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“A lovely Surprize!” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 1317, Gualala, CA 95445   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Gualala
Portola, California
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“A lovely Surprize!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We drove down the Mendocino Coast enjoying the beauty and looking for a place to stay for the night, when we ate at The Chowder House our waitress recommended The Seacliff! What a beautiful place!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Altos, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

As I write this the ocean is breaking on the sandy beach just outside the large picture windows of my room at the Seacliff Hotel in Gualala. The sound of breaking waves will be a constant backdrop to your visit here.

The rooms at Seacliff are simply, but nicely, furnished (see pictures), and the facilities are clean and well maintained. Flat screen TVs have been installed in the rooms and a good wireless internet is available at no charge. Cell phone service is also now available in town.

A gas fireplace provides heat, and there is a deep Jacuzzi tub for soaking. Bubble bath is also provided! Binoculars and robes are provided, which are nice amenities as you relax, and do some whale watching.

With the recession, some cuts have been made. You used to have a choice of a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider; now it is just sparkling cider. Also, the soaps and shampoos are now smaller in size.

Restaurant choices in town are somewhat limited, and many places close at 8:00 PM, especially in the winter.

For a two-night (Friday & Saturday) stay I paid $355.00 (including taxes). This is for an upper floor room, which has a nice vaulted ceiling.

There is no food service in the hotel, but a local café (Trinks) is a very short walk away. That is a good place to go for breakfast.

The hotel is a quiet, peaceful, place and a great location for a restful or romantic getaway. What truly makes this hotel special are the incredible views out over the Pacific ocean.

This hotel is well worth a visit!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Peak District
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We turned up on spec having eaten in Gualala and it had got dark. The place looked deserted. It seemed a bit pricey when we asked but decided to stay and were pleased we did. The rooms are huge and face straight onto the pacific. We then found out the room had a whirlpool, and a fake log fire. The whirlpool was great - only downside was that the whole room filled with chlorine smelling steam and took a while to clear. The log fire was a great idea but it didn't work. We then found a complimentary bottle of sparkling apple juice. Was great to sit out on the balcony and drink it - shame they had only provided cheap plastic chairs to sit on. The bed was very comfortable; unfortunately the TV looked to be 20 years old and the remote control didnt work properly.

There was only one other couple staying in the place the night we were there - surprising they don't drop their prices more and/or improve their marketing in the quiet periods to atract more customers........

One final thing - they didn't offer any breakfast. This was very unusual given the price charged and they fact they had a huge lobby that wasnt being used for anything.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

We stayed here one night on our way down the coast. The views from our room were amazing! The sun set over the Pacific was beautiful. The rooms were nice, with large windows overlooking the ocean. The whirlpool tub was a nice treat after the gorgeous sunset. The staff was friendly and courteous, offering numerous dinner options.
This hotel is a must if you are going to be in the Gualala area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

Very clean, delightful staff, comfortable bed. We stayed in the top floor, it had vaulted ceilings so the room feels bigger. (spend the extra $10.00 for upstairs if possible) The little balcony outside your room overlooking the ocean and the sunset, what else needs to be said. We had spectacular weather. You are on the coast though and the ocean is at your back door, so a coat or sweater is a good thing to pack. Easy ride up the north highway one.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011 via mobile

My wife and I stayed last christmas here. The staff was maybe a little rough around the edges, but it is Gualala. I must say the whole area can be a bit rough.
The room though, what a treat. What you are getting is an unobstructed view of the ocean from about 70 feet up. We just sat all day in the two recliners watching the river feed into the ocean. I couldn't have asked for a better relaxing day.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We paid $140 a night for a first floor room (before taxes). Price was well worth it because:
1) the room overlooked the beach and ocean. From our private balcony, we watched the sun set. We both agreed the view was one of the best we have ever had from a hotel room (keep in mind that I am middle aged, not easily impressed and cynical);
2) after dark, the view of the sky was beyond incredible: we saw the milky way, the dippers, and thousands of stars;
3) the bathroom is huge and features a two person jacuzzi;
4) the room has a gas fireplace;
5) the room is a decent size and decorated in a cottage motif; and
6) lots of restaurants and a supermarket which sells champagne within walking distance.
Our only complaint was that the television was a small box left over from the early 80s (I am not joking). We compensated by sitting outside and watching the sky instead.
If you want to bring romance back into your relationship (or seduce somebody), stay here.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 1317, Gualala, CA 95445
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Gualala
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Gualala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
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