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“Need to Get Out of the Room Rental Business”
Review of Blue Heron Inn

Blue Heron Inn
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Blue Heron Inn
Ranked #24 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 September 2007

The Blue Heron Inn is located over the Moosse Cafe, an excellent restaurant. The owners should either change many things or get out of the room rental business and stick to what they do very well, running a fine restaurant.
Cons: No closet - No chair - No phone - No clock
No radio - No TV - No wastebasket in bath
No hairdryer - No shampoo, cream, etc - No curtains
No luggage rack (and no room to put suitcases on floor)
Pro: Clean
We arrived and were told we could not check-in until 4pm though there was no one else there. When we arrived at 4pm the door was locked so we went around through the kitchen door and found one of the cooks who let us come in. The rooms (there are 3) are spartan and very small. The water view was had by leaning out the front window. We were ask if we intended to stay for breakfast and when we said yes, they were less than happy. Since we were the only people staying there and we were having dinner with them, it would have been nice if they had said - "How about we comp dessert tonight and skip breakfast tomorrow". We would have been happy to do that and could have been on our way earlier. We ask if we might get coffee since we were early riser and were told they certainly wouldn't be up at 6:30 or 7am and we could probably get it a couple of blocks away at a cafe. When we went down to dinner there were curtains and curtain rods lying on the stairs which it was difficult to get around. The owner was watching - and after dinner when we went up to our room - they were still laying on the stairs. The next morning we walked to local cafe and had nice cup of coffee. We packed and waited for breakfast. At 9am, with no breakfast and no one around, we packed our car and I left a note suggesting that maybe they needed to rethink being in the room rental business. I thought we might have a reply from Carolyn Moore, the owner, but I do intend to send her a copy of this review.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2007

This place is a bit unusual.... It's really just a restaurant with three rooms upstairs (two of which share a bathroom!). But it's ideally located, comfortably furnished, and the people are nice as can be. If you stay there, try the restaurant for dinner. They will spoil you silly, and the food is divine. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nicoleamber
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Reviewed 27 April 2007

We have stayed at the Blue Heron inn twice and have had great experiences both times. We stayed in the room with a private bathroom the first night and we and another couple we brought there stayed in the rooms with the shared bathroom. The rooms are clean and comfortable with views of the water. The location is great, you can walk all around the the town of mendocino and to the water.
Our favorite part is the Moose cafe. We have eaten lunch and dinner there (breakfast is included in the price of the stay) and the food is always FANTASTIC. Sitting out on the patio in the sun at lunchtime is also great, you can see the water from the deck.
I think for the price you pay, you can't beat the Blue Heron Inn while in Mendocino. It's a perfect getaway.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank premstar
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Reviewed 4 January 2006

We recently stayed at the Blue Heron Inn above the Moose Cafe in the village of Mendocino; we had stayed there a couple of years ago, and did not realize the ownership has changed. The three rooms above the restaurant are really now an afterthought. We were told the second day when asking about refreshing the room that we were supposed to ask for that service. We did and got towels and bed made, but again the 3rd day ....nothing. They had specials in the past including a meal at the restaurant, but we got blank stares from the unfriendly staff when we asked on phone and once we got there....
Would not recommend any longer.

6  Thank Detobias
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Reviewed 24 December 2005

We stayed at the Blue Heron Inn in december 2005 and it was no problem to get the "Sunset Room" for just one night, even from Friday to Saturday. The Sunset Room is really nice, and you have two windows from which you can see the cliff and the ocean. 115US$ in off-season for a room with a shared bathroom may seem much but I guess that's Mendocino, but I'm sure compared to other B&Bs in that little city, you will stay on the cheaper side in the Blue Heron Inn. The bathroom of the Sunset Room is shared only with one other room, so it wasn't a problem to use the bathroom anytime you wanted. The Lonely Planet says the rooms would be spartan. That's true in the sense that they aren't as over furnished (Victorian Style) as many other B&Bs in Mendo, but as posted before, lovers of the european style will really like it here, and the linen are fantastic. The only thing is that there is a restaurant below the guest rooms and you will here the sounds of people talking and eating till 10pm in the evening. So if you like to go to bed early, that may be a problem. Otherwise I think that the Blue Heron Inn is a great choice and, for Mendocino, surely is a best buy! I would certainly come back!

  • Stayed: December 2005
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3  Thank Lars N
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Mill Valley, CA
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Reviewed 27 July 2004

Maybe it was the little red rocking chair in the yellow room that did it, but I felt I could have been in Europe when I walked into the dormer bedroom at the Blue Heron. There were luxurious French linens on the bed and simple furnishings, perfect for the small quarters right in the middle of Mendocino. Under new management who couldn't be more accomodating (as of May, 2004) the inn is blessed to be connected to a restaurant -- The Moosse Cafe -- that's a destination in itself, with fabulous food. This is a warm and friendly hostelry, and a great value.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
Belmont, CA
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Reviewed 16 July 2003

After being told by E-mail that a room was available, I was given the run-around for 48 hours until being told - three days before travel - that rather than have me stay there one night, they're going to refuse the reservation and leave it vacant in hopes that someone will reserve the room for two consecutive nights.

When asked why I can't stay Sunday night, she seemed very unwilling to understand that some people have to *work* on Mondays.

So, at the cost of having to have to cancel my trip to Mendocino for lack of finding other accomodations (other than the highway motel), they'd rather take the risk not letting the room at all for the sake of greed.

Oh, yeah. Then I was asked to 'try them again some time,' half-heartedly. Not likely.

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Address: 390 Kasten Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
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Ranked #24 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range: £67 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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