What an overpriced joke. I have no idea why these previous visitors were so taken with the place. You can't get by on a view forever. The place has not been updated since at least the 80's. It looked like my first condo (built in the 70s). Mold in the (teeny) tub-not suitable for sharing. Formica sink. No clock, no phone, no TV, no VCR, no DVD--a fireplace and a bed and a view. If you want extra soaps, they SELL THEM in the "lobby". How cheap can they be? The owner is a doctor and his wife who live in S.F. The wife (the primary owner) has taken comments guests have written in journals in the room and turned it into a BOOK that she sells! Such entrepreneurial bunk. This place is supposed to be romantic (no phone and no TVs under the guise of relaxation--really utter cheapness. Mold is not romantic, and even lovers like to know the time eventually. The room smelled (like dirty feet), the carpet was stained. There is a "community room" with a few World Books and oh yes, a framed article about the owners' daughter who is a gymnast or something. Even a small B&B has paperbacks and decent games to loan. The "Community Room" looked like--so help me G--d--a camp community hall.
There are no amenities, and nothing compelling except the beautiful California coastline and a lot of fog-which of course keeps you indoors--in the moldy, smelly room. And this might be a bit more acceptable, if it weren't $250+ a night. Highway robbery. And a waste of money we didn't have to waste. It was supposed to be the highlight of our romantic trip away from our kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a motto here at the Whale Watch Inn and it is to provide you with "World Class service in a World Class setting." With 18 beautifully decorated guest rooms each with a dynamic view of the ocean, our rooms also all include a private deck and wood burning fireplace. Also included with your stay is a full gourmet breakfast delivered right to your room every morning of your stay! Our staff here is committed to making your stay an out of this world experience by accommodating your needs, and paying attention to the details. We hope you will join us soon, the ocean is waiting! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Whale Watch Inn By The Sea Hotel Gualala