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Mendocino Campground
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21 reviews
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“Secluded and close to Mendo.”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

For $35 a night it was great! We had a Groupon for a buy one get one. Two nights.
The place was empty. Hot showers not so clean, Bathrooms were clean though. I'm camping, not staying at the Hyatt.
For a privately run place it was good. The manager only came by one time and she was very laid back and didn't ask a bunch of questions about our big sweet Rottweiler, which is so often the case when we camp.

They had a microwave, toaster oven, and a coffee pot to use too. If my grill would've crapped out, the wife and I could have easily walked to Mendo to get snacks and supplies.

There is a central camping area and a group area. We found a nice sheltered site away from these. #38. Not sure how many sites are like this. Got to make a big ol' fire and play our music, drink, eat, and just be left alone! Perfect!

Gave 'very good' rating only because there was some clean-up that needs to happen and when we first arrived we weren't too sure that we hadn't rolled into a refurbished squatters site.

I hope thy keep improving this campground and can discourage those who don't have the pack in pack out mentality.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Fell in love with the area and the campground. Everything is so green and beautiful! Plus, it's so close to the water... Love that ocean breeze! The village of Mendocino is so close and is such a nice, quiet little town. When at the campground, I felt like it was always a quick trip to anywhere you want to go. Can't wait to go back!

Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

We just got back from a three day camping trip to Mendocino. We reserved the campsite at the last minute and were told it was their slow time so there would be room.

Boy was there. We were the only people there. We never even saw a manager until the day were were leaving.

The campground is ok. Some sites are nice. Some not so nice. There is only one bathroom for the entire campground. There were five adults and one toddler in our party so they put us in a group site when we made reservations. The site was $35 per night. Plus an extra $20 a night for an extra vehicle. Plus they only permit TWO adults per site. Any more and you'll pay an extra $5 per person per night. It ended up costing us $70 a night. For camping!

There is no electrical hookup, and no water available except near the bathroom. For $70 I'd expect full hookup. They had locked the two showers on the mens side of the restroom, and made the two showers by the womens restroom the only showers available for men and women. They were not clean. They are free. It seemed as though some of the local critters were aware of this as the showers became busy after dark when there was no one else camping.I'd imagine if the camp was full the two showers would be hard to get to use.

The bathrooms were clean and there are outlets to charge your phone, or dry your hair.

Personally, I would stay at Van Damme State park which is down the road. Its also $35 a night, but you only get charged $8 for an extra vehicle and there isn't a charge for more than two people.

My husband and I were disappointed because we stayed here 10 years ago and it was much better maintained then. It also wasn't as expensive. It took me two days to even remember it really was the same place we'd been before.

We checked at Van Damme and found it was full for the weekend so I suspect that the prices keep many away.

If I were to go again I'd stay in site #22 and leave my friends behind so we only had one car and two adults. And only if Van Damme was full.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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MendoCampgr, Manager at Mendocino Campground, responded to this review, 25 July 2013
Hi,

To let you know we are now under new management. We just re-opened and would love for you to come check out the new and improved Mendocino Campground. Very friendly and professional staff, no vehicle fees, great service, well maintained campsites, military tent cabins, and more!

Thank You,

Mendocino Campground Staff
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Reviewed 15 September 2008

We reserved a campsite more than a month in advance by phone with a credit card. We arrived as planned, the attendant took our registration, our name was on the board for the site we would be occupying for two nights, and we put out our tablecloth to ensure sure the site appeared taken. Imagine our surprise to return after dark the second night of our stay to find the attendant had put other campers in our site. There was no way to reach the attendant, or the owners, and the campground was full.
We should also mention that there is only one washroom for the entire campground so there were often line-ups for the toilets. The washrooms were dirty, out of towel paper, and basically grungy. For this the cost is $35 for a tent site.
When I checked my credit card, they had charged us for a night when we weren't even in the area.
If the owners could manage their registration info correctly, and if they took the trouble to fix up the washrooms and keep them clean, the campground could be ok, but as it is, go to one of the other campgrounds in the area...but be sure to reserve well in advance.

  • Liked — close to Mendocino
  • Disliked — Attendant put someone else in our campsite despite our reservation and in-person registration
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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MendoCampgr, Manager at Mendocino Campground, responded to this review, 25 July 2013
Hi,

Sorry to hear about your past aggravation. We just re-opened under new management. We take reservations and make sure to treat our customers with quality service meaning if you reserve a specific campsite for a period of time ITS YOURS! Please come check us out as we have fully cleaned and reshaped this beautiful property into what it once was.

Thank You,

Mendocino Campground Staff
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Additional Information about Mendocino Campground

Property: Mendocino Campground
Address: 9601 N Highway 1, Mendocino, CA 95460-9500
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The New Mendocino Campground. A luxury camping experience in the coastal woods of Mendocino. Enjoy all the romance of camping without the hassle of tent wrangling and gear. We are redefining the camping experience with roomy tents, comfy beds, crisp white linens and down comforters. The site is an easy walk to the historic town of Mendocino and beach at Big River. Make reservations now for our very first season. Are 2016 Season opens July 25 and runs through Labor Day. ... more   less 
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Mendocino Campground Hotel Mendocino

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