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Agate Cove Inn Hotel
Ranked #3 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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141 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Splendid Views and Comfy Rooms”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Spend 2 nights there on recent road trip along North CA coastline up to Seattle. Stayed in the Amber room which has a private balcony, gas fireplace, queen bed, whirlpool bath, shower, and partial view of Mendocino Headlands and coastline. Setting is one of the best in Mendocino for a view of the coast. Within walking distance to Headlines and downtown Mendocino ... although it is a pretty good walk. Most of the rooms are detached units located around the main house, so you have a feeling of privacy, yet you are only a few steps away from the reception area and the lovely breakfast room with an expanse of windows overlooking the coast. Very nice hot breakfast was served each morning. One morning featured eggs Benedict and the second included a special French toast. A variety of pastries, fruit, etc. was available as well. I thought the breakfast was quite good with great views to match. A hot tub, hammock, and a number of Adirondack chairs were located on coastal side of the B & B. Each evening I enjoyed the unrestricted view of the coast and the sunset while sitting in an Adirondack chair with a glass of wine. And speaking of wine, I was given a complimentary bottle of wine upon check-in by simply mentioning a promotional ad on Trip Advisor. The room itself was quite comfortable. I thought the gas fireplace was particularly good. Water was not as hot as I would have liked. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the rooms, service, and views. Photos on website accurately reflect rooms and property. Special kudos to Loraine and Roger as they sought to make guests feel valued, provided useful tips on sightseeing and activities in the Mendocino area, and were very accommodating. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Best views are in Obsidian and Emerald. Amber has partial ocean view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Newmarket, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2013

This was our one night splurge (over $300) on our 2 week road trip. Our room (the Jasper) had many nice touches included wine glasses, complimentary sherry, gas fireplace, a peek-a-boo view of the ocean, and way too many pillows. The gardens were still interesting at this time of year. Arriving in quite heavy fog there was a limited view of the ocean but the next day we were treated with a beautiful sunny morning along with a very enjoyable hot breakfast. (We didn't need lunch that day!) Although this inn is located just outside of town, we're glad we chose to stay here than at one of the inns in town because of the great view from our table at breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durango, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We found ourselves in Mendocino after visiting Napa Valley. Stumbled upon this amazing little B & B. We didn't have a reservation but the receptionist kindly showed us three rooms to choose from and she could not have been nicer. She commented how wonderful the owners were and that we would meet them in the morning. We settled into a room with an amazing view and shared a wonderful bottle of wine watching the sunset. Went out to a great dinner and woke back up to the killer view again. That's where the magic stopped :( We were greeted by a woman that I assumed was the owner with curt information about eggs benedict and some other pastries that were available buffet style. The chef, I am assuming he was Roger that the kind receptionist spoke about the night before, never even said hello. The eggs came out in under 2 minutes and obviously were pre-cooked and hard as a rock. UGH!! Such a disappointment. I got the feeling maybe the owners are tired of "dealing" with guests. It's too bad, because this place would be perfect otherwise. I hope they can learn to make their eggs to order and tap into some of the wonderful brains/hearts of the people visiting. You missed out talking to some really cool people staying with you......and not just us. We met three other couples that were just full of life and fascinating. Best of luck!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for the 4 star review. We were sad to read that we missed out on an opportunity to get to know you better. We hope you will give us another try so please call us and we will be happy to give you a free night. The best part of our business is getting to meet interesting people from all over the world. It can get hectic in the morning trying to get hot breakfasts served to 30 people. Sorry the Eggs Benedict were not prepared to your liking. We are happy to accommodate any requests. Most of our guests will send back "runny" eggs so we have been preparing them at 4 minutes.
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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

My husband and I found the Agate Cove Inn on line while researching places to stay in Mendocino as part of our driving trip to Oregon. Everything looked so lovely and the reviews were great, so we took a chance. Well, we arrived rather late, just in time before Roger left to walk Nava and he was so accommodating. We stayed in the Obsidian for 2 nights (Oct 20-22, 2013). It was absolutely enchanting, comfortable, inviting and perfect....just what we needed after the long windy road to get there. We just loved it! In the morning, the ocean view was just spectacular. It is so peaceful and beautiful - loved the grounds and the town is so quaint. We really enjoyed our brief stay there and will definitely try to come back soon. Cannot say enough wonderful things about this B&B, from Roger & Lorraine who are so lovely, their dog Nava and the wonderful breakfasts - yum! Oh and the bed was the most comfortable bed ever! We recommend this place highly - you won't be disappointed!

