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Benbow Historic Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Garberville
Certificate of Excellence
San Gabriel
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Warmth at the Benbow Inn”
Reviewed April 22, 2007

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.

  • Liked — Great Pillows!
  • Disliked — No TV's in the Historic Rooms
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2006

We stayed at the Benbow Inn for only one night during our trek up Highway 1 from San Francisco to Seattle. We originially planned to stay at a hotel but switched when we were able to get a room at the Benbow Inn for only $10 more than the hotel (there were no problems with the hotel, we just wanted to stay at this inn.)

Upon arrival we parked in the lower parking lot and quickly realized we had to carry our luggage up a hill (this is part of the adventure for us!). When then made our way into the beautiful lobby of the Inn and was greated by 2 very nice ladies. They gave us a description of the property and advised if we needed anything to contact them. Our room was on the 3rd floor (advise there are no elevators, this is a historical inn) they asked if we needed help with our luggage and we gratifully declined (again part of the adventure.)

When we entered our very large room facing out over a beautiful park we were delighted. There was a decanter of Sherry waiting on the room for us (I didn't particularly care for the taste but hubby loved it.) The bed was large and very comfortable. The bathroom had a separate dressing area for the bathing area, however their was a sink in with the bathing area. There was plenty of towels and anemties.

We did have dinner at the Inn and it was wonderful. The meal for 2 of us including wine and dessert was about $100 including tip. This is usually more than we spend but well worth it (we've paid more at Ruth Chris and the Benbow Inn was just a good.)

After dinner we walked in the garden area which is breath taking.

We were able to leave the windows open during the night for a nice breeze without any problems. We did not hear any traffic from the nearby highway.

The Inn has a cute gift shop where you can browse without being bothered.

The lobby has a wonderful sitting area and bar. There is plenty of room to sit without being near the bar. Or you can sit outside on the patio that is surrounded by the beautiful garden.

The Inn serves complimentary English tea and scones daily in the lobby around 3 pm.

They also have complimentary hors d'oeuvers daily around 5 pm.

Would recommend this Inn to anyone who loves historical treasures. However, if you prefer the luxary of Hyatts, Marriotts and Hiltons you may not like this place (however it is a luxary!)

  • Liked — Wonderful scenery.
  • Tips/Secrets — No elevators but their are bellhops.
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
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La Canada, California
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740 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2006

This is a hotel out of the past---first class all the way around---and it is in the middle of the redwood forests! The grounds are beautiful. The management treats you like you are someone really special. The rooms are unbelievable in thier furnishings---it is like staying at an old British Inn. In the afternoon they have tea. They have a nice dining area where they request you dress half-way decent (no shorts please!). We didn't eat there---we went over the hill to nearby Garberville and ate there. The lobby area is great with antiques, newspapers, and games to play. We stayed in a standard room, however, they do have extra special rooms with patios available. The only drawback to our experience was the noise from the nearby freeway.

  • Liked — The old-fashioned feeling of a first class inn
  • Disliked — The noise from the freeway
  • Tips/Secrets — If you get a room on a top level---there is no elevator!!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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6 Thank Rogerdob
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Oakland CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2006

Really nice place, I don't understand all the bad reviews. We stayed 2 nites, had a lovely Terrace King room. Nice bed and room decoration, a patio overlooking the lawn and lake. They even included a bottle of wine for our anniversary.

We found the Inn to be clean and the staff very friendly. The bar was nice and the bartender mixed good drinks. The only drawback was the restaurant. The meal was not so good. They tried, though. The chef send an amouse bouche but my husband's filet mignon was tasteless as was my polenta. The desserts were very good though. They make a big deal about dressing for dinner, but we saw people in grubby jeans and tennis shoes, so who knows.

Anyway, would recommend to others for a quiet, relaxing vacation.

  • Liked — The room with the terrace overlooking the lawn, lake and bridge
  • Disliked — The stairs. No elevators
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Xochimilco
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Mendocino, CA
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2006

We had lunch at Benbow on July 9th, 2006. If you stop here don't use the bathrooms. They are so dirty, mold grouted into the sinks, floor and wallpaper dirty and not replaced for the last 30 years. Lunch equally disappointing. The Salad Niscoise consisted of some warm greens, 1/2 an eqq and 4 olives and grilled tuna. When we asked for bread to go with the skimpy salad we were told it did not come with the salad, but we could get a side order of bread. For $13.95 this was a real rip off. Hotel has seen much better days and is on a downward spiral.

Stayed July 2006
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2006

First off it was 106 degrees, not their fault but the air conditioners were barely working
in the room and not at all in the main lobby on Sunday. At $165 per night for a queen bed, a
toilet that was stopped up when we got there I think that is a little too much. The food was
good except you pay $30 for very small portions and everything is extra. Plan on spending over $100 for dinner for 2 people for a very simple dinner. For two nights and meals plan on about $500 to $600. If you want to pay for "presentation" this is the place for you and except sitting around and drinking there is not much todo in the Hotel.
Now on to the entertainment. They have croquet in the back lawn, a golf course across the freeway and supposedly the Ben Bow lake next door. It turns out that when we were there, the lake was empty and there is almost no water in the river. The county opens a dam upstream around the 1st of July so I don't recommend going unless the lake is full so you might want to call them.
You can also drive North to see the "Avenue of the Giants" (redwood trees) and the famous town of Ferndale about 60 miles North.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed June 22, 2006

Stayed one night. Hotel delightful. Good drinks in the bar but bar tender by himself and doing best he could to make and deliver orders. Had 8PM sitting for dinner and soon realized that all was chaos. It was a "Jazz Night" with diners spread out on veranda and in dining room. Finally recognized by a dining room waitress at about 8:30 and were served about 8:45 and somewhat unhappy. My guess is that that the summer workers were just on the job and poorly trained. No one seemed to be in charge. There was no sign of a manager or owner in sight. At the prices charged for dining something certainly was out of control. I am a resort owner and know of no better way to let management know that guests have had an experience like I have had. I know they care and hope they check their "Trip Advisor" comments as I do. It's a beautiful place and deserves better.

  • Stayed June 2006
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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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