I am a real estate agent in Manhattan Beach etc. and I have a new ranch listing in Raymond. Decided to spend two nights in the area and chose this hotel since I grew up in France. Truly reminded me of small elegant hotels throughout the south of France. The service was superb. When we pulled up to entry we were greeted by staff who took us directly to our room (bags were delivered within two minutes). We were offered and we accepted cold glasses of fresh made lemonade, two glasses of lovely chardonay and out of this world chicken salad finger sandwiches.
Our room was #5 Chamomile which is upstairs facing the garden. No TV. Wood burning fireplace. Small balcony. Very comfy bed. When we went downstairs for breakfast the next morning, the room was serviced by the time we returned (an hour later). Only two negatives; tissue box was kept under the sink. Once we found it we put it on top of sink. When room was cleaned next day, it was put under sink again. I like have tissues handy. Only other issue which my husband complained about (and it is my mission to make my husband happy) was the bathtub. It is a combination shower/bathtub and it requires a certain agility and very very long legs to get in and out without performing certain acrobatics.
As it is a small hotel with only 10 rooms, the staff are all very very attentive. Thank you to all.
If a bear of a man sneaks up on you, it is most probably Paul Ruffino, the Director of the property. Very gracious and helpful. If you need anything, he is the man.
We had dinner both nights in hotel restaurant. You cannot go wrong here. The detail in presentation of the different courses to the timing of each serivng was spot on. Samuel Aguilar the Wine Director was very helpful and informative in the wines.
As we were leaving the restaurant the first night, my wonderful husband made a comment to Samuel that while we were visiting due to business circumstances, he missed his families Passove Sedar back in Hermosa Beach. By the time we got back to our room (5 minute walk, about 10 p.m.) our phone rang. Who could be calling? We didn't tell our kids where we were going. It was Kim, one of the hotel staff to inform us that the chef, Gunnar Thompson would like to make us a special Passover meal the next night. My husband told her that he would think about it. The next morning during breakfast, one of the staff asked if he had decided. My husband didn't want to be too demanding so he suggested matzah ball soup. And that nights dinner included two bowls of matzah ball soup. Not exactly like grandma used to make but very good. To both of us this was really over the top. Very sweet and mucho appreciated. Samuel even pored a surprisingly good Kosher cabernet.
Our dogs. Did I fail to mention our puppies? When my husband called to make the reservation, he asked about the dog policy and was told that while they do allow dogs, maximum weight allowed is 11 pounds. It is a small property after all. The problem as my husband explained, is that our two puppies (Bouvier de Flanders), Luna and Argus, each have paws that weigh more than 11 lbs. Suffice to say he somehow convinced them that while they may be very big dogs, they have the personalities of friendly cats (which they would of course like to eat) and our puppies were invited to be with us. Wherever we go our puppies are always welcomed and they quickly become friends with everyone they come in contact with. No exception here.
Thank you hotel staff for making our visit so extra-ordinary. We will be back.
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