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Review of The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins

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The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins
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Cathedral City, California, United States
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Retro-Recycled-Relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

My husband and I were on a weeklong motorcycle cruise down the coast from Washington. We carefully planned our stops along the way prior to commencing on our adventure. I read dozens of tripadvisor reviews while determining where we would settle each day- the Andiron did not disappoint.

The property sits on a hillside, and the cabins are scattered on the hill. The Andiron is across the street from the ocean- and you catch beautiful glimpses through the trees as you lounge on your perfectly situated wooden patios located outside the sliding door. Each room is a bit different- we stayed in the Nature room- which was also cabin #1- and closest to the ocean view. The room was retro looking- sort of early 70 style. There were old boy scout books and campfire girl books- and even a 12 string guitar! This particular cabin had a kitchenette- and the cups and plates were vintage melmac dishes- really took me back! There is a flatscreen tv- and a wood burning potbelly stove in this unit also. Bed was very comfy- and a king size. The bathroom was standard- but the lavender scented bath products were heavenly. No waste here- supplies were in pump containers. Eco thrifty.There is a picnic table- and bbq for use outside of the unit, not sure if charcoal is available at the office or not.

The office is located at the top of the hill- with a couple of goats, PButter n Jelly standing guard. The office offers numerous dvds for checkout- as well as games. Many people have written about the happy hour.....sadly, we were not guests on the weekend- so we missed this opportunity- however, having read about it, I telephoned Scott, one of the owners, and asked if it would be possible to have a mini happy hour set up in our cabin for arrival. He was very accomodating and said, yes, for a small fee- he'd see to it we had a 'happy hour' set up. Was so cute! They had an ice bucket- Owl- with a local bottle of wine and a couple of local brews- plus cheeses, crackers, nuts, and candy all placed in recycled containers (for instance, the crackers were in a marshmellow creme jar) with hand made labels. Simple- yet so very thoughtful- you could tell plenty of conscious care went into not only what we were given- but into how it was presented. Did not get to meet the owners- but it is obvious that hospitality is their game!

Last but not least, there is a sunken hot tub hidden in the trees! Twinkling lights decorate your own piece of paradise- in paradise. There are big fat towels provided in the room for use- and you should definitely use them and the hot tub if you go! We had the tub to ourselves.....and as we were leaving ran into a newlywed couple going to use the tub. Perfection!

Definitely want to return.....maybe try a different room, although ours was cozy and completely fit our bill.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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foolstwist, Owner at The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins, responded to this review, 21 October 2011
Hi! We are so so sad we didn't get to meet you! You sound great - and not just cuz you gave our place such a lovely and perfect review. I am especially glad you dug our little happy hour package. I never know if people appreciate all our recycled touches and it made my day to hear that you did.

Really, actually, this whole review made our day. Thank you, thank you. Your words mean the world to us.

Madeline, Scott, and all of us here at The Andiron
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

I found this place in a Sunset Magazine article a year ago and it has since become my home away from home. The cabins are cozy and have super cute, and quirky decorations. There is a hot tub under trees surrounded with twinkle lights. There is also a large DVD library. The owners Scott and Madeline are super fun and have lots of advice to share about the surrounding area. The newest addition is the goats; Peanut Butter and Jelly. They are an attraction themselves. Too freaking cute. Make sure you go on a weekend since they have a wonderful happy hour in the evening and toast bar in the am. I believe they also offer homemade soup and wine dinner on the weekends, which I had once and would highly recommend. During the week is lovely too but there aren't food & wine perks. I believe there are better rates during the week but definitely try to have one weekend night at the Andiron. You won't be sorry!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2011

Our Andiron experience was fantastic. It was our first stop (for 3 nights) on a 2 week vacation in northern CA, and it was the perfect start to our trip. The setting was beautiful, the "Write" cabin was charming (very comfy bed!), Madeline and Scott were gracious and informative. We were lucky to enjoy both the Happy Hour and the toast bar. A wonderful stay, and the next time we're in the area, I hope we will be have the chance to stay at the Andiron!

Amanda and Trevor

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newport Beach, California
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62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

We LOVED this place. Our favorite place to stay on our road trip. We had the Nurture cabin which was decorated with a beauty school drop-out theme...including a working magic fingers bed! The owners have invested a lot of love, time and money in the place and it shows. We saw a family of deer grazing in the field right in front of our cabin as we sat on the deck at sunset. We only stayed one night and we wish we could have stayed longer. Would visit again, just for the cabins alone...but the area is also worth the trip.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank utripmeplease
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Sebastopol, California
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133 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

This place is relaxing, clean and a lot of fun. The decor is a wonderful mix of vintage items, each matching the personality of the cabin's theme. We stayed in Nature and there were various camping references including the boy scout handbook by the bedside. So much moree fun an a hotel. Liked the EO amenities too.

There is a full stock of DVDs you can watch, games to use, and on some summer nights they do a movie in the woods. Very pet friendly for considerate owners.

Do yourself a favor and stay here if you're going to visit Mendocino.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Andiron -- Seaside Inn & Cabins
Address: 6051 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9510
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Little River
Price range (per night): $128 - $361
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Andiron is 11 one- and two-room cabins perfectly situated on five acres of meadow and woods on Highway 1 in Little River, California. Minutes away from everything - beaches, wineries, diving, hikes, Mendocino, breweries, good food - but quiet, relaxing, and fun, our housekeeping cabins and rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvage, rehabbed, and recycled. ... more   less 
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