Initial booking was through Inn owner, Karen who was very pleasant and helpful. We were attending a wedding in a nearby town and it was suggested we stay at Bodega Bay. There were not a lot of options as it's a very small place. We chose the Bodega Harbour Inn for three nights and ended up getting a small two bedroom bungalow (the Harbour House) with an ocean view and a hot tub outside. The grounds and building are well-maintained. This is an older building and some updating has been done. Housecleaning was ok, but there was a smell of possibly cat or dog urine when we arrived. We aired the house out upon arrival and kept the windows open during the night.
We had family staying in town as well at other locations so it was important for us to keep in contact with them. There was no phone number listed on the phone for the Harbour House and we don't have a cell phone as where we live, there is no service. We could call out, but no one could call us. I stopped by the Inn office the next morning to obtain the phone number and was advised that the phones are being removed next week and she no longer had the phone number for that house. She said that if someone needed to reach us, they could call the Inn and she would walk a message down to us, a block away. (They have limited office hours and when we arrived at 7:30PM, the office was closed so I knew this could be a problem). We also asked for an additional key as they would be times where hubby and I would be going in different directions. She fumbled around and eventually found a key, which turned out later was a completely different kind of key so would not work anyways.
We also had problems with the kitchen stove as we are not familiar with gas ranges and we could only manage to get one element working on the cooktop. Fortunately, this was not a huge problem as we weren't doing a lot of cooking anyways.
I wished for a hair dryer and apparently none be bought in Bodega Bay, the place is so small...so pack your own!
This is an older house and there were lots of soft spots in the floors, and the edges and corners needed a good vacuum, dusting. Could see spider eggs and cocoons in places.
The place needed a good thorough cleaning, but as I said, it's an old house and sometimes that is difficult.
Now for the positives!
There were lots of good things to say about the place. The location is very nice. There is an ocean view. The hot tub was very nice. There was a good supply of towels for us. The kitchen was well-equipped. Lots of utensils and pots and pans. There are dishes for about four to five people. Nothing fancy. The bathroom has had some updating but the toilet and the sink/vanity are in an awkward position. Tall people will have to sit kind of sideways on the toilet or they will bang their knees. The beds were quite comfortable.
We paid $200/night for this place during high season. I don't feel that it was good value. In my opinion, the rate shouldn't be more than $175/night, tops!
The Harbour House is a block from the Pelican Plaza where there is a small grocery store, a laundromat, a surf shop and more. We had an excellent meal at Claudio's Trattoria (the service was non-existent at first and we almost walked out, but it improved)
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