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“Unusual Victorian Accommodations”
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Carter House Inns
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Eureka
Certificate of Excellence
La Jolla, CA
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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“Unusual Victorian Accommodations”
Reviewed September 4, 2010

I almost don't want to write about this suite at the Carter House, it was too good to be true.
I booked an accommodation for three days at the Carter House in Eureka in order to explore this area and the State and Redwood National Parks. I believe the room that you pick here governs your experience with the place. I booked the "Library Suite" which is in the yellow re-created Victorian mansion across the street from the restaurant building and main hotel. This suite was about 800 square feet with 2 enormous bedrooms with Victorian bay windows. It had a huge dressing room and bathroom with a spa-tub and a two headed shower. In addition to that there is a large family room/kitchen to the rear of this unit. (Common area) There was a microwave, coffee pot, and other kitchen conveniences. Downstairs, on the living room level, there were 2 living rooms and a dining room. We felt like we had rented an entire Viictorian Mansion all for ourselves. I rarely saw another guest. At night, they left tea and cookies in the living room at 8PM. There were 10 types of tea to select from.
The staff was exceptionally helpful. The breakfast fare was good, maybe not a lot from which to select, but their omelettes were delicious. The tasty bread was from the Eureka Cooperative.
Eureka seems wind blown and downtrodden, but there were some nice shops and restaurants. Many of the commercial buildings are architecturally significant from the early 1900's. Hardly anyone is on the street. There seems to be more of a city of this size's share of the homeless and disabled people. All nodded and were polite. We were never panhandled.There are also younger bearded men on the streets with huge packs on their backs on their way to somewhere. See the magnificent Carson Mansion a block away, a private club now. If you are comfortable with letting your hir down, eat a dinner at the Cook House, in Samoa, a spit of sand in the Pacific, 10 minutes away, a former lumber company town.
This was an almost odd and surreal experience, between the forlorn town and the beautiful Hotel/Mansion. Such contrasts. I would repeat it, since our experience was unusual.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

We booked a two night stay at the Carter House Inn and it was a total disappointment. We stayed in the hotel that houses the restaurant and had a "suite" on the 3rd floor. The room was dark and small. When we arrived the staff was non-existance and complained because they had to help us with our luggage. There was no charm to the room and we backed up to the rear parking lot and had to listen to the staff and their friends hang out for hours smoking and what ever else they do in Eureka.

The breakfast included with the room fare was a joke. I've had better free breakfasts at chain hotels.

Parking is either on the street or a limited number of spots behind the restaurant building. The neighborhood is downtown historic area but be prepared to see a lot of riff-raff in the area. Two blocks from the Carter House a couple was held up at knife point by a "homeless" couple.

We stayed here as a base to visit Northern California's Redwoods and would not stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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seattle
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

We spent one night at the Carter House Hotel. The room was large with a very nice clean bathroom. There was tea/coffee/cookies in the lobby. We missed the wine/cheese but they do have a full bar. The breakfast was very tasty & they offered a lot of choices. The omelets were delicious.We found everyone to be very pleasant & helpful.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2010

A stones throw from the Carson House Carter House is a good choice of place to stay
Eureka is a working town so things start to move early in the morning and if you are a light sleeper you may find yourself awake earlier then planned but there is plenty to do and see so make the most of it
We visited Trinidad and Lady Bird Johnson Grove both highly recommended
The food at Carter House is excellent Breakfast is very good and You should eat at Restaurant 301 very good food matched with a comprehensive wine list
The rooms are very spacious . Our bathroom was great. There is a lot of attention to detail and I would very happily stay here again

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We travelled all day and arrived just a few minutes after the 'happy hour' had ended, but the staff went out of their way to make sure we had a nice glass of house wine. This we did not expect as we knew we had missed it so this was just the beginning of a very pleasant stay. The room was spacious, immaculate,well presented and supplied, and they did an excellent job of furnishings, keeping it in 'character' . We decided that we would have diner here and it also was very good. We had booked a 'little late' and were seated right at the doorway, but our server could sense that we were not too happy with this table(sun was in our eyes) and she suggested that we move to another table, that to me is excellent service. Food was very good as was the wine, and again service was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

Nice spot along the northern CA coast, quiet and elegant with one of the best restaurants in the area. Rooms are perfect and the complimentary breakfast is truly a treat. Restaurant 301 on the 1st floor of the Inn has spectacular food and the Maple Nut Bacon home made ice cream was out of this world. Sounds weird, but it was great!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2010

Family with small kids (7 and 4) on a road trip north. We stayed in 6 different hotels on our 2.5 week trip with our two night stay at the Carter House Inns our "splurge". Alas, it was the most dissappointing stay on our trip.

The stay was not without merit. The staff was universally good. The Inn has a special feel. The decor is lovely. The very large lounge in the house was great to relax in.

We stayed in Suite 506 in the Carter House - us in the main room and the kids in the libary room. Alas, the library room does not have direct access to the bathroom - you either have to go out the hallway (not an option for a 4 year old at night) or walk through the main bedroom, through a robe room and then into the bathroom (hence waking up the parents). The rooms themselves were generous in size and looked lovely. They were, however, neither particularly dark or quiet. While the building is only 30 years old, it has been built to replicate a Victorian Manor, down to the lack of insulation. The road beside the Inn, as noted in other reviews, is noisy and the windows in this room stop little/no noise. The wooden shutters only partially block the light. Worse, on the second night of our stay, another party moved into the suite above and the noise was amazing. Every step, every use of the toilet, shower, every creak was very loud. In the morning we could even hear their snoring. One of the noisest rooms we have ever stayed in. Our kids (and us) slept terribly.

The staff seemed surprised we mentioned this noise, but I find it hard to believe we were the first to complain. The staff, to their credit, did everything to make up for this on checkout. Doesn't change how we slept though.

We dined at Restaurant 301 one night - it was the first night of a new menu, and it showed. My pork belly had been marinated so long it was tart. The chocolate souffle had little chocolate taste, a leathery top that required a knife and fork and was slush at the bottom. A great wine list and service, but once again failed to match its price.

This was not a cheap stay at all and, based on our experience, was not a value stay. I don’t mind splurging, but I expect something above average, and this was not. We stayed at much better two bedroom suites along the coast for much less money – and slept much better. We left feeling dissappointed.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Carter House Inns
Address: 301 L St, Eureka, CA 95501-0571
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Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Eureka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Eureka
#2 Romantic Hotel in Eureka
#3 Business Hotel in Eureka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carter House Inns 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern California's premier inn is an enclave of four magnificent Victorians perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town, Eureka. The luxurious accommodations at Carter House Inns and the sumptuous dining at its Restaurant 301 (considered among Northern California's best restaurants) set and indulgent tone for a marvelous visit to the giant redwood forests, rugged Pacific beaches and the other wonders of Northern California's Redwood Coast. ... more   less 
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