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“Basic, but retro cool!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Curly Redwood Lodge

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Curly Redwood Lodge
701 Redwood Highway S, Crescent City, CA 95531   |  
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Ranked #4 of 19 hotels in Crescent City
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3 hotel reviews
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“Basic, but retro cool!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This place won't be for everyone, but I loved it. If you need elegance and lots of creature comforts, you will want to look elsewhere. But as a basic, but clean and good value stay, this place certainly fit the bill. I liked the sound of the place from other reviews - nostalgic and retro - and the prices were unbeatable. But I actually ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. It reminded me so strongly of my grandparents - who, even when I knew them in the '80s - still had a bit of the '50s about them, and also reminded me of many motel stays from my childhood. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms are enormous and spotless. Between the airy spaceyness of the rooms, the '50s style furniture and lamps, and the curly redwood panelling, I felt this was actually quite an elegant motel in a kind of minimal way. I missed not being able to make coffee first thing in the morning, but they do have coffee in the lobby and you can always - as we did - go to Dennys or someplace for breakfast nearby. Crescent City in general, and this place in particular, feel like a time warp back to the '50s. If you can't get into that nostalgic vibe, you may not find this place as remarkable as I did. But I loved it. One thing of note though: we had some trouble finding it! Our GPS kept navigating us to the Penny Saver Inn instead, and when we finally stopped and asked the Penny Saver people for directions, they lamented that EVERYONE ends up asking them where the Curly Redwood is, because apparently lots of maps and GPS satnavs have it listed incorrectly. It is pretty much the last hotel on 101 as you head S out of town, on your left, across from the harbor.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

Good place to crash and sleep.front desk lady was helpful and nice. Room was comfortable with clean sheets. Bath towels were postage stamp sized tiny. Clean,no frills joint, not a place to hang out for long but good for a safe night

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is not a luxury resort by any means, but if you're looking for luxury, Crescent City is not the place for you. The hotel is clean, the rooms are spacious, and the owner is a gem with all sorts of advice about places to eat, etc. We found sand dollars galore at the south end of Crescent Beach and more sea stars than we could photograph (plus seals and sea lions) on Point St. George (go past the airport and keep going to the end of the road (Pebble Beach Dr.). Be sure to go at low tide.). I highly recommend Curly Redwood Lodge for a comfortable, basic hotel that doesn't try to be more than it is.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Smells. Stark room. Thin walls. Bed and linens from ??? Not sure where these good ratings are coming from. I don't mind an older motel but wow, this is the bare essentials. Rooms were hard to come by on this night so we decided to give this one a try because of the trip advisor ratings. A rare time when trip advisor let me down.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

I booked this motel for a large group of female motorcyclists and we were thrilled to arrive and find spacious CLEAN rooms, free wifi and food across the street! The rooms had nice beds and linens, good towels and all things necessary for a nice shower. We had stayed the previous night in a place that had none of the above, so it was wonderful being here.

The office was helpful in providing local info, as in restaurants and places for coffee. They had wonderful coffee provided in the office that was ready early in the morning for those desiring an early start. They even had really cool mid-century modern designed napkins and matchbooks. The rooms had some wonderful vintage furniture as well!

I'd go back and stay here in a heartbeat. It was an absolutely wonderful value!

Room Tip: If you need wifi, ask which rooms have better connections!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Berkeley, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Rooms are spacious and clean. not much of a view but a great value for the price. The story is also quite cool- that the same tree was used in all the rooms, when building the inn. Dont know if its true, but its cute non the less.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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California Central Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

It's said that the motel was built from a single redwood tree. That alone made me want to stay there. I was surprised at the spacious room. This motel was built in the early 50s. I'm a big fan of vintage motels, and if you are, you'll love this place. The room was very clean and basic with no refrigerator, microwave, nor coffee. There was very weak coffee available in the lobby in the morning.
The desk clerk was rather sassy, but she kind of went with the place.
Each unit has it's own parking space at its door which I found convenient. I wish other motels did this.

Room Tip: Think twice before eating at the restaurant across the street.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Curly Redwood Lodge

Address: 701 Redwood Highway S, Crescent City, CA 95531
Location: United States > California > Crescent City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 hotels in Crescent City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built from one curly redwood tree that produced 57,000 board feet of lumber! The clean, comfortable lodge is Northern California's most unique redwood lodge on America's Wild Rivers Coast ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Curly Redwood Hotel Crescent City
Curly Redwood Crescent City

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