous restaurants, shops, galleries, and entertainment nearby. AAA approved- Three Diamonds Award. ... more   less 
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