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Emerald Dolphin Inn
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Fort Bragg
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

We came to Fort Bragg to escape the heat and we have had the time of our lives. We have been staying with the Emerald Dolphin since they opened about 6 years ago- and we have always enjoyed our stay. It never matters what room we choose- each is immaculate and the beds are more comfortable that what we have at home!! We just love the location, the service (the front desk is always helpful and very pleasant- I lose my husband for an hour each morning chatting there). The Mini golf course is wonderful too- and on top of the excellent rate (very good for the area) they gave us free passes for that too! What a ball- cant wait to come back. If you are thinking of staying any where else- you are making a big mistake. This place is beautiful and really does look like the pictures on their website.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

It had been a long time since my family has been together and we were looking for a very special place for a reunion. I am so glad that some friends told us about the Emerald Dolphin Inn. It was more than expected. We had a large group and had about 11 rooms all together. I have never stayed in a motel as beautiful or as clean & comfortable as this one. Every room was amazingly spotless. The rooms had every amenity and some of our rooms had very nice sized jacuzzi tubs and the fireplaces were a nice touch. Every member of our family from age 3 to 87 was impressed. AND, the mini golf right next door was a blessing. Having something we could all do together was great.
Too cold even in July to swim anyway and I dont think any of us laughed so hard in our lives. We had lunch there too and of course the kids found some cool souveniers. It was a blast! There was over 20 of us and we only paid around $100 for all!
The skunk train would have been nearly a thousand dollars. So, we all highly recommend this Inn. The staff was great and they helped make our family vacation magical.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank woodstock4444
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Reviewed July 24, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the emerald dolphin inn, we frequent the Fort Bragg area several times a year, and our normal motel was completely booked. We payed almost $200 for a suite with a whirlpool and fireplace. The room itself was fine, a little pricey but it was our anniversary and we have both been working very hard and not spending a lot of time together. We had some neighbors and I understand that when people get away that they have sex, but I did not sign up to hear it, and it was not THEM that was loud. It was the squeaky bed and headboard hitting the common wall that they shared with our bed. By the time we realized it was going to be a problem it was quite late and we did not feel that policing our neighbors was our responsibility. The next morning we decided to check out early since the noise started up again, when we talked to the front desk they told us we should have called them and they would have taken care of it..
..and what, move the bed to the other side of the room?? The manager refused to discount our stay even though it was completely uncomfortable and not worth our hard earned money. I will not be staying here again and I would not recommend this establishment to anyone

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Chrissyt82
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EDIFortBragg, Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2009

Management takes great pride in assuring that every guest has an amazing stay. Unfortunately, sometimes, guests do not realize they are not being considerate of others. Fortunately, due to heavy insulation, normal noise is muffled between guest rooms. In rare occasions, all the insulation in the world can not muffle some. In these cases mangement politely informs the guests causing the disturbance and the problem ceases. If we are never made aware of the problem, there is no way we can solve it.

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Reviewed July 22, 2008

We spent a night at the Emerald Dolphin Inn on 7/18/08. My 13 year old loved the miniature golf & arcade after a day of sightseeing. Our dog was OK w/ the open field next door, but bigger dogs loved the open space. The room was nice, but it did have a pretty strong cigarette smell (although it was non-smoking room). The staff should have sprayed it with something. Yuck! Once we aired it out it was OK. The hotel is well situated in town. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2008

My daughter and I were on vacation and wanted to play golf at the Emerald Dolphin during our visit to Fort Bragg....but we always stayed at another motel....so, we decided to give the Emerald Dolphin a try and we were very pleased we did. The room was very reasonable. We were able to check in as soon as we got into town- around Noon and the lady and owner at the front desk was very nice and pleasent to talk with. We had a great room with a ocean view, the room was good sized, super clean and smelled really good, beds were so comfy and the extra large towels were great..they had been fashioned into large bows as a decoration which made the room even more welcoming. The continental breakfast is adaquate and the coffee is wonderful! We were able to play golf the next day and the golf course was so much fun with all its fountains and challenges. And we were able to purchase some nifty items from their gift shops.
Definately stay there......We not only give it a thumbs up, but also 5 stars!!!!! Check out our photos!!!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 4, 2008

Meh. There was nothing horrible about this hotel, but nothing to recommend it either. We had a room that has an odd lack of furniture (a little refrigerator doubled as a coffee table), internet wireless did not work.

The exterior was great, had a lot of character. But the room was pretty so-so, the price was average, and the location was just on the outskirts of town. The beach was down the road a good ways.

Very basic, very average. When I travel on vacation, I want more. And there are plenty of places to choice from in Ft Bragg.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank chg2winter
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EDIFortBragg, Management at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2009

The Emerald Dolphin caters to all travelers and budgets! We have a few very basic rooms and we have some very beautiful, spacious rooms with more amenities such as Jetted spa tubs, and fireplaces. All of our guest rooms are elegantly decorated, clean and comfortable. This guest chose our most economical room, but it does not reflect on all of our guest rooms.

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Reviewed December 31, 2007

This hotel is one of the most pet unfriendly hotels that allows pets. Pets are not allowed to be left in the room unattended even in a kennel, Also dogs are not allowed on their putt putt golf course so if you have a dog you can't use their golf course. We were under the assumption we could bring our dog on the course because on the pet paper they give you when you check in says," we are fortunate to have a large field adjoining our south parking lot.Please use this area to allow your pet to run and do his "other buisness".Do not allow him to use the motel or MINI GOLF COURSE GROUNDS for the same purpose." We will definately stay at a better pet friendly place when we come back

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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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: $104 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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