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“Beautiful resort in the Redwoods”
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Miranda Gardens
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Miranda
Certificate of Excellence
Edina, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Beautiful resort in the Redwoods”
Reviewed October 19, 2007

We stayed in Cabin #4--the back deck overlooks a beautiful old grown Redwood grove. The woodwork in the cabin is incredible--burnished vintage redwood with beautiful windows, and nice antiques throughout. The gas fireplace and spa tub were bonuses. The only channel that comes in on the TV is the Travel Channel, so plan accordingly for evening entertainment. The Riverside Inn 3 miles south has good Mexican food and the diner across the street had great calzones. While we didn't spot a real Bigfoot on the Avenue of the Giants, we had a great stay.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2007

Beautiful location. The cabin we had (#4) had a patio overlooking the Redwood forest, a fireplace and a whirlpool tub. All three were wonderful and made for a memorable and romantic stay. The downside as I see it is that there are no restaurants anywhere nearby, and the staff while efficient doesn't go out of their way to be friendly or helpful. We had grabbed a picnic dinner in Healdsburg, so we avoided that issue.

Breakfast is the classically painful carbs, sugar, coffee and nothing else. Again, we had come prepared, and didn't need to eat that.

I can not wait to visit this property again. The "additions" aren't really there. Ice Machine (broken). Nearby river (the path there appeared neither clear nor safe). Grills - without plates, glasses, silverware, etc. you need to bring a lot of stuff to eat on the property.

Overall if you are well prepared, this will be a memorable experience. If you arrive with 3 hungry kids, you may have issues.

  • Liked — Being surrounded by redwoods
  • Disliked — Service a bit surly
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank dukefan2331
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San Jose, California
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2007

When I saw the photos and pricepoint of this resort on the net, compared with other accommodations in the area, I thought, "Geez, this must be some sort of spa-type place." But, knowing that we wanted a clean, nice, cozy place for just a couple of nights while passing through the Redwoods -- and that pool WOULD be a hit with the kids -- we decided to go for it. And boy are we glad we did! The cabin was immaculate and so charming, the grounds lush and inviting. We thoroughly enjoyed our very own porch for stargazing in the evening while our kids were nestled in bed and our fishing gear stayed safe propped right outside our cabin door for the duration of our stay. Oh -- the staff...5 STAR. These people really made a huge impression on us. They made us feel like the best of friends from the moment we stepped into the lobby. They not only endured but seemed to welcome our 6-yr-old son's inquiries and requests for the basketball for the b-ball court and even went so far as to open up their next-door grocery market afterhours when I had a tummyache one evening. Now THAT'S service! The complimentary breakfast in the morning was a great spread of cereals, oatmeal, bagels w/cream cheese, toast, muffins, danish, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, juices, coffee and tea. Anything lacking they were quick to pop up and get for you. Stellar. A great find.

  • Liked — The grounds were so pretty and well maintained.
  • Disliked — A bit on the pricey side.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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3 Thank AKA K2
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Round Hill VA
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2007

Miranda Gardens is one of the few surviving cabin motels along the Redwood Highway. I've been visiting it 8 or so times over the last 50 years and it really brings back what car trips used to be.

Only one TV channel comes in, but there are ample opportunities to hike, play a family game, go for a dip in the pool or swim in the Eel river. If you really need it it, there is a free library of fairly recent movies to bring to your cabin.

The quality of the staff is a concern. On my initial inquiry which was three months in advance I was told there were no vacancies, yet I
called back the next day to be told I could have the cabin of my choice. On arrival, the hostess was very gracious but the cabin did not have towels for the number of persons booked. She brought them to
us. At bedtime, we discovered there were no linens for the HB and everyone in the office had gone to bed. The next morning we complained to a very nice lady and she made an ample adjustment on our charge for the cabin.

Bottom line-it's a great place to stay but check that everything is working before dusk. I hadn't played tetherball in decades and was much more fun than driving thru a redwood.

  • Liked — HIstory, Redwoods
  • Disliked — Cleaning Staff
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank ditsyquoin
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michigan
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2007

My husband and I loved Miranda Gardens. We stayed in 2a and had a lovely stay. The staff was very helpful, the room was clean, and the property was beautiful. the only downfall was the skunk smell near our cabin, but that's nature so we really can't complain. Definately the best place to stay on the Avenue and I would recommend it to all of my friends and family.

  • Liked — the scenery, cabins, and staff
  • Disliked — skunk smell
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank hikergirl18
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California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 19, 2007

We stayed in cottage #6.

Pros: Very clean and roomy - two bedrooms separated by a kitchen. Lovely grounds with a pool, play structure and ping pong table.

Cons: Rude customer service, noisy heaters.

I agree that if customer service is important to you, you may want to look elsewhere.
With that said, we did enjoy our stay and the cabins are unique and very clean. We would stay here again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Hotel staff
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank CalPartyofFive
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Alpine
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2006

I already miss laying in bed with the windows open and seeing the dappled light come through the redwoods into the room! What a SUPER place! My husband and I stayed cottage #4, which was so beautiful! The room has muttoned windows and gorgeous, original redwood walls. It must've been just remodeled because there was new tile and wallpaper in the bathroom and the main room had beautiful new furnishings mixed with antiques. There's a gas fireplace that you can watch while in bed, a enclosed patio on the side, front porch and small deck out the back. Nestled completely in the redwoods overlooking a small canyon with the Eel river.
No pets allowed in #4, so it was really nice. The room was kept spotlessly clean each day and it was so quiet and peaceful. Highly, highly recommended! Enchanting and very romantic!
We will stay there again (and again!).

  • Liked — Clean, quiet, beautiful location
  • Disliked — no problems
  • Tips/Secrets — Take the drive to Garberville and have dinner at Cecil's California Creole, and have the pecan pie!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank WannaGoWannaSee
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Property: Miranda Gardens
Address: 6766 Avenue of the Giants, P.O. Box 186, Miranda, CA 95553
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Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Miranda
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Miranda
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in the Redwoods - Private cabins nestled among the Avenue of the Giants. 16 cabins offer a variety of rooms and amenities. Call today for pricing and availability! Find us on Facebook at MirandaGardensResort ... more   less 
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