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“Wonderful Room with Functional Kitchen and Harbor View”
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Harbor Lite Lodge
Ranked #13 of 23 Hotels in Fort Bragg
Menlo Park, California, United States
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“Wonderful Room with Functional Kitchen and Harbor View”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We took our friends to visit Mendocino village and the coastal redwood over Labor Day weekend. We booked Harbor Lite Lodge last minute for 2 nights and are very pleased with the room. The IKEA kitchenette is equipped with pots and pan, mugs and glasses, flatwares, an induction stove, coffee brewer, toaster oven, a good size fridge. The bath is roomy and the balcony offers a nice view of the fishing boats in and out of the harbor.

The only minor complaint is that our room is close to route 1/bridge but with the window shut, we can hardly hear a thing. There is a tower fan with air ionizer in the room. Wi-fi and HD tv were great.

The room also comes with breakfast (oatmeal, cereal, waffle, toasted breads, danish, fruits...) and is close to Fort Bragg main hub. You will find Safeway, CVS within walking distance.

Overall I think this facility is an updated cabin style in a motel setting. Our friends were impressed with the weekend get-away and we are happy that we are able to find a room here!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the harbor side, if you have the option.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Fresno, California
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Although this is an older property, the housekeeping staff kept my room spotless. The fixtures actually shone. The maintenance spent his days keeping up the plants in the court yard area and sweeping the parking lot (I kid you not). The breakfast is ordinary but convenient. We enjoyed walking down to the harbor and to the ocean.

The staff struggles with the computer system. I know this because the wi fi did not reach my room in the back so I spent some time each day in the lobby reading my email and daily paper (online subscription). Multiple members of our group had reservation errors although everything was sorted out eventually.

Room Tip: rooms toward the back and away from ote 1 are quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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JSH120, Owner at Harbor Lite Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Remember from my last owner response, Wifi upgrade complete on August 2nd. Now 4 separate radios (were just 2.5 previously) with high-gain directional antenna. Tested and working from each of the previously problematic areas.
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We had stayed at the Harbor Lite Lodge before and really liked it. But this last trip had us cancelling our second night. It just wasn't the same.

First, things got off on the wrong foot when we showed up and the price quoted to us over the phone was wrong. We needed to pay more each night. Since we were there and had a good experience before, we decided to stay.

But things continued to go downhill. Our harbor view was essentially a trailer park below, but that really didn't matter. What did matter was the incessant creaking of the floor above. It was like a herd of elephants were on safari. Plus the average door apparently needed to be slammed, not gently closed.

It was then when you started to notice the little stuff, like the light switch to the bathroom is on the outside, but not within reach from the inside. So a late-night bathroom trip meant illuminating the entire room. The bathroom door also didn't close well, so that was noisy. But probably the biggest bathroom complaint was there wasn't a hair dryer in the room. It didn't bother me, but my wife was highly annoyed as she didn't pack one because I told her all motels have them nowadays.

Also, like others have mentioned, the Wi-Fi connections stink. Although there were a few throughout the motel area, none managed to connect for more than a minute or two. I have a Nexus 7 and it never has problems locking in. But it did here.

So the next morning we just left and went to the Surf Motel and Gardens where we had a nice experience.

One thing that will doom families is that the motel has a policy of not booking families with kids on the top floor. In theory, it is a good policy as you don't want a bunch of kids jumping up and down above you. But since the floors moan and creak with just adults walking around, even quiet families are stuck in a noisy room if the above floor is booked.

It's sad to say, but there are better choices in town.

Room Tip: Pick an upstairs room as the floors are noisy. If you have kids, you will be booked in a downstairs...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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JSH120, Owner at Harbor Lite Lodge, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
We should have a fix on the wifi within a week (by 7-29-2013). We have one radio serving almost 70% of the total rooms and it's over capacity since people now bring multiple devices, rather than a single laptop (which has a stronger radio than a cell phone or tablet). We appreciate the changing use of technology and wireless devices.

If any guest feels like their rate is incorrect, they should let the office know and we'll explain or remedy the situation very quickly. In general, our rates do not change on a nightly basis so there must have been an error we would be happy to correct. Unfortunately, our children downstairs policy isn't perfect for everyone.

The other concerns are valid and unfortunately, not correctable. The light switches have always been on the outside of the bathroom door and yes, our building does creek... it's 40 years old this year and all wood construction.

The Surf Motel and Gardens is a good property if you're worried about building noise as they are a one story facility in a U shape, which is also easier to provide Wifi, although they do not have private balconies and views of Noyo Harbor. Our property definitely doesn't suit everybody, but we wish to accommodate everybody as best we can if they bring their concerns to our attention before departure.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

this is an older motel with rooms facing a parking lot but a good value in a pricey area. We were here to attend the Mendocino music festival and did not want to pay Mendocino prices. We requested a room facing Noyo,harbour with a great view of all the fishing boats coming and going. It is fairly quiet but is close to a bridge and some traffic. Very close to harbor restaurants and many places to eat in Ft. Bragg. We shopped at a nearby Safeway and sat on the balcony with wine and cheese and enjoyed the view. Beds were comfortable and the room was clean. There is a modified breakfast with sweet rolls, hot oatmeal, fruit, cereal, etc. With a very good rate I recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

I enjoyed my stay at the Harbor Lite Lodge. The staff was friendly and can tell you great places to eat. They also will gladly tell you about the history of the town and great places to take pictures. They serve a good breakfast too.

The group I was traveling with stayed at other similarly price hotels and were not as satisfied as I was with the Harbor Lite Lodge.

Room Tip: If you're traveling with someone special get a room with a view. Since I was alone I chose a le...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Very clean rooms with great amenities. We had one over looking the marina with a nice view.
The only complaint was wifi did not reach our room so we enjoyed the view instead.
Coffee and light b-fast included in the AM.

Room Tip: Choose the ones overlooking the marina.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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JSH120, Owner at Harbor Lite Lodge, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
We are making an effort improve our Wifi coverage. Could you please send me what room number you were in so we can get better information on how to improve it. Thank you.
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Penn Valley, California
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My mom and I had the opportunity to spend the fourth of July here and really enjoyed the view of the harbor, the fishing boats and the quiet.

The only drawback was having to contend with a group of Model A enthusiasts who consistently took over the common areas and were pretty much drunk all the time.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Harbor Lite Lodge
Address: 120 N Harbor Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5524
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 23 Hotels in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Harbor Lite Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
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