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Benbow Historic Inn

445 Lake Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3616
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Opened in 1926, Benbow is a magnificent country inn that will transport you into an era from long ago. Fine dining options are offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in on-site restaurant and lounge which features a robust wine list. As a member of Historic Hotels of America and on the National Register of Historic Places the Benbow has kept it's grandeur while adding modern amenities such as climate control hotel wide, ADA accessible rooms, five stop elevator. Amenities include daily tea & scones, in room sherry & coffee, complimentary bicycles, seasonal pool & Jacuzzi, splash park, playground, meeting spaces, wedding venues, hiking & biking trails abound. Located on the Eel River near the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. A must see at the Benbow Exit 636 off US Highway 101. When available two pets are allowed in designated rooms with a $30 pet fee per visit.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Board games / puzzles
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Electric vehicle charging station
Breakfast available
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Seating area
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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MARY M wrote a review Jul 2021
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Such a beautiful setting. So relaxing. The dinner was fabulous and the staff was so great especially the front desk and our waiter was so attentive. Loved this stay and cannot wait to do it again. I give this a A++
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Terrace King has its own balcony with table and chairs. So great.
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Napamel wrote a review Jul 2021
Napa, California556 contributions204 helpful votes
My wife and I had been here before and were looking forward to our stay for our Anniversary. After paying $300 for our room we were surprised with the small size of our room. The mattress had lumps which made it hard to sleep. Then we found out that they charge extra for better WiFi and charge for parking when we charged our car. We were also surprised that the expensive dinner was not that special. IT was very disappointing knowing the history and potential of the historic inn
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Date of stay: July 2021
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JJMac wrote a review Jul 2021
Eureka, California5 contributions
This beautiful historic inn was absolutely magical. The room was filled with beautiful antiques that told a story about the Benbow family. We had a fireplace and a dreamy view of the terrace and river. Our dinner was delicious and the service was wonderful. They also had an incredible wine list. Our visit was a real escape. We will make this an annual retreat.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Ask for a new room on the third floor!!
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Lvillejoe wrote a review Jul 2021
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania146 contributions49 helpful votes
Mediocre…. There are signs of some upgrades in the hotel including the room’s bathrooms but there were also many places in need of attention. Service staff were mostly friendly and helpful - especially the front desk. Breakfast service was unnecessarily stressful for guests and staff with take-out packages dispensed after having our room number and guest count recorded… Understandably, there remains a shortage of service workers but the take out container breakfast is a low point. Rooms are relatively small but comfortable. The kids in our party were anxious for swimming time after our day of hiking in Humboldt Redwoods Park…. We were surprised that the advertised pool was on an adjacent campground property that we drove to - its on the other side of the highway. Dining options outside of the hotel are meager. The main attraction is the access to the redwoods park. Summarily - a bit of a disappointment and over-priced.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Smokeyham wrote a review Jul 2021
California173 contributions155 helpful votes
Benbow Inn Review A Mixed Bag This is an interesting hotel. There is a lot of historic character but there are also some hits and misses. The Garberville area can be very hot in the summer, but thankfully the air conditioning system in the room that I had in the historic part of the building was up to the task of keeping the room cool and pleasant. The grounds are nice to walk around, but you definitely hear traffic noise from nearby Highway 101. Noise was also noticeable in the room. A decanter of sherry, with a very small amount of sherry, was provided in the room. A difficult to remove plastic seal was on the decanter. All of the mugs and glasses were sealed in plastic. It seemed a bit of overkill even during Covid times. The restaurant had a decent menu and my server tried hard, perhaps a little too hard. With wildly long eyelashes and a strange mixture of colors in her hair she presented an interesting sight. She had a set patter that she gave at each table, including exclaiming how the Chef had prepared a “wonderful” menu and how the time that the diners had arrived was her favorite time of day. She also came back to check on us about three too many times. I was told that the dessert was “delicious” as it was being served. I suspect the person eating the dessert should be the judge of that. All of this points to a need to improve training. A diner at a neighboring table noted that the menu had not changed from the previous night. The room itself (Historical Queen) is small, as they state on the website, but was comfortable. The floor length blackout curtains do keep the light out. If possible, try to get a room facing away from the Highway due to the road noise and also noise from the terrace/dining area below. There is no TV in the room, but this is also stated on the website. This is a bit of relief since you don’t have to listen to a neighboring room’s TV choices. The included internet wifi was pretty poor at around 500 Kbps. Luckily the location was not too bad for cellular service and I was able to get 3.8 Mbps through my Verizon Jetpack/Mifi. They do offer a “premium” wifi at $9.95. If you are travelling along Highway 101 this is not a bad place to stop and break your journey for a night.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Ask for a room facing away from Highway 101
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United StatesCaliforniaHumboldt CountyGarberville
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Frequently Asked Questions about Benbow Historic Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Benbow Historic Inn?
Nearby attractions include Richardson Grove State Park (3.3 miles), Legend of Big Foot (2.3 miles), and Blue Moon Gift Shop (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Benbow Historic Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Benbow Historic Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Benbow Historic Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Benbow Historic Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Benbow Historic Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cecil's New Orleans Bistro, Benbow Inn Restaurant, and Woodrose Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Benbow Historic Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Benbow Historic Inn offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does Benbow Historic Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Benbow Historic Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.