\We stayed for two nights and three days in the West cottage. I almost never give five stars but I do for this place. If you read the older reviews, you’ll hear about an innkeeper, but that was from 2007 - 2009. Now It is run by an excellent vacation rental company, so you pick up your keys in Mendocino.
Having been refurbished around 2006, all of the electrical, plumbing and construction is new. Many places on the coast are older, which means they can be drafty, pipes creak and bang, some with musty smell, etc. None of that here. While modern, they have done an excellent job renovating and furnishing this place in the Edwardian/Craftsman style that befits the architecture and the period when the light station buildings were built.
The cottages are one large room with a queen bed, two chairs, several tables and unit in the corner with a small fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The west cottage is perfectly suited for someone in a wheelchair or with other mobility issues that can’t easily navigate stairs and still perfectly comfortable for folks who can. In fact both cottages and the first floor of both houses have ramps so they are wheelchair accessible.
If you travel with your pet, the West Cottage is pet friendly. Our dog loved the whole place and there was plenty of room for the crate. We brought extra towels to wipe off wet muddy feet and recommend that, as the seacoast is often humid making for wet grass and patches of mud. There are lots of nice trails to hike on leash and in Fort Bragg a few minutes north there is an off-leash dog beach, Noyo, which we loved.
If you look at the pictures you won’t see a traditional heater. This concerned us as we visited in December. The heat is radiant heat that comes up from the floor. We found it to make the room very comfortable, without the drying effects the heaters that blow hot air can have. The building is also well insulated which helps keep it comfortable. It reacts slower to changes but it worked perfectly.
Another reason I give this five stars are the little details that make it worth the price for me. The bedsheets and towels are high quality and wonderfully soft. The room was immaculately clean - the chrome in the bathroom shined, no signs of cobwebs, spiders or dust mites that seem common in other area accommodations. Even the toilet tissue is high quality, not the one-step-removed-from-sandpaper you often find in hotels that are trying to pinch pennies. Just saying.
The only minor criticism I can muster - and I’m stretching here - is that the fridge is slightly noisy (no more than any other mini-fridge). If such minor things bother you, either ear plugs or simply unplugging the fridge if you don’t want to use it solves the problem.
I will also echo the praise for Terry at the rental office in Mendocino. So very helpful and accommodating, just what you want in someone you rent from.
If you looking for an amazing getaway in the Mendocino area, want something less touristy than staying in the town itself, consider rooms at the lighthouse. Stunning location with the property to yourself form 4pm - 11am everyday. A walk around the lighthouse at night with the lens glimmering like a diamond and casting it’s beams through the mist is as wonderful as it sounds. Unique and matchless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay on the Mendocino coast in one of our vacation rental homes. We have two of the original Lightkeepers' houses and two cottages available for overnight stays. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lighthouse Inn At Point Cabrillo Hotel Mendocino