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Historical Traveler Reviews Glendeven Inn Little River
Relaxing, restful, and wonderful
Great spot on the coast to relax and leave business back at the office. Better than advertised. We will be back!
A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!
After traveling all day we arrived at Glendeven to discover it is very far from the ocean and on a very busy highway. The website makes it appear closer to the water than it actually is(zoom lens)! They also don't show the bathrooms on the website because they are more dingy and dated than an old motel.
We decided to stay at a different B&B due to their misrepresentation. The owners are now trying to stick us with a bill for $500 since we didn't stay there. They need to be reported to the Better Business Bureau.
The whole experience was awful.
Bottom line: we make every effort to ensure that our website accurately portrays our inn, its surroundings and its guest rooms. Our intention is for arriving guest to be surprised on the "up side" (i.e., that they find things to be even nicer than depicted by our photos), and almost all guests are.
Finally, the claim that our bathrooms are "more dingy and dated than an old motel" is absolutely untrue -- they are modern, well-lighted, nicely tiled and impeccably clean.
Second time around and still magnificient
This was our second visit to the glendeven inn we once again stayed in the pinewood. our stay as usual was as expected first class inkeepers with the touch needed to make the stay special. the breakfast was terrific all three mornings. great way to spend a birthday week, thanks higgins.... one request how about offering red wine?
Christmas Getaway--Romantic but Misleading
Our stay at Glendeven was full of expectation as the weeks dwindled down to the Christmas holiday season. We were anticipating the harsh weather, with constant rain showers, puffy rain clouds, and a cold wind, but we were not expecting all that Glendeven had in store for us.
My husband and I decided to stay at Glendeven as a Christmas present for each other...a relaxing getaway, with hiking trails, two fireplaces, and breakfast brought to our room...
We stayed in the Carriage House. The bed was magnifacent, one that you would dream of--feeling as if you were sleeping on top of a cloud, the skylight glistened the moonlight glow onto the bed. This was definately one of my favorite aspects of our stay.
Unfortunately, the Carriage House is right on Hwy 1, and the road traffic was quite a distraction. It wasn't loud enough that you couldn't have a conversation, but it was something quite unexpected. I would not want to stay here in the summer time, when you may expect solitude, you will not get it.
We were also a bit disgruntled with the plumbing--the "double headed shower" had a "nice" showerhead and a "horrible" one, and the hot water lasted about 5 minutes. Despite the skylight above the toilet, and the enchanting bodet, the toilet took several flushes for everything to go down (some sort of low flow problems).
The information about the park and trail locations is yet another unexpected surprise. You have to cross over Hwy 1, duck under a fence and attmept to keep the trail. The trail access was better from the park than it was from the inn. The pictures of the vacant fields (giving the illusion that that is where you will be "hiding" if you will), are actually of vacant fields BEHIND the inn and are fenced off prohibiting access.
The breakfast was truly the most delightful surprise. The breakfast menus were amazingly wonderful--brought in a basket to our room, it offered true romance. It was an excellent highlight of our stay!
I have been harsh on Glendeven in this review. In actuality, it was a nice place to stay, just not very well represented by its claims on the website. Don't highlight something like a double headed shower when one of the showerheads is clogged and old! Don't present the inn giving the impression that it is off in the national park when it is directly on Hwy 1!
We liked our stay, it succeeded at being a romantic getaway for my husband and I...I am just not sure we would stay there again.
A Place TO Celebrate
My wife and I just returned from a week split between the Mendocino Coast and Sonoma Valley. We spent three nights at Glendeven and didn't want to leave. It was one of the most inviting, comfortable and soothing places we have ever stayed. The fire each evening and feather topper on the beds guarantee a great nights sleep!
We stayed in Etta's Suite which had a beautiful view of the Pacific that you can enjoy from a small balcony. I agree with all of the positive comments from the other reviewers and I will add that you must start your morning with a walk along the beach or headlands. There are two trails just across the street from the Inn and we found that a great way to start the day and work up an appetite for breakfast.
There are numerous places to eat with a scenic view of the Pacific and the Innkeepers were helpful with suggestions. For a day time activity, we highly recommend renting a kayak or canoe at the nearby Stanford Inn. We spent three hours paddling the Big River and saw river otters and osprey. It was a great way to compliment our stay at Glendeven.
We found this place through a search on the web and I will say their website very accurately depcicts the property. If you like what you see online you will not be disappointed.
We stayed 2 nights in the Bayloft room and were absolutely blown away. The room was spacious and impeccably kept, with a fireplace and huge window overlooking the gardens with an ocean view. We loved reading in front of the fireplace (which was all set for us when we got there) while listening to a variety of classical music provided by the inn.
