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Agate Cove Inn Hotel
Ranked #4 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 22, 2005

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.)

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Reviewed February 11, 2004

Make sure you get the Emerald or Obsidian suite for fabulous views at a price. You can sit on the comfy sofa and watch the sun go down if its too cold to sit on your deck. The innkeepers are professional and helpful. Very good breakfast also with great view from dining room.

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Reviewed August 10, 2003

The view from Agate Cove is the best part of this Inn. The view while eating breakfast and watching the sunset is top notch.

The room we had was the Emerald, at $300 it was the best room at the Inn with a view of the ocean (it might be the only room with a view of the ocean) a fireplace and a soaking tub for two. The room itself was nicely decorated with attractive wall paper and furnishings. The room seemed to have been recently updated.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the bathroom. The tile and decor looked like it came out of the 70's. The soaking tub was large but old and yellowing with age. The tub seemed to be sinking as it had problems with the grout and was repaired with vinyl caulking.

There was no breakfast buffet/bar where you might pick up cereal or a pastry. You had a reservation time for breakfast and don't bother showing up 10 minutes early. The earliest we could get breakfast was 8:45...so we drove to town and got pastries and coffee because we were starving. You got what they made that morning (it seemed to be portion controlled) Breakfast consisted of a breakfast burrito one day (we thought we were getting an omelette) and pancakes the other (log cabin syrup not maple).

The Inn resides between a major road and Highway 1. We slept with the windows open and a few times it sounded like a car was driving through the room.

All in all it wasn't horrible, but at $300 a night you expect to really be treated.

17  Thank ProtectiveDad
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

We purchased the inn a few years after your visit. We completely agree with your review. The view was the best part of this property. We saw the potential to turn Agate Cove Inn into a stunning retreat and that is what we have done. The cottages have all been remodeled. The breakfast room has been expanded to allow for cafe style seating. We serve a fabulous breakfast and you are welcome to as much as you like. The Coffee room is open 24 hours a day. We hope you will visit us and experience the Agate Cove Inn that is our dream come true.

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Reviewed September 21, 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: September 2014, traveled as a couple
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MendocinoLaraine, Owner at Agate Cove Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2015

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Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2015, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #4 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range: $171 - $552 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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