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“The Place to Stay in Mendocino” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Glendeven Inn Mendocino

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Glendeven Inn Mendocino
Ranked #1 of 7 Little River B&B and Inns
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“The Place to Stay in Mendocino”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

If you like rustic farmsteads with the added bonus of being within walking distance of the ocean, you will love Glendeven. It was not the best B&B we have stayed in but it had some great detail which added to our enjoyment.

Our room was the Briar Rose which is huge, vaulted ceiling, clean(!), antique furniture and a sitting area in front of the wood burning fireplace (which they prepare for you each day so all you have to do is strike a match). The best part of the room is the balcony with a view of the ocean. We enjoyed feeding the chickens, walking with the llamas, touring the grounds and gardens. The daily breakfast baskets were delivered right to your door each morning and the contents were tasty and plentiful using their own eggs and organic produce. We really enjoyed the fresh flowers in our room which we assume came from the gardens. We loved the walking trails that were close by and kayaking while exploring the sea caves. The inn also hosts a wine tasting bar(n) which features Mendocino county wineries. We also enjoyed the art / pottery / glass work / wood-work galleries in Mendocino and surrounding towns. As you can see, there is plenty to do if you want to stay for a longer period of time.

There are plenty of restaurants and all are pricey for what you get but this is a tourist area so it is expected. I do regret we were not at the inn when they offered dinner (at $65 per person) – given the breakfasts were wonderful, we can only assume the dinners would be also. They will prepare lunch baskets if you are going to be out and about (for a cost).

Since we rely so heavily on reviews when traveling to unknown areas, I will also include the not-so-great points. We hope it does not dissuade you from giving the inn a try but will help you in picking the right room. You are paying a higher-than-average per night price (almost $300 per night for a queen size room) and knowing these things might keep your disappointment to a minimum. The Brair Rose has a tiny bathroom with a tiny shower and a tiny vanity. If large, luxurious bathrooms are important to your B&B experience, pick another room. It has a queen size bed when a king would be nicer. It is a former farmstead with a rustic feel and sometimes we observed worn, threadbare or messy areas (some would call it “quaint”) but it didn’t detract from our personal enjoyment. There is no television or cell phone coverage but there is Wi-Fi available and it worked flawlessly. There is no full size ironing board and I cringed when I had to put the portable board on top of an antique to iron our clothes. Also, check the restaurant reviews on the internet before visiting. Two of the recommendations were less than satisfactory and the internet would have warned us.

With all that being said, the pros far outweigh the cons and we would definitely choose to return to Glendeven.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

Glendeven Better Known as Glen-Heaven


Glendeven is a slice of Heaven on the Mendocino Coast. The Mendocino coast is one of the most beautiful places and the Glendeven makes the experience even better. We have stayed at many places on the coast and really like most of them, but the Glendeven is my new favorite. John and his staff go out of the way to make sure every detail is taken care of, from the welcoming greeting in the “The Wine Bar[n]”, to the personalized email thanking us for our visit.

The food and wine is amazing, the breakfasts were yummy, the appetizers during the wine hour were creative and scrumptious, and if you have the opportunity to attend one of the Farm-to-Table Dinners you will be in for a treat, Chef Kristy Wilson does an amazing job.

So if you want a piece of heaven on earth, head to the Mendocino Coast and stay at the Glendeven.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

We had booked one night in ''Etta's Suite'' on our return journey from Napa to Vancouver, Canada. After one hour on the property we were so overwhelmed with the ambience of the Inn, it's surroundings and its glorious views that we decided to stay another night. Unfortunately, the Etta Suite was booked but we were extremely lucky and got into the ''Bayview Suite''.
The owners and staff were very welcoming, hospitable and a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding areas. The breakfasts were beautifully served and our only regret is that we were not staying at the Inn on an evening when the gourmet dinner was being served.
If we were in the Little River Area again, we would only stay at Glendeven.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

I've stayed here twice in the past couple of years and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else when I get up to Mendocino. We've stayed in the Pinewood Room as a couple and in the Beach Trail Cottage as a foursome. We really enjoyed both. I loved the breakfast brought to our room in Pinewood; that's a very nice touch. We loved the cottage too with the amazing views from the upstairs bedroom. I would only say that a BBQ grill should be added to the cottage property, if possible; that's the only thing that would improve it. Your hosts are always so welcoming and they remember EVERYONE when they come back. Very relaxing and peaceful times await you at Glendeven Inn.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

Glendeven is a magical property with beautiful sculptured grounds, ocean views, llamas, fine wine and delicious food. Breakfast is brought to your room each morning and wine tasting in the evening - who could ask for more. We very much enjoyed our stay and would return again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Glendeven Inn Mendocino

Property: Glendeven Inn Mendocino
Address: 8205 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9518
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Little River
Price range (per night): ₹ 15,510 - ₹ 20,942
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glendeven Inn Mendocino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'One of the 10 best inns in America'. This stylish inn with its blend of fine antiques and contemporary art, offers wood burning fireplaces, ocean views, full in-room gourmet breakfasts, private baths, secluded patios & decks, featherbeds, plush robes, a wine and hors deouvres hour, and free-Wi-Fi. Glendeven is a Select Registry inn built on a serene eight-acre farmstead around an 1867 country estate situated on a headland meadow with grazing llamas, just minutes south of historic Mendocino. ... more   less 
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