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Abalone Inn
Reviewed July 4, 2007

We stayed at the Abalone Inn, after reading the reviews of this B& B, and considering it against other B & B with similar prices in the same area.

Some unusual things about the place: the proprietor insists on us sending a check for the full amount at the time of the booking -no credit cards. No shoes on the old carpets, no toilet paper in the commode -the whole toilet system is fragile, yes the garden shower does leak to the outside garden, and yes uncover only half of the hot tub.

The rules were not a problem, once we got used to them. The used toilet paper in the covered container did not smell -emptied every day, and the shower overspill controllable, so that it ran outside.

We stayed in the garden room for four days, negotiating the price down to $120 a night at booking. The bed was extremely firm, the ad-on bathroom and shower were very clean and spacious, with lots of privacy. Tremendous sunshine in the morning.

The main disadvantage of the room was that we had to wait until all four people in the room above finished their showers, before going to sleep, as the upstair showers were directly above the garden room, and made a racket like heavy rain on an aluminum roof.

Key to the house locked in combination lockbox, which was difficult to use with one hand.

The hot tub was a long walk outdoors, but always functioned quickly and properly, and available each evening. The hostess was very courteous, informative and pleasing. The meals were ample: usually a half cup of Trader Joe's vanilla yogurt, one cup of sliced fresh fruits, and three medium pieces of wheat toast with fresh jam. The beverage was a home made cherry blend juice. The sitting room was spacious, sunny, and the furniture comfortable. Daily morning newspaper. A deli was just down the busy street for getting sandwiches for lunch.

Parking was in front of the house. Exiting from three of the four parking spaces required backing in a curve, so as to avoid low lying side rocks -an adventure at night, before exiting onto a busy road.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank robert c
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Reviewed June 14, 2007

My husband and I spent a romantic weekend at the Abalone Inn for our anniversary. We stayed in the garden room, and every moment was very joyful and relaxing.

The house is charming with gorgeous views. We were able to enjoy lovingly-prepared organic breakfasts and coffee each morning in the vibrant garden. Donna, the proprietor, obviously wants you to have a memorable experience and will go the extra mile to help you feel at home.

If you're looking for a sterile "hotel" experience, don't stay here. If you want to stay in a place where you feel right at home and relax into the pace that is Pt. Reyes, then we can't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank lemonbird
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Reviewed May 21, 2007

We had a wonderful time during our stay here in mid-april. The area is gorgeous, and the Inn is charming. It is close to the community and nearby sights, has a beautiful outdoor hot tub, and Donna, the owner, is a gracious and kind person who went out of her way to accomodate us. Her commitment to social/environmental responsibility is a breath of fresh air. Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank wintersjilly
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Reviewed March 24, 2007

The Abalone Inn is wonderfully located in Inverness Park, a short 2 imles from Point Reyes Station on Point Reyes. Unfortunately, Sir Francis Drake Drive is a busy road, but otherwise it was a quiet location.

Our hostess, Dona, was pleasant and welcoming. The gardens on each side of the house are welcoming and pleasant. By the way, she accepts credit card numbers to hold the reservations, but accepts cash or check only for payment.

The house, billed as Victorian, was OK, but in need of upkeep. Our room (the Garden Room) is shoe-horned in as it can fit - funky but OK.

Breakfast wasn't until 9 am, and then served by couples - it paid to be there first at the table. It was a healthy breakfast, but somewhat light.

We did not find it pleasant to be told and have signs on toilets to not put ANY tissues in the toilet because the septic tank was not adequate to handle it. We did wonder if the health department was aware of this.

While our hostess and the setting were pleasant, other things were not - such as the toilet paper issue and breakfast arrangements - we will look for another place to stay next time.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank k-carobertson
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Reviewed March 5, 2007

In our daily lives of hustle and bustle, the Abalone Inn is just what the doctor ordered for peace and serenity. I was greeted by a very friendly woman and her dog, Mr. Zoo. My room was an upstairs suite, that overlooked a beautiful pasture. I already felt at home!
The area of Pt. Reyes is breathtaking! Dona, the innkeeper, knows the area inside and out. She helped us plan our day, which included, a trip to the Pt. Reyes Light House, walking along a pristine beach that was dotted with fishermen and eating scrumptious oysters from one of the local oyster farms. What could be better?
Back at the Inn, we indulged in the hot tub with a wonderful glass of wine. Leaving the next morning was very difficult! We could have stayed on and on.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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Thank HappyCamperSantaCruz
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Reviewed September 6, 2006

We stayed at the Abolone Inn the second time. It is a quaint old Victorian with a lot of charm. Dona Larkin, the owner, provides a serene and calm environment. We stayed at the Garden Room again. It is a cozy room with a solarium and shower and access to an old-fashioned combination of flower/vegetable garden. The garden provides a quiet place to have morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. The rooster that crows in the morning brings back wonderful childhood memories. Breakfast is appetizing and healthy (with fresh seasonal fruit). It is served at 9 a.m., however, a variety of teas and coffee is available at 6:30a.m. (excellent French roast). A hot tub is on the property as well as a small building set up for a massage (by appointment). The setting around the hot tub area is an area with flowers and shrubs and hidden trails and treasures.
We will always come back to this serene, stressfree place.

Stayed: September 2006
4  Thank EvaF
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Reviewed July 30, 2006

My wife and I stayed there for a weekend 'getaway'. Fortunately we managed to let the quality of the accomodation not spoil our trip too much. Having said this, here are some experiences we had that are absolutely not acceptable for a room under the roof (called Suite) that comes with a $180 a night price tag (taxes included):

1. Five minutes after our arrival we were asked to pay for the two nights I had booked. I am more used to paying at check-out but it seems that the owner had worries that we would just run once we knew that ...

2. .... we were not supposed to flush used toiled paper due to the old septic tank, but rather stuff the used toiled paper in a garbage bin, that ...

3. ... was not even emptied for the duration of our stay. I don't think you have to be a hygiene freak to think that this is ***GROSS***

4. Like mentioned in one of the other reviews there are a lot of ridiculous rules e.g. "you can use the hot tub, but only take half the cover off, cause it is so heavy" aka. I don't feel like having it open for the whole day and clean it up.

5. Another good one was how the access code number to the door was communicated ... "The code to the door is *** FOR NOW" ... to deter us from coming back and robbing the place

6. Breakfast was also not what you would expect for $180 / night stay ... One english muffin, 6 pieces of cantaloupe and and one tablespoon of yoghurt and teaspoon of jam (what a way to maximize profit !) ... oh don't mean to be unfair ... there was also half a glass of juice.

7. The room itself was of a decent size but furnished with run-down furniture and old carpets (the Victorian charme I guess)

At checkout time we were asked to recommend the place to our friends ... don't think so ....

Bottom-line: This is not where you want to stay. If you can't find any other accomodation in West Marin, try to postpone your trip.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Alf3
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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 #12 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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