Definitely not the place for a romantic getaway.
My fiancee wanted to surprise me with a last-minutre trip to beautiful Mendocino before flying back home from SFO.
She googled various upscale B&B's in Mendocino and of course MacCallum House is broadly advertised.
We happened to arrive a tad late on Monday evening (7:20pm) and were told that we need to hurry for dinner (reservations for 7:30pm) because they stop taking orders at 8pm!! Ok, it was Monday, but 8pm ?? And why aren't we told at the time of booking ?
We still wanted to freshen up first after a long drive up from San Jose. So we asked for the room and were pointed up the stairs to a seperate area for check-in. Why 2 desks for restaurant & hotel ?
After we received the keys for Room #7 (the tiny tiny cottage) we attempted to figure out how to turn on the light (it was pretty dark). Where you expect a light switch, there was only a switch to turn on the fridge. The only lights are the bedside lamps. You'll have to stumble passed the narrow space around the Queen bed to get to it in the dark. That's if you're not put off by the musty smells (probably from mold in the ancient carpet) and the fact that the bathroom is around the back in a seperate even tinier building (think small garden shed), along a path in immediate view of the dining guests in the main house.
So we switched rooms, to #10. A bit bigger (and way more $$$) and it has a hot tub. Same musty smell, clammy sheets with stains, dust & sticky surfaces everywhere, but the patio next to the hottub was the biggest put off. An empty bottle of beer next to a pack of cigarettes, matches and other rubbish! Does anybody clean here at all ? The hottub was full of leaves and had an overly strong chemical smell. Probably to kill off bacteria that the guests from a recent review on here contracted hives from.
Overall, a very UNCLEAN experience. Stained old wash basin, warped toilet seat (wood not clean plastic), various flies & a few spiders in the room rounded off a very unwelcoming experience.
We were too tired to find another room that night, especially since we had to hurry to dinner first. The food was alright, but not the 3-star claims they would have you believe.
The staff is very young and obviously not experienced. Never did we see the Inn Keepers, or they didn't identify themselves.
The best experience was the fact that they acknowledged our dissatisfaction and returned our money for the 1 night stay (originally we had booked it for 2 nights).
Maybe the renovated rooms the other reviewers on here are referring to are better, but we never waited to find out. The 2 rooms we tried wouldn't be worth $50 a night, let alone the $245 that #10 lists at.
Those thinking of just dining there, do note that the Menu lists $6 for a serving of olive oil & bread. Free in most places I know. The gouging doesn't stop there. The cheaper ($7) Pinot Noir was out, but the $11 Pinot Noir was terrible and probably even cheaper in brand. The Halibut is ok, but more homestyle than fine dining. Therefore, the $29 price tag isn't justified in my view.
If you're looking for a carefree, pampered romantic experience... stay away. There are other places in town. Best to try some of the lesser advertised places a little bit outside the main downtown area.
From previous stays I can recommend Brewery Gulch Inn and Sea Rock Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a classic Victorian boutique hotel located in the heart of Mendocino. Situated on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds the MacCallum House has a full service fine dining restaurant, casual cafe, and bar on site. We offer wedding and group services as well. Our accommodations feature a number of standard amenities including concierge services, 24 hour desk help. Our rooms have many luxury touches such as Shikai bath products,mini bars,gourmet in room coffee, robes, fireplaces, hot tubs, DVD players, Ipod docking stations, phones, and ocean views. We also provide free Wifi property wide so you can stay in touch with the rest of the world. As part of our collection of rooms we also have two vacation homes that are fully equipped and great for families. In addition our Suites property has large rooms complete with ocean views, jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, and large plasma televisions. Come discover why the MacCallum House is the most comfortable place to stay in Mendocino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maccallum House Hotel Mendocino