This was our third trip to St. Orres. Every cabin is different and we have stayed in a different one each time. Each cabin has its own charms and issues. The bed was very comfortable, the breakfast is not exciting, but is adequate and you can have it while still in your bathrobe. The cabins are a sufficient distance apart for privacy. The grounds are extensive, heavily wooded and pleasant to walk through. Our cabin this time, Rose Cottage, has an ocean view and a view of the main building. The shower/tub would not do for anyone who is short and not too agile. (Fortunately I go to Pilates regularly.) Also, my husband had to turn the valve on at the top of the shower as the regular valve needs to be replaced, so they are relying on the other valve to shut the water down to a slow drip. The most memorable feature of the cottage is the octagonal window high up over the bed. It looks out into the woods and frames the trees on the hill behind.
Our cabin the previous time was smaller, less expensive, with a view of the woods and noise from the spa machinery. We enjoyed our stay but will not chose any of the cabins near the spa building again.
It was an easy walk down to the restaurant, but I couldn't recommend eating there, though we always do. Our first dinner at the restaurant, back in its glory days, was fabulous. Other diners would stop and turn to look as your food was served because it was so special. Now they have very amateur staff (our waitress was wearing strong perfume, obviously pushing the wine, and seemed more used to dealing with children than adults) who try really hard. The food comes from the kitchen looking attractive, but not tasting like it looks. My scallops were as gritty as could be. But the room is spectacular, and I recommend going there while it is still light to enjoy the stained glass and the great height of the ceiling.
If you want to stay someplace with privacy, beautiful grounds, unique and unusual cabins and proximity to exceptionally beautiful coast line, this is the place. It won't remind you of a motel. We will be back.
- Also Known As:
- St. Orres Hotel Gualala