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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.
We got into Mendocino very, very late, and arrived at Hill House at midnight - the last guests to check in.
We were looking for cheap next-weekend accomodations in the mendcino area.
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.