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“Great hotel, crappy town”
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Carter House Inns
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Eureka
Certificate of Excellence
Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great hotel, crappy town”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I give this place an excellent review because it's really is nice. Our room was in of the detached guest houses. It was gorgeous. There was a huge tub, flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, king bed, and even a keurig (sp). The staff was beyond nice. There was even a large common sitting area in the house that would be perfect for a group who wants to take the whole house and not just a room. Breakfast is included and on top of the basic stuff they offer one hot entree, which was great. You are also given a complimentary glass of wine. (I'm sure it's built into the price). When we went to obtain ours, the bar was too crowded so we left. (That's on us, not on the hotel. We had been on the road for 6 hours and were inpatient due to hunger and fatigue.) We didn't get to have dinner at the restaurant, but if it's anything like the room, I'm sure it's great.

Now, the bad part. Eureka isn't that great. In the town's defense, we had just come from San Fran and were on our way to Portland so we were a bit spoiled seeing some of the coastal towns along the way. Eureka just looked run down. The Old Town was OK, but it was dead! Old Town is walking distance from the Inn. The only place that was busy was Lost Coast Brewery, everything else was dead. There were some shops and restaurants, but it lacked the charm we saw in the pictures. Once again, not related to inn, but worth mentioning if you're planning a trip there.

I share that part to share this part: Carter House was so kind and let us check out early (we planned to stay for two nights) but left after one. We really appreciated that because they could have just as easily told us we would have to honor our reservation and pay for both nights.

Should you find yourself in Eureka, this is definitely the place to stay. It was honestly one of the nicest inns I've ever stayed in. It's too bad we couldn't enjoy the city more.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Carter House Inns describing your recent stay. We appreciate your willingness to share your opinions with others and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Best wishes,
Mark Carter
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Boston, MA
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107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Plus Side:
~Very clean
~Bright and Spacious room
~Great restaurant downstairs.
~The freshly backed, homemade cookies were outstanding. The tea selection rather nice, too.
~Mini Keurig in the room was a lovely plus.
~The a la carte goodies basket placed in the room is convenient if you don't mind the prices. For instance, it included a hiker's guide and glow sticks that some people forget to pack.
~The hot breakfast was memorable. There is a continental spread, which is okay, and frankly they should change the granola mix they use (it breaks the teeth), but whatever they do to those omelets is outstanding. If I had been staying elsewhere, I'd want to pay for that hot breakfast.
~Perfect location...perfectly situated as far as the Historic district, but right next to the Pink House and the Carson Mansion.
~The service is brilliant. Elena was such a delightful concierge.
~The original Carter House, the one featured in the picture above, is not where the guestrooms are. They are in the newer house, rather kitty corner from the historic Carter House. However, you get a key to use that allows for a self tour. I had the house to myself twice, during which time I sat by the open window in the kitchen or the drawing room downstairs and enjoyed the breeze, the view of the harbor and a lovely private conversation. I found it quite a treat to lounge and linger, privately, in the Carter House. It's a major plus.
~Parking is totally convenient.

Negative Side:
~A bit stuffy in the room, but the windows are large and do let it the breeze off the harbor.
~For $375 per night in total price, the carpet should be changed, the headboards touched up with paint and all the windows should open properly, not just some.
~Nice bathroom, but hardly anywhere to put the products. I wish they'd add more shelves, only I don't know where they'd put them. The bathroom was too small.
~The lobby affords no privacy...but, but...check out the Carter House itself. There you'll find the privacy you need other than in the room, itself.
~Not too much traffic, but you hear it clearly when present. However, most everyone just quiets down by sunset.

Room Tip: Higher floors might be less noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Dear Guest,

We appreciate your review of Carter House Inns and wish to thank you for letting others know about your experience here. Most of all, we are pleased that you enjoyed your time here. All of your comments are important to us, and we consider each comment carefully. You will be happy to know that the headboards were ordered new but "distressed" from Pottery Barn and have only been in the room for three months. There are still some additions to the room that haven' t been completed yet, but are happening as we write this.

We wish you the best in all of your travels, have a wonderful summer, and we hope to see you at the Carter House Inns again soon.

