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Sea Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   44960 Albion Street, PO Box 317, Mendocino, CA 95460   |  
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Ranked #8 of 24 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Roseville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Our Favorite for 24 Years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

We have been visiting the Sea Gull for over 24 years. We've tried others, but always come back. We love to just park our car right in front and never have to drive again till it's time to go home. We knew the previous owner and now are getting to know Ayla and Jim, the nice folks who have run SGI for the past two years. It's such a charming old farm house... you feel like you are staying at Grandmas. Ayla's muffins & scones are yummy, and organic. Pick up some cheese, crunchy bread and a bottle of wine from Mendosa's and enjoy the serenity of the intimate little shaded garden in back.... Pure pleasure.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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EastBay
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2009

Excellent service, great hospitality, thoughtful breakfast, rooms were clean, weather couldn't be better. A "must do again."

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rocklin
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

I hate writing this review because it may mean I'll have a harder time reserving a room at the Sea Gull Inn in the future. However, it must be said that this is easily the best B&B in Mendocino. We stayed at the McCallum House for a few years then discovered the Sea Gull Inn - a far better value and authentic experience. If you enjoy beautiful landscaping, you'll truly appreciate the beautiful display at Sea Gull Inn. This place is a winner!

Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009

For our fifth year in a row, we stayed at the Sea Gull Inn. Each time we have tried a different room and have enjoyed each one. This time we shared the Barn with friends and had a fabulous time. Although this room comes with a TV and movies, we never turned it on! We have always enjoyed our time with Jim and Ayla and this time was no exception. One night they joined us (Sparky and Sophie too) and we shared wine and stories until late into the evening. We love the location and the garden setting. Jim and Ayla most definitely go out of their way to may your stay the best it could be. They have lots of info about the local places and can always recommend a place to eat or to go should you need advice. The breakfasts just keep getting better. It is usually a lot more than I can eat (that's where the hubby comes in). We have already reserved our time for next year!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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20 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2009

My hubby and I stayed here two nights during the annual Whale Festival. We were in the Sea Urchin room, which indeed is very small but was fine for our needs. Yes, as another reviewer noted, the bed is pushed against the wall so that is something to consider before reserving this room - how agile are you to crawl across the bed so to not disturb your partner if you are sleeping on the wall side and need to get up in the middle of the night? The ceilings at the sides of the room are low. I kept bumping my head when I reached for the towel bar in the bathroom. The shower head was a bit odd but there was plenty of water and water pressure to rinse my hair when I washed it. My only complaint about the bathroom is there is only one tiny shelf to put toiletries. This inn is in an old building so it is not a sleek, modern, place though it has its charms. The cafe next door has a fan or other machinery that can be heard if the window is open, so that could bother you if you have the window open at night.

The hosts were gracious and helpful and the breakfasts were fantastic. I've had scones before at an English-style tea room and they were like heavy biscuits but the scones we had for one of the breakfasts were so light they practically floated off the plate.

We had a great stay and are definitely coming back!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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modesto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

What a treat! Our hosts were so nice and the breakfasts -WOW! I never knew that eating organic could taste so good! The rooms are very comfy and really relaxing. No T.V. , phone or alarm clock. Now that is a vacation! Our cell phones worked just fine but, we decided to turn them off anyway just not to spoil the perfection of being there. This place is located next to everything you could possibly want. Pizza and Mendocino chocolate are just behind this great place and there is Mendocino cafe on the corner next door if you want a nice dinner. Great view from lookout room 1 . Bring a good book or pick one of theirs. They have a little library and games to choose from if you do have any time that you actually spend there. Out of all of our travels this is in my top two. We were there for Feb13-16th and it rained the entire time. It was still lovely and wouldn't trade it for anything. Check out the attached pictures to really get a feel for this little gem. If you go, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed February 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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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

OK, full disclosure: I have known the proprietors of the Sea Gull Inn for a long time. They're good friends of mine. That said, I hope to give an honest review.

The Sea Gull Inn is a charming old place on a quiet side street in downtown Mendocino. Our trip involved a group of four families all staying there and it was a great place for such a gathering. The kids all stayed in "The Barn" - a larger two-story building with plenty of room for the of seven of them. My wife and I were in "Driftwood", a brightly decorated room with a queen bed and a twin. All rooms have private baths, and ours was nicely appointed. Decor is eclectic - our room had a number of old photos on the wall as well as some prints done by Ayla (who along with her husband Jim own the inn). The rooms surround an absolutely gorgeous garden that makes a great place for a picnic-style lunch on a nice day. Breakfast at the Sea Gull is served in your room - there is no dining room or sitting room. (This is good for those of you who like the bed-and-breakfast experience but aren't fond of making conversations with strangers over your morning coffee.) Breakfasts are made by Ayla and include items like homemade scones, frittatta, etc. The inn is on a quiet side street off of one of the main downtown roads, so you're right near the shopping, restaurants, and ocean. Prices at the Sea Gull are very reasonable for Mendocino. I didn't do any comparisons but I would guess that they're among the least expensive inns in town. This makes the place a heck of a value. If you're looking for a really plush, luxury experience (and don't mind dropping the cash for it) then I'd recommend going to the MacCallum House. But if you want a bright, clean, comfortable room in a quiet, romantic inn with a tasty breakfast and really friendly proprietors, I don't think you'll do better than the Sea Gull Inn.

  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 44960 Albion Street, PO Box 317, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Mendocino CA and Sea Gull Inn, one of the original B&B Inns on the scenic Northern California Coast. The house was built in 1878. A giant Holly tree shades the front porch. The private garden has several secluded sitting areas. Meticulously maintained, the inn and its grounds are very much a part of Mendocino's charm. All bed and breakfast lodging guest rooms have private baths and some have views of the ocean. ... more   less 
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