The Benbow Inn is truly a fantastic 1920's hotel in every respect except dining.
The problem is with the evening meal service. A server brought our appetizers to an adjoining table to a couple just finishing their dessert in a rather uncrowded dining room. She also mistakenly brought a cocktail to our table after we started on a bottle of wine. Uncalled for irritation.
We ordered the $45 entree of rack of lamb, which was undercooked, as were the carrots. The starch was barley, which to my mind, is a fairly unimaginative, bland choice.For the amount of money we paid for the meal, we expect a much better result. (They do however have an excellent wine list.)
Too bad this otherwise wonderful experience could be tarnished by culinary incompetence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 1926. 55 Recently renovated rooms. On the National Register of Historic Places. Member of Historic Hotels of America. A beautiful country inn with fine dining serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining available in the summer. Next to Benbow KOA featuring golf, gas-powered carts and putting green. Located on the Eel River in the heart of the redwoods near the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. Benbow Historic Inn is your California Redwood Retreat. Amenities include daily complimentary tea & scones, free lobby newspapers & WiFi, in room sherry & coffee, complimentary bicycles, seasonal pool & Jacuzzi, splash park, sport court, playground, meeting space, wedding venue, hiking & biking trails abound. A must see at the Benbow Exit 636 off US Highway 101. 199 Miles north of San Francisco in Southern Humboldt County. Numerous music and art festivals during summer months. Up to two (2) pets are allowed in our pet designated rooms, pending availability. The Benbow Historic Inn charges a $30 pet fee per visit. Those planning to bring furry companions MUST speak with a Front Desk Agent prior to making a reservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Benbow Inn