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Reviewed July 3, 2013

My Mum and I stayed here for two nights and fell in love with the place! The owner, Mike, takes so much pride in his hotel and making sure that all the guests are fully attended to. We were even upgraded; as a larger room was available during the stay. Our room was spectacular! It was spacious, clean and extremely comfortable with access to kettle in the communal kitchen, it also looked over the wild and colourful garden (Although we would have been happy in any of the rooms). The breakfast was wonderful, freshly prepared by Mike himself, including fresh herbs and flowers from the garden. The Hotel had so much character. Lined with old photographs and books about the history of the area, as well as a recreation area downstairs with more books, a fireplace and pool table. Not forgetting the wonderful house cat Sweet Pea, who loved to come and say hello. This was one of the most memorable places we have stayed and hope to return again soon!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Lucy_e_scott
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

My girlfriend and I headed south from Washington state with the only destinations of glass beach and big sur. it was a trip of healing as we had recently gone through tragedy. Each day had been refreshing, but when we decided to stay in fort Bragg for the night, a spark was lit. We were lucky enough not to get a room in the first place we checked. The grey whale inn was a treasure in value, decor, hospitality, location and vibe. The room was a step into a Victorian dream and the garden felt like an adventure into wonderland, only steps from the converted hospital. It will always be a fond memory on our journey to the south. We hope to return one day.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Calbert82
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

This is a great place to stay if you're on a holiday passing through Fort Bragg/Mendocino area taking in all the sites... but if you're planning on attending the Living Light Culinary Institute this is a fabulous place to stay. Michael is so accommodating and will do everything he can to make sure your stay is relaxing and restful. You'll enjoy a private room, laundry, a community kitchen with all the "foodie" things you need and it's a two block walk to school every morning. You simply can't beat it for price, comfort and location. Perfect!

Room Tip: They're all unique and comfortable. Some have little in room refers, fireplaces etc. and some with sitting rooms, but they're all charming.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Thank KathleenAnne1555
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

I have just returned from a very pleasant, relaxing stay at the Grey Whale Inn, Fort Bragg, CA. I was well received and was given many hiking recommendations! The breakfast is to die for!
I'd recommend this place to anybody!! There's also a garden in the front so you can enjoy the community spirit of Fort Bragg! Thanks Mike, Sweet pea (the cat), and Boots (the cat)! I will definately return the next time I'm on the coast.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

We have been coming here for ten years. This is a fabulous place! We absolutely love it. Unlike many B&Bs, the Grey Whale Inn resists a single defining image. This B&B was built as a hospital in 1915 -- hence the wide hallways and large guest rooms. Each room is unique and spacious. We love the game room with a pool table and foosball which I played endlessly with my daughter. Just eight miles north of artsy Mendocino, with its Victorian picture-postcard village full of galleries and trendy restaurants the Grey Whale is a welcome reprieve from the sugar coated kitschy ambience of Mendocino. We had breakfast in the beautiful Craftsman-style breakfast room (built by the owner Michael Dawson) discussing food and art with the other guests in the Inn, many of whom are students at the Living Light Culinary Institute. In addition, the inn features many artists whose works include handmade paper, photography, painting, print, ceramics (the owner is a ceramic artist) and more. On your walk trough the inn and the exquisite garden you will find many interesting art pieces that are among the finest anywhere. I saw beautiful woodcuts by Donna Fenstermaker, an artist from Oakland, the finest hand blown glass by glass artist Eric Eiserling, and photographs by the late Hugo Steccati, one of the most important architectural photographers to document modern Bay Area history. We will return.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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