My companion and I recently (November, 2008) spent three days at the Inn and had a wonderful time. Our room was the Cygnet. Smaller than some of the others it still presented us with a fantastic view of the ocean. I luxuriated in being able to open my eyes in the morning and watch the morning dawn on the crashing surf.
Our room had a skylight over the bed where we could view the pines. One morning we watched the rain, one morning the fog and on the third were greeted by the sun.
Rooms are comfortable. The architecture of high ceilings and muted colors gives the feeling of spaciousness. The fireplace was always stocked with wood. A much enjoyed feature at the end of the day.
The grounds are very well maintained with pathways bordered by a variety of flowering plants. An easily managed stairway leads to a secluded beach.
The breakfast was tasty and more than adequate. We usually didn't feel the need to eat again until dinner. The only negative part of the experience stemmed from with our special dietary requests. While the hosts wrote down our needs the staff had a difficult time getting it straight.
Local dinning leaves a lot to be desired. On our last night we drove to Sea Ranch. The food, view and our waitress made up for our previous meals. However, the manager that night colored the evening with his sarcastic undertone used with us and the hostess.
Both my companion and I agreed that we would like to return to the Inn but would stay in one of the suites that have a small kitchen. The money spent on dinning out would have covered the difference in the cost of the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a motto here at the Whale Watch Inn and it is to provide you with "World Class service in a World Class setting." With 18 beautifully decorated guest rooms each with a dynamic view of the ocean, our rooms also all include a private deck and wood burning fireplace/furnace. Also included with your stay is a full breakfast, either delivered right to your room or buffet style in the Whale Room. We are committed to making your stay an out of this world experience by accommodating your needs, and paying attention to the details. We hope you will join us soon. The ocean is waiting! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whale Watch Inn By The Sea Hotel Gualala