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“A Great Old-Time Hotel”
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Historic Requa Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Klamath B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Barbara, California
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“A Great Old-Time Hotel”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Historic Requa Inn has been lovingly restored to its early-20th Century appearance with period furnishings. We looked into nearly every room and discovered that those on the river side are larger and have better views than those across the hall. All rooms are on the second floor, and we did not see an elevator, so it's probably not a good place for the disabled.
Very ample reading material is provided in rooms and in the common area. Although the innkeepers take pains to warn of noise passing through thin walls, we found the place to be pleasantly quiet.
As we are not fans of family-style dining with strangers, we did not try the dinner, but we enjoyed the very ample breakfast.
This is a great location from which to explore the forests of sequoias and rugged coastline.

Room Tip: Rooms on the river side have nice views and are larger than those across the hall.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Danville, California
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This was our second stay and we came back for the fantastic dinners. I am making this my favorite restaurant. I spent a lot of the time just peeking at the chefs and their beautiful work, especially with vegetables and local items. So creative and satisfying! I agree with the one reviewer who found it tedious to be forced to sit with others. On our first night there was a noisy couple at one of the tables and we couldn't hear a thing so couldn't chat with anyone. The second night was sheer delight, with wonderful people. I think some people might prefer their own table but I doubt that the sweet owners read these reviews. It's a joy to be in this setting and we will come back but I am writing this review just to say BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE. No one drinks coffee like that anymore. One of my joys in life is my first cup of coffee in the a.m. and I couldn't even drink this. The owner said that is was just how they made their coffee. Bless the woman at a neighboring table who shared with me a packet put out by Starbucks where you can add a powdered coffee to the existing cup. I will always take this along. The lack of attention to our comments probably profiles a lack here to detail and service. The rooms are fine for being so historic; I had no problem with them and loved looking out at the river. There is not the attention to detail that can be found elsewhere; it's pretty casual. I kept wanting to go out to the garden and work on it; no one seems to care. Plants need watering and weeds need pulling. It's not the sort of "garden" one would want even at home. Maybe everyone is too busy.

Room Tip: get a room on the river and bring your own coffee!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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RequaInnkeeper, Owner at Historic Requa Inn, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
We are so happy you love the dinners! We are so sad you hated the coffee- we purchase free trade organic coffee from local area roasters Since your stay, we have changed to a different local, organic roaster - I apologize if we discounted your comments on how terrible the coffee was, we do try to find the very best products that we can afford for our guests. We value your business and hope that we can earn your coffee kudos in the future.
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Wasington State
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We selected this Inn due to the Tripadvisor ratings. We stayed two nights while hiking the Redwoods. It had been since we were kids since we last visted the North Coast of CA, so we had no idea what to expect. Being from the NW, we are used to having a selection of well improvised coastal town when we visit the coast and--with an attraction like The Redwoods--I think we were imagining something like this on California's North Coast. We were surprised to learn instead, that there are very minimal services and an extreme level of economic depression between about Crescent City and Eureka. So, let that frame our review of the Requa.

We have had the privledge to travel a lot and stay at a lot of really neat places in a diversity of areas around the world. We had a fine stay at the Requa, but really the Inn is just average. It's not fancy, the windows don't stay opened, there's no AC, the ceiling fans are loud, the doors don't always stay shut, the paint is chipping, the internet is slow, the accomodations are generally a bit worn. It is what it is. Nothing more. It's certainly not as exciting or magical as many of these reviews suggest. I know some people like places just because they're old and "charming", but we've stayed in 700 year old Inns where everything was still well maintained and well cared for.

The staff was good and helpful. We thought the dinner was fine but we've certainly had better meals for $100. Not Michlin-worthy... The included breakfast was good and--as opposed to dinner--you actually get to choose where you sit instead of being mandated to sit with strangers and make forced small talk during the dinner.

So, in summary, the Requa is probably the best place to stay in an area that has no other place to stay...but I would caution you if you are expecting a life-changing experience like that suggested in many of the reviews. I would describe the specific area where The Inn is located as kind of sketchy--in fact, the room "to do" book warns about walking in the area because of rogue "Res dogs".... The Inn's general location is great, but I think we'll probably camp the next time we're on the North Coast. The park camps looks very nice.

