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Abalone Inn
Reviewed August 31, 2008

Just got back after 8 days spent at Abalone Inn. Beautiful music when you walk in, lovely room, delicious organic breakfast (don't miss the homemade plum jam, while it lasts, and the eggs come from the chickens in the back yard), daisies everywhere, you can see the stars from the chairs in the garden, soothing hot tub, and on and on. Lots of ambiance. Gracious and attentive service, like you are staying with a friend who wants you to have a great time. Convenient to several restaurants (the food in Marin county is outstanding and usually organic) and numerous gorgeous beaches. I feel totally rejuvenated!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

i am sitting in the upstairs suite of the Abalone Inn. My family and I arrived yesterday after a long day exploring Muir Woods and the beaches north. The Inn keeper (i think her name is Donna, but she never introduced herself), had requested we arrive by 4pm, however we were an hour later than that and she apparently decided to hold a grudge against us. She was unwelcoming to my wife and children, begrudgently showed us around and lingered around us as if we were criminals. the inn is convently located and quaint, however the entire house smells of cat urine (even our bed). We do not mind the idiosyncrities of the plumbing or other minor inconveniences (we are seasoned travellers as a family), however given the inn keeper's dour attitude i would never recommend this inn to another.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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5  Thank treveller1
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Reviewed July 1, 2008

Donna the Inn Keeper and owner welcomed us with tea and we had a wonderful stay. It's so pretty, peaceful, and quiet...we stayed in the loft suite...very romantic. We walked the gardens...fed the chickens, enjoyed the jacuzzi, just had a ball. I own two vacation rentals in Tahoe and will recommend this Inn to all of my guests going to the coast. Larry Suter

Air Force pilot and owner of www.TahoeSkiHouse.com

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2008

My husband and I just got back from our 2 night stay at the Abalone Inn. I can see how this place would not please everyone, but it pleased us. Yes, you put the toilet paper in the basket because the pipes are old, but that's not a big deal. I recommend the garden view room for a couple. Dona is a lovely host, present enough, but not overbearing. The breakfast was fresh, organic fruit, organic juice, coffee, tea, some sort of organic toast, organic yogurt or org eggs. I like the food and it was just the right amount. The inn is close to everything important in this area, the hiking trails at Pt Reyes, Tomales Bay, Pt Reyes Station restaurants, etc. Limantour beach must be the prettiest, most serene beach in the continental USA. This is not a "high-end" accommodation, but it has heart and charm, which I prefer over fancy stuff. The price was appropriate. Furthermore, there are flowers blooming everywhere on the property. Overall, this was a great getaway for us and we appreciate Dona's hospitality and the service she provides travelers.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2008

It would seem important to point out the oddities of the Abalone Inn at the start since this seems to be a point of aggravation for the people who wrote the poor reviews of this friendly, welcoming place. Yes, you have to dispose your own toilet paper so as to not clog the ancient pipes that run under the Inn; yes, you have to take your shoes off before walking around on the throw rugs; yes, you will not make a pig of yourself at breakfast.

Now, if these things bother you enough then please stay somewhere else. Dona's home is friendly, safe and secure. The grounds are beautiful and her dog kicks ass. This Inn is about the location. It simply belongs in the Point Reyes area, unlike any franchised place that some people seem to be expecting on their visit to this lovely area. Conversation is encouraged in the Abalone Inn as is interaction with other people. If you'd like to hide in your room all day, you can do that too, but that'd be best suited in another hotel.

My wife and I loved our two stays at the Abalone Inn and look forward to visiting again. Dona is a charming woman and the house is beautiful. Certainly this reflects our taste and personalities, but for us that's why the Inn means something more to us. It's a place that welcomes interaction and an expression of ideas. It has chickens, too.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2008

I'm shocked by some of the negative reviews here. My partner and I live close by (Oakland/SF), and were looking for a place to stay when we visited Pt. Reyes one weekend. We wanted someplace independent and cheapish, and the Abalone Inn fit the bill. It was so beautiful, though--it surpassed our expectations. Lovely. We're definitely planning on going back. And it felt pretty queer-friendly, which was important to me.
Some of the 'negative' things mentioned are true--the owner does ask you to remove your shoes, and the plumbing is old, so you place toilet paper in a wastebasket. But I definitely didn't mind those things--and even if I did, everything else was so nice, it would have made up for it. The view was beautiful, there was a yard to lounge in, the hot tub was great, and the common room comfortable. Eating breakfast--fresh eggs from the Inn's chickens--in front of a window facing the bay and a field of wildflowers was just gorgeous. We stayed in the Mountain Room, which was small, but had everything we needed. Only thing is that the rooms were close to each other--so if you have kids or want to have loud get-it-on, you might have a challenge. The owner was very nice--chatty but not too chatty--and recommended good restaurants and things to do. Also, the Bumblebee bakery down the road was delicious!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2007

We recently visited the Abalone Inn on an Anniversary weekend. The internet description gave expections that were not realized and sadly lacking.

We stayed on the second floor in a suite. Firstly, and most shockingly, was the fact that we had to put soiled toilet paper into a bin next to the toilet--meaning that it could not be flushed. I would expect this in a third world country, but not in beautiful Northern California. Secondly, the bed had plastic protective sheeting covering the mattress (we felt like bedwetters) and the placement of the bed under the eves meant that you would crack your head getting out of bed if you weren't careful. Thirdly, the two room heaters could not be running at the same time-- were cautioned that this might blow the circuits. Perhaps the lack of heating is the reason why the room smelled of mold. Lastly, the breakfast was miserable. We were given (meaning no choice) one overcooked egg each, hard toast and a chopped up grapefruit.

There must be a better place to stay in Point Reyes.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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Address: 12355 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Location: United States > California > Marin County > Point Reyes Station
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Point Reyes Station
Price Range: $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between San Francisco and the Wine Country on a hillside overlooking Point Reyes Wetlands, pastures, and Black Mountain, the Abalone Inn welcomes you with hospitality and old-fashioned ambiance. The restored Victorian has three unique guestrooms and a congenial atmosphere. A perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and those who appreciate efforts toward living in a more eco-friendly manner. In partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Inn's proprietors are the coordinators of Sustainable West Marin and are working toward a simpler, greener lifestyle. We are conveniently located in the village of Inverness Park, half a block from dining, groceries and picnic supplies. Minutes from the redwoods and beaches of the Point Reyes National Seashore and just two miles from Park Headquarters. Abundant outdoor activities await you: beach walks, kayaking, bicycling, hiking, birding, and horseback riding. ... more   less 

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