Carter House Inns
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carter House Inns Eureka
Not so much
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
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
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.
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
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!!!
I have never felt so pampered in my entire life... The staff is incredible - the decor is fabulous - the Food scrumptious!
A real gem!
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
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
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....
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.
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... but we did get ton watch the 10 minute video about redwood trees, got our passport stamped, and bought a "May The Forest Be With You" T-Shirt. This was the state park visitors center, the National Park Visitors Center is further south.
Disappointed with the lack of coffee, there were a couple of elk viewing meadows, and we did look around to see if we could find any elk. Unfortunately, they were not cooperating with the ...
Overcast and in the mid-50s in the morning. Evilly delicious pastries & fritters at motel's breakfast... must walk a lot today!
Headed back to Battery Point Lighthouse for daytime view this morning. At low tide, you can walk out to lighthouse but tide was coming in so we didn't do this (very rocky).
Stopped at Crescent City's Chamber of Commerce & got some maps, hiking ideas, etc., from elderly staff/volunteer who was ...
... businesses on the main street near the waterfront but we didn't find anything like the brochure described.
After Eureka, we drove down the Pacific Coast. It was spectacular. I think I may love the Pacific Ocean more than the Atlantic. There is so much more to see! Rock formations stretch out along the coast and beaches creating waves and surf you can't take your eyes off!
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We took Vivi to her first live children's play production of The Little Mermaid. It was special to be sitting next to her as she sat in awe. She has not seen the movie. As we walked to the car afterwards I asked her if she wanted to watch the movie with me. Her response, "No, Mema. Me & my friend Layla read the book so I don't need to see the movie"! Unbelievable.
The highlight of ...
... I made no note of who we sat with nor the quality of the food. By 8 AM we were leaving for the day's adventure---day 11, the time has flown by! We took the Redwood Highway, U.S.101, through the cute little town of Arcata. It was a cloudy day and rain was predicted.
Ray was our guide for the redwoods tour. After a while he reminded us of a great friend of ours, a ...