Little River Inn

Little River Inn

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4.5
#1 of 1 resort in Little River
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.6
Value
4.3
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An iconic coastal resort with spectacular ocean views, amazing breakfasts and dinners in our ocean and garden view restaurant. Lighter fare and libations in the popular Ole's Whale Watch Bar. Plus a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, inspirational meeting facilities, and pampering in the Spa. A tradition of family hospitality since 1939 will make you feel welcome. Offering pet-friendly rooms upon advanced request. Minutes away from the Historical Village of Mendocino.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Golf course
Kids stay free
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Electric vehicle charging station
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Spa
Couples massage
Full body massage
Massage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Room features
Bathrobes
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Telephone
Iron
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English
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Location

7901 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9500
Getting there
Car recommended
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Nestled in a picturesque and tranquil setting, Little River Inn garners praise for its immaculate cleanliness and the spacious, inviting rooms that boast breathtaking ocean views and cozy fireplaces. Many guests appreciate the friendly service, though there are mixed feelings about the gratuity policy. The ambiance of the hotel is described as cozy, with a special nod to the pet-friendly options and enjoyable dining experiences. While opinions on value vary, with some citing affordability and others pointing to mandatory gratuities and the need for updates, the overall experience at Little River Inn is highly regarded by its visitors.
Location
Picturesque
Atmosphere
Cozy
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Mixed
Service
Friendly
Amenities
Relaxing

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dweston2018 wrote a review Sep 2023
+1
Hotel's Favorite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
All the staff from booking, checkin, restaurant to good byes were so helpful and attentive. I did the wine experience and the set it all up with Rex from Obar11 and had a full day of amazing wineries all the history. The place was pet friendly and so were all the wineries. I did not bring my pet but already planning the next trip with friends and our pups. I could go on forever … I’ll just say looking forward to going back many times a year!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Terra Wagner, Other at Little River Inn
Responded Oct 20, 2023
dweston2018, Thank you for the great review of your stay with us at Little River Inn. I loved how you enjoyed one of our newest packages, the Wine Tour Package. This is one of the many package options we offer. Some of our packages you can enjoy with your furry family member. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends next time! ~Terra Wagner, Lodging Manager
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Macleod74 wrote a review Sep 2020
San Ramon, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful holiday weekend at Little River Inn. My family and I loved our stay in this picturesque location by the sea. Sitting on our ocean view patio rocking in the chairs, taking in the spectacular scenery, and listening to the ocean made this such a memorable weekend! Our room was clean and comfortable. Check in was easy with the touch-free process; they have bags ready with amenities to be used in the room as well as sanitized keys. We enjoyed on site activities like the beautiful golf course and the walk down the hotel’s path to Van Damme state park & beach. Highly recommend. We did not eat dinner from the Inn as we were out most nights, but breakfast was so delicious and easy to order with drop off delivery to our room. This is a great hotel and we will definitely be back soon!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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GeoSanFran wrote a review Jul 2020
San Francisco, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Currently staying in room 271, a Deluxe Ocean View and if feels like our own little ocean side cottage. Huge room with large bathroom and amazing view of the ocean.
Even with limited service due to quarantine all requests have been met in a timely and friendly manner. We always look forward to returning and relaxing to the sound of the crashing waves and the bell on the bouy in the harbor.
Easy 5 minute drive to Mendocino on Highway 1.
They provide a welcome packet for our dog including water and food bowel, towels and sheets to put on the furniture so we don't have to worry about leaving fur behind.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The deluxe ocean view rooms are worth it for space. The cottages are even better for privacy....
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Don H wrote a review Dec 2022
Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A most delightful place to dine. We enjoyed their hospitality on two evenings.

The first evening we sat at the bar, had wine and a most delicious clam chowder.

The second night we had reservations for Christmas dinner. We were seated immediately in a small room that had tables only for couples, and the tables were spread out. We brought our own wine (only a $15 corkage charge, unlike many restaurants). We shared a tossed salad and prime rib with green beans and mashed potatoes. The food was delicious. The wait staff was very friendly.

