We stayed at the Benbow for one night during our 10 day driving tour of Northern California. We came specifically to see the really large redwoods in the area and were not disappointed in that repsect. We drove here from Napa and it was a loooong drive so we were pretty exhausted when we arrived in the late afternoon. The front desk was efficient and friendly and upon check, they were very informative about the area, the best drive to see the trees, where to go, where to stop, how much time to spend at certain attractions and they provided us with very helpful maps of the area. We had a King Fireplace room in the Terrace building which was VERY large, nicely appointed, cozy and had a great patio overlooking the Eel River, stone bridge and the grounds out back. Our only gripes were the fact that getting our bags to the room was a bit of a chore and that we could hear a good bit of noise from the road in our room.
Other than that, we definitely enjoyed the lodge-like feel of the place, the restaurant for dinner and breakfast, the fun bar, the lovely grounds and beautiful scenery. Very atmospheric and well maintained place. Not over the top luxury and certainly a tad bit expensive, but definitely your best bet for a comfortable stop over in this area.
If and when we head back to redwood country, Benbow will definitely be our first choice.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Benbow Inn