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Boonville Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boonville
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

We found the hotel by chance as we were camping down the road. We ended up staying at the hotel for 2 nights. All in all it was a perfect stay. The room was so well furnished. Local produce was used from the soap in the bathroom, wine in the fridge, blackberries for breakfast and the locals who worked at the hotel. The garden was full of flowers, veggies to artwork. The staff were so friendly that nothing was too much for them. I just wished we had known about this hotel before and stayed longer.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Boonville Hotel was a perfect experience - the food, accommodations, gardens and staff were all extremely pleasant. My husband and I had been on a five-day fully loaded bike tour and this was going to be our last night's treat after four nights of camping. Well, we happened to be touring during a huge heat wave and our seventeen mile climb in the heat was pretty arduous. The entire time I was thinking that I should have reserved the room with air conditioning, and I was hoping we could change our room when we got there. Well, not only did the staff accommodate us, they upgraded and didn't charge us for it - I thought that was classy. I was really impressed with the food and thoughtfulness of the staff.

Room Tip: Rent a cottage and make sure to have dinner there.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

The Boonville Hotel is truly a work of art.

The people who put this place together spent much effort over many years to make things unusual, unique, interesting, and unexpected. Many of the design elements--from doors to floors, from to walls to ceilings, from countertops to light fixtures--are custom-constructed pieces of art in their own right. For example, the porch light cover for one of the cottages is an eye doctor's chart--simple yet clever. The cottages are constructed with a considerable amount repurposed materials, combining distressed wood, concrete, glass, corrugated metal and fiberglass with quirky found objects that seems to make every room, every table, every door, almost everything, one-of-a-kind. The overall effect is an sense-pleasing "coherent contradiction" that might be called something like "contemporary rustic rural industrial."

The grounds are lush with flowering plants, pines, herbs, and fruit trees of many varieties. There's also a lovely flower, herb, and vegetable garden that supplies much of what is offered in the hotel's good restaurant, Table 128. Here and there on the property are paintings and pieces of sculpture, some of which would be considered folk art and some of which would be considered fine art. The main building and grounds have many comfortable well-thought out places for lounging outside or inside, some communal and some making up a private space. We spent several pleasant mid-week days hardly ever leaving the hotel grounds except for a few trips to several of the many tasting rooms that are reachable within minutes by car.

On arrival, you'll be told to treat the hotel as if it were your own home. The staff are friendly--not "professionally friendly" and not "pushy friendly," but just "everyday friendly." They want to make you happy. They'll stop and chat a little, or they'll leave you to yourself if that's what you want.

There's very much of a "big family" feel, with all that implies about the drama of family life and community life in rural small town America. The hotel and the town are peopled with interesting characters. Many seem to enjoy pulling the legs of out-of-towners, so be prepared to hear some dubious tall tales, some of which might actually be true. It was fascinating to hear stories about who was who and how this person or that person ended up where they ended up. The area population seems to be a mix of long-time residents and fairly new arrivals from here, there, and everywhere: there's a hippie granola crunching element, a residual element of crusty farmers and ranchers, an element of newly-monied rich city folk looking for the romanticized life of country gentility, an element of Hispanic agriculture and domestic workers (some new arrivals and some long-time residents), and an element of business owners (again, some established residents and some transplants) serving the locals or serving the tourist trade. Several of these elements seem to blend and crisscross at various points. Everybody has a story, and everyone seems to know everyone else's business. Although there are obviously some local controversies, and some clans and cliques that compete about this or that, there's an overall atmosphere of community pride and good will.

