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“We'll be back often.” 5 of 5 stars
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Captain's Inn
8122 Moss Landing Road, P.O. Box 520, Moss Landing, CA 95039   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Moss Landing B&B and Inns
Sacramento, California
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“We'll be back often.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We took a chance staying in Moss Landing ( usually stay closer to Cannery Row) because we wanted to try the Captain's Inn and we were absolutely delighted. Our room was charmingly decorated with a marine theme and had floor to ceiling windows overlooking Elk Horn Slough. So many places promise an extraordinary water front view but few deliver. Captain's Inn is beyond extraordinary. At night we listened to the ocean (just over a sand dune, less than 10 minutes leisurely walk) .There is an elevated deck if you want to relax outdoors and watch the birdlife and marine mammals on the slough. Melanie and Yohn are perfect hosts; they are friendly and helpful in suggesting activities based on guests' interests. The breakfasts are multicourse; berry smoothies, fresh fruit, warm home made pastries, and finally a hot cooked main course. All served in a charming dining room. Rooms have books for birdwatchers and binoculars for viewing wildlife on the slough. Warm cookies are delivered to your room each afternoon. Don't miss the Elk Horn Slough Safari boat trip while you're there; you'll see more otters,seals and bird life than anywhere on the Bay. The grounds are beautiful and relaxing.A variety of good restaurants are within walking distance.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Riverbank, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I can only repeat what others have said. We had a wonderful stay. The beautiful room, the large windows, the birds in and on the river, the provided binoculars, the delicious breakfast, This is a great place to stay. My wife and I spent 2 nights here and were totally impressed. It is a bit expensive, but, truely, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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217 reviews 217 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 82 cities Reviews in 82 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

B&B experiences can be hit and miss, so I had low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. Our group had just walked 14 miles and the innkeeper was ready with band aids and ice packs. The room was literally spotless. The nautical theme was cute. The bed sheets were other worldly. The view of the estuary was lovely, especially with the binoculars provided. . Loved the fireplace in the room. Freshly brewed coffee is available at dawn. Melanie prepared a tasty breakfast of fruit, freshly baked scones, eggs, and sausage. It is clear that the proprietors take great pride in their oasis in Moss Landing!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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33 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Your first impressions arriving into Moss landing is “OMG” what have I done here!! Basically a good first impression!! The first thing you notice is the two very large chimneys that shadow the small town. The plant attached to those chimneys is blight on the landscape and not something picture postcards are made of.
Arriving at the Captains Inn does nothing to improve that first impression. Outside impressions are hardly staggering. The frost, “direct” approach by the owner doesn't help. We were greeted with the rules of you don’t do this and you don’t do that. Probably would have left there if we hadn’t already paid.
Our room was the size of a shoebox, others may have been bigger. The bathroom door couldn’t open due it hitting the sink. A cat couldn't even get into it let a long swing one.
The common area was spacious and warm with lots of sea faring bits and pieces around. One the up, the sleep was quiet, probably more to good luck the good management as our room had an old adjoining door. Fortunately no one was staying next door that night.
The breakfast was good but only available between 8.30 and 9.30. Not a minute before or after. Just too inflexible for travelers needs. We would have left much earlier.
The Captains Inn is over priced and miles from anywhere. To sum up I recommend you look harder for a better location and value for money.

Room Tip: Up stairs as the floors are wooden but not the small room we stayed in.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CaptWife, Owner at Captain's Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Thank you for the kind words about the common area and breakfast, and I am pleased you had a quiet sleep. While the room has an adjoining door (historical), we did soundproof it for our guests. Besides the cooked breakfast time, guests can request an early bag to go breakfast, and we keep fruit and pastries with coffee for guests who wish to sleep past. The queen bed room you stayed in is priced the least expensive at the inn because of its size and tiny bath. Both the website and phone staff alert guests that this bathroom is small in advance, it is small mostly due to the nature of renovating a historical house. Other rooms are larger and other rooms have larger baths. When we introduce you to our home we do share the ammenties you can access in the house plus a few safety items, because guest safety is important to us. As for the funky character of Moss Landing, we agree it is a funky, working fishing village with a natural gas steam electric plant, but is also has beautiful beaches, serene wetlands, and stunning wildlife. Most guests appreciate the town for what it is and many others return more than once. Our apologizes for not meeting your needs.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My husband booked this Inn based on reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. The Inn is so quaint and quirky with beautiful views. Our room was very comfortable and had an amazing bathtub overlooking the marshes.
Breakfast the following day was lovely-tasty, home cooked food with a great hostess.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calais, Maine
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a true find and a good example of getting every penny of what you pay for. We spent 5 nights at Captain's Inn, touring the Monterey Bay region and didn't see one other setting that even comes close to this one, let alone the wonderful support from Innkeeper Melanie. This is an intimate setting, but the right kind of family/children (nature oriented) would love it too. Very comfortable accommodations with spectacular wildlife viewing that makes it hard to tear yourself away to go out and do other things. Melanie's breakfast is home made, gourmet, but does not make you feel too full to start your day - perfect every morning and quite varied (she had 5 mornings to keep it interesting for us!). She really takes care of her guests, making sure each morning after everyone is fed, asking whether you need "help planning your day." If you've had difficulty reaching a company to book something, she will do it for you in a matter of minutes. A local of Moss Landing, she knows oodles about the area and provides excellent advice about how to approach things.

While Moss Landing is quieter and may appear less active than its Monterey neighbor, you just have to look beneath the surface to find enough to do to keep you right there for 5 days if you like, and after a long day of joining crowds in the acquarium, Cannery Row, downtown Carmel or Steinbeck's home of Salinas, it is a blessing to come back to the quiet and peace of your Captain's Inn room. While I didn't get to see the historic rooms in the main house, the boat house is just spectacular.

We are already dreaming about our next trip and hoping to bring some friends along from our own beautfiul region of Downeast Maine.

Room Tip: Depends on what you are looking for - I believe rooms in the main house are less expensive. However...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Ohio, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for one night. We were in California for our honeymoon and he had found this inn from this sight. The reviews spoke very high of this inn and the inn keeper. Our room was very nice, very quaint and peaceful. A lot of wildlife could be seen from our room. The breakfast was okay but nothing to brag about. The real dissappointment came when a day after we had left I realized that I had left a bag of expensive toiletries behind. When I called the inn keeper she said they weren't there. I know that is where I had left them because I had been nowhere else. I could understand if I had left them in a large hotel and they came up missing never to be found. However, the inn was not full. She was dissmisive and not the least bit sympathetic. To replace everything will cost me over $250.00. If you stay there be very careful not to leave anything. I believe her motto may be "Finders keepers, loser's weepers."

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CaptWife, Owner at Captain's Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
I am glad your stay was peaceful and quaint and that you were able to enjoy wildlife from your room. I remember the call for your missing items. I personally went to the room to look for the items, and searched our shelf where housekeepers places missed and left behind items. I alerted the housekeeper to look out for her hair products. We were unable to locate your items. I still wrote a missing items report on our checklist in cast it shows up later. We have lost and found items nearly everyday and we try very hard to return all items. We take lost items seriously. Just this last week I mailed a pillow, silk pajamas, a watch, a cellphone and gold necklaces back to guests.
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Address: 8122 Moss Landing Road, P.O. Box 520, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Location: United States > California > Moss Landing
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Moss Landing
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Number of rooms: 10
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