Room Tip: Whichever room has the best air flow with windows that stay open--unless staying during winter. The...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Roseburg, Oregon
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

My Brother and I stopped in Requa, after the motel in Klamath turned down cash payment. We were backpacking from Sacramento along the highways for the last 2 months- and we had just been shook down at gunpoint by the Wonderful Redwoods National Park LE. Klamath "Reservation" (the gas station on the highway with the neighborhood surrounded by a cyclone fence) was about as welcoming... We walked the 5 miles up the highway to the Requa turnoff - looking in vein for a decent flat spot to camp for the night... We come from the Land of the People who call themselves "Miwok", and after our experiences with them, we weren't optimistic about finding a safe place to sleep outside in Indian country, much less- a hot plate and a beer indoors without trouble... But Requa B&B was truely a wonderful Place to end such a Hard Day!
We were all Dirty, Cowboy Hat Wearing, Knife Strapping, Unshaved with Muddy Boots- I walked up the front steps feeling Out of Place for such a Proper Inn. I Opened the Door and Wow I was Amazed! Great Furniture and Couches in the Antique Wooden Lobby, a Large Fireside sitting area with couches, Single Paine Glass windows Facing the Klamath River for some Epic Coffee Sippin' Views. At the Tables were REAL Binoculars and Reference Books for Bird watching, Stained Glass Lamps, Eye Fulls of Interesting Items Everywhere, and Shelves full of Books. I ring the Bell and tell the Inn Keep about our travels, and ask him whats the cheapest room they got for two backpackers like us. He fits me into a small one bed room for 99 bucks, when I ask about some Cold Beer- He says "We Got Beer."
"Book Me Up."
We got our stuff into the room and drank a 50 right away, Good Nor Cal Brews on Tap and In Bottles, Table Side service while we watched the light dim from the Lobby windows.
...The rooms looked neat, different configurations and colors done up decent- and the tight quarters were surprisingly quiet. I could see that in the peak season it might be like any old historic building - you might hear a neighbor across the hall or a dish clank downstairs, but our stay was quiet. -The bed was soft and the sheets were nice I'll tell ya, because my brother slept in the walk-in closet. If you know an Infantry Soldier then this is nothing new =).

The Breakfast was Proper- I'll Stop Short of Saying "Michlin-Worthy" Jennifer... They didn't offer Dinner unless you have a Reservation for Sunday or Wednesday Night- but the breakfast was really well done! They Baked their own bread- which was delicious, the Preserves served with it were Excellent, The Egg cooked to perfect order with a tasty patty of sausage. They have a fair amount of options to mix and match, pancakes, bacon, oatmeal, are some of the ones I remember.
---My Only Gripe was the Coffee. I'm an Early Riser, and I am Well Traveled for Any American Standard of Coffee Connoisseur, that being said I will drink coffee- Folgers, 3rd world dehydrated espresso, or Bitter Starbucks Beans, but it needs to be made at least a measure of strength! The Coffee was watery like tea, and More Important- the Cream wasn't fresh at first light of Dawn. the mini fridge container was empty, and when the girl brought out a cold carafe of Half & Half. Strange way to serve it- I spilled it everywhere- And it had a hefty Raft of clumps on top, right out of the kitchen. Yucky. How Cold Half & Half ends up like warm Cream I don't know- unless it was unused from the day before. Either way, yuck- I had to go to the bathroom and dump the cottage cheesed cup down the drain, then wait some half and hour till the staff caught up.
Cream isn't a must- sure- but then it better be COFFEE Coffee, I'm just saying. Good Coffee comes UPS from Amazon these Days, but who knows- There were a host of youngsters prepping the dining room and serving table side, and Young People usually don't drink coffee.
Requa was Clean, Friendly, and an Awesome Place to get off of the road. I'd go there again myself- or Gladly recommend my Grandmother or My Mother stay there- they would have a great time. ---Thanks Requa!

