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“Interesting Structure/Helpful Personnel”
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Scotia Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Scotia B&B and Inns
Calabasas, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Interesting Structure/Helpful Personnel”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

We loved being close to the "Avenue of the Giants" since we were there to participate in the annual marathon. It was terrific to be in a historic hotel with the history displayed on the walls in the halls and lobby. The Inn staff maintained a clean environment, comfortable lounge area, and offered free wi-fi. We had a snack and drinks in the adjacent bar. For some reason, the restaurant is no longer open on a regular basis.

There was a work-out room that had two machines and weights. Unfortunately, the room was tiny and not conducive to a good work-out.

Guests are provided with a self-serve breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, oatmeal, homemade scones, energy bars, yogurt, tea, coffee, and juice. Snacks were available at all times of the day and night.

The biggest downside was the location being pretty much a drive to anywhere you may want services. A second downside was that the Inn didn't appear to have been updated for awhile. I would stay there again, because in that area, it appears to be the most interesting and best place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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California
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Nice old hotel in historic location. Good "pub food" at the bar downstairs. Rooms a little noisy which can be expected given the age but not a problem. We had a two bedroom unit with a bathroom in-between which worked great for the family. The free breakfast nothing to get excited or complain about. If you're hungry eat somewhere else though.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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washington
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and I love to stay in Historic Hotels, we will definately be back to the Scotia Inn on our next trip to the Redwoods. The hotel is well kept and our room was spacious and clean. We also had a tastey dinner at the hotels pub. The staff at the hotel and the pub were very friendly.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Extreme North Coast of California
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

This hotel is a good value if you can get a room for $85 to $125 per night.
We didn't know what to expect since the Scotia Inn isn't a place we'd automatically think of to spend the night or plan a birthday event.
Having made a plan with friends to stay at the Scotia Inn several months ago, we found the staff to be wonderfully helpful and the rooms large, very CLEAN with updated bathrooms, comfortable beds, microwave, small fridge (there is a convenient grocery store right across the street), windows that OPEN, and good heating system for cold nights (February).
This historic hotel is beautifully maintained considering the age and architecture of the building, and our room was quite comfortable and quiet (room 212).
We had a special dinner planned in advance of our visit through Jeanne Dorris, the hotel manager. Filet Mignon, Scampi, Sliced Hungarian Baked-Potato, Asparagus, and a salad with Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and tossed with vinaigrette. The dessert was homemade Rustic Apple Pies, individually prepared and served with vanilla ice cream and homemade Caramel Sauce. YUMMY!! Ms. Dorris allowed us to bring our own wine, which was greatly appreciated; AND, we weren’t charged corkage (amazing!!). If you don't want to make special arrangements for a private dinner (as we did) there is a cozy pub (pub menu) located downstairs from the lobby.
In the morning we had coffee and fresh, homemade scones (hot from the oven) that were absolutely delicious (included in the price of the rooms).
Although historically interesting as a "mill town", Scotia isn’t exactly a "destination" sort of place unless you are planning to visit the redwoods, hike, or spend time on the Eel River (summer activities) or if you need a convenient place to spend a night after a long day on the road. As quick on/off the highway or as a quiet place to explore the Avenue of the Giants, I give the location an “excellent” rating.
During the spring and summer months, I believe they have a lot of weddings, class reunions, etc. that would require advance reservations. During the holiday season, they host many parties, so that would be another time to plan a stay well in advance.

Room Tip: Room 212 is a large room; bed was quite comfortable. Especially appreciate that the windows open fo...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

I wanted to stay at the Northern end of the Avenue of Giants and this location worked well. The town is small and quaint. Across the road is a small market to buy some snacks or a bottle of wine. And in the Inn itself, is a bar and restaurant.

I was tired and traveling on my own, so I ordered some room service. My room was comfortbale, though it was jsut at the top of a few stairs overlooking the main lobby. In the AM, a group was up VERY early and it was quite loud. And for some reason, my bathroom window would not close all the way and I had the biggest flies in that room. If I were to be in this neck of the woods again, I would suggest a room more secluded from the lobby.

I enjoyed the breakfast, as it had plenty of options and a Keureig for the coffee.

Overall, the Scotia Inn offered a nice location, comfortable room and a good value.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2011

We stayed on a Sunday night during the slow season and were the only guests in the entire grand old hotel. Redrum, anyone? What a cool experience, but i admit i was too scared to be left alone at night. Stayed on second floor in a room with one King and one Full bed. Very clean. Beautiful lobby. In-room TV was smaller than my computer monitor. Style is a little flowery for my taste, but that's purely a matter of preference.

Apparently the Pub is quite the hotspot, but it was closed on Sunday and Monday. Right across the street is a grocery store, so we grabbed a picnic dinner there and snacked in the room. There are no other restaurants within walking distance, but there's another town very close by. We were just tired of the car.

Amazing scones are served for breakfast, along with instant oatmeal, yogurt, granola bars, juice and coffee/tea.

What's fascinating about the town of Scotia (including the inn) is that it's owned in its entirety by a lumber company that is in bankruptcy. There are no separate lots. The grocery store is the "company store". The residents rent their homes. The inn used to be the company's boarding house before it was made into a hotel. The top floor has not been renovated and apparently is in the same layout as when it was a boarding house.

Amanda is the caretaker extraordinaire there - she was so helpful. And very kind to explain the history of this beautiful inn to us. She will be such an asset to whoever eventually buys this hotel through the bankruptcy. With a little bit of investment, the Scotia Inn can be the premier hotel in the Redwoods.

Overall, we had a great travel experience here. There aren't many places left in America that are "company towns," so that was pretty educational. We freaked ourselves out walking those long wallpapered hallways at night as the only guests, and learned a history lesson in the morning when we talked to Amanda. So much better than staying at chain motel.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2011

The Scotia Inn offers clean comfortable accommodations. The historic inn is more hotel than bed and breakfast. The staff is friendly and really worked hard to make us feel welcome, though I sensed that they were understaffed. Room was clean, comfortable and quiet. Fabulous period architecture including impressive redwood mill work, not surprising for a hotel that was built by the local lumber company. Interesting period photos of timber industry in halls and lobby. All in all a nice place, maybe a little pricey for the value, but no real downside.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Scotia Inn
Address: 100 Main Street, Scotia, CA 95562
Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Scotia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Scotia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Scotia Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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