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“Nice location and vintage ambience”

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Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mendocino
Reviewed 19 October 2013

On a month long drive-about on the West Coast, we rolled into Mendocino after dark without any advance planning. As a small coastal town with no street lights I had to resort to a google map search on my phone to locate a hotel and that's how I found this place. Mendocino has 24 B&B's and 1 or 2 hotels, therefore Mendocino Hotel's rating as the #1 hotel is achieved with little or no competition in its category. As a seasoned traveler, I appreciated the old vintage look and feel of the place from reception to the antique furnishings of the room. The room was smallish -- which is authentic to the period the hotel was built. I was grateful to get a room at night without a reservation and the woman at the front desk was welcoming. The hotel is well placed on the town's main street and near to a beautiful ocean cliff walk. If only the hotel room rates were lower I would find it a better value and be more inclined to give it a more enthusiastic review. The next morning we had breakfast in the adjoining restaurant -- my feeling was the menu was rather uninspired and our waitress was a bit rough around the edges. Improvement in the restaurant would serve to better complement the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We arrived in Mendocino as part of our honeymoon and were looking for a place to stay. We were fortunate to stop at this Victorian Hotel. We had a beautiful room with a deck and wonderful views of the ocean! Walking distance to the cliffs. The staff were all very nice and the restaurant had good food. Our waiter the first night, Daniel, took great care of us! Many thanks to the front desk staff for taking such great care of us honeymooners!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thomas K, General Manager at Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2013

Our staff is always excited to greet newlyweds, it is so up building to have the privilege to serve these couples on their most important and memorable occasions. Their joy is our joy and we encourage everyone to come to the coast and make some of their own wonderful memories.

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

The hotel was old but not charming. It was musty smelling and the staff was not helpful at all. The an at the desk acted as if he did not want to be bothered to answer questions. The bed was very uncomfortable. We stayed in 6 different places on this trip and this was the only unpleasant one.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Lee41_10
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Thomas K, General Manager at Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2013

It is unfortunate that this guest did not appreciate the charm of our property. The antiques and furnishings were carefully chosen to reflect a bygone era and the responsibility is ours to ensure that all of our guests can enjoy this ambiance as it was meant to be experienced. Whenever a guest is unhappy with a room type or bed size we are happy to accommodate them when we are able with a complimentary room move or upgrade as we have many room types. Normally we hear reviews about our friendly and helpful staff but be assured that continual improvement in our service is always our goal.

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Reviewed 2 October 2013

A return stay to the historic, Victorian-era Mendocino Hotel, located right across the street from the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Great views from the lobby area, furnished with antiques and all the ambiance of the hotel's historic character. Upstairs rooms in the old hotel are cozy and also decorated to reflect the era. Charming but in need of refurbishing. Quiet, friendly bar area. The best things about staying at the hotel are the wonderful sea views and the convenience - you can walk anywhere in town. (Garden suites on the property behind the hotel are newer and look very nice.) Oh, and there is a protected parking area.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Carol P
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I spent the weekend at the Mendocino Hotel recently, and enjoyed my stay very much. I was taking classes at the Mendocino Art Center and was given a wonderful discount by the hotel. The room was quiet and comfortable. I did not mind hanging out at the bar in the evening to use the Wi Fy . Staff was very friendly and helpful. I would stay here again in a heart beat! The food is wonderful and the location could not be better.

Room Tip: The rooms on the street side get the view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This is a quaint little fun town & the hotel fits perfectly in the midst of everything. Our room was a Victorian with a private bath. Rooms like this are very small but clean & bath was a decent size. Think the price is way too much but guess there aren't many of us who think so because the place was full. My only real complaint was it was too hot. I realize not many northern California lodgings need air-conditioning but this is usually remedied with a ceiling fan or even an upright. Well, don't forget to take your OWN fan, which luckily I brought with me. Loved sitting outside on the 2nd-story roof (right outside our room) with other guests, drinking wine, eating yummy California cheese & enjoying the ocean. Only other drawback was no screen on window. Not afraid of bugs, just a burglar maybe??? Husband didn't want to leave window open, so break out that fan. Thought the interior of hotel was neat. Very nice, complimentary breakfast next morning.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

My wife and I have had many enjoyable stays at the Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites. We always stay in one of the handicap accessible Garden Suites and every time has been a pleasure. We have never had any problems with accessibility in the rooms or throughout the hotel. They have a great bar and café/restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. For finer dining, they have a excellent dining room in the hotel, with a menu to match.
The staff has always been courteous and helpful during our stay. The location of the hotel could not be better because everything in the downtown is just a short walk away. I look forward to staying there again someday when my wife and I are back in Mendocino.

Room Tip: The upgrade to the Garden Suites are well worth it.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mendocino
Price Range: £69 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Constructed in 1878 and restored in 1975, The Mendocino Hotel Ocean & Garden Suites offers deluxe accommodations: luxurious, romantic, garden suites and cottages situated on two acres of botanical gardens with fireplaces, Italian marble vanities, private balconies and spectacular ocean or garden views. Enjoy antiques, fine art, down comforters, stained glass and Oriental carpets, 24/7 front desk concierge and two award-winning restaurants. ZAGATSURVEY reports “Victorian delights abound at this charming, period Mendocino Hotel restaurant with a California menu that’s right on the mark and sets the scene for locals as the "in place" and well worth the price." ... more   less 
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