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.
- 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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- Carter House Inns Hotel Eureka