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Whale Watch Inn by the Sea
Ranked #2 of 7 Gualala B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2013

Yes, it's up the coast- at least an hour after you get to Bodega. I happen to have a sports car, so while my wife held on we "played" a bit and had some fun. We all need to get away from the computer emails, the TV set, and the daily errands once in a while, and this place was perfect. The staff was superb, and took VERY GOOD care of us from start to finish. The rooms in the main house sit 15 feet from the cliff, and we left the door and window open at night and slept to the sounds of the surf. Breakfast both mornings was excellent and filling, and delivered to the room within 30 seconds of the requested time. We climbed a spiral staircase to get to our private jacuzzi that has its own set of windows looking out over the ocean (called the Bath Suite). The room was clean, the water hot, the towels and robes soft, the bed quite comfortable, and we started a fire both nights. We would recommend Cove Azul for dinner, about 6-7 minutes down the road. If the ocean calls to you and rejuvenates you as it does us, then don't miss this place.

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Having read about it for years, and driving by it for decades, we finally decided to to give the Whale Watch Inn a try. Wow! It's now my new favorite for accomodations on the Northern California coast.
Just past the town of, and with a view of, Anchor Bay, we spent the night in the Cliffside Room. Check-in was a breeze and included a welcoming glass of wine and a property tour. The "office" was like entering a calming, aromatherapy, spa and the low-playing music added to the ambience. Our room was on one the side of a communal area that was available for our use. With board games, a small library, a circular fireplace ready to light and a western wall of windows overlooking the sea, it added so much more to our experience. This is also the room where your complimentary breakfast is served. Breakfast...mmmm. As a Valentine's Day surprise, we were served fruit crepes, granola with fruit in yogurt, heart-shaped scones along with juice and coffe and - ta da! - a split of brut. How nice is that?!
This has just jumped to the top of my places to stay list. It's going to be hard to beat.

Room Tip: Don't expect cell coverage, or television or telephones - you won't get and, if you relax, y...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Swan Room this trip. It is a beautiful, quiet, peaceful room. The breakfasts were awesome!! If you are looking for someplace to get to get away from it all, this is your place!

Room Tip: The Swan room is a large, quiet room. The downside is it is further away from the ocean and nearer t...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Where do I begin? Its started with the reservation, I asked for a room and told them we had a 70lb dog. They thought the room i requested was to small for a large dog and offered an upgrade for the same price. When we arrived the late night innkeeper was more than helpful with getting us checked in and a glass of wine in hand before even showing us our room. Got to our room and the fire place was loaded and ready to light. Next morning great breakfast was served to our room. Left for the day to shop and hike and came back to cheese, crackers, salami and wine. What more can you ask for, you are treated like royalty. Great experience.

Room Tip: Anything on the second floor has better view or the largest rooms.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

This is a great little inn to get away from it all. Getting there is a bit of a challenge, but once there, it is quiet and peaceful. There are no TV's or clocks at the hotel, and cell phone coverage is a bit spotty. There is wi-fi that is usually pretty good. Surprisingly, it is just a short drive to the Alexander Valley and a number of award winning wineries. The people in the hotel are very friendly and a very nice breakfast is included. The "Silver Mist" is an especially good room. There was a hot tub in our room.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

We stayed in the Showcase Suite. A great room, with fireplace and a view you will not believe. I don't think you could find a better view for Northern California's rugged coastline. The coast here is majestic, with towering cliffs and big rocks in crashing surf. This room has two decks. It was very private with a view worthy of the name of the room. Breakfasts were very satisfying. The coffee is not what it could be - I like a heartier darker coffee than they brew. Room was very clean. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who has not been there. Very cordial and gracious service, and pet friendly. There is a beach available at the bottom of the cliff, down a staircase.

Room Tip: Showcase was large and had a great view, with wood burning fireplace. Right off the lobby, but priv...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

We stayed in the Crystal Sea room for one night, and the ambience, service, and accommodations were well worth every penny. Tracy greeted us with a glass of red wine upon arrival, toured us through the property (showing us several of the unoccupied rooms for future stays), and answered all of our questions. We were very happy with the location and privacy of our room (in a separate building with one suite below), the quality of the towels and bath robes, the warmth of the fireplace and carpeting, and the overall decor of the room (no flowery patterns). The breakfast consisted of a frittata, fruit, juice and coffee/tea and was delicious. Although 3 other rooms were rented that evening, we didn't see a soul as we walked the beach and sat on the patio overlooking the ocean to watch the sunset. The landscaping is top notch and the grounds are well kept. We will definitely return to this beautiful place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 35100 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-9589
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Gualala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Gualala
Price Range: £167 - £174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Whale Watch Inn by the Sea 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have a motto here at the Whale Watch Inn and it is to provide you with "World Class service in a World Class setting." With 18 beautifully decorated guest rooms each with a dynamic view of the ocean, our rooms also all include a private deck and wood burning fireplace/furnace. Also included with your stay is a full breakfast, either delivered right to your room or buffet style in the Whale Room. We are committed to making your stay an out of this world experience by accommodating your needs, and paying attention to the details. We hope you will join us soon. The ocean is waiting! ... more   less 
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