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“Romantic Gem by the Sea”

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Stanford Inn by the Sea
Ranked #6 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
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“Romantic Gem by the Sea”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We are having a perfect first time 3 night stay. Our room is cosy & comfortable and feels like home already. Love our comfortable king bed, cosy fire place and beautiful 2nd story view of gardens. Rooms are very clean and well appointed. Wonderful bike ride along the Big River. All food is vegan and still tasty. The coffee is especially good. Would definitely stay here again! Seems like such a good value. The 1 1/2 hour massages at $145 are a great value as well. Very, very happy and relaxed.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We just got back from a three-night stay at Stanford Inn in Mendocino. This is definitely the place to stay when visiting the Mendocino area.

We stayed in one of the Big River Executive rooms. The room was very clean, spacious, and very well decorated. The room was so comfortable with a king bed, a very comfortable love seat/sofa, coffee table, desk, nice cabinet which hid the TV and DVD player, mini refrigerator, microwave, awesome coffee maker, amazing, real-wood fireplace and a wonderful, big balcony looking over the bucolic grounds and the ocean in the distance. The room was so comfortable, that I almost felt as if we were staying in a tiny cabin.

On our arrival, there were home-made vegan chocolate chip cookies waiting for us (which were very delicious), and the fireplace was all set to go with newspaper, kindling and wood, so all we had to do was light a match.

The room was well stocked with extra piles of wood and kindling, lots of good organic coffee and tea, comfy robes, and extra pillows and blankets.

It was so nice having the beautiful grounds available to walk around in. It is so peaceful there, with the Big River farm, the horses and llamas, the birds (especially the ravens) and all the beautiful landscaping. The energy here is so much more peaceful than in the town of Mendocino itself. Plus, the location is unbeatable. It's right alongside Big River, which has a fun beach to explore, as well as the river to paddle in.

We took advantage of the free bike rentals which come with your stay at the Inn, and took them just over the Big River bridge onto this amazing 8-mile trail which runs along the river. We had a great time, and we were given locks for our bikes so that we could ride them into town as well.

Other amenities included Stanford Inn's amazing saltwater pool, which is housed in a solarium/green house. It is decorated with an amazing collection of plants, and the solarium includes a jacuzzi, sauna, showers, extra towels, lounge chairs, soothing music and drinking water. It would be easy to hang out there for hours. It definitely had a spa-like feel and I felt so rejuvenated.

I've stayed in many hotels, where "breakfast included" meant some coffee with pastries and cereal. But at Stanford Inn, your stay includes a full, healthy breakfast from their Raven's restaurant menu, juice and coffee or tea. All the food I had there was amazing. On top of this, there is a formal Afternoon Tea that is also included in your stay. They serve you tea or coffee with one of their amazing desserts. I had their fruit cobbler and their blueberry custard, both of which were amazing. Plus, they have a "Happy Hour" for inn guests which starts at 3:30pm, where you get 50% off of the Inn's wide selection of cocktails and beer.

The Inn's lobby is a nice place to hang out in. You can hang out in their comfy couches in front of a roaring fire, with a selection of magazines. The lobby also contains a fun gift store with a great selection of books, gift items, wines and snacks.

The whole hotel is so beautiful, well taken care of, and it seems that the Stanfords have a knack for anticipating all their guests wishes. The staff were so friendly and professional throughout our stay at the Inn. I definitely recommend this place and definitely plan on going back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Stanford Inn is a gorgeous place to stay. Off in the distance you can see the sea and ravens flying about. The quiet peacefulness surrounds you like a blanket. The room included champagne, a fireplace and an extremely cozy bed. Looking out onto the gardens was a lush display of flowers and herbs of all varieties and it made the connection complete when you tasted all of this freshness in their food since the restaurant caters to a vegetarian diet. Stanford Inn is sexy and definitely a 5 star location. I can't wait to go again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Siesta Key, Florida
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We loved staying at The Stanford Inn as did our service dog Candy. We were welcomed graciously and warmly by everyone. Dinner was delicious and healthy as was breakfast.
Our room was a delightful surprise with dog dishes and sheets for Candy, and a yummy view and fireplace for us.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kentfield, California
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Love this place! What a find! The Inn is situated in a lovely setting with beautiful ocean and pastoral views. Just a short walk away one can rent canoes and/or have the use of complimentary mountain bikes. Being around other dog lovers was also a treat. The Inn is very accommodating about bringing your dog. They even have a special dining area where dogs are welcome. The indoor pool and jacuzzi were wonderful and getting a massage in the forest was very relaxing.The food at the restaurant was delicious - we were impressed that much of the produce served comes from the on-site organic garden! So many creative and mouth watering dishes to choose from. Service was very friendly. We can't wait to go back!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Healdsburg, California, United States
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Driving up to this beautiful inn was breathtaking. The trees lit with lights and the ocean off in the distance was gorgeous. I just got back from a weekend in Mendocino with my boyfriend and parents. It was an amazing weekend walking around Mendocino and staying in such a nice and luxurious inn. The rooms where so cozy with the wood burning fire place, comfy robes and of course the cookies that were brought to us daily. We took advantage of the complimentary breakfast at the inns vegan restaurant. My family is definite meat eaters but we gave a vegan meal a chance and it was delicious! If you get a chance to stay at the Stanford Inn take it, and don't forget to take a dip in the in door greenery pool.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Healdsburg, California, United States
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

My family and I experienced the Stanford Inn for the very first time this past weekend. Our family headed to the coast in remembrance of our son's 5th year home with the Lord. The Stanford Inn was the perfect place for us to be. We were greeted with a stunning lit up resort, a friendly and easy check in by Leo, gorgeous suites with balconies overlooking the property where we could see the ocean, lamas and unforgettable sunsets, fireplaces ready to go with just a match and the best thing was it is a pet friendly resort. Breakfast was delightful. I am the only person in our family that has ate vegan dishes so my husband, daughter and boyfriend were a bit apprehensive but soon excited that they experienced something new delicious. Oh, and I had a half carrot half orange juice drink for the first time. Try it you will love it! We will definitely return next year, knowing it is exactly where we were supposed to be to experience love from heaven and the staff at the Stanford Inn.

Thank you Jeff, Joan, Leo and the rest of the staff!

Gratefully,
Kathy Stauffer and family. 0:)

Room Tip: We stayed in room 234 which was perfect for those with pets and to entertain others in our group.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Stanford Inn by the Sea
Address: Highway 1 & Comptche Ukiah Road, PO Box 487, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford Inn by the Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a hillside, the exquisite Stanford Inn sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, the Inn is a haven. The rambling lobby, guest rooms, and suites are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous organic breakfasts. Inspired by the Stanford's Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens' restaurant is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for its vegetarian cuisine. Guests are indulged at the Inn's Massage in the Forest and private yoga sessions. Canoeing and kayaking on Big River, California's new State Park. ... more   less 
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