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“... a ghost of memories” 4 of 5 stars
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30 Calendar Way, Inverness, CA 94937   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 Inverness B&B and Inns
Santa Barbara
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
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“... a ghost of memories”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2008

We first stayed at Manka's in 1996 and have visited maybe 10 times since then. Point Reyes is one of our favorite places in the world. When you combine the natural beauty of the wooded hills reaching down to the sea with fresh, organic locally produced food and unlimited hiking throughout the national seashore you have a dream.

Manka's sits amid this Northern California woodland treasure as a throwback hunting lodge recreated and updated in an amazing way to allow you to gaze into the fire and find the peace today's pace rarely allows. We've sat on the couch petting Louie, their by gone dog and watching the cook lean into the fireplace to cook some locally sourced game. A wine list to please anyone and Christmas decorations hand made and natural as the whole experience.

So why write this if the main lodge has burned down along with my memories. My reason is to encourage you to visit Point Reyes and since you are there give Manka's a try. Since many of the rooms were located adjacent to the main lodge they survive and soldier on. I don't believe you can center your visit on the lodge anymore but with everything the area has to offer maybe that's an improvement.

Hike out to Tomales Point to see the wild Elk in their natural habitat. Walk down Limantour Spit and maybe see a whale from shore. Mountain bike along Bear Valley trail up over the ridge and down to the beach.

Drive over to Marshall to kayak Tomales Bay or eat fresh oysters at the Hog Island Oyster Company. Stop in Point Reyes Station and visit the original Cowgirl Creamery with all the cheese you can imagine. Then come back to your room at Manka's and be happy you have a place to sleep so close to all this fun.

No, the lodge is not the same and may never be but it still is better than most places if you love the things I've outlined above. The treasure is Point Reyes and that is the point!

Stayed December 2006
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

Surprised at some of the negative comments about this place - maybe it has got worse but I have to say that my husband and I totally fell in love with this place. The rooms, the home-made marshmallows by the fire, the outdoor shower - beautiful. We thought that the staff were lovely.
Hope that it re-opens soon

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2008

We have stayed at Manka's several times and it is truly a special place. I was surprised by the negative comments and felt that I had to add our experience. I have stayed two or three times in the Annex and found it quite comfortable. The rooms are rustic - remember, this is an old hunting lodge - but we found them charming. The service was good, food excellent and they even allow dogs (with extra charge).

  • Liked — Charm and romance
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2004, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Point Reyes Station, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

If you're looking for a slick Ritz Carlton or St. Regis experience this isn't the place--better stay in San Francisco (I recommend the club floors there).

But if you want an AUTHENTIC, personal, charming, quirky and memorable experience, Mankas is the place.

You have to have the right attitude to appreciate this place--it's a fabulous adventure if you do. Just be nice to the staff and tell them what you need--if at all possible in advance (don't expect room service 24 hours a day, etc), and remember, you are literally in the wilds out there, so appreciate the lovely cozy rooms, some with fireplaces.

Think Ralph Lauren meets a hunting lodge (or, in one case, a boathouse literally on the bay).

This place has a true personal touch from chef owner Margaret Grade, and each room is slightly different with antiques and amusing oddities.

You can arrange, in advance, for personal dinners cooked for you, sometimes meats grilled right in your fireplace. It's fantastic!

Bottom line--if you have an attitude and are stuffy and want stuffy luxury, stay somewhere else.

If you appreciate something different and special (and can afford it) you can't get much different or more special than Mankas.

  • Liked — That it's totally unique in the world, not another cookie-cutter hotel
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2007

Expensive and underwhelming. The cabin was nice but could have used more cleaning. We had to hustle our own firewood (in the rain). Our breakfast was an hour late. Then we had to call to remind them. One of the worst breakfasts we ever had at a B&B. There was hardly anything to it.

Most of the staff was okay; others need to learn what customer service is all about. This is particularly true of the owner/manager. She is good at blaming staff for any problems that may arise. She does not know how to accept responsibility.

There are much better places to enjoy your time with those you love.

Stayed September 2007
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Sacramento, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2007

The lodge looked great on the website. Once we arrived, however, everything changed. The room was over the very noisy restaurant, looked out over the gravel parking lot and the front entrance. Big groups coming and going, people talking to their friends with the engines of their cars running, all right under our window!. We tried going inside our 10 x 10' room, and closing the windows. It was stifling, as there was no other ventilation, and still noisy. We gave up and went into town for dinner. We were woken repeatedly that night by cars, people returning, and the lovely sound of kitchen mats being hosed off under our window! No coffee to be had by 8am, despite a special request when we checked in. (and none in the rooms). Annoyed, and exhausted, we decided to spend the day in Point Reyes, and find somewhere to eat on the way back. When we requested that our dinner reservation for that night be cancelled, we were told they required 48 hours notice. We would be charged $55.00 each even if we did not dine in the restaurant.
Spent 2nd night with stereo blasting ocean wave sounds to drown out noise of restaurant. Couldn't wait to get out of there!

  • Liked — The decor
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Brooklyn, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2007

We stayed an an annex room with a fireplace, a huge bathroom, a Jacuzzi, and a very comfortable feather bed. We ate in the restaurant
one night. The food was fantastic although the service was spotty. The location is remote, but there is still a lot to see and do nearby.

  • Liked — The cozy room with fireplace
  • Disliked — Some questionable service at dinner
  • Stayed March 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 30 Calendar Way, Inverness, CA 94937
Location: United States > California > Inverness
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Inverness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Due to a fire, Manka's is closed until further notice. ... more   less 
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