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“Quaint without functionality is awful for us”
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The Raku House
Ranked #21 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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“Quaint without functionality is awful for us”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

We don't want to be too negative because essentially choosing a bed and breakfast was our mistake-we typically don't like them. We booked (and paid for) our two nights in the room at Raku House in advance. We chose the West Room based on price-again our mistake. It was quaint and had a certain cuteness but it was not functional. There was no chest of drawers to put things away. In the minuscule room we had to leave our 2 suitcases open (one the one luggage rack or) on the limited floor space. There was a space for hanging, with a curtain closing it off. In that tiny hanging space was a full-sized ironing board. Why did it need to be so big and to take up so much space?

There were two wicker chairs, a bed, 2 bedside tables and a table with 1 chair (where the continental breakfast the next morning, brought on a tray, would be eaten) all squeezed in to a tiny space. We asked for a second chair so that both of us could sit at the table (smashed against the wall in a corner) to eat breakfast and to sit at our laptops and use the wi-fi. (If we went across the street to the breakfast room at Alegria instead, it would cost us $10 each for a cooked breakfast.) We were brought a folding chair.

The bathroom had a claw foot tub with shower, the usual toilet and sink (with some drawer space) and also had a mini frig, microwave, coffee maker and hot water boiler. There was an étagère that had tea and so on it (with a little extra space for our stuff). Audre suggested leaving the shower curtain outside of the tub on the first morning and the water went out of the tub onto the floor and there was no floor drain. It was a swimming pool in there after our showers. The second morning Audre learned from Dimitri to put the shower curtain inside the tub and then we didn't create a swimming pool.

The bedroom had white lace curtains which did not block out any light so that at dawn we were awakened but breakfast did not get delivered until 8:30 a.m. The breakfast, when it arrived, was coffee, 2 small orange juice cartons and 4 (too sweet) muffins with raisins and walnuts. We carry our own cereal and bowls and milk and fruit. So we sat at the table and had our own cereal, banana and strawberries, with our apricots as our morning fruit. We had left some bread with Jim Owen, innkeeper, to toast and it was forgotten. We went to the telephone in the hallway to call the office and it didn't work (or we couldn't work it). We called on our cell phone and learned our bread was brought to another room; it was retrieved and brought to us. So Dimitri had his toast and cheese (that we carry) but no butter because butter was not brought with the muffins (and we don't carry it). The coffee was good.

We had booked 2 nights so we stayed 2 nights but we were not happy. According to our thermometer, the temperature in the room went down to 67° during the night. Fortunately, the portable heater in the room worked. We heard the footfalls over head; luckily the people went to bed when we did and their walking around in the morning was not too annoying. To watch our TV shows on the computer before bedtime, we sat in our wicker chairs and put the laptop on the bed (protecting it from overheating by putting the folding chair under the computer). We had checked out the sitting area in the main house of Alegria across the street, but that area had uncomfortable seating with no coffee tables to put the computer on.

The design of the tiny West Room was not well planned. Under the bed there should be drawers and in the closet there should be shelves. The table should have 2 comfortable chairs; the folding chair brought for Audre was very uncomfortable, even with a pillow. The bedside tables should have drawers. The curtains should keep the room dark (it is, after all, a room for sleeping). We looked at the “Aloft” room ($179 per night) and that would have been a better choice for us but lugging our luggage up that flight of stairs would not have been pleasant. We used the Jacuzzi at Alegria on our second afternoon after our 25 mile bike ride along the headlands and through the Cabrillo lighthouse up to Ft. Bragg and Noyo Harbor. It was nice and much needed after that ride.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Raku House
Address: 998 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
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Ranked #21 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Number of rooms: 4

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