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Boonville Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boonville
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“One of a Kind”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Boonville Hotel is truly a work of art.

The people who put this place together spent much effort over many years to make things unusual, unique, interesting, and unexpected. Many of the design elements--from doors to floors, from to walls to ceilings, from countertops to light fixtures--are custom-constructed pieces of art in their own right. For example, the porch light cover for one of the cottages is an eye doctor's chart--simple yet clever. The cottages are constructed with a considerable amount repurposed materials, combining distressed wood, concrete, glass, corrugated metal and fiberglass with quirky found objects that seems to make every room, every table, every door, almost everything, one-of-a-kind. The overall effect is an sense-pleasing "coherent contradiction" that might be called something like "contemporary rustic rural industrial."

The grounds are lush with flowering plants, pines, herbs, and fruit trees of many varieties. There's also a lovely flower, herb, and vegetable garden that supplies much of what is offered in the hotel's good restaurant, Table 128. Here and there on the property are paintings and pieces of sculpture, some of which would be considered folk art and some of which would be considered fine art. The main building and grounds have many comfortable well-thought out places for lounging outside or inside, some communal and some making up a private space. We spent several pleasant mid-week days hardly ever leaving the hotel grounds except for a few trips to several of the many tasting rooms that are reachable within minutes by car.

On arrival, you'll be told to treat the hotel as if it were your own home. The staff are friendly--not "professionally friendly" and not "pushy friendly," but just "everyday friendly." They want to make you happy. They'll stop and chat a little, or they'll leave you to yourself if that's what you want.

There's very much of a "big family" feel, with all that implies about the drama of family life and community life in rural small town America. The hotel and the town are peopled with interesting characters. Many seem to enjoy pulling the legs of out-of-towners, so be prepared to hear some dubious tall tales, some of which might actually be true. It was fascinating to hear stories about who was who and how this person or that person ended up where they ended up. The area population seems to be a mix of long-time residents and fairly new arrivals from here, there, and everywhere: there's a hippie granola crunching element, a residual element of crusty farmers and ranchers, an element of newly-monied rich city folk looking for the romanticized life of country gentility, an element of Hispanic agriculture and domestic workers (some new arrivals and some long-time residents), and an element of business owners (again, some established residents and some transplants) serving the locals or serving the tourist trade. Several of these elements seem to blend and crisscross at various points. Everybody has a story, and everyone seems to know everyone else's business. Although there are obviously some local controversies, and some clans and cliques that compete about this or that, there's an overall atmosphere of community pride and good will.

Neither Boonville nor the Boonville Hotel will please everyone. I don't want to say that it takes a refined taste to appreciate the town or the hotel. The place is quite comfortable, but not like a luxury resort. If your idea of a grand vacation spending a few days wandering from shop to shop in a new-age, morally superior, totally predictable, worn-out hippie, cutesie-wootsie, nature-worshipping, tourist trap like Mendocino just up the road, you probably won't like Boonville or its namesake hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed here to celebrate our 10-year anniversary a few weeks ago, and the Boonville Hotel is nothing short of outstanding. We stayed in the Front Room, which is brilliant in its design and comfort. We used the fireplace both nights and read on the couch (we had unseasonably cold temps and rain the whole time), and the secret shower door that opens onto a secluded patio with an outdoor bathtub was just about the coolest thing I've seen in any hotel or inn. It was quiet, the garden and gazebo was delightful to relax in, and the food at Table 128 was nicely done. The staff went out of their way to be conversational but not overbearing; it felt like we were staying with a friend of a friend who had all the insider info (one employee even wrote down a mile marker for us to access his favorite local's beach). I also liked how the lobby doubles as a wine shop filled with local wines.

If there was anything wrong with our stay, its that it is a bit overpriced, but considering how nice that bathtub was — and the garden, and the grounds, and the wine — whatever. It felt like it was worth it.

