My husband and I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Topanga Canyon Inn Bed & Breakfast. Prior to our arrival, we had some concerns regarding their willingness to accommodate a gluten-free breakfast. Their website has the following statement: “We will try our best to accommodate special dietary needs…. just ask." However, after I made a reservation in which I notified them of my gluten intolerance, they called me back and suggested that I should bring my own breakfast. Quite honestly, all it would take to make a gluten free breakfast is a couple of eggs and a bowl of fruit.
The road to the Inn is uphill, winding, and a little rough towards the end. However, the setting of the Inn is beautiful and the seclusion is worth the ride. When we arrived, we noticed that the Inn was comprised of two houses. We were greeted by the daughter of the owners. She immediately requested payment and then showed us the kitchen of one of the houses, explaining that the set-up was very similar in the other house. Having stayed in Bed & Breakfasts before, we did have some expectations. Their website also has the following statement: “Coffee, tea, cocoa, cookies, snacks, popcorn, etc. available” We arrived around 4:00 pm on a hot, dry, Fourth of July. We would have loved to be welcomed with a glass of ice tea, ice water, lemonade, or even a cup of coffee. However, none of these were offered or available. When we inquired, we were told we could make our own tea or coffee, and that there was a French Press in the kitchen. After rummaging around the kitchen for 10 minutes trying to find the French Press, I discovered it in the dishwasher. As far as cookies, snacks, popcorn, etc., there were a few Fig Newtons in a cookie jar and a package of microwave popcorn in the cabinet.
The Inn itself was very clean and nicely decorated with family artwork. We stayed in the Tracy and Hepburn room, which had a bathroom with key access only from the common room. This was slightly inconvenient. There were a few other deficiencies that could be easily remedied. The room had nice wood furniture, but no coasters to place our water glasses. Nor did the room have a garbage can, phone, alarm clock, or wake-up service. The Wi-Fi access did not work within either house. Finally, considering we were in CA, I was surprised that they did not have an alternate to dairy milk for breakfast.
At the time of check-in, we were given the option to have breakfast at 9:00 or 9:30 am. We chose 9:00. However, we were not invited to sit at the table until almost 9:10. Fried eggs, waffles, bacon, mango, OJ and coffee were served family style. The food was good, however, the entrees were quickly cleared after we helped ourselves to our first serving. One of the reasons we enjoy B&B’s is because it gives us the opportunity to relax and talk with other guests. Despite being in the middle of a conversation with two other couples, we were asked to leave the table because they needed to get it ready for the 9:30 breakfast. It was the most rushed breakfast I have had at a B&B.
We found the Topanga Canyon Inn to be in a beautiful, secluded setting with relatively easy access to scenic hiking trails. However, though our hostess was pleasant in nature, the overall service we received was poor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Topanga Canyon Inn is the Premier Bed and Breakfast in Topanga, California. Hiking, bird watching, geocaching and mountain biking in Topanga State Park starts right out the doors of our Inn. Shopping, dining and greater Los Angeles start 15 minutes away. Malibu and fabulous beaches with surfing are just down the hill. We have eight individually decorated bedrooms with varying views. All bathrooms are private, some en suite with a bathtub and some adjacent to the room, with shower only. Our direct-booked prices include taxes and all amenities such as parking and wi-fi and a hearty breakfast. Guests are invited to use four different living rooms with balconies, decks, fireplaces and two kitchens where they may make complimentary tea, coffee, popcorn, cereal and enjoy fruit and cookies at any time. Museum quality fine art and pottery are visible throughout our Inn and beautiful, antique Stickley Craftsman furniture is featured in all common areas and several guest rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Topanga Canyon Inn b&b
- Topanga Canyon Hotel Topanga