The Stanford Inn by the Sea is overpriced and overpromises though our family had generally a good time. First, despite promises our rooms did not really have views of the sea; instead at night we had views of Mendocino's only two traffic lights on CA-1. Second, the restaurant service was abominable. While breakfast is included, the menu emphasizes that the wait staff should be tipped - which I did. But why? For being seated every morning at a table set for two despite our being a party of four and having to scrounge for silverware and cups; for an apparent unwillingness to pour coffee promptly - a skill mastered by the lowiest diner; and, for observing staff clear tables, replace tablecloths and spray them extensively with some undermined liquid? A very big plus was the provision of bicycles and the rental of canoes on property - however, helpful, non-slacker service was not to be had. On the decoration scheme, it was odd every room, including public rooms, were decorated with large and elaborate clocks, but none of them were set. Bizarre. On the plus side the property has a wonderful indoor pool , a lovely collection of dogs and cats and only serves vegetarian and vegan food. And the scenery, ocean, trails and woods of northern California are unmatched.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Stanford Inn By The Sea Hotel Mendocino