My husband and I had the good fortune to stay 2 nights at this historic resort just when it reopened in September. What a memorable experience!
Right away we felt genuinely welcomed by the staff (Dwayne, Jessica and Keith) at the front desk. They gave us huge smiles and seemed truly excited with our arrival. Even the hotel general manager Denis warmly introduced himself.
We had fun when Keith drove us in their golf cart down to our "Carousel" room
to show us around its functional aspects. As we walked on the short path to the deck entrance, I breathed in the fresh clean ocean air, saw the mature native plants and young colorful plants by our deck, all framing the beautiful ocean, coastal rocks, and the resort's gazebo. We stepped into the all new modern interior of our sunlit room - to see full views of the ocean from both the bedroom and living areas. We could hear the muted crash of waves on the rocks below the property's bluff - it was like entering an exquisite beautiful new world. (Time to stop reading and call for a reservation?)
Three elements of the room we especially liked: (1) the Duxiana bed - the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in. (2) The pretty slate tile bathroom and a shower with a big overhead "rainfall" showerhead (farewell to aches and pains). (3) The spectacular coastal views, enhanced by the harmonious neutral colors and serene clean lines of the interior decor.
It was easy to become mesmerized by the picturesque setting: the movement and sounds of rolling waves, the water striking the many rock formations. Binoculars, robes and slippers are some of the amenities which helped you soak it all up.
When we were ready to re-engage with the world, the staff helped by being personable, capable and gracious. They responded promptly and reasonably to our minor requests.
Though they were never idle, each of them would take a few moments to convey their passion for this historic property and their good fortune to work here. Since the resort just opened, one sensed their "startup" spirit - the excitement and optimism of a team of people embarking on something worthwhile and enduring.
The 5200 Restaurant was very impressive too. In the evening we savored the culinary creations of French Chef Fabrice Dubuc - with local ingredients (even the coffee), organic vegetables, scrumptious local-caught salmon, and delicious sauces that enhanced the taste without overpowering the key ingredients. Generous portions and competitive prices! The complimentary breakfast included eggs, bacon, fruit and sweet rolls (extras too). The service director Laine was attentive and skilled; he helped tremendously to make our dining experience relaxing and happy.
We had planned this as a one time lucky adventure; but as we reluctantly checked out, I thought we had to come again, this time of year would be nice....what did I just hear myself say: same time next year????
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Few destinations embody their surroundings as wonderfully as The Heritage House Resort. One of the most luxurious hotels in Northern California, and one of the rare properties located directly on the Mendocino coast, our unspoiled 37-acre sanctuary is a cliffside haven where the extraordinary happens every day. For nearly a century and a half, guests have come to our sheltered cove to encounter a setting so private, with views so dramatic and an ambiance so enchanting that mind and body achieve complete harmony. Following a meticulous five-year renovation, The Heritage House has re-emerged as the perfect blend of romantic seaside charm and contemporary sophistication. This is, quite simply, the Jewel of the Coast. We welcome you to slip away from the busy, everyday world and disappear into ours. From beautifully remodeled rooms with gas fireplaces, private oceanview decks and handcrafted Duxiana beds to locally sourced, farm-to-fork cuisine at 5200 Restaurant & Lounge, nothing stands between you and an unparalleled Pacific Coast ... more less
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