I booked this place purely on the positive reviews and decided not to stay at the ritz in Half moon bay (which was my first choice).
The first thing is it rained the entire time we were there. I know its not the fault of the elk cove inn and spa. So this is not reflected in my review. But its hard to hike or explore the beach with heavy rains the entire day.
We stayed in surfsong. The room was nice and had a good view of the ocean. Couple things I didnt care for though was the seating couch in front of the window was very musty smelling. My wife was spraying some body spray she brought onto it about every hour. The window outlooking the ocean did not have glass but some sort of plexiglass which was scratched in areas.
Obvious someone has brought their cats to the place before because my wife is very allergic to dander and when we were in the place she couldnt breathe. We would go out to dinner and she could breathe again. Once we got back to the surfsong room, within 5 minutes her sinuses were stuffed. So convientely they have an air ionizer/fan probably for this reason. It SORT of did the trick on clearing the air up but it had a horrible high pitch buzzing to it. Very annoying noise which blocked the sound of the ocean. So do you want clean air and buzzing or ocean sound.
Another little thing is that they need to put a screen in the side window. We left it open so we could hear the sound of the ocean but since there was no screen we were having bugs fly into the room.
Funny thing happened the last night. In the middle of the night we awoke about 2am to a loud squeeling noise outside coming from some animal followed by a horrible, HORRIBLE skunk smell drifting into the room. I quickly got up and shut the window but it was kind of too late. Our room was stinky. Made it hard to fall back asleep. The next morning when we went to breakfast as soon as we stepped outside the skunk smell was gone from outside. But after breakfast when we stepped back into our room we could smell the skunk. So we opened the window to air out the room. And yes I know this has nothing to do with the elk cove inn and spa. Just funny story I thought I would share.
The breakfast is average. Nothing to praise but its ok. Make sure you like corned beef and biscuits and gravy.
We didnt eat dinner there.
Our 2 day stay was relaxing. I read a whole book but I think most of the places along this part of the coast would be relaxing. I personally wouldnt recommend staying here. Room and especially bathroom are very old. (mold growing under the plastic of the faucet in the sink of the bathroom).
And I know this highly contradicts all the other readers comments. Maybe its just the surfsong room. There are others that they offer. all are unique. Next time I go to Mendocino coast I might try the Heritage House up the street. It looked nice or just stay in Mendocino itself as we ended up driving there both nights for dinner. (about 30 minute drive, very windy road, especially at coming back @ 10pm after a bottle of wine)
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