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Sandpiper House Inn
Ranked #5 of 5 Elk B&B and Inns
San Jose, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worst hotel experience I've ever had.”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

When my boyfriend and I showed up, the gentleman who ran the inn acted very odd, and told us that he needed an extra $85 for an upgrade to a different room. We were surprised, but willing to pay.

When he showed us our room, he gave us the keys and returned to his home/the lobby. The room was leaning on the cliff a significant degree, for starters. The carpeting was so stained you could hardly see through it to the color. There were no curtains on several of the windows, the room was so old that the chairs were as cracked as the mantle piece of the fireplace that wasn't in operating condition. Furthermore, the "ocean view" that we paid extra for was a view of this man's gardening tools and old scuba gear. While we were sitting in the room debating where to go from there (we knew immediately that we didn't want to stay) we realized that the man's living quarters were directly above our room, and we could hear everything he was doing (including coughing). Alternately, it also mean he could hear everything we were doing. The bed was also a double and we had been told on the phone it was a queen or a king. The lock on the door was also broken.

The dreariness and lack of appeal of the whole place was astounding. We found a place down the street less than mile away, the elk cove inn and spa, which was as charming and lovely as this place was atrocious. AVOID.

Room Tip: Don't choose one at all. Go somewhere else.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Concord, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2012

I don't understand the positive reviews here. Dirty carpets, cracked walls, broken locks and crap all over the over-grown garden. The Inn keeper served a nasty breakfast that included a box-mix burned chocolate cake. Yes, chocolate cake for breakfast. He acted like he didn't want to be there and was very unfriendly. What a rip-off on a Groupon special. Buyer beware!

Room Tip: Don't stay here. Choose any other B&B in Elk and you will be much happier.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Windsor, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2011

Looking for a quick getaway from an otherwise stressful month, we were lucky enough to discover the Sandpiper House Inn in Elk. We stayed in the "Clifton" room and what a view...it certainly lived up to its billing. The property is not in pristine condition, but certainly fits the bill for "shabby chic". The crystal clear weather didn't hurt the ambience either. Breakfast was superb thanks to the creative efforts of Curtis. The only down side to the trip was that most of the restaurants are closed for dinner mid-week during these winter months. It's certainly on our "let's return" list.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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punkybunny300
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2011

This hotel gets 3 stars just for the view alone. We stayed in the Headlands room with our 2 dogs and we all had a great time. The room itself would be a little disappointing for the price if it weren't for the phenomenal scenery and excellent breakfast. I haven't seen any of the other rooms in the hotel, but perhaps they put those of us with dogs in the less than perfect room (cracks in the walls, the pillows were a bit threadbare and overall it didn't feel like a place where you pay $245-$300 a night). The innkeeper is pleasant if not a little withdrawn, he's not overly talkative but seems like a nice guy.

This place is excellent for people traveling with dogs, particularly ones who like to bark when people walk past. The Headlands room (the only room you are allowed to have dogs in) has a separate entrance at the back of the inn so people aren't walking past your room all the time. It's also nice since you have direct access to the outdoors when the dogs need to go out!

Also, if you are bringing your dogs, make sure their flea and tick medication is current! I grew up roaming through the woods on the East Coast and thought I had seen a lot of ticks, boy was I wrong! One of my dogs and I both had ticks bite us (luckily I brought my tweezers) and we found about 5 more crawling on the bed at various times.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2011

I would have loved to give this B&B an "Excellent" review. The view is breathtaking; the location is the most scenic/photogenic spot on the entire Northern Coast. The original house has a lovely floor plan - but the rear addition is sliding down the cliff! The back of the house has settled 9 inches with respect to the front of the house, which results in slanted floors, non-vertical walls, and many unrepaired dry-wall cracks and open wall seams. If you're an artsy-type guest, this quirkiness may just add to the ambience of your experience. But don't stay here if you have a "This Old House" fix-it-up personality. I couldn't stop thinking about how the owners desperately need to repair the setlling foundation. Curtis, the innkeeper, is very pleasant and cooks a good breakfast. However, he doesn't own or reside on the property, and it's obvious the owners are absentee investors as well. The what-could-be gorgeous backyard gardens are heavily overgrown, and the garden's walkways and handrails are tipping/falling down. If you're an owner of this property reading this review: it's time you did some major maintenance on your real estate investment!

Room Tip: "Highlands" was our favorite, due to its own private entrance overlooking the sea.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sandpiper House Inn

Property: Sandpiper House Inn
Address: 5520 South Hwy 1, Elk, CA 95432
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Elk
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Elk
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,012 - ₹ 16,795
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandpiper House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sandpiper House Inn offers five spacious guest suites, each individually decorated with antiques, comfortable chairs, down comforters, feather pillows and fine linens. Four have ocean views, while the fifth overlooks the meadow and hills of Greenwood Ridge. Your stay includes Gourmet Breakfast, served in our breakfast room overlooking the beautiful rocks of Greenwood Cove. Complimentary tea or coffee and hors d oeuvres are enjoyed in the evening beside the cozy living room fireplace. ... more   less 
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Sandpiper House Hotel Elk

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