A couple of months ago I made the decision to move to Mendocino County. I needed to find a hotel that could accomodate me long term for an affordable price while I hunted for permanent accomodations.
After staying at a few hotels in the area, which were nice, I stumbled across this diamond in the rough. From the outside it will not grab your attention too much as it looks like nothing more than a clean simple building with a touch of greenery. No spectacular ocean views.
However... once in the room I could not not believe my eyes! After staying at many hotels in the area for MUCH more money with MUCH less room, I was pleasantly surprised to find my "home away from home" that I stayed at QUITE comfortably until I finally found a new permanent home. (I now live in Fort Bragg in a wonderful, spacious and beautiful apartment that coincidentally happens to belong to the same owners as those of the Colombi Motel!)
BEYOND CLEAN!!! Never have I seen such a meticulously cared for hotel before! While I was away doing errands one day one of the owners did a cleanliness inspection of the daily maid service and decided the ceilings in the kitchen of my hotel room looked a bit dusty so she brought in a step ladder and meticulously scrubbed my ceiling herself! I returned home to an even more immaculate hotel room and kitchen than the one I left! (Yes, my room had a full kitchen much to my satisfaction and convenience, which prompted me to run across the street to the well stocked and affordable Colombi Market to buy things to fill up the full size refrigerator and pantry in my room!)
Parking here was a dream! Each unit has its own adjacent carport! I REALLY liked this feature of the hotel as it made loading and unloading a dream, and allowed me to keep close tabs on my newly purchased vehicle.
LAUNDRY MEGA-CONVENIENCE! The previous 3 hotels I had stayed at had no facilities for guest laundry. This hotel has a full service laundromat (The Colombi Laundromat) right next door! By the time I arrived at the Colombi Motel I was in dire need for their laundry facilities! Their Laundromat is just as clean as their Hotel.
SAFETY AND SECURITY. The area for the most part seems very safe and crime-free. I set up my $3000 computer systems in my room and never once felt as though they were in the slightest jeopardy.
There was one incident where I accidentally left my $400 iPod Touch (pocket computer) sitting on the counter in the Laundromat while I took a load of clothes to my hotel room. One of the other patrons in the laundromat apparently picked up the item before I got back and I was distraught when I discovered that it was missing! The next day the staff of the hotel and laundromat assisted the Fort Bragg Police department by showing them the video recording from the security cameras from the night before. They recognized the other patrons that were in the laundromat and were about to go question the "suspects", when one of them came into the Colombi Market and returned my iPod, indicating that someone had left it in the laundromat the night before!
This hotel is very affordable and saves you money by allowing you to cook at "home"! I highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area, both for short visits or long visits.
TIP: The Colombi Market offers a box of meticulously put together kitchen essentials including plates, glasses, silverware, pots, pans, spatulas, dish soap, etc. available for guests of the Colombi Motel for a mere $5 deposit! A must have if you plan to do any cooking in your room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Outside view of Colombi Motel ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Colombi Motel Fort Bragg
- Colombi Hotel Fort Bragg