Stanford Inn by the Sea
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stanford Inn by the Sea Mendocino
Sometimes stiff service the only sore spot
We stayed with our dog last weekend, and I was impressed by the attention to detail when we checked in: the fireplace all ready to go, soft music playing, curtains open to the beautful view. The feather bed was very comfortable. They are very pet friendly - our dog Casey had a treat and a biscuit with a little bow waiting for her. We also got a bottle of wine. They give you "pet sheets" so your dog can lounge on the bed or sofa, and there was free juice and water in the mini fridge. The breakfast was delicous. The only sour note on what would have otherwise been a nearly perfect nigth was the very rude reception we got from the hostess at breakfast. The ignored us when we first walked in, and then snapped at me when I asked if we could sit further inside, "Not with the dog you can't!" as if I were supposed to know. The reception staff were a little chilly as well, although certainly helpful.
Overall, I think it's a great place, just don't expect the best service.
Stanford Inn--False Advertising
Don't trust the Stanford Hotel in Mendocino to live up to anything they advertise on their Website. I was quoted a rate of $250.75 plus tax a night and then when I tried to find out about their free kyak rentals, which they advertised on their home page, was told they didn't do that. Finally, after much discussion with one of the owners about false advertising, she agreed to give fulfil their advertisement. Then, 15 minutes later I got a call and was told they would not offer me the rate their front desk person quoted me...that my date was a blackout period. Now this just feels like punishment for making them live up to their advertisement. Mrs. Stanford would not back down, so I canceled my reservation.
Above and Beyond...
We stayed at the Standford Inn in October and it was above and beyond my expecations...which it should be considering the price. We brought our 20 month old daughter, who loved all the amenities (garden, animals, pool, toys in the lobby and dining area, children's books, and even a little bathrobe for venturing to the pool).
We stayed in the Big River section, which I recommend since the rooms face the ocean and get more natural light. We were originally booked in the other building but the room didn't "feel right"...darker, limited view..it was on the bottom floor.
The rooms are lovely with special touches like a comp. bottle of wine, comfortable bed and wonderful bathroom amenities from Essential Elements. A great view to boot. Every afternoon the owners treat their guests to special treats delivered to your room...chocolate chip cookies or cheese, crackers and fruit. This is in addition to the complimentary appetizers in the lounge. We also loved the convenience of renting videos and hanging out by the fire. They have a huge selection.
Loved the solarium...the pool and hot tub were great. The food was delicous and our daughter was always entertained with the toys and other children (many of the families dine in the cozy lounge area). Her meal was also complimentary and considering the total of our meals usually came to $46.00 (breakfast is included) it balanced out the price of the room somewhat.
It's in a great location. We even rented a canoe on the river which is within walking distance. The only drawback I can think of is that when sitting on the deck you can hear the highway...but this really wasn't a huge issue. The beauty of the area and resort overcompensate for the noise (and you can't hear anything when you're door is closed).
I would highly recommend the Stanford Inn, not only is it relaxing and beautiful but it is great for kids and never felt crowded.
Not worth it
We stayed at the Stanford Inn because they could accomodate our 2 well behaved dogs. It IS high end,especailly for Mendocino, although it has a big hotel feel that I do not travel to the north coast for.
The cleaning staff entered the rrom while the do not disturb sign was displayed, and we also had a terrible case of food poisoning from the a signature seaweed dish served at the restaurant. I didn't even make it back to my room after having to abruptly leave the restaurant, and became ill in a potted plant at the entry.
We were a little late checking out the next morning after an entire night of being very ill, and the staff was rather brusque about reminding us of the checkout time even though we explained our situation, the front desk clerk also mentioned we were not the only ones to complain of feeling ill after dinner in the restaurant that night.
We later wrote and asked that our meal cost be refunded only to receive another brusque reply telling us we could not possibly have gotten sick in their restaurant, and that the owner himself had eaten from the offending seaweed pie and not had any problems. We were granted an insulting $25.00 "courtesy" refund. The owner may care about the planet, but this establishment left us with the impression that they do not extend the same care to their guests and are more interested in turning over rooms as quickly as possible (understandable in a place of this size, and again, not what I think of when traveling to the North Coast).
We have stayed at literally over a dozen places in the Mendo area and there is a wealth of charming and gracious places to stay without having to bother with this monstrosity of a place
Exactly What We Wanted
We were looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat in an idyllic setting. We were more than impressed with what we found at the Stanford Inn. The accommodations, while not elegant, were well appointed, had many unexpected amenities and features, were clean and quite comfortable. I had no idea what to expect from a vegetarian restauarant, but was more than a little surprised at how elegant the food was. No one should concern themselves that they will miss meat---the cuisine was outstanding.
We made use of the amenities, including the canoe ride into the Big River. What a wonderful way to spend a day!!!! My wife and I both found the experience enriching, refreshing and would not hesitate to return.
Good food but inn is TOO expensive
here is a opposing view: we stayed at their cottage away from the main building ($400 per night during the week!!!) and had a very average bedroom plus living room. there we lots of 'personal' touches - bottle of wine, fluffy towels etc as other reviewers have noted, but no way its worth $400. plus you can hear the traffic from route 1. the restaurant was very good - its vegetarian and we had a great dinner there. service overall was good. mendocino is cute - but it takes 1 hour max to visit. my advice is stay at calistoga next time (1 hour away) and get a great mud bath + massage and i bet $400 gets you a palace.
Stanford Inn is simply ... the best!!!
I have just returned from a two night stay at Stanford Inn. I was profoundly enchanted by the exquisite accommodations, the magical llamas, the organic gardens, "to die for" cuisine, and the warmth and professionalism of the staff. I had the good fortune to speak with Jeff Stanford, the inn's owner, and was very inspired by his commitment to caring for our planet as well as his wealth of guests. This is not an inn for "average" folks, it is a place for those who insist on enjoying the best that life has to offer.
My husband and I stayed at the Stanford Inn for 7 days while on our honeymoon. It was a pleasure to stay there. The staff really caters to you to make sure your stay is enjoyable and relaxing. I would highly recommend the Inn!
One of a kind gem!!! Ahead of its time!!
What an experience we had. We stayed for three nights (( would not suggest any less than that). The room was so cozy, comfortable and romantic. It had a wood fireplace, balcony with an ocean view, tv/vcr/dvd, stereo, probably the most comfortable robes I have ever worn at a hotel. It was all very plush! The room came with a full breakfast that we could order off of the menu. It is a vegetarian restaurant, but we certainly did not miss any of the meat that we sometimes have. Their omelettes were awesome as was their french toast! The best part of the place was the pool. It is enclosed in a greenhouse and is heated. They have classical music playing and it is like another world. There is also a hot tub and sauna. There gardens were beautiful - all organic. they have llamas, horses, ducks, lots of cats and dogs.
It was such a comfortable place with such great ammenities. I would highly suggest staying here if you are coming to the Mendocino Coast which I also highly recommend. The prices are some of the highest on the Coast, but you also get the most at this place. It is great for families too! A true 4-star!!!
Stayed here in May 2003, and found it to be absolutely wonderful -- my favorite Inn so far. Stayed on the 2nd floor with a sweeping view of the grounds and the ocean (worth the price for the upgrade). The staff was friendly and the breakfast extraordinary. I felt so at home. If only I didn't have to leave...
TripAdvisor Reviews Stanford Inn by the Sea Mendocino
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