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“A Return Visit Proves to be a Huge Disappointment” 1 of 5 stars
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Historic Requa Inn
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   451 Requa Road, Klamath, CA 95548   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Klamath B&B and Inns
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“A Return Visit Proves to be a Huge Disappointment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2006

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.

  • Liked — The views, ocean access
  • Disliked — The noise
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring earplugs and buy a locking gas cap
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2006

If you are looking for a quaint Inn in a beautiful and remote location, the Requa Inn is your place. It is located near the mouth of the Klamath River near the California - Oregon border and backs up to part of Redwoods National Park.

The hotel / Inn is over 100 years old, but has been faithfully restored. Our room was a large corner room with views of the river. The pillows and duvet were down and the linens were good quality. The bathroom was small, but everything worked and we had no problem with hot water.

The rate was very reasonable - $155 per nite - which includes a cooked to order breakfast for two. Breakfast was excellent - all organic with homemade breads, muffins, etc. We didn't eat dinner there, but the menu looked excellent. The dining room has a beautiful river view.

Because of the buildings age, the owners warn you that the rooms are not very sound proof, but we didn't have a problem with noise. All the rooms are on the 2nd floor and it doesn't have handicap access.

We loved the location, the rooms and the innkeepers. We plan to go back often.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2006

The Requa Inn has a lot of potential. The location is lovely, along a river and easiy accessible off of the highway (route 101). The rustic feeling of the first floor with the common area around a big fireplace and the large dining room fit right in with the "back-woods" feeling of the area. But the room we stayed in was a little too "rustic" for my taste, especially when paying $125 per night. The bed was fine, and the furniture was serviceable if a bit old, but the old wall to wall rug, the dated wallpaper, and the bathroom were all in need of a serious update. I peeked into some of the other open rooms when we arrived, and in fact we may have chosen poorly as other rooms were more updated and attractive. So if you stay here, choose carefully.

The dinner is well worth the $18 per person, and sitting around the common dining table with other guests was a lot of fun. The wine list is excellent, and the prices are quite reasonable for that, too. I cannot imagine why anyone wouldn't eat here as the nearest restaurants lack the elegance of the food on offer here, but the inn's dining atmosphere is hardly stuffy or pretentious.

Breakfast was fine, if not inspired. They offer a variety of options, which is nice, but because of the variety, all are rather simple -- scrambled eggs, toast, yogurt, cereal.

Finally, the inn owners both seemed a bit stressed out with the lifestyle of inn-keeping. Perhaps we just caught them on a bad day, and certainly the job of an innkeeper is not an easy one. But compared to other inns we stayed at on this trip at which the owners seemed genuinely happy to be hosting guests, here there was a bit of tension.

Overall, a serviceable room was a disappointment, but the dinner was a delight. Choose your room carefully, don't expect opulence, and you will probably enjoy your stay here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2006

When we travel, we look for the authentic (no Tudor inn in the California redwoods), the low-key (no pretentious, overpriced la-de-da), the intimate (no jostling crowds or gawkers peering over your dining table to take a picture of the sunset). Requa Inn, out of Klamath, California, suits us fine.

Rooms are outfitted with the usual Victorian gingerbread, though tastefully chosen. The king-size bed in the southeast corner room is one of the more comfortable we've ever slept on, and it was fun to bathe in the clawfoot tub and peer out of the upstairs window.

Bring your earplugs. Though the out-of-the-way location is naturally quiet, if the owners' dog sees a bear, she barks. Good girl. Oh, and bring your own shower cap; my mom felt the lack of one in her shower-equipped room. Bring your hiking shoes; you'll want to explore some of the back roads.

This place is laid-back and restful. Grab a book from the library and go rock on the porch with the other happy guests. Outdoor beauty and inner peace is what it's all about.

One important point: if you plan to eat dinner in their dining room, be sure they plan to serve it. We were told we'd be on our own unless the inn was full. Call ahead to find out the plans du jour. It's a long drive to the nearest restaurant.

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Address: 451 Requa Road, Klamath, CA 95548
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Location: United States > California > Klamath
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Klamath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Historic Requa Inn 3.5*
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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