Hill House Inn

Address: 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino, California, 95460, United States | 3 star inn
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This 3 star inn, located on 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino, is near Mendocino Art Center, Ford House Museum, Kelley House Museum, and Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Hill House Inn Mendocino

          Nice hotel in nice area


          As previous rater stated, the rooms are a bit dated. The bed was not the most comfortable.

          Our room was very quiet and the location of the hotel is good. The gardens in front the hotel are gorgeous!

          The breakfast in the restaurant was quite good. The restaurant was quite attractive and very quiet, with a nice view.

          We would definitely stay here again.

          Needs some TLC


          We just returned from a stay at the Hill House. I was somewhat disappointed as the rooms are definately in need of refurbishing. Apparently this is happening in the South Wing but we stayed in the North Wing and it hasn't happened there yet. We did have a nice ocean view but we too encountered noise from a wedding party. We had a corner room that was next to a staircase and heard constant noise as people went up and down. We paid 185.00 for the night, I feel the money would have spent better somewhere else.

          Great location


          This was the second time we've stayed at the Hill House and whereas the service was friendly and we really like being so close to downtown, the Inn is in need of refurbishing. The bed skirt and curtains were ripped, and the blanket stained. We were there on a two-for-one special, which included a chilled bottle of champagne in our room. Given the price and the perks, we were happy, but I'll probably shop around for a different place to stay next time.

          No sleep for the weary


          The so-called ocean view turned out not to be an ocean view, but rather a glimpse of the horizon. But the main reason we were disappointed was that there was so much noise there we didn't get any sleep. There were guests from a wedding running up and down the stairs at all hours, and the housekeeping staff kept yelling back and forth to each other in the early morning.

          Nice, but a bit dated


          Great rate at orbitz for a weekday oceanview room. The place is well-run and was very quiet and I enjoyed it. I would stay here again.

          But the rooms are a bit dated and need a refurbishment to modern standards. Clean, but well-worn. Not scary or bad -- just well used. An infusion of capital ($$$) could make it a showplace.

          The town of Menodcino and the surrounding area are very nice as well.

          Nice Quiet Hotel - Good Restaurant


          Hill House Inn

          Originally serving as the location for the TV series Murder, She Wrote, this hotel looks like it was moved from New England to the California Mendocino coast. The beds are a little stiff, but the rooms are beautiful. Decorated in a "homey" style. complete with lacy curtains and windsor chairs. The TV is small and the channel selection is limited. The hotel also plays host to the restaurant Shannon's by the Sea. The fare is basic and not that inspiring. However, the seafood pastas are very well done. They should remove non-seafood items all together. I would definitely stay here again. The price was right at $99 per night and the location was perfect for wine tasting and sight seeing.

          Nice different quaint.


          We stayed at the Hill House in early August. An odd sort of place, out of a past age. Great sea views from a large room. A little expensive for the product, but very nice. We did not eat at the hotel preferring breakfast at the local cafes just down the road overlooking the main street and the bay.

          I am sure some people would rave about the place but I had some reservations. Possibly if we had stayed longer we would have warmed to the Hill House.

          Worth a visit.

          New England Flavor on the Pacific Coast


          We got into Mendocino very, very late, and arrived at Hill House at midnight - the last guests to check in.

          However, the woman at the front desk was very friendly and directed us to our $99 oceanview room. (In the morning we could see the ocean - if we looked to the left and squinted). Furnished with semi-antiques, the room was a welcome respite from our long day. Unfortunately our door was right across from the ice machine, so although we couldn't hear the ocean waves, we did awaken to the sound of falling ice cubes.

          Hill House is a "quaint" inn (the exterior has been used in the show "Murder She Wrote") with furnishings unique to each room. The room included use of robes, coffee maker, high-end toiletries, and oceanview rooms have a wooden deck with Adirondack chairs overlooking the Pacific (although there is some distance to the water).

          Continental breakfast was not included but is available for $6.50 I believe. An on-site restaurant and bar for those who get there in time for dinner.

          Decent inn indeed


          We were looking for cheap next-weekend accomodations in the mendcino area.

          Seems like there are a LOT more places out there than the ones offered on-line.

          Anyway, on-line we opted to spoil ourselves a tad above the lowest Ft. Bragg super 8 ($80) and went for the next cheapest - this place ($105). Moneywise turns out

          - there's 10% tax extra

          - breakfast ($6.50 per person) is not included


          - "garden view" rooms look to the east, away from the ocean.

          - we had a quiet room on 2nd floor we were happy with.

          Good, quiet heating (convector).

          Helpful staff.

          Room was spacious and bed comfy compared to super 8-likes.

          the windows are DANGEROUS to small kids,

          as they are big, start knee high, and have no railings whatsoever!

          breakfast was "continental" - no eggs, no fruit

          (actually they did have a plastic bowl of fruit on table,

          which was kind of sad to observe).

          Next time maybe we'll try the noyo river inn...

          ($106.5 inc. breakfast same weekend)

          Nice little Inn


          Pretty little Inn. Clean Rooms, a bit outdated in the decor and linens.

          Easy access to the town of Mendocino, and if you request a room on the second floor with ocean view you can see a beautiful sunset in the evening. We ate in the Inns diningroom one eveing, but found the food in town to be much better in variety and taste.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Hill House Inn Mendocino

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

          Travel Blogs from Mendocino

          Relaxed, inspired, spoiled

          A travel blog entry by cristinagp on May 01, 2015

          19 photos

          ... enjoyed viewing old photos and old tools used by lumberjacks back in the day.

          On Thursday morning, after another delicious and amazing breakfast provided by Steven, and after he got me a birthday present and a cake with a candle (how thoughtful!) we went to the REAL highlands in Mendocino. We walked a lot, saw some sea otters, analyzed the water appearance and enjoyed some fresh air, before going to Fort Bragg.


          From San Francisco to Mendocino

          A travel blog entry by lesmichelini on Jul 15, 2014

          9 photos

          Today we drove out of San Francisco in the direction of Mendocino through the wonderful Route 1. I will post as many pictures as possible to show the landscapes we have seen. This has probably been one of the best days of the trip to date. We crossed the Golden Gate, made a short stop at Sausalito in the Marine region, then drove through route 1 to ...

          Exploring Coast North of Mendocino

          A travel blog entry by malonetravels2 on Jun 08, 2013

          60 photos

          It was another day of sunshine and we decided to go do a little
          exploring of the northern California coast. We decided we would go to
          MacKerricher State Park north of Ft. Bragg. it has a nice boardwalk and
          they say it is a good place to view marine life.

          When we arrived
          at the park, we were pleasantly surprised to see that there was no cost
          to enter the hiking area. The lady of the entrance told us to watch
          for ...


          A travel blog entry by kluehadventures on Jul 07, 2012

          8 photos

          On our way out of Napa and to the coast the route we took lead us through part of Sonoma. As I was reading the wine magazine, I noticed we were going to pass right by Korbel Champagne Cellars, score. We made a game time decision to make one last stop in wine country, it was destiny. We had only tasted the Korbel Brut previously when we had bought it in a store once, so we were curious about the ...

          Can I get off now please?

          A travel blog entry by pjh60 on Mar 16, 2012

          5 comments, 4 photos

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