Although we stay fairly often in Mendocino and have dined several times at MacCallum House, I’ve never had the opportunity to stay overnight there until just recently. I chose a room in one of the several cottages because I wanted a little more privacy than I thought the rooms in the main house would provide and I was also interested in having a private hot tub rather than having to depend upon the communal one.
The grounds surrounding the main house and the cottages are filled with lush, colorful plantings--quite a joy to behold, as was the mansion itself, replete with Victorian gingerbread detailing. It’s no wonder that the property is a popular site for weddings. Check-in was accomplished by ascending the steep stairs to the 2nd floor (the ground level contains the bar and restaurant). The process was quick and cordial and we didn’t even need to move our car since we had already parked in one of the 2 small parking areas. Street parking is also available.
It was a very short walk to the Carriage House located in a single-story duplex building located to the rear of the main house. We had Room #10 which has a King bed and I believe is larger than its sister room #9. The inside was open, bright and airy with a peaked ceiling and decorative beams, several windows and a skylight allowing lots of light. Walls, ceiling and beams were all painted white, adding to the spacious feeling. The flooring was a type of wood laminate that looked normal, but had the very strange characteristic of making a loud squeaking sound when one walked on it in bare feet. The furniture was a mixture, one could say a “hodge podge” of different styles and looks, with some showing wear beyond what one would expect from vintage pieces. They would greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint in a unifying color. The predominant colors in the room were white and browns/beiges with some black and olive accents.
Our room had a King bed (with very comfortable mattress and linens), 2 side tables with lamps, bureau chest, armoire (in place of a closet), a wooden chair and a floor lamp. There was a Dynex flat panel TV w/DVD player, old-fashioned alarm clock, single-line phone, microwave, coffee maker with coffee packs and tea bags, small frig stocked with honor bar drinks inc. beer, cokes and wine (plus containers of real cream for the in-room coffee); a tray filled with snack items, liquors, a split of wine and water--all for purchase, and a woodstove on a brick hearth with a nice supply of wood. An ice bucket and wine glasses were in our room. There was no central heating, but 2 electric space heaters were provided. The wood stove was easy to light and warmed the room quickly.
Having only an armoire to hang clothes in became a challenge since the numerous hangers were all jammed onto 3 short hooks inside and once one actually hung clothes on several of the hangers, they all overlapped precariously making it nearly impossible to remove one hanger w/o taking away those in front of it. At least there was a spacious window seat where we placed our luggage. A single luggage rack was also available.
I’m not fond of having the sink in the same area as the bed and our room’s layout was even less convenient than usual with such an arrangement. The sink vanity was in a corner where the bathroom door opened against it--hazardous for the person who might be at the sink while another exits the bathroom! The light fixture above the sink really didn’t provide much light--but this may have been to avoid illuminating someone lying bed just a short distance away.
The modest-sized bathroom also presented some challenges--not the least being the toilet with a flapper that wouldn’t seal and therefore caused the water to run on and on and didn’t allow the tank to refill. We did report that and hopefully maintenance took care of it. The small fiberglass shower stall (no tub) had a showerhead that was located very high up and wasn’t adjustable. The water pressure constantly vacillated, but the temperature held steady. There were enough combined counter and shelf areas in the bathroom and the sink area to provide an adequate amount of space to place toiletries, cosmetics, etc. A small, openable window in the bath was great since there was no ventilation fan. Oddly, a single switch for both the light and the heat lamp existed, so it could became uncomfortably warm if the window wasn’t ajar.
Since our room had a private hot tub, it would have been better to have had a couple of extra bath towels, but only 2 were provided that we could find. Lotion, body wash, shampoo and conditioner were all in 16 oz. containers and the hand soap in a pump dispenser. It was convenient to have a shower cap, hairdryer and 2 bathrobes provided.
Our private hot tub was located at the end of a small stone patio accessed thru a separate door a short distance from the entry. The patio and hot tub area were completely private surrounded by bamboo fencing and tall shrubbery. The 2-person hot tub was at a comfortable temperature and offered a very nice, relaxing experience. The patio had a couple of wooden chairs and a metal table which we would have made use of if the weather hadn’t been unseasonably cold and rainy.
Since this was such a short trip, I didn’t bring my laptop, but there was a free Wi-Fi connection in the rooms as well as a computer and printer for guests to use in the main house.
During the day and evening hours we could definitely hear people from the surrounding areas and traffic on the street, but at night all became quiet and we had a very peaceful night’s sleep.
At check-in we’d received a $14 credit to spend in MacCallum House’s bar or restaurant and after a fabulous (as always) dinner at Cafe Beaujolais, we dropped by the hotel bar for coffee before going back to our room. Being a Fri. night it was quite busy, but we enjoyed the ambiance sitting near their fireplace.
The next morning we had coffee in our room and then walked around town, waiting for the restaurant to begin serving breakfast (complimentary for those staying at MacCallum House) beginning at 8:30am for non-guests and 8:45am for guests. That was about 45 min. later than we would usually have breakfast if left to our own devices. But sitting out on the sunny porch overlooking lovely gardens was worth the wait. There were 5 or 6 breakfast dishes on the menu to choose from and we enjoyed satisfying, delicious meals. Coffee was included at no charge, but juices were not.
Service in the restaurant and bar was friendly but somewhat slow in both places. Being there on a Summer weekend can make the difference.
Despite a number of small problems encountered, all in all we had a very good stay at MacCallum House and would certainly consider staying there again, probably choosing a different room next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a classic Victorian boutique hotel located in the heart of Mendocino. Situated on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds the MacCallum House has a full service fine dining restaurant, casual cafe, and bar on site. We offer wedding and group services as well. Our accommodations feature a number of standard amenities including concierge services, 24 hour desk help. Our rooms have many luxury touches such as Shikai bath products,mini bars,gourmet in room coffee, robes, fireplaces, hot tubs, DVD players, Ipod docking stations, phones, and ocean views. We also provide free Wifi property wide so you can stay in touch with the rest of the world. As part of our collection of rooms we also have two vacation homes that are fully equipped and great for families. In addition our Suites property has large rooms complete with ocean views, jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, and large plasma televisions. Come discover why the MacCallum House is the most comfortable place to stay in Mendocino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maccallum House Hotel Mendocino