Sincerely,
Mark Carter
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the Carter House Inn on our way down the coast. Very warm and cozy place to stay. Lots of extra touches to make your stay even more special. Breakfast was included and was very good. No A/C in the room we stayed in but there was a fan that still made it very comfortable. You really need to stay here.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Dear Guest,

It was nice to have your comments about Carter House Inns on Trip Advisor. Thank you for sending them in and thank you for staying with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Best wishes,
Mark Carter
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Kansas City, Kansas
Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed at the lovely Carter House Inn -for two nights- in room 505. We were warmly greeted by the front desk attendant, who promptly escorted us to our room. I was very pleased that he was able to knowledgeably answer all of my general questions about the hotel's history. A private entry room, 505 had a very clean bathroom, and a spacious walk-in shower fit for two. The room's foyer was complete with very beautiful original art, and a Keurig for a morning cup of coffee. The bedroom was absolutely gorgeous, complete with tasteful antiques and the softest sheets you could ever rest your travel-weary bones on! 505 also has "Front Door" access, which opens up into a beautiful sitting room and a full kitchen. As we were trying to keep food costs down, we really appreciated the refrigerator and microwave!
*Singing more praise... I would also like to tout the hotel's complimentary (hotel guests only) breakfast, completely with fruit, granola, baked yummies (the lemon cake was to die for!) yogurt, coffee, tea, juice, and a chef-prepared hot dish. In the evenings, the hotel offers a complimentary glass of wine to each (legal) hotel guest, as well as tea and cookies, also on the house.
In sum, I would absolutely stay here again, and I would absolutely recommend The Carter House Inns to my family and friends!

Room Tip: *The only negative thing that I could possibly say about 505 is that is is located directly undernea...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Your comments regarding our Carter House Inns are greatly appreciated, and we want to thank you for submitting your review, because we know it takes time out of your busy schedule to do so. We love it when guests enjoy their time here as you did.

Best wishes,
Mark Carter
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed at The Carter House Inns and LOVED it. Their bed sheets were so amazingly soft and the mattress was a dream! We were worried because we sleep on a temperpedic at home but it was such a wonderful nights sleep! Everything was very clean and the staff was very nice too. We missed the wine and cheese snack by the fire but they had hot tea and cookies later in the evening which was wonderful. They are located very close to town; we were able to walk to Lost Coast Brewery from the hotel. The marina was just a ort 5 minute drive away. Everything was perfectly comfortable there. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Dear Guest,

We love your positive review and want to thank you for writing and for expressing your comments for Carter House Inns. It was nice that you got to do so many things and enjoyed our central location while you were here. We look forward to seeing again in the near future and wish you the best in your travels.

Sincerely,
Mark Carter
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Providence, RI USA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

We took a two week trip traveling up and down the Northern California coastline and stayed two nights at Hotel Carter and we can not say enough good things about our stay here. Our room may not have had a view but it was spacious, the bed was extremely comfortable with pleasing modern amenities such as outlets built into the desk, a keurig, a modern well appointed bath with an abundance of fluffy soft towels and superbly hot water. We didn't take advantage of their happy hour or hors d'oevers but their evening cookies were amazing and the complimentary breakfast was fabulous. The service from everyone was great. We will definitely stay here the next time we travel this way!

  • Stayed May 2014
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Dear Guest,

We're delighted that you enjoyed your time at Carter House Inns and thank you for taking the time to write the review you did. We will be looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

Best wishes,
Mark Carter
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

We stayed in Eureka for one night on a drive down the coast. While we weren't able to experience the town of Eureka due to a short stop, we were happy to have a great place to stay on our way down. We stayed in the main building in a "really nice queen" room which was perfect for our one night. Everything was nicely updated and the decor was very charming. We ended up eating at the bar of the restaurant. We intended to get our free glass of wine and then wander downtown but we met Mark, the owner, and had a wonderful time talking with him and were happy we decided to eat there. The food was great!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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reviewer8062, Owner at Carter House Inns, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review of Carter House Inns and Restaurant 301. We appreciate your kind words and praise, and we are happy that you enjoyed our inn and had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again and we wish you happy travels in the future.
Best wishes,
Mark Carter
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Property: Carter House Inns
Address: 301 L St, Eureka, CA 95501-0571
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Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Eureka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Eureka
#2 Romantic Hotel in Eureka
#3 Business Hotel in Eureka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carter House Inns 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern California's premier inn is an enclave of four magnificent Victorians perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town, Eureka. The luxurious accommodations at Carter House Inns and the sumptuous dining at its Restaurant 301 (considered among Northern California's best restaurants) set and indulgent tone for a marvelous visit to the giant redwood forests, rugged Pacific beaches and the other wonders of Northern California's Redwood Coast. ... more   less 
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