When we arrived we were graciously greeted by Higgins who brought us to our room and showed us around. Breakfast was brought to our room each morning in a picnic basket with every detail covered (e.g. tiny salt & pepper bottles and tea bag holder).
If you are looking for a romantic and well-run B&B in the Mendocino area, I highly recommend Glendeven Inn!
(Response to earlier review: This place in NO WAY feels like being on a freeway in a large city!! I cannot imagine where that person is from to have such an impression!)
We loved our stay at the Glendeven Inn--Highly Recommended!
We stayed one night at the Glendeven Inn in March 2004. Our room was the Garret, on the top floor, and it was lovely. The room was tastefully and carefully decorated and immaculately clean. We loved the crown moulding, the four windows with ocean views, the cozy sofa with a reading lamp right next to it, and especially the wonderfully comfortable bed with lots of down pillows, a down comforter and soft white linens.
We arrived at 7 pm and did a late check-in and dined at the delightful Cafe Beaujolais in nearby Mendocino. We found our experience at Glendeven to be very private. Unlike some bed and breakfasts where you have a great deal of interaction with the proprietors and other guests, the only time we saw anyone was when our breakfast was delivered in the morning. I personally prefer this type of bed and breakfast experience. It was as if we had discovered this lovely house in a beautiful location and had it all to ourselves. Our breakfast was delicious--with homemade scones, a tasty baked egg dish and freshly squeezed Sicilian red orange juice.
The landscaping around Glendeven is beautiful and the art gallery next door is definitely worth a visit.
The bathroom in the Garret has only a shower so if you'd like a tub it might be worth selecting one of Glendeven's other rooms.
Another reviewer mentioned the inn's location on Highway 1. Glendeven is on Highway 1 but it is set back from the main road. Many of the hotels and inns in the area are on Highway 1--there just aren't a lot of other roads in the area. We did not find the noise of passing cars to be excessive nor did it disturb the peaceful tranquility of the Inn.
Don't let their website fool you!
Do not stay at this bed and breakfast. You will be disappointed if you do. It is so close to Highway 1 that you feel like you are in the middle of a large city next to a freeway.
The hors d'oeuvres were extremely dissapointing - chips and salsa ONLY!
For $200 - $300, one would expect a lot more!!!
Here I am, three years later, SURFING the web, wishing I were viewing the OCEAN and reliving my beautiful, romantic, tranquil, heavenly days at Glendeven Inn. My husband and I lodged in its Briar Rose room. The enticement of the fluffy bed with its luxurious linens, the roaring and romantic fireplace, the stately wing-backed chairs with their cuddly throws, the cozy balcony, the first-class terry cloth robes, the many steaming hot-tea choices, the serene ocean bay view with the large rock which disappeared into the mysterious morning fog only to reappear in the afternoon's sparkling sun...oh, I miss it so! Add to this the kind, professional, expert, and friendly attention of the inn's owners...
and, I truly have an ache in my heart as I write this review. You understand, yes? Happiness is...GLENDEVEN INN. I left my heart...
Rita and Gerry
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I've never been so happy to leave a hotel. This place was a DUMP.
We stopped by Point Reyes national park for some (more) good views, but mostly just enjoyed the scenery along route 1.
The dogs are doing well, as is the camper. We're happy Caspar is getting the help he needs, but sad to see him go.
We found a neat campsite with a beautiful ocean view (Caspar beach rv park), and settled for the night. Campfire w/ BBQ and beer. Life is good.
... not meet or exceed expectations. So, although it’s a major bummer, considering the vast landscape and number of miles and stops of this journey, one bummer isn’t too bad.
So “yea” to Wine Country, the Pacific Coastal Highway and the redwoods; and “nay” to the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg; “that’s all I have to say about that” (Forest Gump). Tomorrow it’s Eugene.
... the others.
John and Cindy and Amigo, Nonny, and Youngi (the three dogs) arrived not long after we had set up out tent. All decided to drive into Mendocino and check things out. This was Cindy's first experience with the cold since she has lived in Brazil most of her life.
We decided to eat at the Mendocino Cafe and all had the Thai hot pot, with ...
... It was all very lovely until we started coming down the other side of the hills we had been climbing and the temperature dropped significantly. Reaching Fort Bragg around 4:30 we checked into our motel and went for a walk to see what the town had to offer. The downtown area wasn't large and it wasn't long til we had completed our loop. Following a dinner at the onsite restaurant we went back to our room and did a bit of planning for the next couple of ...
... transportation (at least in this country). But it wasn't enough to dull the nerves now creeping up upon me. It's probably a positive thing that I'm a little scared, if I wasn't, I'd consider myself quite stupid...I might be that just for wanting to attempt a trip like this, but as I pack and repack and repack again for my January 5th departure, I can't help but thinking that this is the right thing for me to be doing right now.
16 days until departure.