Okay, so I've stayed here 3 times in 3 years now and it's been consistently outstanding. And I wrote a review last year but felt I should write again because every experience is different. Glendeven is simply a complete package of excellence in my opinion. John is not only a wonderful owner but a wonderful man, a pleasure to talk to. It's got to be all his doing that this place does such a fantastic job - the staff he hires are great, too, but he's the one doing the hiring I'm sure. There are so many little things that are great touches, and any one of them doesn't seem like that big a deal but when you add them all up, it's just a great experience.
We loved the room - this time we stayed in the Garrett instead of the Bayview, to save a little money, and you can ask me directly if you want detailed pros and cons but we were very happy with this room and still got the Glendeven experience in it. Loved the shower, the bed was very comfortable, the selection of bath products was great, you could open the windows a little if you wanted to get some air in (imagine that, it was actually not that cold in October!), and it still had a great view out the little windows.
Now all the other things are also great, and there's still more we haven't done yet. The wine bar(n) is a lot of fun. They have a terrific selection of local wines, and you have the option of going with the complimentary pour or choosing one you pay for, at what I thought was a very reasonable price and just such a nice selection, well thought out. I mean, you can't get this selection at a lot of restaurants nearby. The llamas and chickens are a lot of fun to be with, and the resident cat, Roxy. And John walks his two dogs who are beautiful and you can tell he loves them and is dedicated to them.
Don't forget the delicious breakfast brought to your room every morning. I took pictures of the food, it was both beautiful and delicious. And the treats they have out are delicious (baked goods, usually out in the afternoon). They offer coffee around 7:45 AM I think you can go get your own before they serve you the breakfast. And it's out and available all day - and decaf, too!
And it's clean, and comfortable, housekeeping did a great job of knowing when you're out of the room.
Staff recommendations are great, too. Took them up on the suggestion to eat at Little River Inn in the bar area for a great sunset and it was one of the best sunsets I've EVER seen, and the bar was fun and the food was great and so was the service.
And there's so much to do in this area.
I could go on and on but seriously give me one reason not to stay here and I'll challenge you. And we've stayed in other places in the area and regret not having found Glendeven sooner but just love the experience they create. You really can't go wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'One of the 10 best inns in America'. This stylish inn with its blend of fine antiques and contemporary art, offers wood burning fireplaces, ocean views, full in-room gourmet breakfasts, private baths, secluded patios & decks, featherbeds, plush robes, a wine and hors deouvres hour, and free-Wi-Fi. Glendeven is a Select Registry inn built on a serene eight-acre farmstead around an 1867 country estate situated on a headland meadow with grazing llamas, just minutes south of historic Mendocino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glendeven Hotel Little River