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“Youth hostel 'charme' with a Sheraton price tag”
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Abalone Inn
Marin County, CAlifornia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Youth hostel 'charme' with a Sheraton price tag”
Reviewed 31 July 2006

My wife and I stayed there for a weekend 'getaway'. Fortunately we managed to let the quality of the accomodation not spoil our trip too much. Having said this, here are some experiences we had that are absolutely not acceptable for a room under the roof (called Suite) that comes with a $180 a night price tag (taxes included):

1. Five minutes after our arrival we were asked to pay for the two nights I had booked. I am more used to paying at check-out but it seems that the owner had worries that we would just run once we knew that ...

2. .... we were not supposed to flush used toiled paper due to the old septic tank, but rather stuff the used toiled paper in a garbage bin, that ...

3. ... was not even emptied for the duration of our stay. I don't think you have to be a hygiene freak to think that this is ***GROSS***

4. Like mentioned in one of the other reviews there are a lot of ridiculous rules e.g. "you can use the hot tub, but only take half the cover off, cause it is so heavy" aka. I don't feel like having it open for the whole day and clean it up.

5. Another good one was how the access code number to the door was communicated ... "The code to the door is *** FOR NOW" ... to deter us from coming back and robbing the place

6. Breakfast was also not what you would expect for $180 / night stay ... One english muffin, 6 pieces of cantaloupe and and one tablespoon of yoghurt and teaspoon of jam (what a way to maximize profit !) ... oh don't mean to be unfair ... there was also half a glass of juice.

7. The room itself was of a decent size but furnished with run-down furniture and old carpets (the Victorian charme I guess)

At checkout time we were asked to recommend the place to our friends ... don't think so ....

Bottom-line: This is not where you want to stay. If you can't find any other accomodation in West Marin, try to postpone your trip.

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  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Medford, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2006

This is not your average B & B. It has some odd aspects to it that some people will not like. For example, the rooster crows at 5am, but breakfast isn't served until 9am. You aren't allowed to wear shoes in the house and there is only half and half for coffee (from a local dairy), but no milk. The eggs are fresh from two hens that keep the rooster company.

There is a hot tub, which is private enough to use in the nude... but one must walk out the front door, down some steps, through a back patio to get to it. A bit of a hike... but still very relaxing.

We liked the Garden Room, not for it's bathroom, but for the private garden. We sat out back drinking coffee in the morning and sipping wine at night.

The hostess has a lot of information about the area at her finger tips and was very helpful in providing it. Hiking, biking, restaurants. There are tons of books in the Inn on many topics: the environment, spirituality, art and architecture.

The food was good but plain for a B&B. The dog, Mr. Zoo, was endearing.

  • Stayed April 2006
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2 Thank catwings
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Reviewed 27 December 2004

If you are expecting a cozy and quaint Victorian home, think about those adjectives first. Those are nice ways of saying old and shabby, and that is more like the experience that my boyfriend and I had on his birthday weekend in December.
Unfortunately, our stay at the Abalone Inn is quite contrary to the other reviews we have read. We were welcomed by a hurried hostess that was in a rush out the door (she was getting ready to go to a party), a strong odor of dog and his urine, a list of ridiculous rules (no shoes in the house, even though its very old carpet) and a house, bathroom and bedroom with no heat but full of cob webs, ants and other creepy crawlies.
There was a fire place that you will have to tend to when your hostess is out and a small space heater which we were told to run for a short time.
Our room was dusty, full of cob webs and spiders. Ants were trying to come in from the cold and when trying to find ant spray; to stop them from entering any further, we found nothing but ancient cleaning products that appeared to not have had any action since the 1980's.
We were in the Garden Room which holds true to it's name only because all the creatures from the garden are actually IN the room. The "garden bathroom" which is pretty much outdoors, is nothing more than a make-shift added on bathroom. It consisted of a shower head sticking out of a wall, a concrete floor with a drain in the middle where water will leak all over. There was no actual enclosed shower. The toilet is in a wooden box (resembling an outhouse quite a bit) with 2 steps up and a dusty toilet- again filled with cob webs.
If you are looking forward to a romantic weekend with your loved one- forget about it. The rooms are so close together and the walls are so thin you can hear the people next to you. In fact we were woken by the lady in the room next to us singing the entirity of the morning.
To top it all off, our hostess wasn't even awake in the morning to feed us. I understand that this is a BED and BREAKFAST, we got a bed but no breakfast. Thank goodness for the automatic coffee machine which turns itself on at 6 in the morning, that was the only "breakfast" we got.
My boyfriend and I ended up leaving the inn at 8 a.m. with no food in our bellies and no sign of our hostess even rustling out of her [more than likely heated] room. We ended up paying a whopping $143 CASH (she told me she doesn't have a credit card machine it was either cash or personal check) and not even getting anything but a frozen outdoor meets indoors room.
Needless to say we were very disappointed, the pictures on the website do this ancient home too much justice if you ask me. It was not worth the money by any means, had I known about it, I would've gladly spent my money at the Motel down the street.
Staying at the Abalone Inn was more like a trip to a very strict dorm room run by nuns with a long list of DON'Ts. Think twice before heading down that road!
-Frustrated and Let Down

23 Thank Guanica
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Property: Abalone Inn
Address: 12355 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Point Reyes Station
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Point Reyes Station
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Point Reyes wetlands, the Abalone Inn welcomes you with hospitality and old-fashioned ambiance. The restored Victorian has 3 unique guestrooms, a congenial atmosphere, and a parlor with fireplace, library, antiques, and local art. A perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, birders, kayakers, bicyclists, and those who appreciate efforts toward living in a more eco-friendly manner. ... more   less 

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