Room Tip: The Obsidian cottage looks directly over the ocean - best view ever!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
We loved the photos you posted with your review. Thank you so very much for taking a chance on us. We know that living in Hawaii, you have seen some of the best ocean views and sunsets so we are glad that we did not disappoint. It was great visiting with you and getting to know you. Yes you are right, we do have very, very comfortable beds! .
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Having been shut out of Yosemite due to the government shut down we found ourselves traveling Route 1 with few plans. We ended up in Mendecino and fortunately checked into the Agate. The owners were very welcoming. The cottage was perfect. The view of the Pacific amazing. We enjoyed touring the town and meeting nice local folks. Everything is close to the Inn. As a jogger I enjoyed the many paths hovering over the Pacific Ocean. Breakfast was great, again accompanied by views of the ocean. We highly recommend the Agate---it's a perfect stop.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for your great review. We agree, Mendocino has some great trails and paths for joggers to enjoy with abundant nature and stunning views. It was a happy accident that you were able to stay here as Yosemite was closed. We are glad you were able to experience Mendocino and Agate Cove Inn.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

My wife and I spent quite a bit of time looking for a nice place to stay for our anniversary. Our expectations were definitely exceeded and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I don't normally write reviews, but this place was worth writing about. We stayed one night with the Agate Inn and a couple nights up the coast. If anyone would like my humble opinion, it was the best place in Mendocino with stunning ocean views and friendly service.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
It was our pleasure to have you as guests. Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your "Babymoon". We enjoyed visiting with you and enjoyed it even more when you stopped by a couple of days later to just visit with us again. Good conversation, good views and good food, one can't go wrong. We look forward to your next stay.
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013

As a travel consultant, I view venues with a different perspective than others. I investigated all the inns/b&b's in and near Mendocino and Agate Cove is by far, head and shoulders above the rest. The location is just beyond the tourists grazing the streets, but with in an easy 2 min drive to the village, i.e., no exciting switchbacks late at night. Lorraine/Roger are very personable and gracious; the type with whom you would sit and have a glass of wine. Our cottage, Obisdian, a view to die for, spacious room with sofa to sit and gaze the sunset or full moon; deck for an appertivo, lushious cottage garden; good (full) breakfast; 2+ days here and your blood pressure will dip several notches! You could envision sitting in the Adirondack chairs writing your next best seller! Heavenly peace on earth! A highlight of our 2 week trip from Carmel/Glen Ellen/SF/Mendocino!!

Room Tip: While many of the cottages have varying views, I can only comment from my stay in Obsidian, that it...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Oh Linda, we loved reading your beautiful prose. We value your opinion as a travel consultant and appreciate you for taking the time to review us in detail and posting pretty pictures. Thank you for your kind words. It was lovely visiting with you during breakfast and sharing stories about the hospitality business. We are so glad you found us.
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Property: Agate Cove Inn Hotel
Address: 11201 Lansing Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Agate Cove Inn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agate Cove Inn provides a luxurious and private oceanfront getaway coupled with spectacular views of the Pacific. Perched on a bluff above the coast, Agate Cove Inn delivers a breathtaking view of the sea and rugged headlands. Our Farmhouse and cottages are set on two acres of beautiful coastal gardens, and 100-year-old cypress trees frame the property. Whether you're here on business or a family vacation, Agate Cove has a relaxing environment you'll love. Wake up each morning and enjoy a beautifully prepared breakfast along with fresh brewed coffee, an assortment of fine teas, hot chocolate, and juice! Indulge in our variety of extra features, from our homemade baked goods to our spa services, free movies and popcorn or simply watch the sun set in our outdoor hot tub. Check out our special offers such as the Mendocino Romantic Getaway Package and the Mendocino Wine and Dine Package, an entire day experience with luxury transportation and gourmet meals. We are located close to a whole host of activities like golf and tennis, fishing excursions, kayak tours, along with regular festivals happening all through the year. Take advantage of our concierge service for planning your activities. An innkeeper is on site 12 hours a day. We'll be happy to discuss routes for getting to Mendocino, area attractions, and restaurants. We also make reservations at restaurants, the Skunk Train, horseback riding, whale watching, wine tours, and many other local activities. For the finest oceanfront lodging experience in Northern California, be sure to stay at Agate Cove Inn. ... more   less 
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