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“The Most Amazing Place on the California Coast” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins

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The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins
Certificate of Excellence
Oakland, California, United States
1 review
“The Most Amazing Place on the California Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

It's true. This place is very very special. Every little detail was taken care of, from the moment you drive up. Each cabin has something going for it. We stayed in Curious - one big science experiment. From the telescope near the 1950s fabric curtains, to the painting of the moon and stars on the wall, it was just plain old fun to be here. The location is great - just down the road from hippy town Mendocino, near to the secret beach, a fab fish restaurant across the street, and a massage therapist who'll come to your cabin.

The Andiron is great mid-week (best price), for groups (retreat, reunions), and romantic weekends (book ahead!). Have fun out there.

Room Tip: Each room has its niche. Read through them all, see what's available, and pick!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Deb L
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco
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103 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed for a couple of nights right after Christmas and loved everything - the reception we received when we arrived was one of the best happy hours ever. Wine and raclette were served by the owners, Madeline and Scott, and everyone sat around the beautiful Christmas tree. Very homey and fun. Our cabins, Curious and Curiouser, were just perfect in every way. The kitchen was well stocked and everything worked. Cozy and extremely comfortable and private, too.

Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SFTripper
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San Francisco
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

This place was awesome. We stayed in the Will and Mildred Suite, which is named for the parents of one of the co-owners and has so much Will-and-Mildred specific detail that it's almost creepy. Want pictures of the couple? They're everywhere. Want to read their mail? No problem, there are boxes of it on the bottom shelf of each nightstand.

Anyway, they take a lot of care with the cabin decoration at this place, and it really shows. Period menus hung in the kitchen of this spacious cabin, and a retro bar in the living room will make you want a martini. The cabin has its own private deck with a view of...well, the trees, but it's nice to sit outside. When we arrived, both fireplaces were going, big band was playing on the stereo, and homemade treats and a bottle of wine were waiting for us at the huge dining roomt table. Also, this cabin has TWO bathrooms, and one of them is dreamily huge, with a fantastic tub.

Did I mention there are goats here? And that you can feed them? And the owners have two awesome dogs, and provide a happy hour? You really can't go wrong. It's a memorable place to stay, and this cabin will make a great gathering place if you're traveling with a group.

Room Tip: There's one cabin that's right next to the goats. We hear you might want to avoid that one...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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115 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Andiron is located in Little River about 3 miles from Mendicino. We stayed in the Write Cabin #6 - a one-room cabin with a comfortable king bed, refrigerator, coffee maker, bathroom, electric fireplace, deck, free Wi-Fi. Pretty cool place with theme rooms and a great hot tub in the woods. there is no cell phone service which completes the relaxed mood of this place

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WayneDunlap
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Sliema, Malta
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stopped at the Andiron on our way to Northern California based on a recommendation we followed in our travel book which praised this place in full swing - after checking-in we were greeted by the very friendly owners with some welcome drinks, cheese fondue and various snacks. Our cabin was absolutely fantastic and unique - not only are those furnished and designed with all personal furniture of the owners but also feature a great deal of personality and character which one rarely finds in establishments of that sort. The place was neat and spotless. We loved the home-made whoopie pies baked by the owners and the great DVD collection for in room entertainment. A must stop if you touring the Northern California coast!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dan B
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Los Osos, California, United States
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20 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Stayed here for the first time on our way up the California coast to Oregon. We really enjoyed the unique funkiness of the cabins- each one decorated in a specific theme- ours was "Beauty school dropout" decorated like a 50's style beauty salon, complete with old barber chair, hairdryer, wall coverings, packs of bobby pins in their original packaging amongst other unique items. Great fun! Happy hour was a really nice way to meet the owners and fellow guests. I wish we could have arrived earlier to enjoy it to the full. Oh well...there'll definitely be a next time. Thanks for making us feel so welcome.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JKTiffin
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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Stayed here on Friday of Labour Day weekend. We met a number of great people at the Happy hour, graciously hosted by Madeline and Scott. Our stay on the theme room "Make" was great! We loved all the vintage crafty games, the paint by number wall mural, the furniture. It was fun to recall some of the games from our youth, and to be reminded of what it was like to skip the tv and internet (though that's available for free).
Once we arrived, we asked to stay an extra night, but it was fully booked. Next time we plan to stay at least 2 nights min. and recommend you do the same.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lon K
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Property: The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins
Address: 6051 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9510
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Little River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Andiron is 11 one- and two-room cabins perfectly situated on five acres of meadow and woods on Highway 1 in Little River, California. Minutes away from everything - beaches, wineries, diving, hikes, Mendocino, breweries, good food - but quiet, relaxing, and fun, our housekeeping cabins and rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvage, rehabbed, and recycled. ... more   less 
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