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Hill House Inn
Ranked #15 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
San Mateo, Ca
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Location! Location!”
Reviewed 5 May 2008

The front desk receptionist very very nice and very helpful in recommending a vegetarian restaurant for my husband. The manager, Jamie Buckner, inn director, was friendly and bent over backwards to assist the guests. The location is ideal and the Inn is quite quaint. The gardens are beautiful.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — restaurant food choices--not enough for vegetarians/vegans
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank 44aries
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Reviewed 1 May 2008

The hotel was beautiful! Wonderful views, luxurous rooms and very well cleaned! The gentleman Levi at the front was great, helped me quite a bit! I loved the quietness and enjoyed walking around outside the hotel!!! When I had an issue with booking Levi took care of it wonderfully! I will definatly book again!!!

  • Liked — friendly staff
  • Disliked — weather
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank wccheermom3
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California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2008

We stayed in Mendocino last weekend to attend an art show in town and a friend referred us to The Hill House Inn. It was great. Pet friendly rooms for a small charge and lovely surroundings. Front desk person, Sabryyah, was very friendly and helpful. Room was nicely decorated and comfortable.

Stayed April 2008
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Thank HappyTravelersx2
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California
1 review
Reviewed 13 April 2008

On one particularly hot day in april, we decided to run up the coast to mendocino. When we got there we asked the people in town where a good place to stay was that would accept our dog too. We were directed to the Hill House Inn, just up the street from where all the locals play in Mendocino.
Upon arriving at the Inn, Sabryyah was there at the front desk to invite us in. She was very helpful and pleasant and set us up with a room on the spot, even though we did not have reservations.
The room was had a quaint feel to it, with attractive furniture. The beds were pretty good and we settled in for a nice night.
We woke refreshed the next morning and grabbed a quick bagel in the the breakfast room.
Overall, we had a good time and the quality of the room was good and the cost was an excellent value.

  • Liked — The accepted pets
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank rolanddrilsmal
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East Bay Area
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2008

My boyfriend booked a room at The Hill House Inn for my birthday on March 29th, 2008. The room decor was tacky and I felt like I was drowning in all shades of blue. There was a wall fire place that turned on with a switch. The toilet reminded me of an R.V. toilet (horrible flush). No refridgeration what so ever. The slider door to seperate the toilet from the vanity sink was hard to open and close. The bed was so bad you can feel the springs in the mattress and the worst thing of all was the ROCK HARD pillows. I felt like I was sleeping on a boulder. One thing that was nice was the view of the ocean (all though far away) but it was a clear day and blues skies....THANK GOD! Would I stay here again...NO

  • Liked — our view
  • Disliked — the bed and pillows
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank missdian
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Los Angeles, CA USA
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2008

We pulled into their parking lot late in the evening. It was dark and all we could see was their well-lit and very welcoming sign out front. And, a welcome sight it was. We were warmly greeted by a cheerful Mary Jo at the front desk and efficiently checked-in. She also recommended the Mendocino Hotel at the bottom of the hill for a evening drink and a bite to eat. It was a perfect recommendation. By the time we returned, we were ready to call it a day and comfortably turned in. The rooms are well appointed with comfortable beds, adequate lighting and in-room coffee maker in a cozy decor. The rooms are easily accessible and only a short walk from both the parking area as well as the main building, where a lounge and breakfast room are located. But the real gem of the area is the access to the coastline. The next morning, a brisk walk along the cliffs by the ocean was an envigorating and spectacular way to start our day - the view is magnificent...don't miss it. This darling little hideaway of a town was the backdrop for the well-known TV show, "Murder She Wrote" lending the scenery for Cabot Cove. We found the townspeople very amiable and accommodating and hated to leave. Don't miss their well-stocked general market...it has everything you'd need and a pleasure at which to shop! Our one night stay was just a tease and we vowed we'd come back.

  • Liked — The entire scene...hotel, people, town, atmosphere and the coastline
  • Disliked — Bathrooms are small!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank pabrams52
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Columbia, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2008

After reading the other reviews of travelers that stayed at the Hill House Inn, I'm not sure we stayed at the same place. I selected the Hill House Inn after reviewing the Inn's web site and reading Tripadvisor reviews. The website describes the Inn as "A Country Inn on the Ocean ... More than a Bed and Breakfast in Historic Mendocino California" and shows two beautiful oceanfront photo vistas. Foolishly perhaps, I assumed that the Inn was there atop or close to the Ocean cliffs in the photos, and so I reserved the Deluxe Ocean View Room.
Surprise #1: The Inn is NOT on (or even near) the ocean. It is about one mile away from the ocean. You won't be walking out of the Inn to the ocean; if you do, expect a long walk. You can see the ocean from the Inn, but it isn't easy. I took photos of the view from my so-called Deluxe Ocean View Room. Trees blocked the view directly out to the ocean; Trees and clutter blocked most of the ocean view to the south; and a blue house-type structure blocked most of the ocean view to the north. A garden view room would have been much less expensive, with a good view of adjacent Highway 1.
Surprise #2: The Inn is NOT more than a Bed and Breakfast; it isn't even a B&B! When we entered the breakfast room, what we found was (a) coffee, tea and orange juice; (b) a bowl of pretty pathetic green apples and oranges; and a bowl of cellophane-wrapped bagels next to a toaster. That's it!
While other guests looked around in disbelief, we decided to go into town for a real breakfast. The next morning, I checked to see if the breakfast assortment had improved (it hadn't); and apparently the other guests came to the same judgement, because the breakfast room was empty.
Otherwise, our room was acceptable, but not exceptional one way or the other. It had a nice fireplace. The bathroom door was a hard-to-open sliding door. Internet access was available only in the lobby; not very convenient if you need to plug your laptop into an outlet. You can make free local and long distance calls from the telephone in the room; however, you cannot connect your laptop to the telephone or telephone line (if you have a telephone-based internet provider).
And finally, the carpeting outside our room (an outdoor entrance) was covered with black mold and also moss! Given the other problems with this Inn, that didn't even make it to the top of the list.
So my advice is: If you want good ocean view lodging, choose the nearby Little River Inn (I wish I knew it was so close to Mendocino before I chose the Hill House), or in Mendocino the Sea Rock Inn or Agate Cove.
But consider yourself forewarned, DON'T stay at the Hill House Inn.

  • Liked — Fireplace
  • Disliked — Misrepresentation of Inn's location on ocean, and that it had a restaurant or is a B&B.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank ColumbiaTrekkers
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Property: Hill House Inn
Address: 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hill House Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hill House Inn is a premier hotel located in the historic village of Mendocino, California, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The Inn is situated in lush Victorian gardens, open fields with native vegetation, towering rustic redwood water towers and magnificent cypress trees. ... more   less 
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