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Benbow Historic Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Garberville
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Rosa, California, United States
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5 reviews
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“Excellent stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Groupon offered a two day stay at Benbow and I've always wanted to stay there.We finally for the time off, made the reservations, and away we went. From the first moment we arrived we were treated to a warm, genuine,welcoming that is all but lost today. The grounds are beautiful and fun to explore. The room is very nice with unusual touches...complimentary sherry, nice after a long drive as well as a little patio j ust outside the room to sit and relax. The bar is excellent, lots of locals come in too. menu is a bit old fashioned but made well with fresh ingredients.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Groveland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We had heard so much about this hotel as to how wonderful it is. No one mentioned that you have to LOVE stairs, and do well with them.
Just to get to the front desk, you have to go up a flight of stairs. Then we were given a room on the third floor- two more flights of stairs. There is no elevator. We did receive assistance in carrying up our luggage.
We have stayed at many British Inns and the Benbow is similar to many of these. So I guess it didn't particularly impress us. Our room was big, but the bathroom small. The king size bed was comfy, and we had cream sherry waiting in our room.
Dinner was good, but quite expensive. I had rack of lamb for $45, with just a little grain with it (which I didn't much like). We didn't eat breakfast there.
The front desk was pleasant but after our Crater Lake experience of a WONDERFUL clerk, there wasn't anything special about anyone working here.
We had a good group rate, but without that rate I won't stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Woodinville, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our only regret about the Benbow Inn is that we did not have the time to stay longer. It is a delightful historic resort hotel in the Redwoods with a lodge feel, excellent restaurant, clean rooms, and plenty of lawn and lobby space to relax and enjoy the sunshine and ambience. The hotel's character exudes 1930's grandeur. We would go back in a heartbeat. According to management, some remodeling will occur this fall, which is great. But our experience could not have been more positive, just as it is. The restaurant has a complete gourmet menu and excellent service. We were greeted at the front desk as if we were long-time guests, and our unexpected need for an another room for additional family members was accommodated without delay and with favorable pricing.

Room Tip: We particularly appreciated our Lower Terrace King room with its own patio overlooking the lawn and...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Yes, it's almost 90 years old. Sure some rugs could be replaced. But, who cares!! It's clean, charming, quaint, relaxing, and much, much fun. The Eel River runs around it, and river-facing rooms (on 3 sides of the building) are my recommendation. The bar is a great hangout, for guests and respectable locals. Much ambiance! Eating on the terrace on a warm evening is a true resort experience. The Benbow is R&R at its best.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Novato, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We have been traveling to the "Redwoods" for years and Benbow is the perfect retreat. The authentic architecture and furniture reminiscent of the Art Deco era transforms you to a time of elegance and opulence. The terrace dining next to the Benbow bridge over the lake is breathtaking. The cuisine is superior to any 5 star dining we have had, Every meal was fantastic and the breakfast was most memorable indeed. The whipped cream was heavenly and the buscuits were moist and delighfully weighty. We will continue to journey north to our favorite retreat of the "Redwoods" - Michael and Marilyn

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hemet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

The Benbow Inn in Garberville California is an extraordinary place to visit: we loved the time we stayed and wished we could have adjusted our schedule to stay longer. The grounds are a pleasure to walk around and there are many places to sit to view the sights. One of the reasons we loved our room is because it had a back door to a patio overlooking the creek.
The redwood forest can be reached by going in any direction from the inn. We took a ride through Garberville then a minute later we were in most delightful, enchanting area of the redwood forest. We were on the road to the coast which has trees overhead that made it seem like a tunnel. We just could not get over the beauty and eventually drove the entire twenty three miles to Shelter Cove at the ocean. It has a black sand beach that is fascinating but little to cold and wild for a swim
My wife and I intend to go back next year because we had such a good stay. I suggest the Benbow Inn to anyone traveling in Northern California.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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CindyElliott, Manager at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed walking around the grounds at the Benbow Inn as well as the view from your patio. Thank you for taking the time to write the wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you again in 2013!
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

Benbow Inn was once a destination: a turn-of-the-century surprise bordering a cool summer lake in dusty redwood country. Now the lake is dry and the inn has lost its way.

We wanted to show our teen son the place where Mom & Dad had a blast some twenty years ago. What an embarassment! The front porch now overlooks an extended parking lot and some shabby outbuildings. The lobby was filled with awkwardly arranged Victorian furniture, some odd stuffed animals and cheap souvenirs. Our room - well, we had to change from the 1st crypt they tried to steer us to - was truly unpleasant: tacky decor, plastic flowers and a bed without a dust ruffle so you could see where it hadn't been vacuumed in years. The hallways were covered in peeling, vertical stripe wallpaper which only exaggerated the claustrophobia.

We cancelled our dinner reservations because we couldn't bear to spend an exorbitant amount in a place we considered unfit. Still, longing for breakfast, we entered the dining room where the waiter informed us that after "I'll have what he's having," his next favorite customer comment was "Come back later." And he did. Much later. The hot chocolate he brought was microwaved milk and syrup in a tall glass; the eggs were cold.

The 2nd day, we made a mistake of sleeping late and couldn't get anyone to clean the room "because the maid leaves at 2:00." Huh? Cutting corners apparently is routine, and since the owners of Benbow bought the RV trailer/golf course land across the highway, it's clear they are not sure whether they're running a down and dirty park-n-stay or a historical inn. The fact that this "other side" of Benbow has a pool doesn't help any: it's drab, untended and depressing (as is the general store, game room and office), and we haven't been at many pools that can
actually lay claim to being depressing.

But surely the piece de resistance was the discovery of pair of tighty-whitey men's underwear wedged by the bedpost - not belonging to our family, I can assure you.

To Management/Owners: Even historical inns need to change: no one wants to stay at Miss Havisham's house. Clean up the look (and get a talented designer from S.F, not the two young girls with their ugly pseudo-Victoriana swatches); clean up the place (including major landscaping); spruce up the dining room and get a good chef (one with pride might be nice); and learn how to run a class-act inn.

Room Tip: Don't until you are absolutely sure that everything has changed, and we mean everything.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Benbow Historic Inn
Address: 445 Lake Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3616
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Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Garberville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Garberville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Benbow Historic Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in 1926. 55 Recently renovated rooms. On the National Register of Historic Places. Member of Historic Hotels of America. A beautiful country inn with fine dining serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining available in the summer. Next to Benbow KOA featuring golf, gas-powered carts and putting green. Located on the Eel River in the heart of the redwoods near the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. Benbow Historic Inn is your California Redwood Retreat. Amenities include daily complimentary tea & scones, free lobby newspapers & WiFi, in room sherry & coffee, complimentary bicycles, seasonal pool & Jacuzzi, splash park, sport court, playground, meeting space, wedding venue, hiking & biking trails abound. A must see at the Benbow Exit 636 off US Highway 101. 199 Miles north of San Francisco in Southern Humboldt County. Numerous music and art festivals during summer months. Up to two (2) pets are allowed in our pet designated rooms, pending availability. The Benbow Historic Inn charges a $30 pet fee per visit. Those planning to bring furry companions MUST speak with a Front Desk Agent prior to making a reservation. ... more   less 
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