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St. Orres
Ranked #4 of 7 Gualala B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

My husband and I our first magical B&B vacation flying into the airport above this hotel, then hiking down to it. We decided it was the right place for our wedding -- a very small event. You can rent a house with additional rooms, so everyone can be together, if you like. And the restaurant is a perfect place to end the day - the food is always awesome.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Denise K
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

My wife and I stayed one night in the Sea Pines cabin. $155 per night, includes breakfast for two. The toilet, however, didn't operate properly. It took a really long time for the toilet to refill the tank and bowl. When it finally did refill, the water kept running in the tank. I had to turn the main valve on and off, and check the water level, every time the toilet was utilized. I did not bring this problem to the front desk, immediatey, as we just had a long drive to Gualala and had unloaded our car. I figured I'd just deal with it. Moreover, you have to drive to the cabin's location, which is an 1/8 mile down the highway from the front desk. The next morning, I tried to turn on the shower. The shower didn't work. A slight trickle of water came out of the spout. The front desk apologized and refunded all the charges for our stay.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cal1990
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

My first time to St Orres last month for a mid week getaway. Very friendly staff gave us a better cottage than we had reserved - they were most accommodating in every way. We had a great meal that night in the restaurant and a lovely warm basket breakfast delivered the next morning. I loved it. Initially I hadn't wanted to drive so far from SF for just one night but it was so relaxing it felt like a very stretched period of time.

Room Tip: Ask the person who answers the phone. They were very helpful.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Sutrogirl
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

My husband and I have been visiting St. Orre's since the year 2000. Normally, we have had a nice time, although lately some of the cottages have been looking weathered and tired.

For our 11th anniversary, my parents gave us a gift certificate to and we were thrilled. We planned a weekend for 2 nights in the coveted Black Chanterelle at $350 per night. We also made dinner reservations. Unfortunately, 2 days before our trip, our whole family (we have 2 small children) came down with strep throat. We called to explain the situation and could even provide doctors' notes, but they informed us that we could NOT reschedule and would have to forfeit our gift certificate and pay the $700 + tax. I find that business practice deplorable, especially because we are regular visitors and have spent a lot of money there.

We were supposed to be up there today. Instead, we sent my parents, although they are furious too and didn't want to go based on principle. But it made us all sick to think that we would have to pay all that money for an empty (or rebooked!) room. We will never visit St. Orre's again and plan on sharing their business policies with as many travelers as possible. BEWARE WHEN MAKING RESERVATIONS.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank Norty520
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

A coworker of mine recommended St. Orres when I told him I needed to get out of the city. Would never have found this otherwise. It was a wonderful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city. We came over labor day weekend and it wasn't too crowded. Everyone was very relaxed and chilled. We saw only 1 other couple our whole time there, but we knew there were more people because we saw smoke coming out of some of the chimney's by us.

We had deer come visit us one evening - that was awesome.

Also getting the breakfast delivered to your door every morning - OMG the best ever. I do wish there was a little more food in the box, but it was still very yummy and a wonderful touch.

The house we got was more towards the front that had a Jacuzzi which we enjoyed frequently - especially under the stars.

About 1/2 mile down is a quiet beach - just bring bug spray - I got bit like crazy by sand files but before realizing that - it was a wonderful way to have a beachfront sunset pretty much to ourselves.

The St. Orres restaurant is very good - but $$$$ - we ate there only once and spent the rest of the time either eating in by cooking in the kitchen or going down to the little restaurant down the way from the resort which was very good and not as expensive.

Would definitely return - note that the road getting here is quite windy so if you get car sick easily - keep that in mind. It's great if you have a BMW though...until you get stuck behind a camper :)

Pets are allowed which was an added bonus for us. Also they'll wash your dishes for you - which is another nice touch. The only slight negative was the road is pretty close to the house that we were in - so you will get car road noise. Next time we will probably get one of the houses further back and sacrifice the Jacuzzi - maybe...the Jacuzzi was pretty sweet.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We have returned to Saint Orres twenty-five years later of our first visit. We went there very worried about what we will find there after reading several negative reviews but only once we had made the reservation. Very probably, we will have changed our mind if we have read the reviews before. Fortunately we didn’t. We stay at the cottage Sea Pines and our only doubt now is if the information we have applies only to this cabin although nothing made us think that it was exceptional.
To begin with, the place was clean, or not as dirty as we expected. And cleaner those other places we have been in the Mendocino and Sonoma Coasts. That is to say, windows glasses were not completely transparent or some spider webs were visible. And some windows were broken or cannot be opened. But we have found the same in other places along the Coast. And in Saint Orres filth was not present in the bedcover, cushions or in the racks. All the places where we have seen it in well-known hotels in the area like the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Of course, ironing is unknown in the area but at least bed pillows smell fully clean.
We find also a minifridge in the cabin. And a coffee maker with filters, regular coffee and decaf (not instant coffee). The coffee was not very good, the coffee maker didn’t have automatic switch off and the fridge froze some fruits. But none of the two is mentioned in the website and both were very useful for us. The first to store food and wines. The second to wait for the breakfast which is served when they want. There was also a radio alarm which CD player working properly.
Of course not everything was perfect. We miss a warmest welcome upon arrival and not just “How can I help you?” and breakfast time delivery to the cabin (in a closed wood’s box as always) was too late for us (between half past eight and nine o’clock) when we had daylight since 6:00. The breakfast offer is quite limited, all the days the same, and has small relation with a low calories diet. On the other hand, the waiting time can be quite stressing depending of your hunger. In our case, we bought some cookies in Gualala and made some coffee before breakfast. On the other hand, all the appliances mentioned worked but they are all old enough to think in changing them (including the coffee jars). Also the cottage lacks a body mirror which is today very frequent in hotels & motels around the world. Heating was acceptable but with only one machine in the seating room, in the early morning it was chilly in the bath. Of course, given the philosophy of Saint Orres no internet was available. And no cell phone signal either in the area, although a public-phone was near the cabin.
However, our mains criticisms about the place are other two. The most important was an annoying machine (we were unable to identify where was located) working intermittently every half of the hour all night, and all the nights, around. And the second, the lack of any light in the cottage area in sharp contrast with the one of the main building. Just for security reason the car way should have some lights just in case the guest come back late.
But besides all that, included the noise or the excessive fiction about the place in the room booklet, we enjoy the stay. The calmness of Saint Orres (when the machine was off) is incomparable, at least during the weekdays when we were there. We were completely delighted there, listening the sound of silence, where the ocean winds are not as strong as near the beaches.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about St. Orres

Address: 36601 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-8583
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Gualala
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Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Gualala
Price Range: £45 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
St. Orres Hotel Gualala

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