We were given a Groupon for Christmas and needed to redeem it before the expiration date.
After reading all of the reviews, what everyone is saying is true. You're either going to love it or tolerate it. For my husband and I, we found it to be very good. Why? Because we knew from the start that we were staying in a 100 year old craftsman run by one person who's not the owner. Curtis, the innkeeper is rather reserved but you can tell that he does his best to keep things going. He cooks, cleans and while we were there, he even mowed the lawn.
Curtis's breakfasts were great. One morning he made a vegetable fritatta with spicy salsa that was amazing. The next morning were some heavenly fruit crepes.
I have to agree with everyone that the yard is overgrown and the rooms are not in tip top shape. The kitchen is a little cluttered but it didn't bother me too much. We stayed in the Evergreen room which has it's own entrance from the side of the porch and a little balcony to sit outside. The floors slope throughout the room but that's part of the charm. I would call the room shabby chic. The Evergreen room had a canopy bed, gas fireplace, a mini-refrigerator and a soaking tub for 2. Pretty romantic, especially since there's no TV in the room, your cell phone may not get any reception and WI-FI throughout the area is spotty at best. My husband & I talked, read and just relaxed. It felt like staying in your grandmother's old house. One thing that did bother me a bit was that the room was directly below the breakfast area and thus I could hear people walking around in the morning and evening. It's not too loud but it can be annoying if you're not used to it.
Try to do some planning as the few restaurants in Elk are closed on Sundays and only one was open for dinner on Monday night. Mendocino is a half hour drive away so it may be a hike to get some food. On Sunday, we did manage to find a little grocery store that made sandwiches. We paired it with some cheese and crackers and had a nice peaceful meal in our room with the fireplace going.
What will blow you away are the fabulous views. The house is right on the side of a cliff and while you can't go all the way down to the ocean, just sitting in the lawn chairs was heaven. We sat out in the yard for over an hour and just watched the surf crash along the cliffs. The views were about the best I've seen in the area and we had them right in our own backyard.
All in all it was a great peaceful trip. Would I go back? Not at the rack rate prices, but if they had another Groupon, we would definitely go and take our friends. This is the kind of place where you need to make your own fun. Bring some wine, games, cards and you'll be fine.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sandpiper House Hotel Elk