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Kentfield, California
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161 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The Inn is on the South end of town so you have to drive back in or walk which we did for it was 1.5 miles into the center. The rooms were clean and the bed was fantastic which made for a well rested sleep. The front desk staff were very helpful and accommodating with all of our needs and... More 

Thank Peter B
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

It's a great walk into town if you're able, glad you were able to take advantage of it. Thank you for lodging with the Emerald Dolphin Inn while you were here. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Saskatchewan, Canada
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We were 3 couples travelling together and we all really liked this hotel. It was a short walk to the ocean/beach. The rooms were clean and comfortable. We had a good time in Fort Bragg because of the location of this hotel. The breakfast wasn't its best feature - Danishes etc. - but everything else about it more than made... More 

Thank C S
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

We really appreciate you took the time to share with others about your stay at the Emerald Dolphin Inn. Thank you for staying with us we are happy to have had you during your trip. More 

Vacaville, California
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

My husband and I have been to Fort Bragg several times and stayed on the other side town in more expensive motels and hotels. This trip we took our 6 year old granddaughter and stayed here and we are so happy we did! We stayed in a double queen room which was roomy with nice looking furniture, comfy beds and... More 

Thank Denise J
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Denise, thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review. Our guests make it easy for us to do our job. Thank you for you kind words and for staying at the Emerald Dolphin Inn. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 30 July 2016

We stayed a total of three nights there. The room was very clean and large as we had the double queen room. We had a refrigerator and Kerig coffeemaker but no microwave in our room. The free breakfast is pretty average...pastries, english muffins, fruit and cereal. Beautiful beach views from the bluffs just a minute down the road if driving.... More 

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Carmichael, California
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

We just came back from a family trip to Fort Bragg. We enjoyed our stay at Emerald Dolphin. The room was large, comfortable, and very clean. Room had a refrigerator but no microwave. Our room was away from the road so no road noise. There is a continental breakfast offered in the lobby with cold cereal, oatmeal, danishes, yogurt, juice,... More 

Thank ttrimble
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to stay with the Emerald Dolphin Inn. I'm happy to hear our offerings worked for you. Hope you are able to visit the coast again soon. More 

Edmonton, Canada
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163 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This hotel is right on Hwy 1, and within a mile of the beach. It is a very well kept property. The room was a good size and very clean. Ample parking and close to the main area of town for dinner, with a McDonalds right across the highway for breakfast. No air conditioning, minimal Internet service and limited electrical... More 

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EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Emerald Dolphin Inn, we appreciate it. More 

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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I saw this hotel across the street from another hotel that had no accommodations for me. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, the room very clean, and the rate reasonable. The continental breakfast offering of danish, cold cereal, juice, coffee...was adequate for my needs. Refrigerator in room, wifi was ok. I will definitely stop here first next time I... More 

Thank Wade H
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Our team would like to thank you for staying at the Emerald Dolphin Inn. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Austin, Texas
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122 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

We stayed two nights here in July with grandkids. The rooms were nice, quiet and the beds comfy. The breakfast while free was meager. The mini golf course was a hit with the kids and we did receive a small discount. The inter night hardly worked for us.

1 Thank Jim R
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing the grand kids to Fort Bragg. Guests who book with us direct are given a complimentary pass for mini golf, and once that is used we offer discounted prices for our guests. We also have coupons that you can purchase for your stay that will allow you to play unlimited mini golf. Hopefully that will be... More 

Louisville, Colorado
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Staff was friendly and rooms were clean. Others mentioned the noise - our room was really quiet - until the third night. No fault of the hotel we had stompers above us and door slammers. Obviously could happen in any hotel. It is really nice to have laminate flooring in the pet rooms. WI-FI comes and goes - was difficult... More 

1 Thank Zcanana
EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We have upgraded our wifi so as long as Comcast is working we will have a great signal for you next time you come to stay with us. Come see us again soon. More 

Marysville, California
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

My daughter, wife, and I spent two days and one night at the Emerald Dolphin Inn. Checking in was simple. The lady behind the counter was very friendly. With the stay we received free vouchers for the miniature golf which we did not expect. Our room was not in the main building, it was across the street. From other reviews... More 

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EDIFortBragg, Front Office Manager at Emerald Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your stay with others. We are thankful to have guests like you stay with us at the Emerald Dolphin inn. You make our teams jobs easy. Don't be a stranger and hope to see you again soon. More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
One of the newest Inns on the Coast, Emerald Dolphin's guest rooms bring luxurious comfort, gracious hospitality, and first class service to the Mendocino Coast. Located within walking distance to the Hare Creek beach and ocean cliff walking trail. Some jetted spa & fireplace suites. Complimentary continental breakfast, WIFI and many other amenities. Pet friendly rooms available. 18 hole Miniature Golf Course on site with arcade & private party room, fabulous restaurants, shops, galleries, and entertainment nearby. AAA approved- Three Diamonds Award. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Emerald Dolphin Inn

Address: 1211 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Price Range: $132 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Emerald Dolphin Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
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Also Known As:
Emerald Dolphin Hotel Fort Bragg
Emerald Dolphin Motel
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Fort Bragg
#5 Family Hotel in Fort Bragg
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fort Bragg
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Bragg
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“ask for ocean facing room”
 of 5 bubbles YYZ_647, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Check the mattress first”
 of 5 bubbles Trailwalker55, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We chose a first-floor room for easy pet relief access.”
 of 5 bubbles Kalika611, 18 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Not sure , but wouldn't hurt to ask the staff.”
 of 5 bubbles 154philt, 11 Aug 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in an upper room and in the annex so no noise from people above. Ocean view is quite a ways away.”
 of 5 bubbles 533judyc, 10 Aug 2016 | Read review
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