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.
- 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