Room Tip: The Front Room. Outdoor bathtub, fireplace, beautiful sitting area, secluded.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tanagerphoto
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New York
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Boonville recently. For over $200/night, I expect a nice room with basic amenities. While the staff was nice at check-in, the services were dissappointing.

The carpet in the room was substnatially stained near the bathroom, there were two throw rugs down, both also stained, the sink was in the bedroom (not bathroom) and never stopped dripping -- making sleeping difficult (we draped a towel over the faucet), there were no telephones, no TV, no AC, and no screen in one of the windows (but a large fly in the room). So without AC, you couldnt' even get a cross breeze by opening two windows. I just don't think a hotel can lack ALL of those things and charge $200/night.

On the positive, I found the bed and pillow very comfortable. But again, with all the floor stains, dripping faucet, sleeping was difficult.

Oh - and there was no conditioner in the bathroom. There was a lovely shampoo and moisturizer but I totally need conditioner. Again, $200 - give a girl conditioner so she's not trying to comb her hair for 2 hours. It was just lacking in Hotel services.

For $80/night, I would give this hotel 5 stars.

Room Tip: No idea. Maybe a different hotel?
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank epimediums
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Mt. Dora, FL
Level Contributor
66 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Nah - I'm only kidding. A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO BOONVILLE HOTEL! We have stayed at lodgings near or above dining rooms and saloons before with mixed results. The rennovation here kept the incredible feel of the 1800's wine-country Roadhouse and added most modern creature comforts. We stayed in Room 8, the smallest of 15 choices - and we might upgrade in the future as it is just a bit too snug for us. But it was impeccably clean and neat and had a balcony (partial view of parking lot-partial view of beautiful grounds!). We wandered their working herb and veggie garden and watched staff pull fresh-as-it-gets stuff together to the evening meal. Although we did not stay for dinner, we will next time! The aromas and the choices were superb! A big GO-GO-GO!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DaCheez
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

I spent a weekend here for the Pinot Festival. It was one of the best hotel experiences I ever had. The grounds are beautiful and welcoming. We stayed in the Pump House, a stand alone cottage with a big deck that overlooks the garden. That's where we hung out and drank the locally produced hard cider we got at the hotel bar. The room itself was kind of small, but it was so cool and eclectic, we didn't mind. Metal, wood and glass make the room a piece of art in some ways. The shower experience can not be explained, only that it was the best shower I ever had. If you stay here, you must have dinner here too. It's simply the best and worth every penny. I can't wait to be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CN_Nation
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Denmark, West Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Luckily before heading off from San Francisco on a quick vineyard tour, we met some people who pointed us in the right direction for both hotels and vineyards. This hotel (approx. 2.5 hours north of SF) was a gem... We arrived late, people were already eating in the restaurant/bar area, and the comfortable attitude of the staff who welcomed us was just what we needed. Three of us traveling, sharing a room, all tired and two of us had a cold coming on - so we needed some nurturing - and this is what we got. The room wasn't big, but quite sufficientt - bathroom clean and good size. The hotel bar had locals sipping some of the delicious wines from the region - and we were offered some local cider to start off the night. We had a choice of eating in (by the fire) or crossing the road to a recommended restaurant - as you can imagine the option to take up home cooking for $44 per head was a winner - and we were not unhappy. Food was delicious. Slept well and journeyed on the next day.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SilverStream22
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San Francisco
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We enjoyed the Boonville Hotel during the recent winter holidays. It was a lovely warm place with friendly staff and a great meal. We stayed in Room 1 which offered a separate sitting area and big terrace over the front of the building. Really nice! There are a couple of cute shops on the main drag as well as wineries nearby. It's on the pricey side but at least I didn't have to worry about the dreaded "two day minimum stay" at this time of year. I probably would enjoy the property more in the spring and summer, though the wintry weather was evocative.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Boonville Hotel

Property: Boonville Hotel
Address: 14050 Hwy. 128, Boonville, CA 95415
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Boonville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
it's about people, food, drink and a well-made bed. two hours north of san francisco, halfway to the coast on highway 128, in the heart of mendocino county ... more   less 

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