Don't believe all the bad reviews. The inn is under new ownership and also has a new chef. Also remember everyone has their own interpretation and opinions even though they have stayed in the same place.
If you are looking for a plush and fancy inn don't stay here. If you want a charming, cozy and romantic atmosphere then this is your place. A historic craftsman home perched on a bluff above the ocean is the setting of this inn. We sat in the garden while we waited for the dinner service to begin. It was an ideal place to talk and watch the sun set. There are amazing views of the ocean from the garden, the dining room and some of the guestrooms.
There is a new chef. We enjoyed our dinner.(Dinner is included in the price of the room. A great value when you consider for the price of the room you are also getting dinner and breakfast. There is a preset menu with two entree choices- usually fish or meat. They will accommodate any requests due to dietary restrictions or food allergies.)
The servers were attentive and prompt with any requests. Remember that the inn is located in a tiny coastal town where the pace of life is slow and relaxed so expect this type of atmosphere during dinner. It took us and the other diners two hours to complete our dinner from the time we sat down to the end of dessert. That gave my husband and I the opportunity to enjoy all the courses (4 total) and talk. Isn't that the point of going away? Remember that alcohol and the server tip is not included. Breakfast was delicious with more than two choices and you can enjoy the view of the ocean during this meal as well. There are stairs that lead down to the beach below the inn. A great opportunity for taking pictures of the rugged coast and rock formations.
The woman who checked us into our room was friendly, welcoming and helpful. We didn't have a reservation when we arrived. There were a few rooms available and we were able to look at all of them before making a decision. We were able to get the room at a discount this way. Our room, the Cypress, was large and on the ground floor with a private deck and a view of the ocean. It has a comfortable king size bed with luxury bedding, a cozy fireplace (gas) and a large bathroom with a large clawfoot tub and shower combo and double sinks. There are no TV's but we took our laptop so we could watch a DVD. The only caution about this room is that it is adjacent to the lobby of the inn. The lobby has a piano and sofas in it which allows for guests to visit together in groups. The night we were there several woman were visiting in the lobby and playing the piano after dinner until after 11pm. There is no staff there that late at night to regulate noise. The noise carried back to our room and disturbed the romantic atmosphere. There are two other rooms adjacent to the lobby as well so consider this when choosing a room. I wouldn't stay in any of the ground floor rooms again for this reason. I think the cottages seem more private and quiet. Some of the cottages have large picture windows with incredible views of the ocean. The cottages are smaller with small baths but they do have fireplaces. They are close to one another but do not share any attached walls.
Overall the Harbor House is a quiet and relaxed location that is great for getting away from the hustle an bustle of everyday life which allows you to spend some undistracted time with your spouse. I liked the views the best. I didn't like the noise coming from the lobby. I hope you can enjoy the Harbor House as much as we did.
- Also Known As:
- The Harbor House Hotel Elk