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“Great getaway”
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Hill House Inn
Ranked #15 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Cloverdale, California
1 review
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“Great getaway”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

It was peaceful, beatiful and it had a oceanview. The hospitality was great and I can't wait to go again. Being able to staying in Mendocino is so awesome and pleasant. Everyone needs to experience it.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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drchef, General Manager at Hill House Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
We enjoy hearing that our peaceful and beautiful property was just the ticket for a relaxing stay. Mendocino is a wonderful place to experience that "down home" welcoming feeling that the staff members that we hire provide. These are not actors but real caring folks that truly care about our guests.
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San Rafael, California
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Late evening check in on a road trip. The front desk was warm and accommodating. dog friendly rooms were available. It was a quick walk to town were Patterson pub allowed us a late night meal. Not much open late in Mendocino. The room was large and spacious. Pull out couch bed was really uncomfortable, but king bed and pillow perfect. Sits on hill above the town and the morning fog made a lovely morning. Breakfast needed some help, more gluten free choices, and better coffee!,

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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drchef, General Manager at Hill House Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Welcoming road weary guests are our specialty, providing comfortable accommodations is our main concern. We do have some rooms with two double beds if a sofa bed does not fit the bill. True that late night dining is harder to provide and Patterson's is a wonderful place with late hours and we also give all of our guests 15% off dining at our beautiful sister property The Mendocino Hotel. Guests rave about their dining experience there!
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 11 June 2013 via mobile

We visited the Hill House Inn with a Groupon. We were kind of problem guests; we scheduled and canceled and rescheduled our Mendocino trip three or four times. Kudos to the staff for being patient with us. We did not have high expectations when we arrived, so I suppose we did not need much to be satisfied. It's not the Ritz-Carlton, but it's a well-maintained, historic looking building in a good location, an easy walk to the charming town. The guest room furnishings are a little dated, but they're spacious and clean. Best of all, they offer free wi fi (greatly appreciated, as cellular coverage is really spotty up there). The staff were all pleasant, friendly and very accommodating. The continental breakfast was a little bit sparse, but the coffee was quite good and we enjoyed making our own waffles. All in all, we would happily return the next time we visit Mendocino.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 June 2013

Location is great. The hotel is easy access to just about anything. Service is great until 9pm. After that, you are pretty much on your own until the next morning. Good continental breakfast. Room looks old and dated.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We had no idea until we arrived that the TV show "Murder She Wrote" was filmed in the village of Mendocino and that the Hill House Inn (Cabot Cove Inn) was used often in the same show. So much for the "craggy coast of Maine" where Cabot Cove was supposed to be located. The lobby is filled with photos from the series and we enjoyed picking out the stars that were in the show over the years.
The staff at the front desk was familiar with the TV show and very friendly in general about things to do locally. The rooms were quite cozy and the large bed was divine. Very comfortable. We had a garden room which was just fine and less expensive than the ocean view rooms.
The Inn is an older property and nicely appointed. It's not for those who want glitzy modern hotels. It's located just on the edge of the village within easy walking distance of shops the playhouse, and art galleries.
Parking was free and just a short walk from our room.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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drchef, General Manager at Hill House Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Working for a hotel that was featured in a very popular TV series is exciting and we always enjoy the fans of the show "Murder She Wrote" as they discover that this is where it all happened. Photos of co stars in the series festoon the lobby wall and guests pore over those photos guessing the different actor's names. It is really rewarding when an avid fan discovers that they made the reservation for our hotel and did not discover the fact that we were the location for the show until they arrive.
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Since Medocino is such a small town, while this B&B is located on outskirts, easy walk to town. Very clean, rooms are large and light. Has music on Sat nights in bar area which in mornings makes into a nice breakfast room. Great antiques and lovely public areas.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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drchef, General Manager at Hill House Inn, responded to this review, 4 June 2013
Mendocino is indeed a very small village and Hill House guests enjoy being able to walk down to dining and shopping in just a few short minutes. Hill House is one of the few places where you can do a little dancing and have a fine meal and be able to walk back to your room afterwards with the music ending at a decent hour to allow all of our guest a restful night's sleep. We appreciate the guest's comments regarding our facility as we are always striving to make it as beautiful and comfortable as possible for their enjoyment.
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Sheridan, Wyoming
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Checked in to this Inn without a reservation on Memorial Day weekend. They gave us a 40% discount on a room with two beds, and the service was very friendly and accommodating. The outside of the property is beautifully landscaped and the location was great, just a couple blocks from downtown. However, the lobby is completely over stuffed with antique furniture, rooms were very tired, but good sized. It didnt feel clean, beds were marginal. When asking for recommendations for dinner, the very nice lady at the desk would only recommend their own restaurant, or their sister property. While I understand this, it wasn't helpful if you didn't like their menu. It would have been an okay stay, but the price, even after a 40% discount, was exorbitant. For what we paid, I would have expected a room with new linens, carpet, and a clean bathroom.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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drchef, General Manager at Hill House Inn, responded to this review, 4 June 2013
Unfortunately for travelers coming to our area on holiday weekends the pricing in our village may seem higher than some areas, this is attributed to our remote location and limited number of accommodations. We realize that and try when we can to offer discounts to guests when we can. The décor of our hotel reflects a different era and the antiques displayed in our lobby were chosen with great thought by the owner. Many guests enjoy looking at these pieces during their stay and many photographs are taken in our lobby.
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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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