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Camellia Inn
Ranked #8 of 15 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Pleasanton, California, United States
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32 reviews
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“Can't Wait To Go Back!”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

I don't generally frequent B&Bs, but I really loved this place. Our room (Caprice) was nicely appointed, and included a whirlpool tub (which was great after days of walking!). The iPad was a nice touch, even though we had our own. The inn is within walking distance to the main plaza of shops, restaurants and tasting rooms. Lucy, the innkeeper, does a fantastic job of assisting you while also giving you space. I enjoyed both breakfasts very much: eggs with a variety of toppings, vegetable frittata, smoothies, scones, plus the usual fare of cereals, yogurt, granola, etc. There were gluten free choices and I got the sense that they could accommodate a variety of dietary needs. We also enjoyed wine & cheese in the parlor, and cookies in the afternoon. Lucy booked a restaurant reservation for us, and gave us winery suggestions (along with a map and passes for tastings at a host of wineries). The bed was quite comfortable and the night quiet. The main house is really neat, full of old treasures to look at. We enjoyed chatting with a couple from back east during one visit. Unfortunately weather is out of the innkeeper's control and it rained during our entire 3 days in Healdsburg. I loved the inn and the area so much that I can't wait to return under sunnier conditions.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

THis is a very well run b and b. Our room was a bit small but fine. eveyrthing was comfortable.
it is an old house so it has alot of charm but the room and bathroom are small. No biggie--just what you woudl expect in a b and b like this. Great internet connection. in fact, each room had an ipad loaded with info on the area. great place to walk every where. we never moved the car. they set out a nice happy hour with wine and snacks by the pool whihc is nice. we were alson given a wine pass which saved us money--ALOT!!! it got us in to most of the wineries with no charge. we walked to a place to rent bikes and biked around which was great. breakfast could have been better. lots of good tea and coffe and the bread was wonderful. The casseroles were average and they both had meat in them --so they really need to have 2 options and one with no meat. maybe a cheese plate or pastry woudl be nice also. it was more like breakfast at grandmas--ok but not great. overall i would recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We travel extensively and always stay in B and B's, which I research before reserving. The inn sounded delightful, with good reviews of the rooms, owner and breakfasts. As a result, I hesitate to write a negative review, but our experience was less than positive. We were very disappointed in our accommodations at the Roost, so much so that my husband actually took his suitcase and left during the night! The Roost is across the street from the main house and appears to have been created in the extension of a porch area. We knew the room would be small, but the photos on the website look charming and we liked the idea of having a private porch and entrance. Yes, the room is small, as was to be expected. But, it was not charming and did not contain the cute / quaint/ delightful touches that we typically find in B & B's. The room was very stark. There were no pictures on the walls, knick-knacks etc on the ledges along the ceilings (typically containing plants, pictures, knick knacks). It was impossible to unpack and feel settled in. There was a portable clothing rack (a metal bar on 2 metal posts) that contained 2 hangers. Worthless with 2 hangers. There were no shelves mounted on the wall, table top etc. on which to even unpack clothing and lay them. Since there were no closets, dressers or end tables, at least have more hangers or a shelf mounted on the wall! There was no clock in the room. Our cell phone batteries were out and needed charged, so we had no way of knowing the time. I commented "well, at least it is clean" but there was certainly nothing charming or special. The porch was nice and but again, there were no special touches....no flowers or plants or pottery...there were 2 small candle holders but the candles were burnt and nonexistent. Since this room is a "porch room", the large wall and end wall are all windows. It grew warm and stuffy in the room since it was a warm sunny day. That evening, we discovered that the window air conditioner did not work. It only blew air through the fan and the "cool setting" never produced any AC. Had we known, we would have left windows open, but it was too late when we discovered this and the room was uncomfortable. The owner met us when we arrived but gave us no information about the area. She said "I will give you some other information later". She did tell us there were beverages at the pool (I can't remember if she said lemonade or ice tea) and that she would be bringing "other things out in an hour". She also told us the time for breakfast. In our room, my husband and I wondered if the "other things" meant wine and cheese. We decided it did not sound like it, so we ended up going uptown instead (we were staying at several B & B's this trip and I couldn't remember from their websites who had "happy hour"). We left the next morning and did not have breakfast. There was nothing quaint, charming or romantic about this experience and the Roost was very disappointing.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Lucy is very friendly and helpful, and a great innkeeper. She kindly upgraded us to a lovely room as we were on honeymoon. She also gave us some excellent recommendations for a local winery and restaurant, and good directions to both. There was an ipad in the room which was a nice touch. Very comfortable room. Many thanks, Lucy, for a lovely stay!

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Vancouver, BC
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

A charming, early California house, beautifully restored. Close to main street. Gourmet cook and charming hostess. Cookies in the afternoon and wine with cheese in early evening a nice touch. Loved the pool. The B&B seems to attract interesting guests. Couldn't ask for more. We stayed in the budget room and although small, it was comfortable. Lovely bedding and antiques.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Found this little gem at the last minute but so glad we did. Loved the downtown area. They had an art exhibit on the square the day we were there. Shops were fun, enjoyed the coffee shop on the square, all one block from the inn. Good restaurants and a movie theater all a block away. The room was very nice, comfy bed, walls a little thin as we heard the one next to us snoring at 5am. Wine tasting by the pool was fun. Lucy was great hostess and informative on surrounding area. Breakfast was very good, enjoyed chatting with others there. We definitely would go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Lucy was wonderful. She gave us great advice on where to go and what to do in the area based on our tastes. Just about every winery in the Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys gave us a discount on wine or at least free tasting because we were staying with Lucy. That's a great perk considering minimum taste fees are typically $10. The location of Camellia Inn couldn't be any better. The little town of Healdsburg is awesome! And the breakfast was great! We would definitely love to return someday!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Camellia Inn
Address: 211 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4251
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by more than 50 varieties of its signature camellias, the inn blends an authentic vintage environment with modern luxury amenities. Our professional staff works to think of everything you might need during your stay. The inn is located just steps from the historic Healdsburg Plaza, affording guests the opportunity to easily explore on foot the many specialty shops, antique stores, wine tasting rooms and trendy Zagat-rated restaurants. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO BOOK DIRECTLY ... more   less 
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