My fiance and I stayed here for one night last week. Unlike the other reviewers, we were looking for more modestly priced accomodations, so we asked for the cheapest room (the Diamond Room at $139/night). The room itself was just okay (small, cozy, a bit too floral), but what made this inn worth the stay were a) the view and b) the little details that the innkeepers thought of.
The view of the ocean and nearby cliffs really is excellent. In their front garden, they have a few reasonably comfy, spacious wooden lawn chairs set up. We were there on a Sunday night, and we had the chairs all to ourselves to enjoy the sunset. In the early morning, the chairs offered a great vantage point from which to watch for whales. (The breakfast room also has an expansive view of the ocean, but it wasn't nearly as peaceful and relaxing as admiring the view from outside with the birds circling overhead.)
We really appreciated the little details the inn offered. They have a small collection of videos and boardgames you can borrow. (The videos came in handy since there's not much to do in Mendocino at night.) Our room also came with a binder containing all the menus of local restaurants. Most usefully, the innkeeper had made his own maps of the state parks around Mendocino and Fort Bragg, which give suggestions about what trails to take. They also had hot chocolate available all night long in the room adjacent to the breakfast room.
Breakfast was good (not mouthwatering, but pleasant and satisfying)...that morning, we had homemade applesauce, orange scones, strawberry French toast, and ham or sausage. The scones were really, really delicious. Everything else was just good. The tables are communal, so you get to meet the other guests staying at the hotel.
I really liked the innkeepers, especially the guy, who seemed to genuinely love the area and gave enthusiastic recommendations about what to see. (He gave us a great tip about an Indian restaurant in Jenner, which turned out to be a tasty lunch.)
Hope that helps.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Agate Cove Hotel Mendocino