All in all a wonderful experience. We cannot recommend the Inn highly enough.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Guests at the Inn have first preference for dining. If not staying at the inn, be sure to make a...
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Mary Charlebois wrote a review Jan 2020
Nadur, Malta
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Little River Inn is one of the oldest hotels on the Mendocino Coast. Beautifully maintained, this historic oceanfront resort is an ideal home base for your MendoLand escape.
Beautiful rooms and suites are available with ocean views. Many have balconies that are perfect for sipping the sun down.
The restaurant and bar both utilize locally sourced ingredients in drinks and food.
Golf, tennis and a spa are available on the property.
Hiking on the beach or in the forest is steps away.
Lovely, lovely place.
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Date of stay: February 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony for the best in sunset, wave and wildlife viewing.
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Response from TerraW49, Manager at Little River Inn
Responded Jan 30, 2020
Mary C, Thank you so much for the wonderful "5 star" review of your recent stay with us at Little River Inn. We appreciate your kind words and amazing firsthand description of Little River Inn. Please come back and visit us again soon. Safe Travels, Terra W Lodging Manager
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R L wrote a review Aug 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were driving north from San Francisco on a little impromptu road trip. Long story short, we ended up quite by "accident" at the Little River Inn. They were fully booked but managed to find us a room at about 9:30pm as we could not find anywhere else to stay. We stayed in a room that is not normally reserved as it is part of the old homestead that was originally there. The room was spotless, everything was comfortable and we were actually upset that we didn't plan to just overnight here! The check in and check out process was smooth and painless and even though the room seemed a bit pricey it was a pleasant stay. To top it off, I actually left my watch in the room by accident and when I called them and left a message two days later (I finally realized where I had left my watch) when I got home they had mailed it to me at no cost. The staff were extremely friendly and concerned even at 10pm at night and they even gave the kids some biscuits as we had not eaten that evening. I definitely want to plan a trip here next time I am in California and stay for a couple of days to enjoy the beautiful view and other amenities. Thank you and keep it up!
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Terra Wagner, Other at Little River Inn
Responded Sep 10, 2021
Hello RL250, Your wonderful "5 star" review of your stay with us at Little River Inn is greatly appreciated. I am glad we had a room for you and your family at a late hour on a busy night. It does not always work out that way, but when it does, it makes us feel good as well. You and your family were a joy to have with us. We do hope you come back for a visit at another time when you can stay longer. Kind Regards, Terra W Lodging Manager
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Chris874 wrote a review Apr 2021
San Francisco, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The inn offers a range of rooms. We stayed in the least expensive with a “filtered” view of Van Damm beach and out to sea. It was very nice! From our balcony we saw whales spouting. Many accommodations in the area cost much more, but could not offer better comfort and service.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Terra Wagner, Other at Little River Inn
Responded Sep 10, 2021
Hello Chris874 Thank you for the great review of your stay with us at Little River Inn. I am so glad you were able to get a glimpse of the whales that often pass along our coastline. We have seen quite a few lately. We hope you plan on visiting us again in the near future. Kind Regards, Terra W Lodging Manager
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Angelica Gray wrote a review Jun 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Little River Inn fulfilled all our needs! We were looking for a Lovely Oceanfront Inn on the Mendocino Coast. Desperately in need of a long weekend to recharge, renew and relax.
This family run Inn not only has a wonderful reputation online but in town as well. We stayed on the top floor in a standard deluxe room, that was light, bright and spacious. Nicely furnished, Super Clean with a very comfortable king size bed with wonderful bedding.
And The View... Lovely front patio with two large wood rocking chairs, to sit in the mornings and have a cup of tea and in the evenings with a bottle of wine to share. The sounds of the ocean fills the room with soothing waves and birds chirping. Natural music to our ears. And watching amazing sunsets from your deck. Truly Soul fulfilling!
Personally, I want to give a big shout out to Suhiyza, the proprietress at the Little River Inn Spa. I treated myself to a seaweed scrub and massage, a 90-minute procedure that was Amazing! She is a talented massage therapist with a thorough healing touch. Friendly and educational; she is a wonderful human as well.
We didn't partake in the restaurant, as I am Vegan, and there wasn't much choice for me on the Menu. But my partner enjoyed good friendly service at the bar for cocktails and appetizers.
If we had more time, we would have hit the driving and putting range for fun, as there is a golf course and tennis courts on the property as well.
I did walk down from the property to Van Damm State Park, where I took a lovely hike through the Redwoods. Another fulfilling experience.
The front desk was super courteous, wearing masks, and answered all our questions and needs. For us, Little River Inn ticked all our boxes and I am so grateful for our unforgettable weekend in Mendocino. We expect to return in the future.
Thank you Little River Inn.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Terra Wagner, Other at Little River Inn
Responded Jul 12, 2022
AngelicapH2298EZ, Thank you for the amazing review of your recent stay with us at Little River Inn. It sounds like you really had a relaxing enjoyable experience, which is our number one goal for all of our guests. Suhiyza is truly the best massage therapist. We are always hearing from guests how impressed they were with their massage. We are privileged, and a little spoiled, to have her serve our guests only. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Safe Travels, Terra W Lodging Manager
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Amy W wrote a review Mar 2023
Phoenix, Arizona
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A HUGE disappointment. I will admit that the view from the room was beautiful. Still the room itself lacked any feeling of privacy and was in need of updates. The bed was hard and the pillows were flat. The balcony off the back of the room was shared. Think Cracker Barrel porch. So if you sat outside you would be out there with the neighbors. The window at the front of the room was open for all to look in while they passed by. So we had the drapes pulled the entire time.

