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“WOW! WHAT A PLACE!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Benbow KOA
Coulterville, California
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“WOW! WHAT A PLACE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed 2 days at Benbow RV Resort in our travel trailer. Benbow has everything...their own golf course right at your front door...level, full hookups...pull-through and back-in spaces...a fenced doggie run...store on grounds....river...you name it...the Lodge restaurant is nearby...just a mile or so from Garberville, in the California Redwoods. A great experience...very quiet and well run...totally first-class maintained...a five-star experience. As nice as it gets! Will definitely return!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DAVE S
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Oregon Coast
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1,024 reviews
129 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2,616 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2011

This RV park has a lot going for it . . . but it also has some minuses.

It's an older park. When it was built many years ago, the current freeway was not there. Because of the freeway, the park is overall somewhat noisy. The spaces on the back side seemed quieter, but the front spaces are noisy enough that it would not be too pleasant sitting outside in the summertime. We were there in February so it was not an issue for us. The traffic does seem to diminish after around 10 pm.

The spaces are just long enough for a big rig, but the pavement is narrow. With a big rig, you have to position it just right to avoid hitting the hookups with your slide outs. RVs did not have slides when this park was built!

The section on the far side away from the office (the south end?) seems to be newer and a bit nicer with wider spaces. A few of these sites have a slight river view.

The price is unquestionably on the high side. We paid $42 for a prime site in mid winter - the price in summer escalates to $60. Even the smaller back in sites are $47 in summer. They charge $3 per day for pets.

In winter, there are not many facilities open, but looking at their website it appears as if there is a lot more going on in summer. The pool is outdoor, and thus seasonal. There is a clean laundry. The showers were very clean, but I tested the hot water and it was not very hot - it was cool enough I could comfortably hold my hand under it with no additional cold water.

The park itself is very clean and tidy. The interior roads need some patch paving as there are some real rough spots on the west perimeter road.

Other than the freeway noise, the location is very nice. A branch of the Eel River runs right by the park, and there are trees and flowers throughout the park. All sites have picnic tables and small lawns. The prime sites are end sites which have an extra large lawn area and an additional table with chairs.

The dog run is exceptionally nice! It's located right next to the river and is quite large. There is also a great do-it-yourself "dog wash" covered area with warm and cold water.

The office staff was very friendly. There is free wifi that worked fine from our space.

This is not a modern, deluxe facility, but it's a pleasant park in a location that is convenient to seeing some of the redwood empire.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank half-Brit
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Bay Area, CA
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19 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2009

We had passed this place many times and finally decided to stay. We should have made that decision earlier. This is a really great RV park. The park is clean and well maintained, the showers are the best we have seen and the staff is very friendly. If you go, ask for a spot in the back portion of the park. It is quite and the views are good. Spend a few days. The golf course is excellent and there are several super State Parks nearby including Humboldt (with a much better than average interpretive center and really big redwood trees) and Richardson Grove which is on the Eel River and also has redwoods. The RV park is on the Eel River as well with hiking trails.
We took a day trip to Ft. Bragg on the coast but there are other coastal destinations within an hours drive or less.
Do not miss the Benbow Inn restaurant. The food is excellent and service is surprising good and professional. Try the creme bruele. The hotel has an old world charm not easily found in California.
In short, we had a great week.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank BayArea_CAWanderer
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humboldt county
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2009

This place was far from a disappointment. The entire park is very well manicured and cleaned. They do keep kids and pets under control. Which is to be expected. The river behind the park is very suitable for all. And there is enough river to find privacy for you and/or your animals. Or you can travel a short distance to another part of the river. And the doggie restroom area is also very convenient. It is a fenced area with a log, firehydrant etc... for your dogs to feel comfortable, it is lined with layers of pee gravel. They also provide the clean up bags.
But most of all, the greatest thing is the self serve doggy wash area. It is a fenced area with steps up to a large tub basin with a long washing wand. Also has warm water to bathe your dogs with. They love it. Nothing like a warm bath after swimming and playin in the river before you get back into the trailer for rest.
I have to say there was a problem with the staff a few years back. But I haven't seen them since. Its been very pleasant.
Highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank chillinOne
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Scotts Valley, California
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2008

We stayed for 3 nights in one of the 3 cottages (ie. single wide trailers) with our two small dogs. Everyone else in the park had an RV and the park was about 25-30% full during our stay, so relatively quiet and calm, although it is close to the freeway and you can hear traffic. The trailer we stayed in did not seem clean: the carpet had obviously not seen a vacuum for awhile, and there was dirt in the bedroom closet. Bulbs were burned out on some of the light fixtures. Towels and bedding were the cheapest quality possible. We were grateful that they were pet friendly (and that was the main reason we stayed there) but we didn't feel there was any value for the additional pet fee we had to pay to stay with our dogs (ie. no towels, blankets or pet bowls for the dogs like we get in other accomodations, and they obviously don't clean very well in between guests, so I'm not sure what the pet fee covers). Probably would not stay in this park again unless we had our own RV. The location is close to the Avenue of the Giants which was another important consideration for our choice.

  • Liked — pet friendly, close to the redwoods
  • Disliked — not clean
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank oolivia
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Yuba City, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2006

We have stayed at this resort several times and have always enjoyed ourselves. The creek running behind the property allowed additional fun for our family when we weren't our running about. They are somewhat strict and keep an eye on the park quite close (barking dogs, out of control kids, etc) but I found that since we tend to keep our family in control and enjoy a campsite where the clientele is well mannered, this was a plus for us! We enjoyed meeting many quality retired folks and other family RVers as well and the weather was always great even in the rain! We haven't been there for about 4 years and are looking forward to getting there this summer.

They had a small dog park which was nice. The pool area and club house were small but very well kept. The golf was a plus as well.

Stayed June 2003
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2006

Something for everyone. Activities for the kids all day, and for adults. Very well maintained. Friendly staff. Nightly events. Clean Pool. Close the river.
Very dog friendly. Minutes from the Redwoods. Oh yeah, and a championship caliber golf course.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about Benbow KOA

Property: Benbow KOA
Address: 7000 Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3603
Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Garberville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Garberville
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benbow KOA offers full hook-ups, pull-through RV sites with cable TV, tent sites, 7 luxury Park Model Cabins, 9-hole golf course, putting green, pool, Jacuzzi, splash park, playground, kid's train ride, sport-court, clubhouse, general store, WiFi and 2 meeting rooms. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Benbow Hotel & Resort, Rv Garberville
Benbow Hotel And Resort, Rv Resort

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