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“Old type motel” 3 of 5 stars
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North Bay Inn
Ranked #12 of 25 Hotels in Santa Rosa
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47 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Old type motel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed in better motels of this type. Had a mouldy smell when the water was draining away.Next to a very busy road too. i would not say that this property is value for money, in fact I think it is expensive for what one gets.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lethbridge, Canada
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28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night and it was worth the price. Easy to find from the main highway and the rooms were clean and very large. Very basic but no complaints. Staff was friendly. Free WiFi and lots of parking. Neighbourhood seemed safe.

Stayed September 2013
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Walnut Creek, California
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53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I can only echo previous reviews that indicated the positive experience to be had by choosing this unassuming (single-story, external-entry) motel... yet finding it quite clean & well-maintained, more comfortably furnished than you'd expect, and nice and quiet to boot. (It's on a main boulevard, but even on a Fri. night with the youth of Santa Rosa out and about it was fine.) I, too, appreciated TA for pointing me here because finding a place in proximity to Healdsburg (our actual destination the next day, a few miles up the 101 freeway) in September was proving difficult and ridiculously expensive.
By staying in a two-queen room, our cost was much higher than the initial "luring" costs on the hotel-booking sites (which were for single queens or kings) -- but it all worked well. The front-desk gentleman was quietly friendly and helpful both at our late arrival and early departure.

Pluses (which, dear reader, you've probably already read elsewhere too): Convenient to 101, had a mini-fridge and microwave, free wifi, and proximity to large and small stores for necessities. Also, a very short drive to perf. arts ctr, some more upscale restaurants, even the mall. Oh - and within a few miles of the Charles Schulz Museum and Ice Rink.

Minuses (which are truly minor): sparse toiletry products in room; lighting was weird; location of outlets awkward relative to tables if you're going to work on a PC; continental breakfast was packaged pastries, apples/bananas, granola bars, OJ and meh coffee/powdered creamer. It was fine for heading out super-early and just wanting to hit the road -- but if they were to take advantage of the many affordable and awesome bakeries in the area (and Dutch Bros. coffee not far away) and offer something a tad better - what an awesome difference that would make. Just a thought, since (frankly) for the same price or a few dollars more (if it's a multi-bed room), other places in the area offer "hot" breakfasts in the morning.

Still: thank you, TA and North Bay Inn for bringing the Sonoma County hotel-hunt to a happy and successful conclusion!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Based on reviews and price we stayed here for 2 nights recently. The management was nice, room was clean, quiet, bed was comfy, easy access to street, breakfast was typical continental. During the summer this area is very expensive so we felt lucky to get our room for a decent price. This is definitely better than a Motel 6 since they give you breakfast, a fridge, microwave and free Wifi. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Without TA, I wouldn't have seriously considered North Bay Inn, but I'm so glad I did. I stayed for one night for a weekend in Wine Country and was beyond pleased. As others have said, this is a traditional motel. There are no frills, but what you get is a very solid experience. I stayed in Room #120, which is a double room and it was fresh-smelling (non-smoking) and very spacious. I was very pleased with the roomy fridge and microwave in the room. The beds were very comfortable and it looked like the furniture and bedding were redone recently.

The location of this motel is excellent. A short drive from downtown Santa Rosa, there is a coffee shop across the street or Starbuck's if you prefer that. We ate at a very good vegan Thai Restaurant nearby. If you want to skip out on the continental breakfast (it's just danishes and coffee and instant oatmeal), go to the Community Market health food store next door and get fresh produce, yogurt, and lots of other goodies.

While not necessarily reasonable, the value for what you get cannot be beat in the very expensive Wine Country. I'll be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I was in the area for a workshop. I wanted above all a quiet, CLEAN, secure place, located near Highway 101 (but not too close) and of course not expensive which is not easy in this area.

The North Bay Inn is a simple, traditional motel that met my requirements. The lady at the reception was really nice and that contributed to my feeling of security and well being. The room was spotless clean with every item in good order and well maintained. The bed is comfortable, the linen spotless clean, the shower is not the prickly flow but generous, the refrigerator is noiseless. There is a microwave.

I spent 2 nights and brought all my food for breakfast, the workshop and the evening dinner in the room. I give it top rating in its class. This is a place that is practical, affordable (given the area) and an excellent choice for my specific purpose.

The motel breakfast is minimal: a pot of coffee, hot water and tea bags, packaged industrial pastries. There is milk in the "staff only" fridge. Note that there is a Starbuck and a Peets coffe on Mendocino avenue towards Highway 101 past Steel Lane. Also the place is quiet as it seems that the people who come to this motel are well behaved.

The non-smoking rooms are truly non-smoking and fresh. As an incentive to keep them this way there is a penalty of $200 for those who smoke in a non-smoking room. You cannot go wrong if your priorities are similar to mine.

Room Tip: The AC is noisy so if it is hot bring airplugs...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Santa Rosa
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Price was ridiculously high, and the verbiage about how well the place was appointed was very over the top. Clean, but not anything better than motel 6 for half the price. Staff was pleasant but certainly did not go out of their way to be helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Property: North Bay Inn
Address: 1875 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401-3628
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Santa Rosa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Rosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — North Bay Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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