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Toronto
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Initial impressions of the property were much better than we expected; sometimes these old historic properties are more about the history than the present (i.e., comfort is sacrificed) but we were quite taken-back by the cottage, the rooms, the grounds and the patio. Very nice indeed. Dinner was quite good; not a competition for the best in California, but well...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Real_FoodieToronto, Thank you for your review. Our goal is to always provide the ultimate in comfortable, serene environments for our guests. Some years ago when it became clear that the unreliability of the inn’s cooling system jeopardized guest comfort, the inn replaced the old, inefficient cooler system with a modern chiller system. Our Cottage is equipped with this system,...

Stockton, California
Reviewed 6 July 2014

A very welcoming historic inn with beautiful grounds and friendly staff. Well decorated and very comfortable and clean. Great hospitality and the breakfast is wonderfully delicious! Try the French Toast!

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Sandy909... Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you had a great mother-daughter getaway and were able to explore the Avenue of the Giants - it is truly an amazing gateway to the redwoods and is a favorite day trip for the majority of our guests. We hope that you will both be able to join us...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We stayed in the cottage room, and it's the closest room to Hwy 101. If you're a light sleeper, the zipping big rigs will keep you awake. The wifi was also unreliable from this room. The service was great, as they (no questions asked) let us out of the 2nd night reservation so we can move to another hotel and...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Aridon99 We appreciate your feedback and comments. Our location is a double-edged sword. Not only do we have our own unique exit off the redwood highway (Benbow Exit 636) we are a convenient stopping point for guests traveling between the bay area and the Pacific Northwest. If we were to build a new property in Humboldt County, lodging industry...

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We just got back from a week long stay there. We had the terrace room 115 with a beautiful view. The food was great. The staff is really nice. The grounds are beautiful with lots of flowers. They had live music on the terrace. I love this place and will definitely come back!

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Lisa B Thank you for spending the week with us and your lovely review. Our staff takes great pride in their level of service and we all look forward to reading the comments from our valuable guests. We hope to see you on your next visit to the redwoods.

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Old hotel that's very close to the start of the giants of the redwood forest drive. staff was accommodating and responsive. We had a cooler with us and as it's an old hotel with a lot of stairs they upgraded us to the terrace rooms for $20 more a night (worth it.). The terrace rooms were added in the 60's,...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Dear Paul M Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are often asked about the friendly spirits here - aside from the wide selection in our lounge. We're pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will soon return.

Napa, California
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Preparing to depart for an annual trip to Northwest California a colleague suggested an overnight at a favorite of his, the historic Benbow Inn. Not having been there in too many years to recall we decided on a whim to check it out on our way north. What a really wonderful, first rate experience. Great staff, rooms, grounds and countless...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Our staff and management appreciate your review. We are very fortunate to host numerous repeat visitors that stay with us on their journeys to Portland, Seattle and Canada. We have also experienced an increase in guests from the San Francisco bay area that require a conveniently located charging station for their electric vehicles en route to the Pacific Northwest. We...

Maheshwar, India
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This lovely historic building has comfortable rooms, an excellent dining room, and verdant grounds. Only downside was that the highway is right next to it, but so is the case for most other places to stay when visiting the Avenue of the Giants---- NOT TO BE MISSED!

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Many guests stay with us to take advantage of our close proximity to the Avenue of the Giants. While there is some traffic noise from the Redwood Highway, we tend to be much quieter than many of the smaller lodging properties that are located directly on the Avenue of the Giants. During your next visit,...

Ventura, California
Reviewed 18 June 2014

We just returned from our anniversary road trip, which culminated with a 2-night stay at the Benbow Inn, where we spent our honeymoon 50 years ago. How could it still be as wonderful as we remembered it being all those years ago? My husband splurged on the cottage, which is a separate building adjacent to the terrace with a private...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

We're delighted that you joined us for your anniversary! While much has changed at the Inn since 1964, we strive to provide our guests with a timeless level of gracious service. We appreciate your thoughts and we look forward to hosting you again.

Napa, California
Reviewed 13 June 2014

There is a very cool history and former guest list to this striking hotel sitting somewhat in the middle of nowhere. I can understand why Clark Gable would fly in regularly and take his same spot at the table in the dining room to enjoy the seclusion within the ambiance. First note is for private pilots. You can fly into...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We appreciate your comments. Our staff will work on making the check-in process more enjoyable. We do hope you will return to challenge our golf course. If your swing is a little rusty, there is also a driving and putting green to practice a few shots prior to your round. Beginning in July, we will...

Big Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Forty-two years ago, when I was a soldier stationed in Monterey, I was given a week's leave, We lived on a soldier's salary, and the Benbow Inn charged only $12.00 per room! We have just retired, and we took a retirement tour of northern California that included the Benbow, as well as Monterey. While the room no longer cost $12...

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DOSMManager, Director of Sales at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

First and foremost, we appreciate your service to the country. Though much has changed over the last forty-two years, we always strive to repeat the high level of service to our former guests and new visitors to the Inn - year in and year out. Hopefully, it won't take you another 42 years to return. All of us wish you...

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Golf Course
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Opened in 1926. 55 Recently renovated rooms. On the National Register of Historic Places. Member of Historic Hotels of America. A beautiful country inn with fine dining serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining available in the summer. Next to Benbow KOA featuring golf, gas-powered carts and putting green. Located on the Eel River in the heart of the redwoods near the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. Benbow Historic Inn is your California Redwood Retreat. Amenities include daily complimentary tea & scones, free lobby newspapers & WiFi, in room sherry & coffee, complimentary bicycles, seasonal pool & Jacuzzi, splash park, sport court, playground, meeting space, wedding venue, hiking & biking trails abound. A must see at the Benbow Exit 636 off US Highway 101. 199 Miles north of San Francisco in Southern Humboldt County. Numerous music and art festivals during summer months. Up to two (2) pets are allowed in our pet designated rooms, pending availability. The Benbow Historic Inn charges a $30 pet fee per visit. Those planning to bring furry companions MUST speak with a Front Desk Agent prior to making a reservation. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Benbow Historic Inn

Address: 445 Lake Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3616
Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Garberville
Price Range: ₹ 11,634 - ₹ 17,059 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Benbow Historic Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 55
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“Photos are from a room overlooking the courtyard.”
 of 5 bubbles CatPatz, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“river view”
 of 5 bubbles 975johng, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We prefer the Terrace Rooms, newer than the older rooms in the Historic section, although these are part of a major renovation in 2017.”
 of 5 bubbles Rockywinn, 17 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a 2nd floor room facing the river.”
 of 5 bubbles Lunadancer, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Some rooms have TVs, other don't. Be sure to ask if this matters to you.”
 of 5 bubbles gradeschoolmom, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
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