Where I could tolerate the lack of privacy I had difficulty looking past the kitchen/bath. I mean the kitchen was in the bathroom. Coffee maker, glasses, wine glasses and refrigerator in the bathroom next to the toilet. I guess that is convenient if you want a cold beverage while doing your business.

They would deliver breakfast to your room if you ordered it the night before and pick a time frame for delivery. We are early risers and called to see if we could get it delivered a bit earlier. We were told that the kitchen doesn’t open until 8:00 but they would let them know we would like it ASAP. Dinner was brought to your room in plastic containers and plastic utensils. The food was good. Be prepared for the automatic 20% gratuity to be added.

This inn was anything but a resort. Yes there is a golf course. I saw golfers. I don’t know about the spa amenities because there wasn’t any information. The gift shop was a cabinet at the registration desk.

I am sure money is saved by using pump type system for bathroom toiletries but I felt like they were something from a truck stop. I know COVID changed things. I can live without the beds not being made or towels not changed every day. But to get rid of garbage we had to take it out to the can.

If you just want a view then stay here. If you want a bit of luxury with a view pass on the Little River Inn.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Terra Wagner, Other at Little River Inn
Responded Apr 12, 2023
amywal716, I appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback regarding your stay. We are never above making improvements where needed and welcome the information. I am sorry that you were disappointed with your stay and experience. Regarding the balcony of the room, we have various room types and amenities. These can all be seen in detail on our website which includes virtual tours as well as a list of features of each room and the views. Some of our rooms have the shared veranda style balcony, while others have personal balconies. It all depends on the room type you choose. Since we are more of a leisure travel destination and not so much business travel, our breakfast does start at 8am. This seems to be what works for the majority of our guests. I am happy to announce that we have now opened our restaurant back up for breakfast! This is available for Inn guests only and provides you with the option to have your breakfast served to you plated, or to have it delivered to your room. Dinner is also offered either in our restaurant or as room service. Regarding the soap dispensers, California has a new law in effect which bans all the little single use soap amenities. This is why we now have the dispensers. You will be seeing more and more of this type of thing in California. Our biggest concern was the product we were using in the dispensers and have made sure it is a more natural, light scent and is made in the US to avoid distribution issues. While we are not offering daily housekeeping service, we are more than happy to bring to you any additional items needed and take away ones you no longer need. This includes garbage. As mentioned in our welcome information, you can just let the front desk know you would like your garbage picked up and someone will come right over to do that for you. Again, I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us. That is disappointing to us as well, but I do hope I have explained ways that can make your stay more enjoyable should you visit us again. Kind Regards
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Kreilynn wrote a review Jan 2021
Oakdale, California
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful ocean views , wood burning fire place , Adirondack chairs on a deck , and a comfortable bed ! We also ordered dinner from the restaurant - superb ! The winter salad and black berry cobbler were amazing . The hotel is older but well maintained and clean. (Some of the rooms have a gas fire place). The bedding was newer and it made the room feel more upbeat and not outdated! Staff is friendly .
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Answer from Roy W
Lancashire139 contributions150 helpful votes
