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Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mendocino
Reviewed 30 January 2012

I found this hotel to be very quaint, it is in the sleepy town of Mendocino and is perfect if you want to get away from it all. The town itself is quite small but full of character, as is the hotel. The rooms have a heavy Victorian influence, and are not for you if you are easily turned off by loud and flowery designs. However, the room we stayed in had a fireplace which just made the whole experience that much better, since we went during the rainy season. The in-house restaurant was absolutely delicious; portions are quite large, so plan on a big meal. Same Victorian garden style decor with windows that open out to the sea side cliffs. The concierge is quite helpful and if you ask they will assist you in planning any alternate activities, should the rain spoil your original plans. Do not plan on spending too much time in the room, the TV is very small, and there is not much "living space." Overall the service was very good, food excellent, and accommodations more than satisfactory. Perfect for a quiet get away.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Karissa W
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drchef, General Manager at Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2012

The Mendocino Hotel has 25 rooms in the Garden area and they range in sizes. We have some suites with separate bedroom and living areas for those looking for larger accomodations. All TVs in the hotel are in the process of being replaced by flat screens and we hope to have that conversion done by the end of 2012.

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Reviewed 12 January 2012

My wife received an incredible offer from Travelzoo, $200 for two nights with a wine sampling and $50 restaurant credit, and decided to spend two of five nights in Mendocino at the Mendocino Hotel. Our plan was to spend some time in their bar, have some cocktails and try out their menus. After our first afternoon and evening there we called our second destination and made arrangements to go there a day early.

Our initial reception at the front desk was lukewarm, unlike our entry into our garden room, which was downright cold and dank. The thermostat was pegged at 50 degrees and it took a good hour for the room to get to habitable warmth. Wouldn’t you at least turn the heat on for a guest with a pre-paid reservation?

We went to the bar for cocktails before dinner and the bartender, an older gentleman, was borderline surly. We wanted martinis and asked about call gins. He said they were at the other end of the bar. With prodding, he finally rattled off a list of premium gins. In the meantime, my wife made a reservation for dinner in the dining room for 6:00 p.m.

At 6:25, with only one table seated in the dining room, my wife went to inquire of the hostess if we could be seated. She told us to choose any table. We ordered the “Mendocino Mushroom Soup”, their specialty, and the giant scallops. The soup, $12.00, was full of minced mushrooms which tasted like store-bought Crimini and white mushrooms in a weak broth and served in a small “pot” that you might get onion soup au graten served in.

The scallops, ostensibly served on a bed of pureed cauliflower and a couple of other vegetables was incredibly bland. We asked the server to take some of the “cauliflower” back to the kitchen and ask if that was how it was supposed to taste. (It tasted like weak roux…without the flavor.) To her credit, the waitress came back and said “Even the chef agreed that it was bad. Can I bring you some desserts to make up for it?” We tried the crème brulee which was over cooked and the top over done.

We retired to our room and looked at each other and said “let’s cut our losses and see if we can check in to our next place a day early." The next morning we had a decent breakfast at the café and stopped by the front desk to let the clerk know that we would be checking out shortly and to please prepare our bill. She informed us that check out time was in 15 minutes and I said we were prepaid through the next day and would be back in awhile. (We didn’t expect a refund.) She didn’t inquire at that time, or 45 minutes later when we checked out, why we were leaving early.

We'd planned to "hunker in" and spend a lot of time enjoying the hotel and its amenities. We were prepared for an old hotel and its quirks, but we weren’t expecting such an utter lack of hospitality. Mediocre check in, cold room, surly bartender and bad, over-priced food, followed up with indifference for prepaid guests checking out a day early.

Beware!

Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
7  Thank Ken S
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

I stayed at the Mendocino Hotel in early December 2011.
It was a single room with no bathroom. The room was tiny, really tiny!, had a tiny closet (so small, it took me a while to "find" it, in a corner...), no TV, no nightstand, it had only a chair and a small telephone stand. I had to open and place my suitcase on the floor... And of course, no breakfast included.
The price for the above was, in my estimation, outrageous: 130 dollars a night. And this included a discount, as the reception lady put it!.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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8  Thank palomamarugan
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

We had dinner here one night during our stay just before Christmas 2011. We had reservations and were seated promptly, actually at the bar where we requested. The bartender was very helpful in giving suggestions. Their french onion soup is delicous! Highly recommended. I had their special pasta with salmon. It was fantastic! Everyone enjoyed their dinner. If we were staying in Mendo longer, we probably would have been back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

wow free mimosas with Sunday brunch ! a very beautiful and romantic Inn wonderful and friendly staff

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mendocino
Price Range: $97 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Constructed in 1878 and restored in 1975, The Mendocino Hotel Ocean & Garden Suites offers deluxe accommodations: luxurious, romantic, garden suites and cottages situated on two acres of botanical gardens with fireplaces, Italian marble vanities, private balconies and spectacular ocean or garden views. Enjoy antiques, fine art, down comforters, stained glass and Oriental carpets, 24/7 front desk concierge and two award-winning restaurants. ZAGATSURVEY reports “Victorian delights abound at this charming, period Mendocino Hotel restaurant with a California menu that’s right on the mark and sets the scene for locals as the "in place" and well worth the price." ... more   less 
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