Hill House Inn
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We left Vacaville and headed north through the farmlands. We then turned left into the mountains. What a beautiful trip to Willits. The KOA here, is geared for kids and has everything from a petting zoo to a splash park including a least a million kids. We were assigned the site beside the splash park and next to the Skunk Train tracks. The ...
Hi folks back again, having spent a couple of interesting days in Arcata part of the Humbolt county of Northern California.
We sae Coastal redwood trees on the way doiwn. Our host took us to a few interesting spots including Sequoia mini zoo where I saw pink flamingoes and a re panda fro the first time.
She also took us to a natural history museum where there wss an Indian display of basket weaving which I found interesting.
That evening ...
... After 10 hours on the road we eventually pulled into Mendocino, arriving at 10pm. Although 10 hours seems quite a long time, it was quite short compared to greyhound and the long flights we took during our trip. Plus Nathan is gaining much road experience, so if truck driving ever becomes a choice of career he'll be well prepared after this experience! We pulled up at a beautiful Victorian hotel, 130 years old, full of character. We felt so privledged to be staying here! We ...
... on our walk through the village Nadxli spotted a bird making a very persistent call. It was a California Quail sitting on an antique headboard of a wagon evidently trying to call up a mate. Watched it for a while and marveled at the great collection of driftwood art in the yard.
Boy, did that walk make the boys thirsty! There was a place overlooking the water named "*****" and we decided to check it out. Looked like it really was ...
... Lunch in an old Victorian hotel built in the 1800s (see pictures below). Most homes and buildings in the area we have driven through are wood construction (they call them 'stick' buildings) which make them easy to build (and very cheap). Though they have a disadvantage in that the sound travels very easily in them. You can hear a lot of what is going on in the neighbouring rooms but that's just the nature of the building ...
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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.
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).
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.