Room Tip: Spend the 120 if you want a normal sized room, or better yet - make a reservation. Ask for a room on...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I spent a recent weekend (mid-May '13)on the north California coast and the Requa Inn was my home base. Didn't spend much time there during the day but the evenings and nights were great. The two room I stayed in were excellent. The rooms are unique in size, shape, and furnishings, which adds to the charm. The beds and furniture were very comfortable, and the view of the river was grand (not all rooms have a river view). Breakfast was included and was excellent. The dining room also has a great view of the river.

The only drawback: the walls are very thin, and noise carries far. However, by 9 or 10, or perhaps even before, it was extremely quiet. Rooms over the dining room will get quite a bit of noise in the mornings around breakfast time (8-9). It quiets down after about 9 though.

One thing I especially liked: lack of technology. No TVs. No radios. No telephone (except in the lobby for local calls). They did offer wifi but requested limited use (i.e. non-streaming) due to their cap (it's satellite based).

There are so many great things to say about the Requa, but I will sum-up with my recommendation to the girl at the front desk during check-out: "Don't change a thing".

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I was travelling off-season and the Requa was relatively competitive with other nice area hotels (e.g. the new Holiday Inn in McKinleyville). The Requa offers a variety of room types, with varying rates per room. IF you can swing a bit of extra cash I would highly recommend at least one night there. I'd only intended to stay one night (the second was going to be at the new Holiday Inn in McKinleyville). After one night at the Requa I cancelled my HI room and spent a second night there. I drove up through Crescent City on Sunday and it seemed run-down and dingly, and I was glad I'd avoided staying there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Livermore, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2013

My partner and I stayed three nights here the first week of May and I feel as if we found a true home. The setting is at the mouth of the Klamath River as it spills into the ocean and the whole place is like a nature conservatory as the Yurok tribe takes care of the land as it has done for centuries. A sacred place and we felt blessed to receive it's gifts.

The owners of the Inn are also Yurok tribal members and they have created not only an incredible B&B experience with high-end linens, feather beds, hearty breakfasts and special touches throughout; they don't allow pets or small children which allows one to experience a deep relaxation and decompression of the city life and jobs.

We stayed in a river-view room, and each window had a view that could be seen from the bed and also the claw-foot tub that we soaked in each night. We watched birds of all kinds diving into the river for fish and pairs of sea lions and harbor seals swimming up the river for a snack of salmon.

After a day of hiking, fishing or general exploring of the area we would head back to the Inn and sit in the large main room with chairs that faced the river and sipped wine while we waited for dinner.

Now to discuss the restaurant in the Inn. The owner's son Thomas and his colleague from Portland, Paul, are the chefs. They are creating Michlin-level food here and it is done with such reverence to the land and water surrounding the Inn. They forage the hills and work with organic and sustainable vendors in the area to create a different menu each night for dinner.

They offer the dinner as a four-course meal done "family-style". This means you sit with the other guests (usually the other B&B guests) at a large table and they serve each course in a formal presentation. You share the starter dish, otherwise you have your own meal.

Each dish is an sensory experience and you get just enough of each offering to satisfy the palate. For people who are used to heaps of food on a plate, don't be surprised by the amount of each course. By the end of the meal you are quite full and want nothing more but to relax and ponder how they created everything with the simple ingredients from the earth and sea.

You know those places you want to make a yearly event or a place you go with the one you love for the rest of your days together? The kind you see in a movie, that create a lifetime memory. The Requa Inn is that place for us and we will keep those memories with us until next time.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Wonderful weekend full of nature and good food. We saw whales, eagles and osprey . The view from our window was amazing. Quiet and comfortable is what you get when you check in the Requa Inn. The redwoods and the ocean are only a short drive or walk away.

Room Tip: All rooms have nice views.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Historic Requa Inn
Address: 451 Requa Rd, Klamath, CA 95548-9373
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Location: United States > California > Klamath
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Klamath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Historic Requa Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the mouth of Northern California's Klamath River, where the Redwoods meet the sea, the Requa Inn has been a home away from home for over a century. Built from old growth redwood, the 13 room inn features private bathrooms in every guestroom and a sumptuous breakfast cooked to order every morning. Guests also enjoy the best of local organic food in the Inn's restaurant every evening with a fine selection of regional wines and beer. Featuring wi-fi throughout the property, the Historic Requa Inn is the perfect basecamp for a redwood adventure. ... more   less 
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