Since our first stay at the Requa Inn in July 2004, my husband and I have been dreaming about returning to this quaint little inn by the ocean where the serene state of mind is broken only by the sounds of the ocean and the wildlife.
We are now left wondering what happened to this inn over the past two years.
Booking a river side room, we were anticipating great views and an opportunity to relax. What we didn't anticipate was the non-stop traffic of boats, trailers, pickup trucks and disgruntled persons at all hours of the day and night.
We stayed in this inn 3 evenings and were subjected to so much noise, particularly profanity by persons walking/driving down to the river at all hours, that our charming little windows were shut, yet, the majority of those sounds permeated our quaint room.
The environment outside the inn was distracting enough. but those inside were anything but serene.
The innkeepers now elect to book children in separate rooms. Next to us, were three young people (ages 10-14), who did not have parental supervision for 2 of the 3 nights we were there. These children enjoyed dropping the toilet seat down continuously and yelling back and forth at each other. (You should know that you can hear everything between the walls of this inn). Of course, Mom and Dad were in another room of the inn so only we seemed to be subjected to this chaos. So much for the romantic aura the Requa paints on their website...
Is there more? Oh, yes!
When we first visited two years ago, we were overwhelmed by the wide array of choices in the dining room. Since that time, the innkeepers have made changes. Instead of having that option of a "candlelight table for 2," as a guest, you must sit at a communal table and make friends with everybody staying in the inn if you wish to eat.
And, regarding the actualy food: if you're vegetarians, as we are, forget it! Only the flesh of beasts is served for meals and it is made well-known that there are no substitutions or accommodations made for other dietary requests.
Finally, as if these 4 days could have more problems, the last morning we awoke after, again, a fitful night of sleep due to noise, only to discover that every guest in the inn had all of their gasoline stolen. What a way to begin the day!
My husband immediately informed the innkeeper of the thefts as soon as the discovery was made. The innkeeper responded by saying that was why he had a locking gas cap.
There was no apology. This certainly isn't the way to keep guests coming back to a remote inn.
We weren't expecting $50 to help us replace our losses, however, a bit of compassion would have been most welcome.
My advice to fellow travelers:
It was great to read all of the positive reviews on this website. Had we written a review in 2004, our feelings would be the same.
However, two years have changed a lot at this inn. It's a beautiful location, but keep in mind that it is a noisy place. It is no longer a Romantic getaway.
Buy earplugs. Bring along your own radio so you can make some sound to drown out the inside and the outside rumblings.
If you don't believe in eating animals, pack your own picnic dinner and head out to the bluff at the end of the Requa Road. You can watch a beautiful sunset and have a (picnic) table all to yourself!
Finally, buy a locking gas cap.
We were so...happy to leave this place! We'll definitely spend our travel dollars elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the mouth of Northern California's Klamath River, where the Redwoods meet the sea, the Requa Inn has been a home away from home for almost a century. Built from old growth redwood, the 12 room inn features private bathrooms in every guestroom and a sumptuous breakfast cooked to order every morning. Guests also enjoy the best of local organic food in the Inn's restaurant every evening with a fine selection of regional wines. Featuring wi-fi throughout the property, the Historic Requa Inn is the perfect basecamp for a redwood adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Requa Hotel Klamath