Benbow Historic Inn

Address: 445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, California, 95442, United States | 4 star inn
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This 4 star inn, located on 445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, is near Benbow Inn Golf Course.
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      My fiance and I just returned from a pre-New Years road trip and consider ourselves fortunate to have found such a gem of an inn in such beautiful surroundings! We arrived during a dounpour of rain, and walking into the Benbow Inn was like walking into an oasis. Our room was a Fireplace King, and the room was huge and cozy with a welcoming fireplace and a view that overlooked our terrace, the Eel River and the back lawn. Dinner and service at the bar and restaurant were outstanding. We ordered in-room massages in the morning, and Emily the massage therapist was great! She set up her massage table in front of the roaring fireplace in our room with the terrace door open to welcome in the sound of rain. It was the perfect topper :) Very romantic and relaxing.

      Lovely place


      A stay at the Benbow Inn is like stepping back in history. It's really a beautiful place. It's easy to imagine Clark Gable and old Hollywood sitting in the lobby or exploring the gardens. Our room was a bit pricey ($199 for a terrace queen), but the view was beautiful. The terrace had beautiful view of the water and the gardens. The complimentary sherry was a nice touch. They gave us some iced wine as a gift for our honeymoon, with a nice note. We enjoyed the dining room for breakfast, which was a bit overpriced, but tasty.

      The only downside was that our bathroom smelled of urine, though everything looked immaculate. Overall, though, a very nice stay. Would recommend it, especially to honeymooners.

      Benbow Inn - Jewel of Northern California


      Spent two great days at the Benbow Inn, in Norther California. Great ambience, very service oriented staff. The patio restaurant is wonderful, and dining with a view of the river as the sun sets if the perfect end to a day spent in the redwoods.

      I will definitely be back.

      A Civilized Oasis


      Just got back from a trip around northern California, and must commend the Benbow Inn for being a civilized oasis. We spent 2 nights there. Our room, a terrace king, was large and comfortable. There have been a lot of posts that mention troubles with uncomfortable beds, but we found ours to be rather new, fairly firm, and comfortable. The complimentary sherry, bottled water, and juice as well as the afternoon wine receptions were very nice touches. The grounds and common areas were inviting and romantic. The restaurant has a very good wine list and served very good food, although the service was a little scattered, but it was a lovely evening so we didn't mind so much. Last but not least the bartender was an excellent conversationalist and mixologist.

      My girlfriend and I, both in our early thirties, were perhaps the youngest of the guests, but everyone was very friendly.

      The Benbow Inn is not cheap, you will get more for less in San Francisco, but it is the nicest place within several hours drive in any direction and a fine place to base your exploration of the Avenue of the Giants

      Great location; maybe we visited too early in the season.


      After the '5 star' treatment in San Francisco it is diffucult to be objective regrding the Benbow.

      Our room had a magnificient view over the front aspect but was in need of a make over.

      The bathroom was minute.

      The restaurant quality went from average to excellent( or maybe it was just our choice of meals).

      Our reason for visiting was to see the Avenue of Giants; well worth the trip.

      Would be interested to see the Benbow in the summer when the lake is full and the place is fully staffed.

      We would recommend this for location but with reservations on rooms and quality of service.

      Take your own bed to the Benbow


      Okay, the place looks nice, the rooms look nice and it's in a pretty place. But, the bed in our fireplace king was old, saggy and our backs hurt after two nights. The room was an "upgrade" from a terrace king on the second floor to a fireplace king on the lower floor. We took it what a mistake. We could hear the person above all night long walking up and down the floors and when they closed their interior doors or drawers the walls shook. The food is okay, kind of overdone on the biscuits but very pricey, nice ambience, charming interiors. TV is a football field or so away from the bed, nowhere to plug in our computer. We were charged over $100.00 for phone calls that our AOL server put through as local but they said they were long distance and charged us 10 cents per minute with a connection fee. Not a nice surprise and no apology. Kind of snooty people at the front desk. I don't think we will stay there again. I stayed there in the 80s and 90s and it was charming. You could still walk the roads around the Inn which are now blocked by privacy gates with no trespassing signs. Too many wealthy people have purchased property there and it's just not the beautiful place it used to be but if you want a unique place to stay, ask for a terrace king on the upper floor, don't use your computer and prepare to pay a hefty price for dinner and you'll probably love it.

      A British Country Hotel in California


      We spent 3 days here in July. It's truly an historic hotel which reminds us of British Country Hotels.

      It's located in the beautiful redwoods country and the scenery is outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed the room and its view, the afternoon tea and the sherry in our room. The staff was very friendly and helpful. When we asked for help with the uncomfortable bed, they were eager to assist us and offered to move us to the only other available room. However, it was a smaller one and we chose to stay in our original room to enjoy the lovely view. So they put extra padding on the bed for us.

      A good location for a visit to redwood country.



      My husband and I just returned from a stay at the Benbow...What a very special place. We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary there. Upon our arrival the staff had a chilled bottle of wine for us in our room. The grounds were beautifully kept. The restaurant is amazing. The inn does everyhting they can to make you feel like you are the only guests there. The kitchen was closing and they stayed open long enough to accommodate us for a late night dessert to take back to our patio off our room.The lake is a peaceful place and the local people are very friendly...We suggest that you stay in a terrace room or the fireplace king. We saw a few of the rooms during our stay and we loved these rooms..The Benbow is definitely a secret treasure..

      Escape to Another World


      I have been coming here ever since I was three with my parents and have always adored this place. The rooms are decorated in the Victorian era style in keeping with the vintage of the hotel. There is a lake out back, sometimes dry in summer and lovely gardens that just beg for your mate to pick you a rose from. The interior and dining areas are nothing less than very charming and well appointed. This hotel doesn't feel like one and the staff make every effort to accomodate and please their guests, as it should be! This place is a real gem and I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone. Tip: Get a room in the back area, as anything facing the highway will be subjected to the roar of large trucks going by in the distant highway, otherwise perfect!!!!

      Romantic hideaway


      If your in the middle no where, which is exactly where this place is your in luck!!! It's so charming and romantic. You can sit in the common area and play games or do puzzles while having and apertiff or sit on the lovely balconies overlooking the river. If your considering this place, make it a must!!!! Will return.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Benbow Historic Inn Garberville

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