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Emerald Dolphin Inn
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Fort Bragg
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Central Valley of California
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145 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Pleasant Hotel Stay”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed here for two days in January 2013 when most tourists are at home planning their summer trips. We were very pleased with our room which was well furnished, large and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only thing I wasn't impressed with was the complimentary continental breakfast.
There is a miniature golf course on the premises, but unfortunately, it is only open on weekends in January. We have played this course on other trips and had a lot of fun.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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EDIFortBragg, Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you were able to return to our hotel in January. It is true January is still a winter month, however, Fort Bragg is fortunate enough to receive many sunny days which makes beachcombing and mini golfing so enjoyable. We are pleased that you enjoyed your room and all the amenities we offer. We offer a simple complimentary continental breakfast with pastries, hot and cold cereals, juice and coffee. Just enough to get you going in the morning. If a fuller meal is needed, we have an abundance of wonderful restaurants very near to our hotel. We hope you will visit again soon!
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Wilton, California
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We spent two nights in Ft Bragg visiting friends so we all stayed here. They have a dog and were really happy with the wood floors, food mat and bowls and chew that is there when you check in. Lots of area for exercise for both dogs and humans. The room had a fridge and cofee maker,which are real assets for full time travelers. It's a lovely property! A Microwave would have been great.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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EDIFortBragg, Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Emerald Dolphin Inn for your family reunion. We are so happy you all enjoyed your stay with us and all of the complimentary amenities we offer. It is our goal to provide an immaculate, comfortable home away from home for couples and families alike. The Emerald Dolphin Inn realizes that your pets are your family too and this is why we have several pet friendly rooms available. We are so glad your furry family enjoyed the special extras we provide for them.
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We always book a queen with jacuzzi tub for around $100. Its a value you can't beat! You can walk along the cliffs, play frisbee golf or mini-golf and to a local shopping center. We drove into the main part of town. It is a quiet location, rooms are very clean and comfortable. The tubs are not very big, they are heart shaped. For us, we fit comfortably but husband is not very tall or wide. The breakfast is just cereal, pastry/bagel and hot tea or coffee. It's ok but is even better if you get fruit to go with it from local market.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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EDIFortBragg, Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. It is always nice to have couples join us for a getaway from reality:) We have several beautiful rooms with king or queen beds that offer a corner jetted spa tub that seats two with fireplaces. Our rooms come complete with all the beauty, charm, and upscale amenities, but with a more affordable rate than other hotels offer. Just a short walk out of your guest room door will lead you to the ocean cliffs. Hopefully you saw some whale spouts or one of our amazing sunsets!
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El Cerrito, CA
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed here with our dog during the off season. The inn is very convenient to downtown Fort Bragg and several of the attractions in the area, especially the off-leash dog beach. Our room was clean and comfortable, facing the south side of the property (this is important as it is near the south field which doubled as the canine bathroom).

There is a mini-golf course & arcade right on the property (we did not take advantage of this during our stay). And a down a side street (Ocean View Dr.) is, well, a cliff view of the ocean. The property also gave us two free passes to the Botanical Gardens.

One thing prevents me from giving this place 5 points. Considering it's dog-friendly, a hand-held shower head, or an outdoor hose would have been really helpful (our dog got pretty dirty at the beach and washing her was difficult).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Market Weighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We recently made an unscheduled stop in Ft Bragg on our way back to Los angeles, so checked into the Emerald Dolphin. It was a fantastic little find! The room was comfortable and well appointed. We were there out of season so paid very little money, and in fact even on the rest of the trip paid more than double for other rooms that were no way as nice as this find. It is a short walk from a very nice restaurant, and on a good day the town is not far, although we were caught in a storm so drove into the centre for supper. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a good room in a very pretty location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vacaville, California
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

I recently stayed at the Emerald Dolphin Inn in Fort Bragg, CA for three nights and greatly enjoyed my stay! The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially the owner Kim Queen. She assisted us on a couple occasions and provided great service. The room (spa suite) was very clean and comfortable. The spa was a great addition and the bed was very comfortable. We were in the annex building across from the lobby of the hotel. This provided us with a very quiet stay, we didn’t hear our neighbors or the highway once. The continental breakfast is a typical one, providing cereal, pastries, juice and coffee. Not a gourmet meal, but all we needed to start off the day. :) I would definitely recommend staying at the Emerald Dolphin Inn and I would stay here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ukiah, California
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I've stayed here a couple of times and recommend it as a clean, comfortable option when staying on the Mendocino Coast. I live in inland Mendocino County and like to come over to the coast for weekend visits. The 200+ a night options are nice for an occasional splurge, but most of the time I am looking for something less expensive. This is a good option. No grand ocean views, but convenient to either Fort Bragg or Mendocino.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Emerald Dolphin Inn
Address: 1211 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5312
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Fort Bragg
#5 Family Hotel in Fort Bragg
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Bragg
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Emerald Dolphin Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the newest Inns on the Coast, Emerald Dolphin's guest rooms bring luxurious comfort, gracious hospitality, and first class service to the Mendocino Coast. Located within walking distance to the Hare Creek beach and ocean cliff walking trail. Some jetted spa & fireplace suites. Complimentary continental breakfast, WIFI and many other amenities. Pet friendly rooms available with advance notice. Onsite you will find a family hair salon, 18 hole Miniature Golf Course, family fun center with arcade & private party room. You will also find fabulous restaurants, shops, galleries, beaches, parks, Skunk Train, Botanical Gardens, and theater nearby. AAA approved- Three Diamonds Award. ... more   less 
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