The Benbow Inn is by far the best place to stay anywhere near the 30 miles of the Avenue of the Giants. This place is warm, the staff is kind, polite, and can't seem to do enough to make your stay pleasant. Granted, it's not a five-star inn and if you're expecting the Four Season's, then you best continue on the road until you reach San Francisco. The rooms in their historic building are not large so if you're closterphobic and like to watch T.V., then fork out the extra cash and stay in their larger rooms with a king bed and fireplace...they have discounts during Spring. Our room had a terrace with a view to the patio and Eel river. The grounds are well manicured and they also have a park area in which you can pic-nic. They serve wonderful warm scones with tea at 3pm, followed by cheese and wine at 5. Their dinner menu is not extensive and while the presentation of the food is appealing, the flavor is lacking. I had their sesame seed crusted Tuna with white sticky rice. The rice was sticky but not cooked. The Tuna was way too encrusted with sesame seeds and the flavor bland. Now, the baby bokchoy was very good as was the sauce. My boyfriend had their porkchops which were overcooked and a bit too hard. The potatoes were burnt on one side yet the veggies were a 9/10...go figure. It warrants to say however, that their breakfast was quite good...different chef perhaps? Try it, you'll be happy with it. OH, I forgot to tell you that the prices are not cheap...expect to pay $25-$35 dollars per entre. Everthing is ordered a la carte so expect to pay at least $125 for two...not bad, if the food was worth every penny; which is not the case. Overall, this is by far the best place to stay in the area. Take the time to visit even if it's for their tea time (free for guests, $8 dollars for visitors)...you'll be glad you did.
- 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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