Ask for one of the rooms along the front of the Gardens. Most are in groups of 2 or 3 away from the main building. These all face towards the sea and have balconies and patio doors. A nice place, and Mendocino only a short drive away Best wishes Roy
Answer from ClaudineW95456
Little River, California
We have several options with great views and that can accommodate 3 people. You can choose from either our Ocean View Deluxe rooms with 2 Queen beds, the Ocean View Gas Fireplace rooms with 2 Double beds or our Ocean View Traditional rooms with 2 Queen beds. Thanks so much for asking!
Cyndi D asked a question Feb 2017
Morro Bay, California23 contributions10 helpful votes
Are the bath tubs standard size or larger?
Answer from LRInn
Little River, California1 contribution
Hi Cyndi, Thanks so much for your note. We offer both standard sized tubs as well as over-sized jacuzzi bath tubs, depending upon the room type. Please feel free to give us a call or email us, and we'll be happy to suggest rooms to you based on your needs. Claudine, Lodging Manager
Answer from LRInn
Little River, California1 contribution
Yes, we have a driving range. Here's some brief information about our course: Slope rating: 67.9/121 for men and 69.0/121 for women Founded: 1957 Membership: Semi-private Fees: 9 holes / 18 holes Greens fees $25 / $40 Motor Cart $18 / $26 Pull Cart $5 / $7 Golf Clubs $25 Twilight – 1 p.m. winter/2 p.m. summer $20 Small bucket of balls $4 Large bucket of balls $8 Pro Shop/Golf Course telephone: 707-937-5667
Answer from Kelly M
Killington, Vermont303 contributions71 helpful votes
I cannot tell you much about the cottages. We booked very last minute so I did not know they even had cottages. We stayed in a fire placed room just off the main building. The views were spectacular and we could sit on the porch in the morning with coffee and at night with wine. It is a very special spot. Our room was not what I would consider "updated" but the location and setting make up for it 20 fold.
Tony D wrote a tip Jul 6
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They have a tennis court and golf course on premises and are walking distance to the Van Damme State Beach"
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Lois D wrote a tip Jun 2024
Ukiah, California10 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call directly to make a reservation."
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Edna K wrote a tip Apr 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make rezzies for dinner....it can get crowded on weekends. "
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William C wrote a tip Apr 2024
Brentwood, California9 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early to assure the room and date of your choice."
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Sonia B wrote a tip Apr 2024
Healdsburg, California53 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The small table outside the restaurant is the perfect location to watch the sunset!"
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PRICE RANGE
$217 - $345 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaMendocino CountyLittle River
NUMBER OF ROOMS
65
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Frequently Asked Questions about Little River Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Little River Inn?
Nearby attractions include Mendocino Coast (2.4 miles), Mendocino Headlands State Park (2.7 miles), and Russian Gulch State Park (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Little River Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Little River Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Little River Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Little River Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Little River Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Goodlife Cafe and Bakery, Albion River Inn Restaurant, and Café Beaujolais.
Is Little River Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.04 miles away from the center of Little River.
Are pets allowed at Little River Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Little River Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kelley House Museum (2.4 miles).
Does Little River Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Little River Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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