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“Absolutely Fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
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1258 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA 95076   |  
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Nottingham, England
1 review
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“Absolutely Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

My partner and I have have just returned from a 5 night stay at the Flora Vista Inn. We could not have picked a better B&B. The innkeepers Eddie and Deanna could not do enough to make your stay comfortable. Deanna's recommendations were fantastic - from places to visit to restaurants or activities off the beaten track she was spot on and took into account what we were particularly looking for.

Our room was of exceptionally clean and had a large whirlpool bath in the corner of the bedroom. Whilst we really enjoyed the arrangement, it may not to be in everyone's tastes. However we saw other rooms which also had whirlpool baths but in a conventional bathroom set up.

The breakfasts provided were absolutely lovely and the portions massive. Typically, fruit, coffee/tea, juice (a number of types depending on your preference) then an egg dish or a sweet dish - waffles, delicious pancakes, french toast etc. Deanna cooks everything fresh in the morning so you can arrange with her what you particularly want and she is more than willing to accommodate your likes and dislikes.

In the evening, there is a wine and cheese reception. The appetisers prepared by Deanna once again took into account individual preferences and were absolutely delicious.

The area in which the inn is situation is a couple of miles off motorway 1 and is only half an hour at most from Monterrey and ten minutes from Santa Cruz. Therefore it is easily accessible to the main sites in the area - Carmel, Big Sur etc without being in a typically touristy location. It is only a ten minute walk from a spectacular (and predominately deserted) beach which runs for 15 miles. There is also a fantastic clay tennis court and Deanna is more than welcoming to let you borrow rackets and balls etc.

The Flora Vista Inn is not for everyone - if you want nightlife the inn is simply situated in too much of a rural location. I also noted a tendency from other trip advisor reviews that the people who have stayed at the inn have been of the older generation. I would not let this detract from anyone wishing to staying there. I am 23 and, absolutely loved the property and people. There is free wifi throughout the inn and tvs in each room - so there is no problem in keeping in touch with the outside world. The inn also has a beautiful porch and gardens so there is ample room to sit and relax in total peace if you would prefer.

From Deanna's personal touches - running out of the inn after us with bottles of water or folding chairs to take to the beach - to the lovely location, this is a fabulous inn and I would recommend it to anyone.

We will certainly be making the trip back from England to visit the Flora Vista Inn again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
San Jose
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

My daughter chose Flora Vista Inn to hold her small intimate wedding. It was the perfect choice! The location was terrific. A few minutes walk to a delightful beach or a few minutes drive to Monterey or the Santa Cruz, Aptos area where there is a very nice selection of restaurants for lunch and dinner. Personally, I just loved sitting on the back veranda and taking in the beautiful panoramic view of strawberry and flower fields. The ammenties were wonderful; fluffy white towels, crisp clean sheets, great pillows, well appointed and very clean rooms. The Inn offers wine and cheese, featuring local wines, in the afternoon and a fantastic gourmet breakfast including local organic fruits and vegetables. The innkeepers, Deanna and Eddie, are very welcoming and friendly. They were very attentive to all our needs, even the early risers were greeted with fresh brewed coffee and homemade granola bars. They were also very knowledgeable about the area and had good suggestions for rental and catering companies.
It was a beautiful wedding and a wonderful day. I couldn't have imagined it being any better. Flora Vista Inn was the perfect choice!
Happy Mom in San Jose

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SAn Francisco
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2008

This is a lovely little place. The innkeepers, Deanna and Ed, are friendly and fun, and the food is delicious. I was in he area for a horse show and so arrived late and had to leave early some mornings. They were very accomodating and still had a light breakfast for me at an early hour. I hadn't stayed in a B&B for several years, and felt a little like I was intruding in someone's house at first, but Deanna and ED put me at ease with just the right amount of interaction and leaving me on my own.
La Selva Beach is a beautiful area that feels like it is miles from nowhere, but really close to Monterey and Santa Cruz. I highly recommend this place and the area for a relaxing getaway!

  • Liked — Comforatable, relaxing, great beakfast!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Flora Vista Inn is a spectacular place to stay in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area. The owners are lovely, extremely accommodating people. Breakfasts are HUGE and delicious. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The house itself is charming and we thoroughly enjoyed the quiet, relaxing atmosphere. We found the rates to be very affordable especially considering the amazing food.

We really appreciated their offer to make dinner reservations for us and their restaurant recommendation was excellent. Wine and cheese hour was also very nice. In fact every bite of food we had at Flora Vista Inn was outstanding! The beautiful grounds made for a stunning view out our windows.

We will be returning again soon and can't wait to enjoy relaxing in comfort at Flora Vista Inn.

  • Liked — The amazing food!
  • Disliked — Nothing! Everything was fabulous!
  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2008

The historic inn, is in a beautiful area, easy access and close to plenty of places for just about anything. The local beaches are simply beautiful, be sure to visit the capitola coast line when there.
The house is clean, well maintained, but did not have a genuine welcoming feeling. The hosts were nice, but we felt stifled while there. We reserved the calla lily room, way, way over priced. There was no place for our little suit cases, we had to keep them on the floor, in our way. However, there is an armoire for hangables. In the bathroom, there was only a little, very tiny shelf with almost zero room to set any of my toiletries. My cosmetic bag also sat on the floor. The four poster bed was comfortable but was uncomfortably noisy. Our "loving" noise making was cut real short because of it. We tried a few simple noise reduction things, but they didn't help. Just leaning against the bed to put your shoes on made noise.
I have stayed in enough B&B's across the usa, to know a difference between great and not so good. There's plenty of other places, keep searching. I would never go back to this inn, I don't recommend it.

  • Liked — location to beach and easy access to different roadways
  • Disliked — stifling and way over priced
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riverwoods, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2007

We stayed in the Cala Lily room for one night. My husband and I were looking for a place to stay on the way to Pebble Beach from San Jose. The Inn is fabulous. The view from our room was amazing. We loved looking out at the fields of flowers. The beach was a short walk from the Inn. We enjoyed a glass of wine and snack on the patio before dinner. The owners went out of their way to make this a great experience. My husband, who is not a big fan of B & B's, loved staying here. Lots of little touches, like beautiful and delicious cookies left in our room after dinner and homemade granola bars in the morning, made this a memorable weekend. Breakfast was delicious. Great place.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed September 2007, 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
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Berkeley, ca
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2007

We booked a weekend in the Inn at the last minute, and found a very pleasant Inn. The property was opened fairly recently, and it shows it was recently upgraded. We could bring our 1yr old without trouble. The innkeepers gave us a warm welcome and kept us pampered for the rest of the weekend with nice homecooked breakfast and some wine and cheese in the PM. The inn is in striking distance of Santa Cruz and Monterey, but also has the beach very close by, or a deck and lawn to just chill on the property. A good destination to unwind from the busy life!

  • Liked — Hospitality, hot tub
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 1258 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA 95076
Location: United States > California > La Selva Beach
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in La Selva Beach
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Number of rooms: 5

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