My fiance and I stayed here for one night last week. Unlike the other reviewers, we were looking for more modestly priced accomodations, so we asked for the cheapest room (the Diamond Room at $139/night). The room itself was just okay (small, cozy, a bit too floral), but what made this inn worth the stay were a) the view and b) the little details that the innkeepers thought of.
The view of the ocean and nearby cliffs really is excellent. In their front garden, they have a few reasonably comfy, spacious wooden lawn chairs set up. We were there on a Sunday night, and we had the chairs all to ourselves to enjoy the sunset. In the early morning, the chairs offered a great vantage point from which to watch for whales. (The breakfast room also has an expansive view of the ocean, but it wasn't nearly as peaceful and relaxing as admiring the view from outside with the birds circling overhead.)
We really appreciated the little details the inn offered. They have a small collection of videos and boardgames you can borrow. (The videos came in handy since there's not much to do in Mendocino at night.) Our room also came with a binder containing all the menus of local restaurants. Most usefully, the innkeeper had made his own maps of the state parks around Mendocino and Fort Bragg, which give suggestions about what trails to take. They also had hot chocolate available all night long in the room adjacent to the breakfast room.
Breakfast was good (not mouthwatering, but pleasant and satisfying)...that morning, we had homemade applesauce, orange scones, strawberry French toast, and ham or sausage. The scones were really, really delicious. Everything else was just good. The tables are communal, so you get to meet the other guests staying at the hotel.
I really liked the innkeepers, especially the guy, who seemed to genuinely love the area and gave enthusiastic recommendations about what to see. (He gave us a great tip about an Indian restaurant in Jenner, which turned out to be a tasty lunch.)
Hope that helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 8 romantic cottages and 2 rooms feature K or Q feather beds,sherry, fireplaces,ocean views, private decks, TV, HBO and wireless internet. The private baths are complete with luxury robes and amenities, most have spa tubs. A thoughtfully prepared breakfast is served in the breakfast room where you can choose a table for two and watch the ocean surf. Our guest services room has movies, hot beverages, ice machine, books, C.D.'s, popcorn, all available 24 hours a day. The garden's Adirondack chairs provide a front row seat for spectacular sunsets, whale and wave watching. The inn's gardens have color year round. A two person love seat swing and a hammock hang from 100 year old cypress trees that face the sea.The inn is less that 1/2 mile from the historic village of Mendocino and worlds away from the stress of everyday life. Hiking, biking, canoeing, golf, tennis, spas, dining, theatre, shopping, wine tasting, galleries are some of the many activities here. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agate Cove Hotel Mendocino