Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBest Western Vista Manor Lodge Fort Bragg
Fully aware we were on the coast, but there was no air conditioning in this hotel room. Walked into the room and about died of heat. Room was clean but had no bathroom towels. Luckily we were on the second floor because as we walked the floors squeaked. Directly on the main drag (good) except you have to have your windows open and it is very loud. Husband liked the comfy king size bed. Continental breakfast was just enough to keep you satisfied to get to a restaurant.
Beautiful view of the train trestle and Pudding Creek.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Vista Manor Lodge Fort Bragg
Great Place - Great Value
Very friendly staff, clean, great ocean view. Continental breakfast better than most, fresh pastries and fruit.
Short but sweet relaxing stay
We stayed at the Lodge for couple of days. It was one of best short and relaxing stay at the Lodge. The beach was walking distance from the Lodge. The indoor pool was great for the kids. The rooms are clean and large for a hotel in this pricing category. The front desk staff was very cordially, friendly and helpful. We went for a horse back riding acitivity very close by. Also, enjoyed the lunch and dinner at resturants within 1-2 miles of hotel. Great Location! Great Price!!
Awesome getaway deal from San Francisco !
My girlfriend and I were looking for a weekend getaway spot from San Francisco...some place quiet, romantic, drivable from San Francisco. Our google search brought us to Fort Bragg, a 3 hour drive from San Francisco. Looking for a good price and ocean views brought us to the Best Western Vista Manor Lodge in Fort Bragg.
True to expectations, our room had an amazing ocean view and the price was very competitive. A short distance away was a very private, secluded beach that we got to in less than 5 minutes from our room. I was looking for a romantic getaway, and I ended up finding paradise.
As if that were not enough, the staff at the motel were extremely friendly and courteous. Included in the price of the room was access to a heated indoor pool, as well as an ample continental breakfast.
Would definitely go back there soon. This is truly a hidden getaway, and would recommend it to anyone looking for romance and a different place to be.
Rude, unprofessional staff -- awful experience
We travel a lot, so we've stayed at our share of poor hotels. But this one was by far the worst we've ever stayed at. First of all, our promised "partial ocean view" room has a great view of some kind of waste water dump, but you had to look very hard to find any sign of the ocean. Well, that's ok, we weren't there for the view, we just wanted to get a good night's sleep. No such luck. A bunch of guys in the rooms above us were being very loud and kept dropping something heavy and dragging it across the floor. The fact that the walls are paper thin in that place didn't help. When it was well after midnight and we still couldn't sleep, we tried to contact the front desk. The phone didn't work (!), so we had to get up, get dressed, and drive to the office (the layout of the place is ridiculous). The guy from the office (a guy with a thick Indian accent, if you are ever unforunate enough to have to deal with this hotel), instead of trying to solve the problem, started yelling and actually swearing at us (!!). Very unprofessional. Needless to say, we got out of there as fast as we could, will never go back, and don't recommend this hotel to anyone who actually cares about the quality of their hotel stay.
Close to the road
The "lodge" was about 25-30 feet from the Coastal Highway. We could hear vehicles passing by all night. Also the mattress was very firm. Could use a pillowtop or something. Anyhow we cut our intended stay to one night and sought different lodgings.
Vista Manor a pleasant bargain
We spent a Saturday night at the Vista Manor Motel and have only compliments for it and the management. Our room was large, clean, and quiet with an ocean view at a very reasonable price. The grounds are lovely--flowers and magnificent old Monterey cypress trees. The staff members were so nice and recommended the Mendo Bistro for dinner (incredible food). The complimentary breakfast was fine and generous. I'd stay at the Vista Manor anytime. Those reviewers who complain about the cemetery are being ridiculous--I had to look for it and finally found the interesting old cemetery behind a 7-ft fence. It would be visible from (perhaps) 5 upstairs rooms in a remote wing of the large motel complex.
We had a beautiful room overlooking the ocean (across the road) and didn't even know there was a cemetary nearby until reading other reviews. The staff was incredibly friendly and spent a good 20 minutes talking with us explaining various things to do in the area, as well as recommending a great restaurant (Mendo Bistro).
Unfortunately, we had a very heavy snorer in the next room and were waken up a couple of times. Other than that, everything was great!
Great accommodations for the price.
Very spacious clean rooms. Continental breakfast was more than adequate. Easy to find and very quiet location. With a view of the ocean even though across the highway there is ready access. Staff was most friendly and helpful. Would recommend this location to our friends and fellow travelers as a great value.
yes there is a cemetary out your door but on the other side is the ocean and we loved it (plus the cementary is charming in its own way) it was priced fair and we will stay there again indoor pool was great (especailly when its cold and windy at night) its close to everything but not directly in town (dennys in walking distance) rooms are clean and quiet plus there is a generous breakfast in the morning and the loge is inviting if your not a snob and just want a place to hang your hat when your not raoming the beaches then this is the place for you
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I wasn't to pleased with the experience at all! We got there after check in time and our room still wasn't ready. It took them another forty minutes to get it ready. The worst part is you can look out your room door at a cemetary. Not my idea of pleasant. The room was clean and nice inside. I just didn't like the whole cemetary thing or having to wait for my room after a long drive.
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