Carter House Inns

301 L Street, Eureka, California, 95501, United States | 4 star hotel
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Our Final Day in Eureka, CA

A travel blog entry by robertjohncook1 on Jun 17, 2014

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... near Tofino for the very same reasons. The Samoan bunkers were built to keep the ammunition used in the long guns safe and handy for the militia assigned to protect the coastline. A quick visit to Arcata--home to the annual Oyster Festival--and home. Time for a dip in the pool, some reading and relaxing before some packing and preparing for our long journey to the Napa ...

San Francisco to Eureka

A travel blog entry by jennyusa on Oct 29, 2013

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... left. Some blue sky again today, but the weather is getting a little cooler, and of course as we travel north that is to be expected. Hopefully the snow in the Tahoe area will have cleared by the time we get there. Temperatures are expected to rise later this week. A fairly straightforward trip on a food highway inland to Eureka. We did stop at a "Drive through tree" bit were reluctant to take the rental ...

You can't stop us from looking at the trees!!

A travel blog entry by brytorlyn on Oct 07, 2013

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... feed you. Yes, there is a board outside to tell you what the meal is today but overall you just go in and get fed. Then she finds out that the tables are communal and again she begins to complain..no view, no menu, no private tables. The horror.

The cookhouse is ...

Driving through trees

A travel blog entry by colinhardcastle on Sep 28, 2013

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... again, before using the main highway to get around this section and then joining the Avenue of the Giants again.

Back on the Avenue of the Giants, we spot a sign which we know William will be thrilled with, so we pull over into Williams Grove and let William get a photo with the sign. Driving through the forest we spot the visitor centre, and as it is time for another driving break, we pull over and have a look around. There is ...

The Wonder Continues!!!

A travel blog entry by 29-ford-model-a on Jul 16, 2013

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We took our time getting on the road today and it felt so relaxed!! We're on vacation!!!
We headed north again on Highway 1; north of Fort Bragg and the scenery continues to be incredible!!



Advertised on a big sign: "The Drive Thru Tree" and ...

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Location

This 4 star hotel, located on 301 L Street, Eureka, is near Carson Mansion, Sequoia Park Zoo, Humboldt Bay, and The Spa at Personal Choice.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Carter House Inns Eureka

    Not so much

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    Was really looking forward to our stay at the Hotel Carter after reading good reviews and travelogues that raved about the place. Sadly, our experience was disappointing at best.

    You can count on a very comfortable bed and some nice bath salts. And for the high price that you pay, that's all you get. Breakfast not included, snooty staff who seem to have been "coached" to act smug and condescending (too bad they haven't been coached to be good servers), cramped and dark room...the charm is forced and it's just too easy to feel uncomfortable at this place.

    We escaped one night and quickly discovered that the surrounding neighborhood is sketchy and scary. There is a correctional facility (and a dozen bailbonds offices) just two blocks away.

    Best service we ever got

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    Excellent service! And we stayed at this place with a 14 month old baby. The staff was very accomodating, the food was delicious, and the hotel was tastefully decorated and cozy... I recommend it!

    Good but should be a bit better for the price

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    As with another one of the reviewers, we found the Carter House to be a very welcome respite in an area where the lodging alternatives are not very appealing. Having stayed at inns in other locals with similar concepts and in the same price zone, however, we noted that the Carter House does aim a bit higher than it hits. The suite we stayed in was cozy and nicely appointed with a comfortable bed but very dark, and there was no light over the two-person jacuzzi in a windowless bathroom, which defeats its intended use for relaxing as opposed to just getting clean. There were two fireplaces, but both had only gas-operated flames (no actual fire) -- probably more safe but they don't throw off any warmth. The restaurant is obviously a big point of emphasis and priced accordingly, but we found it disappointing because one of us (me) is a vegetarian (not vegan) and although they tantalizingingly offer a vegeratarian option for their five-course special dinner menu, the entree (a risotto) our first night was lacking in any flavor. The rest of the food was good (although they forgot to give us bread until after we got our entrees), so we figured it was a fluke and tried again the next night, asking if the cook could provide something different -- they gave me pasta with the exact same stuff on it and also no flavor. This would be exactly what you'd expect in a so-so restaurant but is not acceptable at a place with these aspirations and these prices -- it's too much to pay for a dinner that's obviously an afterthought for the chef. I would recommend that they follow a rule of making every dish tasty enough to satisfy a nonvegetarian foody or not bother with vegetarian options at all -- other upscale inns have tried and succeeeded. Nonetheless, the breakfast is very nice. The staff was friendly. And, again, noone is trying to do anything like this in this area.

