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Inn of the Lost Coast

205 Wave Dr, Shelter Cove, CA 95589-9158
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Inn of the Lost Coast is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Shelter Cove, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Rooms at Inn of the Lost Coast provide a flat screen TV, a minibar, and a refrigerator, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.

In addition, Inn of the Lost Coast offers a hot tub and an on-site restaurant, which will help make your Shelter Cove trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

If you like pubs, Inn of the Lost Coast is conveniently located near Gyppo.

Enjoy your stay in Shelter Cove!

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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37Car recommended
Grade: 37 out of 100
7Restaurantswithin 5 miles
1Attractionwithin 5 miles
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CAGrapeGrower wrote a review Oct 13
Healdsburg, California94 contributions33 helpful votes
Good: Very nice manager and staff; beautiful views; quiet (except for ladies next door on balcony); rain forest showerhead; nice towels. Not so good: ladies smoking tobacco and pot for hours on next balcony; very confusing TV setup; not first class sheets and lumpy pillows; not really well-lighted. Bad: The Deluxe Guestrooms may have been "newly remodeled," but if so, the remodeling was spotty - rusted out locks of the balcony sliding door; no screen on that door (so, air = bugs); dark and soiled-looking rugs; water stained bathroom furniture; frayed weather stripping on front door. Old hotel with some facelift.
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Date of stay: October 2020
whatlevelisthis wrote a review Oct 8
Boston, Massachusetts55 contributions13 helpful votes
There aren't a ton of choices to stay in the Lost Coast, and this place seems to be the biggest and nicest establishment in town. The inn looks like it's straight from a mystery novel. It's very remote feeling and old-fashioned (in a good way), set on dramatic cliffs, often shrouded in fog. Lauren, the innkeeper, was very kind. Due to a technical snafu with the online booking system, she gave us another top floor room with an incredible view and generously gave us a discount as a gesture of goodwill due to the problem, which was greatly appreciated. Note that the inn has a very limited number of pet friendly rooms, so I recommend calling the inn and Lauren can walk you through your options before you book online. We were given a Deluxe Corner Guestroom on the top floor, north side of the building. The room looked exactly like the pictures on the website. These rooms had some renovations done to them and it shows, especially the new bathrooms with rainforest shower and new sink fixtures. The furniture is plain but functional. There was also a microwave, fridge, coffee maker (with good local coffee). BYO utensils and cookware. And the view was just incredible. You can hear the surf and pounding waves below as you fall asleep. The gas fireplace in our room was a little bit fiddly-- it took a lot of tries to get the pilot light on and to get the heat on (Tip-- follow the instructions attached to the fireplace to light the pilot light, then use the thermostat on the wall to actually turn on the fire. The room's heat is provided by the fireplace). I also like how the inn was proactive about bringing fresh towels and coffee refills and leaving it outside your door in lieu of housekeeping service due to COVID. Also, they did temperature checks for all guests. Overall I would definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: Deluxe Corner Guestrooms have new bathrooms and new counters
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Douglas S wrote a review Aug 2020
Berkeley, California5 contributions
Stayed in Rm 3 on the ground floor. This lodge is situated close to the cliff and offers terrific views northward toward Cape Mendocino. The exterior is attractive and well-maintained and it's across the street from a decent but not great restaurant serving Venezuelan food. Inside was rather disappointing as the amenities were few and furnishings (older particleboard bedside table & aged sofabed) a little shabby for a $250/night room, e.g. a bathroom without towel racks, an ill-equipped "kitchen" (only a microwave and small fridge, no knives, no cutting board, or dishwashing supplies), poorly fitting bedsheets, bathroom door out of plumb so it wouldn't stay closed, and some sound bleed from adjacent rooms. If you must stay here I recommend a top floor room, and we had heavy-footed night owl upstairs neighbors who kept us awake, and on the ground floor the rear "patio" area is communal and there is no privacy to sit quietly and look out to sea. Not uncomfortable but for this price point I definitely expected more.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: Recommend top floor only.
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hazel d wrote a review Jun 2020
364 contributions31 helpful votes
A friend of mine recommended this place to get away from all the stressors in life.. OMG!! what an understatement.. this place is magical.. we had planned to stay for only 2 days and ended up staying 4 instead. Since we wanted to SIP and bring our doggies, it has been such a different way of traveling. I called the Inn and was greeted on the phone by their inn keeper, Lauren.. she is AMAZING.. great personality, very friendly and knowledgeable of the area and easy to engage with.. there is a pet fee but reasonable. I would suggest to call ahead so you can get a pet friendly room. check in was very easy and their cute little lobby is connected by a foyer to the Shelter Cove art gallery. We got a first floor corner room (103). It is next to the coffee shop but in the 1 day it was open, we didnt hear a thing in the morning. First off, you walk in, and we got 2 queens and came with a kitchenette. It had a microwave, coffee maker, fridge and a sink. They supplied us every day with towels and kitchen needs. The beds were comfortable and every room in the inn has a balcony. You open up the curtains and OMG, the views are spectacular. Every room in this inn has the ocean views. There is a hot tub but D/T C19 protocols, this was close. They have bbq grills for their guests, a ping pong and an assortment of books to borrow and a place to hang out. But you can do this in the privacy of your own balcony also. It is so quiet and peaceful. If your looking for a way to be put of grid, this is the place to be. Hard to get cell service out here but the hotel has wifi and a TV with a dvd and VCR player. You can borrow movies for $1 each. I would bring my own unless you like classics. You can watch the sunset with a glass of wine and a book and get lost to the sounds of the ocean waves and the tranquility of this beautiful town. Be aware that this town only has 4 places to eat, so either bring your own food and essentials. They do have a cute market but it is way up the torturous hill. On our last day, we found a market that also serves deli style food and also pizza and seafood baskets. They also have a market for essentials. It's not posted so just heads up that it's by the marina/RV area. The beach is 4 minutes away by car or you can walk there but it's a trek if you bring all the beach stuff. There is a private black beach on the other side but very dangerous states the locals and full of lava rocks.. beautiful but not comfy for beach day. A gorgeous place, comfy, quaint, dog friendly, free parking, and amazing service. Thank you Lauren for being so accommodating. A true gem of a hide away lost in the coast. If you need a place to SIP, this is it.. HUGE RECOMMENDATION to get put of the stressors of city life.. ENJOY!!!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Blallis wrote a review Feb 2020
Bellevue, Washington70 contributions24 helpful votes
Our room had a very nice view. The room cost was too high in my opinion. Difficult to drive to and honestly there are other places with equal views that are easier to get to. Would not return. The innkeeper was very nice.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$213 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Inn of the Lost Coast
Which popular attractions are close to Inn of the Lost Coast?
Nearby attractions include Black Sands Beach (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Inn of the Lost Coast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Inn of the Lost Coast?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Inn of the Lost Coast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Inn of the Lost Coast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gyppo Ale Mill, Delgada Pizza and Bakery, and Shelter Cove RV Campground and Deli.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Inn of the Lost Coast?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Inn of the Lost Coast located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Shelter Cove.
Are pets allowed at Inn of the Lost Coast?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Inn of the Lost Coast have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.