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.
- 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