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“Great Location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Camellia Inn

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Camellia Inn
Ranked #8 of 15 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Santa Barbara, CA
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266 reviews
179 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
“Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2005

We were lucky enough to be in Northern California for business and took a couple days to go wine tasting. The Camellia Inn is centrally located to various wineries in the Russian River Valley. Which if have not been to the Russian River Valley for wine tasting it is just as beautiful as Sonoma and Napa but a lot less crowded and commerical. Our room was spacious and comfortable. There was some free wine tasting and cheese for all the guests from 5:30pm till 7:00pm. The 2 block walk to the center of Healdsburg for shopping and eating was great. After a wonderful day and evening there was a delicious full breakfast the next morning. The owners of the Inn were very friendly and helpful on how to plan your day. We will definitely stay here again.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Los Angeles, CA
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2004

We planned to stay three nights here but after just one we moved to the Honor Mansion. The B&B itself is nice -- clean, well appointed, with decent food. It is just that when I am paying $220 a night, I do expect to be treated well by the innkeepers. I wanted to go for a swim around 10 am, but there was an automatic vacuum going in the pool, making it unusable. I went inside and asked one of the staffers if it could be turned off and removed. She was polite, and told me that the owner was the only one who knew how to do it -- but he was at the barber and unreachable. She said it shouldn't take too long, so I waited by the pool. After 30 minutes, I went inside again, and this time asked the innkeeper's wife if she could remove the vacuum. I was perfectly polite, but she treated me as if I were an annoying in-law -- not a paying guest. She did not apologize for the inability to use the amenity, did not smile, was not gracious, and told me, in a rude tone, "Look, there's nothing I can do. All I can say is swim around it." This was impossible as the vacuum had a long cord that covered much of the pool. I felt like I had asked her to repaint my room fuschia just for my stay, or requested an extra bed for my pet elephant. It made me so uncomfortable that we checked out. This B&B is fine if you don't "inconvenience" the innkeepers. As a comparison, the Honor Mansion also had an automatic vacuum, but removed it five minutes after my request to use the pool.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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275 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 652 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2004

We stayed here in April of 2003 and I am embarrassed that I forgot to submit a review given the wonderful stay and service we received. We stayed in a queen room on the second level with a private entrance and a small private porch overlooking the pool. The property is lovely- many varieties of Camellias in full bloom, plus the other fragrant spring flowers perfuming the air of charming Healdsburg. The property is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. I also got a great workout by heading east from the property and running up the nearby mountain- a great route for runners. (Thank you folks at Wilson Winery for the suggestion. ) Ray, the proprieter here, is a wine wiz, makes award-winning varieties which he shares with guests in the afternoon. We spent way too much here! We had to have a few bottles- his were some of the best we tried in Sonoma. Also, they were helpful suggesting fun wineries, great restaurants and things to see. They knew our tastes and went out of their way to suggest the right places. Breakfast was delicious, served at a large banquet table with linens, china and silver. We met some nice folks and shared travel stories- one of the reasons my husband and I love B&Bs. This one is a jewel!

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Palo Alto, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2004

Camellia Inn is one of the very few infant-friendly B&Bs in Healdsburg, CA. Most other B&Bs limit occupancy to 2 people per room and do not welcome kids unless you rent a cottage. There is more to Camellia Inn of course. I liked its central location to the Plaza, about three blocks away, on a quiet residential street. It's got a swimming pool and parking in the back.Our room, #1 or Royalty, was fairly large and furnished with antiques with windows facing the front rose yard. We did not use A/C or heater but they were there.I enjoyed meeting other guests over complimentary wine and cheese in the evening. We did not make it to breakfast but I've heard that it's great.We received a nice discount for Sunday night reservation without even asking for it. Ray, the owner, and Trish, the night manager, have been super nice and very helpful with dinner reservations and other local tips. We were even showed the menu of the restaurants!The only reason why I did not give Carmelia Inn five stars is that I did not care much for the room decor, too English/French country/Victorian, but that's the trend in Healdsburg.The website does not do the place justice.

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Additional Information about Camellia Inn

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. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Camellia Hotel Healdsburg

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