    Redwood oasis

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    my sister beth and I found carter house on our way from a visit to napa driving up to portland, OR. I have to disagree with the review stating the carter house is "trying to be something it's not" because it's exactly what the area needs - an oasis for a couple of self-proclaimed and shameless Foodie Wine Geeks. yes eureka is a small city, but what do you expect - its an old port town in the middle of redwood forests!

    no one else between san fran and portland can offer the kind of service and extravagance you find at their place. we were treataed like royalty and it was worth the price. if you're saving money, stay at a motel.

    the carter victorians are obviously meant to be a memorable experience, and they have succeeded in that.

    This Place is Greatly Over-Rated

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    This place was the worst experience of my three weeks travel in Northern California. Noiseyneighborhood, smugg & haughty staff, adequate lodging at exobinate high prices. The good reviews must have been written by relatives of the owner , or the owner him/her self.

    Jacques Duhameeuw, Ghent, Belgium

    This Place is AWESOME!!!

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    I have never felt so pampered in my entire life... The staff is incredible - the decor is fabulous - the Food scrumptious!

    A real gem!

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    Walking into this lobby was a real joy--I had just spent 8-9 hours traveling and the warm, cozy and personal atmosphere was very soothing.

    My room was right off the lobby--it was simple, yet had a lot of character. I stayed in the newer building (where the restaurant is located). The breakfast was really good and the coffee was excellent.

    This was a perfect port in the storm after a busy day traveling.

    Luxury in Eureka

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    My sister and I had the good fortune of finding the Carter Hotel while traveling through the coastal redwoods of Northern California. After a day spent enjoying the art galleries and Victorian architecture of Eureka, we spotted the Carter Hotel from the marina. The staff was very accommodating in this incredibly romantic hotel. The intimate lobby and spacious rooms are filled with exceptional, original art. Our room facing the bay was filled with antique pine furniture, fireplace, and elevated whirlpool tub. And this was just the start of our stay. We enjoyed delightful conversationLuxury and tasty nibbles with fellow travelers in front of a splendid roaring wood fireplace. Then the most incredible dinner of the year. We were offered the choice of ala carte or prix fix menus. We decided on the prix fix (referred to as a discovery menu) option and enjoyed a five course meal with wine pairings with our appetizer, soup, entrée and dessert.

    The Hotel Carter and Restaurant 301

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    The Hotel Carter and adjoining Restaurant 301 are a tradition with my husband and me. We returned just this September 2003 for our second trip. The rooms are lovely, spacious and convenient with the restaurant below. We are always greeted warmly, the glass of wine and social hour before dinner is friendly, the hot hors d'oeuvres perfect. I can truly recommend this place to all. Breakfast cooked for you the next morning sends you happily out to start your day.

    Restaurant 301--we found through Wine Spectator. Since we enjoy California wine touring what a treat to read through the 100 page list of wines. That was entertainment. Our dinners have always been superb, thanks to the Chef and the staff is well trained but very friendly and down to earth. Must eat there and try a new wine.The suggestions are based on knowledge and interest. Great desserts too. You will not be disappointed.

    Hardly worth the price....

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    My wife and I stayed there recently and were less than impressed.

    Overall the Carter House is trying very, very hard to be something that it isn't, and something it could never be: classy, stylish, elegant, and cosmopolitan. The rates are ludicrous for what you get, the rooms were mediocre at best, and the atmosphere left much to be desired; a small place, in a small town, with a big price tag. Do yourself a favor and keep driving, or stay in Arcata.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Carter House Inns Eureka

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding