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Nicholson House Inn
Ranked #23 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 27, 2011

We stayed two nights at this inn, in one of their most affordable rooms. The location is great, the breakfast is huge, including home made scones and coffee cake, cereal and fresh fruit, breads and meat and cheese -- pretty much anything you could want for breakfast. It's served up in a small common room that doesn't seat everyone who's eating, but it seems to work out OK with people taking trays to their rooms and milling about. Our room was very nicely decorated without being overly fussy (a hard thing to find in Mendocino); it was small, but not bad for the price. The owner is extremely accomodating; he let us put our bikes in an unused room so we wouldn't have to worry about them being locked up outside. A very good value for pricey Mendocino.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
Thank Susan R
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

I have probably spent some 1500 nights at hotels all over this globe the past 20 years.
This place comes in my top 10 stays that I remember.
Make sure to get the Admiral's Deck!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sredna1
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We stayed two nights at Nicholson House. The rooms in the house are decorated to a very high standard and everything is clean. The breakfast is unrivalled as to its wide range and excellent quality. It is served in a hospitality room, which is quite small and guests are encouraged to collect their breakfasts and take them upstairs. However, such is the family atmosphere in this house, that there is no awkwardness or preciousness about the breakfast experience and the small space actually contributes to the cosiness of the shared breakfast experience.

The family atmosphere has only one drawback. This is a converted family home. My wife and I slept on our first night along from a family of a mother with her two small children and we were separated only by a locked door. We could hear their every whisper and they could hear us.

It is the closest I have come to sleeping in a dormitory since I went to school over four decades ago and my wife and I agreed that it would not be suitable for a honeymoon couple. You do have to keep very quiet, if you do not want your room neighbours - who seem to be in the next bed - to hear your every move and every breath.

Apart from that this is a brilliant place to stay. It does fit in with the character of Mendocino as a whole and I can recommend it wholeheartedly - unless you are a courting couple.

Our visit was blemished by one small incident at the very end, which was that the toilet became blocked on the morning we left. No 'unnatural' strains were placed on the plumbing by us and I can well imagine the embarrassment and inconvenience this might have caused to room occupants if the blockage had occurred in the middle of the night.

A small irritant is that the wifi was temperamental and we could not get it most of the time, although this was supposed to be available and a device to extend the signal had only just been installed.

All that aside, the overall message has to be that Mendocino has character and that Nicholson House undoubtedly has character and makes a good base from which to explore the environs. No place you stay in will be cleaner and no place you stay in will offer better breakfasts.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christa90
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

This is a very cosy little B&B with beautiful decorated rooms, great beds too. The quality of the breakfast is oustanding, made to order by the inn keeper. But there is no proper breakfast room. We decided to take our breakfast to our room to eat it there, on the bed. But we would stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Minfra
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

Clean room and bathroom. Decor was charming and in character with the era the house was built in without being fusty. We stayed one night and it was a pleasant stay. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Pallavi S
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

Literally I felt like I was arriving home. The rooms are clean, well taken care of, and the bed was the absolute most comfortable bed I have ever stayed in while on a trip. Puts the W beds to shame.

Brent, the head of the establishment, is courteous and down to earth. I'm sure I could have asked for anything, and he would have made every effort to accommodate.

Regardless of price, and this place is very reasonable, you will not find a better place in Mendocino.

Room Tip: Grandma's hideout is their secret.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Thank WORIV
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

It wasn't the prettiest B&B in Mendocino, but it was certainly the best value! It's a short walk to the main drag and the beach and it's sandwiched between two upscale restaurants. The bed was awesome; it was the best nights sleep we had during our northern Cali vacation. Our room was cute and roomy. Besides an ample breakfast, they also had fresh scones and coffee cake. The host was very helpful, gave us pointers of what to see and do, and helped us find a kayaking outfitter. Overall a great stay!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank artsynina
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Address: 951 Ukiah St., Mendocino, CA 94560
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range: $126 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nicholson House Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nicholson House Inn and Spa now under Sweetwater Properties management now brings the perfect combination of bed and breakfast and spa experience. Located close to shops and beach trails in the Mendocino village. ... more   less 
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