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Gaia Hotel & Spa Redding, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Anderson
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

The Gaia Anderson Hotel, also called the Gaia Shasta Hotel, is pleasant and modern, with interesting architecture and landscaping, including a large central pond with a pair of mated swans who had 5 cygnets swimming along with them at the time of our visit. We recommend getting a room with a patio facing the pond on the first floor of one of the three main buildings. Second floor rooms do not have patios or balconies. Do not be misled by the website which describes "river deluxe" rooms as "overlooking the Sacramento River". The river is beyond a wooded area and we could not see it from the patio of the "river deluxe queen" we originally booked. The front desk readily changed us to a first floor room overlooking the pond. The restaurant at the hotel, the Woodside Grill, had good food and very pleasant service.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2010

We had a great stay in the Gaia hotel on the first night of our vacation. The hotel is in a very convenient location, just minutes from highway 5, yet the place was very quiet.
All of the staff were very professional and friendly. We especially appreciated the environmental philosophy of the hotel, that is really genuine.
They have a very nice restaurant next door, that offers good, family friendly food, but with a creative touch. The breakfast (and the staff) was excellent and very good value.
The layout and design of the hotel was a refreshing change from traditional travel hotels with each room also having a nature themed name. The rooms themselves were of good quality and quiet.
We also enjoyed the pool and the fitness center.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 30, 2010

I have stayed at other hotels in Anderson for a stopover and was really excited to try the Gaia this trip since we love the attached restaurant.
The hotel is built as three ring shaped buildings next to the freeway. The rooms are somewhat pie shaped, but large and nicely appointed. Everything was clean and modern in the room with a soothing earth tone scheme. The courtyard of each building is very quiet and the noise is not too bad facing the pond.
However, if you have a room facing the freeway, as I did, it is terribly noisy. The freeway traffic goes all night and feels like it is in your room. My room was also on the drive way to the parking lot, so add in local traffic and it was not at all serene. All the ground floor rooms have little patios, but the majority of them (including mine) were missing the patio furniture.
The front desk clerk that checked me in was not particularly friendly or helpful. She did ask if I had been there before and then told me nothing about the hotel other then I could have saved money on the breakfast voucher if I was traveling with another person. I did not buy the voucher or have breakfast at the hotel.
There is a trick to the shower – you need to pull down on the tub faucet to get the showerhead to work. When I called the front desk the next morning, after many fruitless minutes and much wasted water, the friendly clerk told me how to do it and then said “we get that question all the time” If so, management should put a sign or instructions in the bathroom.
Overall, I really want to like the Gaia, but think I will stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

The Gaia was easily accessible. The room was large and faced the beautiful pond with the swans. It is geared toward being "green", so we loved it. The spa was great and the massage even better. The restaurant next door had great food at reasonable prices. Make sure you ask about getting the breakfast voucher, it will save you on the breakfast.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

On our way home from a trip in May, we stayed at GAIA hotel. Last year on our way home from a June trip we stayed here also. It's become a tradition now. Great, restful overnighter.... Even though it was Memorial Day weekend, this hotel accommodated a full house. (except for at breakfast time) Complete with a wedding and reception party, youth sports teams, and lots of happy vacationers. Our room was closer to the freeway, but we barely heard it.. In fact we didn't even hear the family with children, right next door! Great insulation! If one wanted to sit out on their back deck with Adirondack chairs, we'd recommended a room on the east side of the complex..... More quiet there.
We love the areas huge oak trees. Very peaceful.

Breakfast the next morning was quite picked over and sparse, but tasty what we could manage to get. We felt bad for the one waitress doing everything, and she just couldn’t do it all. Quite nutty really. We hope they get this straightened out as many other folks have mentioned this problem.

