I stayed at the Arcata with my wife and kids for one night in August, 2003. I was really looking forward to this stop and staying in an historic, non-chain hotel. But the physical condition of our room was dismal. Dirty, with no air conditioning, no fan, and no screens on the windows. The hotel looks out on a beautiful public square which, unfortunately, is truly public at all hours. No one could sleep with the bongo drumming and the crowd of drunks gathered on the sidewalk below the hotel literally all night. An accomodating attitude from the staff might have helped, but the little contact we had with them was off-putting. I don't mind carrying up my own towels, but the desk clerk made me feel like a jerk for even asking for them.
The parking is as described by other reviewers, which is too bad because the square has some nice restaurants and shops. Stay someplace else, but have breakfast at the Blue Mug on the square.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Hotel ... more less