On the plus side: The room and bathroom were clean, of good size, and included a mini-frig and microwave oven. The air-conditioner worked well and helped to block out street noise. The cost of the room was reasonable (stay two nights, third night free). The male desk clerk was very nice and helpful. The housekeeping staff was great.
On the minus side: We encountered only three serious drawbacks. The bathroom had no fan and even though it was cold outside, the bathroom was hot, steamy, and uncomfortable. The (black ceramic) coffee cups with the in-room coffee pot looked clean but had greasy fingerprints on the side. When I went to wash mine, I found gunk crusted on the bottom inside. The restaurant had very limited hours, the service was terrible, and the food mediocre.
What was mostly lacking in the rooms was attention to detail. A second sink outside the bathroom had no soap, soap dish, or wastebasket. The ironing board was mounted in such a way that the closet door wouldn’t close completely. A handle was missing from the dresser drawer. Something had been removed from the wall in the bathroom and brackets and screws were just left protruding. The microwave oven was at height convenient for someone who was about three feet tall. The bedskirt was about 6-inches short on one side of the bed and trailing on the floor on the other. I noticed this because I tripped when my shoe caught in it.
None of these things would stop us from staying at the Red Lion again. Most of the hotels in Eureka are really bad and almost all have noise problems because the main highway goes right through the center of town. Our advice if staying at the Red Lion: Ask for a quiet room facing the back, on the third (top) floor, away from the elevator if possible. Call the hotel directly for the best rates. Don't depend on eating in the restaurant. It closed at 1:30 for lunch and after 9PM, food was only available in the bar, where the bartender was "the waiter" and the service was terrible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located off Highway 101 near the towering Redwoods of Northern California, the Red Lion Hotel Eureka is close to the area's finest attractions and just 15 minutes from the Eureka/Arcata Municipal Airport with our complimentary airport transportation. Take a walk down the beautiful Victorian Seaport of Old Town Eureka filled with boutique shops and art galleries. Visit state and national Redwood parks just minutes away. Enjoy the nearby Pacific Ocean, whitewater rafting and deep-sea charter fishing. Our 175 spacious guest rooms include nine suites and feature all the amenities you'd expect of a first-class hotel such as Red Lion's plush pillowtop beds, premier bath amenities, complimentary wi-fi, room service, hairdryers and same day laundry and valet service. Guests can also enjoy relaxing and working out at our outdoor pool, and fitness center. For your dining pleasure, the Pacific Grill serves distinctive Northwest cuisine or step into R.J.'S Bar & Grill and enjoy a drink while watching your favorite sport team. We also offer Red Lion's signature Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet. Don't forget, kids 10 and younger eat free with each adult. With 6,800 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, we are able to accommodate up to 220 guests for your next conference or special occasion. For business or pleasure, Red Lion Hotel Eureka is committed to care, comfort and value. And bring your pets - we're pet friendly! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Eureka
- Eureka Red Lion