We often saw the white swan parents and their 5 fluffy babies walking around the property, like they owned the place! .. Real cute. Didn’t use the swell pool, as I would have liked to, as it was packed with kids. No biggy.
We sure enjoy the swell food and staff at the on-site restaurant for dinner.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

We really enjoyed staying at the GAIA Hotel. Fairly quiet given it was next to a major highway. The rooms were laid out pretty well. The morning breakfast, was plentiful, coffee was pretty good. Didn't get to enjoy the pool though. Having too much fun. One improvement would be to add towel racks in the bathroom, especially since there is a sign about hanging them on a non-existant rack. Plus there is room to install them. Otherwise your bathroom towels have a hard time drying when thrown over the shower rack.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

We chose this hotel as an overnight while driving Seattle to Phoenix.

Location: Just off the I-5, which was a plus for us. Some buildings are further from the freeway than others, so if this is a concern, ask to be away from it. Grounds are VERY nicely maintained. Attractive while focused on low-water-use landscaping. The swans have 5 ducklings now that were following their parents in a line, learning to duck their heads under the bridge... some are still working on it and come to a dead stop, stare at the bridge, and then finally drop their heads.

Price: AMAZING... delighted to think we got this place for what the other typical boring chain hotels nearby cost. This feels like a spa retreat hotel.

Service: Great! We arrived around midnight, and the guy at the front desk (sorry, didn't note his name, he's from NJ originally) was not only nice and welcoming, when we asked about the ownership and history of the hotel, he spent the time to tell us quite a bit; many interesting facts. When we asked if our room had a fridge available (for medication), he said it showed so on the computer, but actually RAN to the room to verify this for sure so we wouldn't be inconvenienced moving to another room had there not been a fridge. From him we learned that this hotel isn't just "going green" on the surface to capture sales - the owner is TRULY committed to these initiatives.

Room: Relaxing and attractive, very large room. The King bed was very comfortable, with a great mattress, 100% cotton linens, fluffy comforter, variety of pillows. Very restful night of sleep. Someone else had said they couldn't sleep at all against the freeway - our room (213) was probably the one closest to the I-5, and although we could still hear it a bit with the windows closed and the fan going, it didn't affect our sleep AT ALL! (If I were a light sleeper, I'd always travel with earplugs).

Green angle: Very nicely done. On the back of the map to our room was a list of 100 ways the hotel is green. Wen I saw the website emphasizing their "greenness,"I was concerned we would feel in the heart of hard-core conservationists, self-conscious that we don't drive a hybrid. Happy to say the emphasis is really on the extensive efforts on the construction and operations of the hotel and grounds being green, NOT on forcing it on guests. We were encouraged to participate in separating trash/recycle, and to reuse towels; that's about it, aside from being inspired that a green operation could be so upscale.

$7/room for the breakfast buffet was a GREAT value! This breakfast is made in the same award-winning restaurant on property, so the quality of the food made a happy difference for us from the typical chain hotel breakfast. Hot fluffy scrambled eggs with cheese, seasoned breakfast potatoes, and excellent quality crispy bacon and sausage, fresh fruit, juice, good quality coffee, and full Belgian waffles made to order. We did wait a few minutes for fresh restocking of the buffet, dishes, and cups, however a large group had arrived in the dining room just before us and had cleaned the food out. We also chose to come to breakfast soon before it closed, so a rush can be expected during that time. I appreciate the fact that they don't make too much ahead of time and leave it sitting out getting gross - I'd rather wait a few minutes and have it fresh.

Noted nice conference center as well, multiple rooms..

Liked best: Upgaded comfortable beds, free wi-fi in the room without having to get a code or pay,stunning breakfast deal for only $3.50 per person for us.

Liked least: Having to leave so soon to get back on the road! They offer a full Sunday brunch open to the public from 10-2 for only $10 that sounded delightful, and everyone raves about the same restaurant for dinner as well.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4125 Riverside Pl, Anderson, CA 96007-2774 (Formerly Gaia Shasta Hotel & Spa)
Location: United States > California > Anderson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Anderson
Price Range: $100 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gaia Hotel & Spa Redding, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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