My husband and I spent two nights here. The setting is beautiful, garden are lovely to walk through. Bed was very comfortable. Service was excellent at all levels. However, we were very disappointed in our dining experience. Meals were very expensive, and while beautifully presented and served, did not measure up to the quality we expected. I ordered a roast chicken, wild mushroom and pasta dish that was nearly inedible. The balsamic reduction was overwhelming, truffle oil non-existent and the chicken was very strongly flavored in an odd way, almost gamey. My husband's dish was not a hit with him either; the only part of it he enjoyed was the chard between the chicken and the garlic mashed potatoes. When a meal costs nearly $100.00 the bar is set high, and the Ben Bow missed the mark by a wide margin. The service during our meal was very attentive and couldn't be improved on.
- 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