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“Avoid this place at all costs!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Clarion Hotel By Humboldt Bay

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Clarion Hotel By Humboldt Bay
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Eureka
Salina, Kansas
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65 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Avoid this place at all costs!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

Sadly, there are no Marriott or Hilton brand hotels in Eureka. That leaves you with Choice Hotel brands which tend to be lower end. Now, I have stayed at Quality Inns and found them suitable. Not great, but suitable. So, when my wife and I flew to Eureka to help step mother pack and move to Kansas, I used my pile of Choice Hotel points to offset the cost. I picked the Clarion since it is at the top of the Choice Hotel stable of offerings. My thoughts:

1. Lobby was fine. In fact it was very nice. Employees were very nice and helpful
2. The place is right on the very noisy 101 and getting in and out of the smallish parking lot was a challenge
3. Many/most of the rooms have doors that open to the outside.
4. The building exterior was dirty. There appeared to have a pile of old cigarette butts dumped on the icky exterior carpet and they stayed there most of the week. The extort carpeting was disgusting.
5. The rooms are extremely worn and dated. Carpeting was dirty and smelly. Our room smelled like someone had relieved themselves on the carpet in the bathroom area.
6. The room was marginally OK if you didn't spend much time in it.
7. Tiny refrigator
8. Breakfast was OK and typical of Choice Hotel offerings

Basically, the place is really, really dated and in great need of update and deep cleaning. We were there at the start of the school year and was packed. I would commend staying somewhere else.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento
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125 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Room was clean, beds comfortable. Towels were scarce, breakfast was not good, seemed old and a little rundown. More like a bargain motel than a Clarion Hotel. Free wireless was so slow I sued my own mobile hotspot. Really if it were in a better part of town i think i would have rated it better. Other than the Target there was no where to walk to, i was expecting a quaint downtown location and what I got was the industrial part of town.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Red Bluff, California, United States
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

We stay at this hotel for a total of two weeks every year. The staff is very friendly and actually know us by name when we walk in. There are two sections, the newer and the older. The beds are very comfortable, and all needs are quickly attended to. Nice breakfast, and light dinner available (mostly salad and soup). There is a very low employee turn over, which says a lot to me. All the king size beds are on the Hwy 101 side, so can be a bit noisy if you leave your window open.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oregon
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

The outside, the lobby, the breakfast room, all look lovely - and to be fair, they may have some nice rooms - however, if you decide to try this hotel, look at the room before deciding. Look also at the adjacent buildings and the area. I spent the night at this hotel and let me assure you this was the very worst room I have ever stayed in.

After driving 6 hours with a very active 6 year old in the car, we needed to be done for the day. When we got to the room it looked dingy and poor surrounds but figured we could air out the room, give it a good spray of Lysol, turn on the air conditioner and we'd be ok. Once unpacked, I discovered the A/C on high cool didn't get the room as cool as the 60 degrees outside. So tried to open the window - didn't open. Emptied a half large can of Lysol in the room and it still smelled so bad we could barely breathe. (I was told at check in this was the last room with a King Bed - which we needed). Turned on the bathroom fan hoping to circulate some air - and went to dinner. It was no better when we got back but were so exhausted we decided to tough it out. Later noticed dirt a quarter inch thick on the drapes; the cream colored sheers were brown. And the kicker, the child found previous tenants trash on the floor.

To their credit, the mattress was comfortable, the free breakfast looked ok - though we didn't eat. We just wanted to be GONE from this place!

When I told the desk clerk at checkout how bad the room was and that we'd found garbage on the floor - she said well you should have let the front desk know and we'd have come picked it up. {Really? How about a vacuum?}

The clerk at check in was pleasant and efficient and friendly.

Room Tip: On the advise of a comment on Trip Advisor, I requested a room away from the road. After being ther...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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297 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Pros: The beds were comfortable, the shower was decent. It had continental breakfast with a wafflemaker. Wireless. The service was very friendly and accommodating, letting us move rooms when our A/C unit didn't work.

Cons: There was a lack of electrical outlets. The A/C in our original room didn't work and that room's toilet kept running. The doors' card key locks didn't lock on the rooms, but we were told it was due to the recent rain. The deadbolt kept it locked, however.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

The hotel is actually closer to Arcata. We drove around looking for the best deal and the Clarion was the most accommodating and flexible. The rooms were clean. The carpets are all dark and the ceilings low, giving it a very dated and dirty look, but the place is actually quite clean. Comfortable stay and sleep. Very quiet. The best breakfast on our road trip. Warm, hard boiled eggs with the shell on!!! Not like the bag of already shelled, cold eggs at the Marriott chain of hotels. Danishs, bread, butter. We ate soooo much. The staff was very friendly and hospitable. Our family probably provided them with weeks of conversation as they smiled and nodded at us constantly. We were on a road trip and often I felt like the hunter and gatherer as I foraged for food. The kids couldn't get enough of the breakfast. Changed my perception of Clarions since the only other one I stayed at was in Bentonville, Arkansas. We'll be back to this one. We'd recommend it above the Best Westerns in the area.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Middletown, CA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

We stayed overnight in Eureka in March. The room was clean, comfortable and quiet. The free dinner of vegetarian soup and salad was a real blessing, as it not only saved us money, but we were tired and didn't have to go out to find food. Hot breakfast was nice too.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Clarion Hotel By Humboldt Bay
Address: 2223 4th St, Eureka, CA 95501-0820 (Formerly Clarion Eureka)
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Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Eureka
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Eureka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Hotel By Humboldt Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a smaller Clarion Hotel on the North Coast of California. We have a warm friendly staff with a very homey atmosphere. ... more   less 
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