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Little River Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Little River
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2014

I've stayed here a few times in the past few years, and the rooms are getting nicer and better equipped with each visit. The views: impeccable. The reception is delightful and bend over backwards to ensure a fun and enjoyable experience. They even offer a small wing dining room where you can dine with your pet; as they are quite pet friendly. The dining room is small and a bit cluttered, but they make due, and it's all together gorgeous the way it's submerged in a garden setting. However, sadly the chef has a terrible temper, and it rubs off on the staff. For example I was in the restaurant one evening and I could here the echoes of him chewing out a staff member, then she emerged from the kitchen holding back tears. Unacceptable! I did some digging with the locals and found out he is quite notorious for his booming temper and isn't pleasant to work under. I hope he reads this and reconsiders his work ethic. It starts at the top then trickles down. The only reason my rating is shy a star is because of the clear need for a more friendly management in the back of the house. That being said the dining room manager is always kind and sets the mood for a lovely dinner. A lot of the great staff that were there a year or so ago have left. Possibly due to the head chef's tyranny. What happened to that cute and courteous bell boy, and the English sweetheart? Still there is no lack of friendly pleasant staff. Some of whom have been working there many years. It's very pleasant to see the staff is friendly not just with the guest, but also each other. All in all A beautiful, historical coastal location with an attentive caring staff; lest the chef.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

There are a lot of great places to stay in the Mendocino/Fort Bragg (Albion River Inn) that do not have squeaky floor, stained carpets and bed speads for $200.00!!!!! We had been in Bodega Bay the night before and stayed @ the "Bodega Bay Lodge" for less money which was very nice and had expected a similar experience here but was very diappointed.

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2  Thank Victor W
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

My last visit to the Little River in was ten years ago - I was elated that the charm of the place had not changed. Room was perfect - with the mist amazing view. You might think that you would hear noise from HWY 1 - but you do not. Hiking in the area is enjoyable - along with the botanical gardens. Perfect place to recover from a horrible Midwest winter.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank carolyn l
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We had a beautifully comfortable, and decorated cottage.. Van Damme Units.
I loved just being there looking out to the ocean and the sea lions...so cute.
It was lovely sitting in the most comfortable rocking chairs, sipping on some yummy wine and soaking in the peace.
If I had known what this place was like I would have stayed much longer.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Great staff,great ocean view,very clean rooms. Dinner: a total disaster ! I had the Chippino $29 ,it was simply awful.Tiny shrimp,tough overcooked seafood that didn't taste fresh and a sauce swimming in oil/grease,just horrible. Hotel is really nice but spend your food dollars some place else.When I brought up the bad dinner the lady behind the desk said she was sorry but made no attempt to refund my $29 meal price ;perhaps she didn't have the authority. Plenty of very good restaurants in the area or just up the road in Ft Bragg,spend your money where the food is fresh and you are appreciated.

Room Tip: Had room 102 absolutely amazing ocean views.
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2  Thank kiwileeds4444
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

The photos in previous reviews are exactly as posted so I will not go into deep descriptions of rooms, just highlights. My best advice is to stay at the "seaside luxury" cottages if you can afford it. The units are separate from the main lodge and are located down the road about 200 yards away. They are PRIVATE and include your own spa. I stayed in Coombs cottage (probably the most pricey unit), which is a separate unit onto itself and offers the ultimate in privacy. The room was well kept and comfortable with a fireplace but the bathroom needed updating. Tile counters are out of fashion, solid surfaces are in! It was clean though. Our bathroom functioned as needed: lots of hot water and good water pressure. No issues with the layout of bathroom, it just needs to catch up to 2014 standards. The main bedroom was a pleasant seaside décor with beautiful ocean view.

I did get to view the interior of a Van Damme property adjacent to Coombs cottage. Specifically the Margaret Bullard room. The unit had an updated bathroom and a beautiful view and is a corner unit. So you only share one wall with your neighbors. The other units there share two adjacent walls. The furnishings were nicely done. This would be my 2nd choice in rooms or any other seaside units. I hope in the future they update Coombs cottage to match this unit.

If you're looking to save some money on accommodations. Stay at the main lodge. Although like in previous reviews, it can be a hit or miss depending on your standards. When I am on holiday, I am willing to pay more for the extra privacy and luxury.

Without a doubt I will be returning to the Little River Inn!!!!!!! We had great customer service from the reception, spa service, golf, and restaurant etc. Everyone was courteous, friendly, knowledgeable and polite. This service is also reflective of the ENTIRE Mendocino area!

I recorded two aerial videos. One is of the view from the inns cottages and the other the Mendocino Headlands. Go to my "stanmanh1" channel on You tube. There you will find Little River Inn and Mendocino Headlands videos. Sorry for not having a direct link to You Tube. This is not permitted by Trip advisor.

Recommended restaurants:
Café Beaujolais - great French cuisine
Albion River Inn - make reservation and show up early for sunset, very romantic setting overlooking the sea cliff

I hope you like the videos. Send me a message if you need any more questions answered.

Room Tip: If you can splurge. Opt for the "seaside luxury" cottages. To save money go for the main...
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2  Thank Stan N
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We stayed at the Coomb cottage, which is across the street from the inn. If you want privacy, this is it. No children are allowed here. It has a king bed, jacuzzi at the balcony overlooking the ocean, and a fireplace. No shared walls. The ocean view is just unbelievable. Your own private parking. The bathroom is clean, but needs some renovation. The black-out curtains block some of our view because they would not draw back fully. The cottage to the farthest right is newly renovated with even better, unobstructed view, but smaller room with one shared wall. It costs more than the other regular room. It is worth every penny for the privacy. There is a golf course on the premise. My husband loves playing here. He saw a deer prancing across while he played. The people are very easy going and not formal at all. IMO, This is not the best place for children because the ocean is rocky and not so warm. They can kayak, but there is a minimum age restriction. Maria gave the best deep tissue massage if you need one. Michelle at the Spa knows everything about where to eat and what to see. She is so friendly and helpful. She should be the concierge of the hotel. Thanks Michelle. The food at the inn is decent. There will be a separate review for that. There is a deli across the street if you need anything. And a gas station there too.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 7901 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9500
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Little River
Price Range: £141 - £182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Little River Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A classic coastal resort with spectacular ocean views, scrumptious breakfasts and dinners in the garden-view dining room, lighter fare and libations in the popular Ole's Whale Watch Bar, golf course and tennis courts, inspirational meeting facilities, and pampering in the Day Spa. A tradition of family hospitality since 1939 will make you feel welcome. ... more   less 
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