We had previously stayed at the Ocean View Lodge. There are 3 hotels on the North Side of Ft. Bragg right on the 10 mile trail right on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. All three places have great views which is a big part of what you pay for. Ocean View has more powerful whitewater view and noise, but less panoramic. Have not stayed at Surf and Sand (the one in the middle.) Beachcomber is the Southern most of the 3, outstanding panoramic view and better sunset views than Ocean View. Also 5 minute walk to best beach in the area with few people. We went to Beachcomber primarily because same amenities, prices and rooms as Ocean View but Beachcomber takes dogs, Ocean View does not. It was well worth it. If you stay in a dog room, travel everything you need for your dog, even though they give you sheets for the dog if they sleep on the couch or floor, and some treats, be prepared with your own stuff. We never used the hot tub, but loved having the top floor room with staircase off back patio to take dog down to bluff. Our expectation was that this would be our "place when we have the dog with us." We are now going to make it our regular hotel in the area. Rooms are as good as Ocean View, closer to beach and walk down town... we didn't eat breakfast but free coffee, tea, hot chocolate around the clock was nice. Next time we would not pay for hot tub, just didn't use it but it looked nice, Ocean View hot tub is more of a big bath. Shower facilities were fine, had microwave and min-frig. Price of room is worth the walk to the beach. We visit because we love the area, the restaurants and the day trip possibilities.
There are a few negatives to be aware of, but did not affect our decision to return in the future.
Beds- not good. 1. Bed sheets, terrible, they have no elastic on the end so they come un-tucked the moment you move at night and I woke up a couple of times with my face on the mattress. Bed covers were warm though. 2. Also, only one pillow so bring your own if you need them. 3. Didn't stand out to me but the my wife commented that the middle of the bed sagged badly. Ocean view lodge beds were much more comfy.
Walls very thin. You can hear the neighbor's hot tub and since there are no time restrictions, when someone checked in late on our first night they used the tub, plus the tub runs on its own to clean every so often. If you do not want a tub, ask for this and be sure it is a room away from other hot tubs. Also, plan on hearing little kids if they are next door. Adults know how to keep voices down. We read about complaints about traffic and they were valid, affected hearing the ocean during the day, not so bad at night.
To us, all of the negatives are well worth staying. If you don't have a dog, you will find the Ocean View lodge to be great too. A little quieter.
Restaurants of interest- We love North Coast Brewery, Mendo Bistro, Eggheads. The Noyo restaurants are tourist traps but still worth a visit. Le Petite Riv in Little River is very expensive but worth it for special occasions. Try the Bamboo Garden Spa.
Check out Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse, provides for a nice hike, wildlife and the best restored lighthouse complex we have seen. Several vista points between Ft. Bragg and Westport are worth the short drive. No trip to Ft. Bragg is complete without glass beach.
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