Neither Boonville nor the Boonville Hotel will please everyone. I don't want to say that it takes a refined taste to appreciate the town or the hotel. The place is quite comfortable, but not like a luxury resort. If your idea of a grand vacation spending a few days wandering from shop to shop in a new-age, morally superior, totally predictable, worn-out hippie, cutesie-wootsie, nature-worshipping, tourist trap like Mendocino just up the road, you probably won't like Boonville or its namesake hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife and I stayed here to celebrate our 10-year anniversary a few weeks ago, and the Boonville Hotel is nothing short of outstanding. We stayed in the Front Room, which is brilliant in its design and comfort. We used the fireplace both nights and read on the couch (we had unseasonably cold temps and rain the whole time), and the secret shower door that opens onto a secluded patio with an outdoor bathtub was just about the coolest thing I've seen in any hotel or inn. It was quiet, the garden and gazebo was delightful to relax in, and the food at Table 128 was nicely done. The staff went out of their way to be conversational but not overbearing; it felt like we were staying with a friend of a friend who had all the insider info (one employee even wrote down a mile marker for us to access his favorite local's beach). I also liked how the lobby doubles as a wine shop filled with local wines.

If there was anything wrong with our stay, its that it is a bit overpriced, but considering how nice that bathtub was — and the garden, and the grounds, and the wine — whatever. It felt like it was worth it.

Room Tip: The Front Room. Outdoor bathtub, fireplace, beautiful sitting area, secluded.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

My husband and I stayed at Boonville recently. For over $200/night, I expect a nice room with basic amenities. While the staff was nice at check-in, the services were dissappointing.

The carpet in the room was substnatially stained near the bathroom, there were two throw rugs down, both also stained, the sink was in the bedroom (not bathroom) and never stopped dripping -- making sleeping difficult (we draped a towel over the faucet), there were no telephones, no TV, no AC, and no screen in one of the windows (but a large fly in the room). So without AC, you couldnt' even get a cross breeze by opening two windows. I just don't think a hotel can lack ALL of those things and charge $200/night.

On the positive, I found the bed and pillow very comfortable. But again, with all the floor stains, dripping faucet, sleeping was difficult.

Oh - and there was no conditioner in the bathroom. There was a lovely shampoo and moisturizer but I totally need conditioner. Again, $200 - give a girl conditioner so she's not trying to comb her hair for 2 hours. It was just lacking in Hotel services.

For $80/night, I would give this hotel 5 stars.

Room Tip: No idea. Maybe a different hotel?
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Nah - I'm only kidding. A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO BOONVILLE HOTEL! We have stayed at lodgings near or above dining rooms and saloons before with mixed results. The rennovation here kept the incredible feel of the 1800's wine-country Roadhouse and added most modern creature comforts. We stayed in Room 8, the smallest of 15 choices - and we might upgrade in the future as it is just a bit too snug for us. But it was impeccably clean and neat and had a balcony (partial view of parking lot-partial view of beautiful grounds!). We wandered their working herb and veggie garden and watched staff pull fresh-as-it-gets stuff together to the evening meal. Although we did not stay for dinner, we will next time! The aromas and the choices were superb! A big GO-GO-GO!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

I spent a weekend here for the Pinot Festival. It was one of the best hotel experiences I ever had. The grounds are beautiful and welcoming. We stayed in the Pump House, a stand alone cottage with a big deck that overlooks the garden. That's where we hung out and drank the locally produced hard cider we got at the hotel bar. The room itself was kind of small, but it was so cool and eclectic, we didn't mind. Metal, wood and glass make the room a piece of art in some ways. The shower experience can not be explained, only that it was the best shower I ever had. If you stay here, you must have dinner here too. It's simply the best and worth every penny. I can't wait to be back!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 14050 Hwy. 128, Boonville, CA 95415
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Boonville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boonville
Price Range: £56 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
– simplicity by design – at the boonville hotel, we have our own ideas about what makes a satisfying getaway. we pare down to the basics, then make those basics anything but. throughout the hotel, we reject clutter for quality, offering a small number of choice options. we have a limited staff so we can compensate them better, making for a higher quality of service. we have a small menu so we can showcase the best ingredients on every plate. this is simplicity by design. our luxuries are the light, the space, the landscape. amenities are thoughtfully selected with an eye on natural materials and ingredients, ecological impact, and the pleasure they provide. while you’re here, we invite you to BE here. the rooms have no tv or phones, and internet service is unpredictable. this is a rural roadhouse, where we put our energy into clean, comfortable beds, fresh, expertly prepared food, and friendly, down to earth staff. ... more   less 

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