I wanted to surprise my wife with a special 'getaway weekend'. I had heard about this lighthouse and the ability to rent rooms on a cable travel channel and after reading many online reviews thought it sounded like something we would enjoy as a couple.
I booked the 'Keeper's Room' directly through the lighthouse website which was really fast and easy. I chose the Keeper's Room for two reasons. The first is that its the only room you can rent there for just one night. The other available rentals are actual houses and they require a minimum 2 night stay. The second reason was financial. The Keepers room is obviously the smallest so it's also the most affordable. At $129 for one night it was perfect. The other house rentals were around $250 and required a 2 night stay.
Check in is a bit confusing. Just go to the end of the road and check in with the cashier at the museum. It was quite simple and fast but no where on their website or in the information sent via email to confirm your reservation did it say this. So we spun our wheels a bit trying to figure out where to go to get the key.
The room was small but no different from a 1 room hotel rental. It had a queen size bed with a Tempurpedic mattress (yes you read that right) that was very comfortable, private full bathroom, gas fireplace, microwave, mini fridge, DVD player, cable TV, and free wireless wifi that worked flawlesslyi!! The houses that are rented are the houses that the lighthouse staff and their families lived in when the lighthouse was functioning so they are well over 80 years old but to their credit, they don't feel or look that old. The house rentals have full kitchens and wood burning fireplaces. Cell phone reception was horrible if not non-existent.
As paying guests, you have full access to the museum and the lighthouse during business hours at no additional cost. The lighthouse climb is about 90 steps, equivalent of 5 flights of stairs. It wasn't a hard climb at all but it did make us short of breath. The staircase is NARROW but there are landings about every 20 steps for you to rest at or allow the people going the opposite way to pass you. The view from the top was amazing!! We were lucky enough to have clear blue skies and were not disappointed. There was a very nice museum docent (employee) staged at the top of the lighthouse who was there to answer all of the questions of the history of the lighthouse and surrounding area. He had no problem taking a picture of my wife and I while we were up there. The museum located 20 yards form the lighthouse is small but VERY informative and included the history of the roughly 130 year existence of the lighthouse and how it operated back in the day. The original fresnel lense has been moved out of the top of the lighthouse and into the museum. I have never seen a lighthouse lense up close before so this was really cool to be able to see. It is extremely large and actually quite pretty. It was handmade and the craftsmanship is impressive.
Finally, the rental houses are located on quite a large bit of acreage which is closed to the public after business hours but remains open and available to explore around the clock for house guests. A short 100 yard walk takes you to the edge of the cliffs where you can sit on any number of benches and watch the waves crash and the birds fly around. We also saw about 10 harbor seals down below just swimming around.
You wanna hear my one complaint? The keeper's room only had one single window and it DID NOT HAVE A SCREEN ON IT.... Are you kidding me? We wanted to open the window at night and listen to the waves, but bugs kept flying in. VERY DISAPPOINTING! How difficult or costly can it be to install a screen on the only window in the place? The next morning we walked around the other rental houses and 90% of their windows were also missing screens. I think I counted only 3 or 4 windows on all of the houses combined that had a screen on it. Whatever, it wasn't a deal breaker but seems so easy to fix so that people could enjoy the fresh air and the sounds of the ocean.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable stay at an affordable rate and we couldn't have been happier. If you are looking for a quiet relaxing time away or a romantic getaway then you got to give this a try. I know we will be back! And I'm bringing my screen building kit with me.... LOL
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Point Arena Lighthouse accommodations feature four Keeper's homes, one Keeper's apartment & one Keeper's room for your vacation pleasure. Whether you stay one night or one week, your experience here in our vacation rentals and incredible location will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves against the cliffs, or be serenaded by the howling wind as it rushes across the Point. Perhaps you will hear the faint barking of sea lions or the call of a black cormorant or two, your closest neighbors at this remote location. We offer the luxurious Assistant Keeper's House 4 as our showplace cottage. It is a a fully renovated and re-imagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more! Like all of our Assistant Keeper's Houses it includes a a wood burning fireplace (we provide the wood and kindling), full kitchen, satellite television, CD/DVD player, gas fireplace in the master bedroom and the most incredible views along the California coast, as the Point is surrounded by water on three sides. Our other two Assistant Keeper's homes offer more rustic accommodations, but still offer full 3 bedroom, 2 bath houses with fully stocked kitchens, comfortably furnished living and dining rooms, unique art and decorative features, satellite television, CD/DVD player, gas fireplace in the master bedroom and more! These units are also pet friendly, and share the same incredible views that all of our cottages offer. The Head Keeper's House is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath full home with a fully stocked kitchen, dining room, sleeper sofa in the nicely appointed living room and of course the wood burning stove with all the wood and kindling provided, satellite television, CD/DVD player, books, games and more. The Keeper's Apartment is great for a couple looking to have a romantic cottage on the ocean that allows them all the comforts and amenities of home. This cottage has a queen bedroom, living room, dining room and fully stocked kitchen, and bathroom with shower. It is beautifully furnished and offers a gas fireplace in the living room to keep you warm and cozy on those cool coastal nights. Our most intimate and romantic option is the Keeper's Room. This small but fully featured room boasts a queen bed, sitting area with table and chairs, gas fireplace, microwave and mini-fridge and a full bathroom. This is our only cottage that does not offer a kitchen, but you can find many fine restaurants in the area. All of our rentals include unlimited Lighthouse Museum & Tower tours and full access to our 23 acres of grounds for all guests during their stay. You will also find a welcome gift of a bottle of Husch Vineyards wine and chocolates from Mendocino Chocolate Company waiting for you in the dining room of your Assistant Keeper’s home. Finally, you will sleep deeply and awake refreshed because of the sound of the ocean lulling you to sleep on our super comfortable Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Renting an historic Keeper's Home is a great way to have fun and support the ongoing preservation of the Point Arena Light Station at the same time. We offer seasonal specials. Reservations are required. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Point Arena Lighthouse Hotel Point Arena