The fact that I was traveling without children may have helped bumped this review to a 5, but even with kids it would have been at least a 4.5. When I review a hotel, I write it for hotels with comparable prices. I know there are hotels in the area that are more exclusive and quiet, but they are also more expensive.
My positive experiance started with making my reservation - I booked well in advance and let them know it was our anniversary, and they went out of their way to reserve the best room in our price point. (This was a splurge for us, I would not normally spend over $200 on a room.) When we arrived we were in the room he had reserved for us, there was a convenient wood storage area next to the door for the fireplace, the fireplace was set inside, and there was a card with 2 AWESOME truffles waiting for us. We had a large room with a couch, table, and a fridge, and everything felt very clean and up to date. THe bathroom was HUGE, as was the Jacuzzi tub. Again, I felt like the bathroom was very clean, and I felt completely comfortable taking advantage of the jacuzzi tub. Another nice thing about this location is that there is a small spa and golf course on site - which we did take advantage of. Both were more than we might pay for a similar experiance closer to home, but I wasn't surprised at the increased price,a s Mendocino is so isolated.
One thing to keep in mind, is that the restaurant does get crowded, but we worked around that by having meals delivered to our room and enjoying our own great view of the ocean!
The hotel is not on the ocean side of Hwy 1, as many people have stated, but we had a second story room with a balcony, and I heard the waves crashing more than I heard any noise from traffic. We were over a grassy area, where kids do sometimes play, but again I spent more time listening to the ocean thatn I did listening to the kids.
I am sure that there are hotels with a more exclusive feel, and which may be even quieter, however, based on what I saw when I was booking our stay, they are also amore expensive.
I gave a 5 because for the price we paid, I felt like we had an amazing experiance, great encounters with the staf, good food, a cozy clean room, and a gorgeous view of the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A classic coastal resort with spectacular ocean views, scrumptious breakfasts and dinners in the garden-view dining room, lighter fare and libations in the popular Ole's Whale Watch Bar, golf course and tennis courts, inspirational meeting facilities, and pampering in the Day Spa. A tradition of family hospitality since 1939 will make you feel welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Little River Hotel Little River
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