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“A Very Special Inn on the Northern California Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Albion River Inn

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Albion River Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Albion B&B and Inns
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Minnesota
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“A Very Special Inn on the Northern California Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

The Albion River Inn just south of Mendocino, CA has spectacular views of the coast, charming and very clean accommodations and a gourmet restaurant featuring local wines, fresh fish and organic vegetables. After a smooth check-in, we enjoyed the ocean's roar and gorgeous view along with a complimentary bottle of wine on our private patio. Dinner was divine, the bed comfy and delicious breakfast the next morning was included. The staff made excellent recommendations on nearby sites of interest, including several state parks, light houses and the Botanical Gardens with coastal walking trails. We hope to return with friends and family!

Room Tip: Our room was one of the least expensive but was perfect for us.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cedarburg, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. The rooms were cozy, the view outstanding and the restaurant exceptional. They provided a nice gift basket for us in celebration of our 25 years of marriage. I cannot recommend this place enough. Oh and by the way, the view is pretty darn nice too!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

We stayed here for one night in summer of 2000, per a recommendation of a guest at the B&B where we were staying in Napa. They lived in San Francisco and often brought family for weekends. The photos on the internet looked lovely, so I called from Napa and got the last room - one of the least expensive.

Remembering how much we loved our stay, I booked again for 2 nights this time. The room was much the same as we remembered it, and yes, as the disappointed reviewer commented, the furniture is dated and could use some updating. I'm hoping the owners will invest some money in the soon future; it wouldn't keep me from returning, but eventually it could become an issue. However, the view is worth every penny. The bungalows are situated directly on the bluff overlooking the Pacific with nothing hindering the spectacular vista. The deck with its Adirondack chairs is a comfortable place to relax in the late evening, watching a priceless sunset and basking in the warmth of the sun. In the evening, we wrapped ourselves in the extra blankets provided and sat there enjoying a glass of wine and the moonlight. When we were checking in, two men came in to get a couple of board games and cards; the 2 couples were from San Francisco and were spending a long weekend together; it made me think it would be a nice place to come with my son's family.

There is no television (didn't have it in 2000 either and it DID contribute to the romance of the setting) but there is free WiFi; cell service is terrible in the entire area. Although the furniture is dated, the mattress on the bed felt new - plush and comfortable. Breakfast is included (at the highly-rated restaurant); you choose your time when you initially check in and they try to seat most guests at the window - the restaurant has even better views than the inn. Service the first morning was a little off, but the second morning everything was perfect. My husband had the pear/raisin bread pudding (like French toast) and I had the two egg breakfast. I'm picky about my English muffin and ask at every restaurant that they toast it twice because I like it crispy; I'm usually disappointed. It was cooked perfectly the first time. They were quite accommodating to every request we made.

We ate the first night at the restaurant and loved it. I had the lime and ginger prawns, which were fabulous - plump, firm, and large; my husband had the pork tenderloin and loved it. The restaurant has a completely different ambiance for dinner than it does for breakfast - much more elegant and cozy, candlelight and piano music. We opted to eat in town the second night at another highly recommended inn and were disappointed; we both wished we had returned to the Albion River Inn Restaurant.

We have beautiful memories of both trips, photos I posted on Facebook that evoked countless comments from friends, and will definitely return.

Room Tip: We checked out the room with the garden tub and I don't know that it was worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

The view alone would make a stay at the Albion River Inn well worth the rate. Add charming, quaint rooms and a delicious breakfast daily and in our opinion it's a must in Mendecino, CA.

  • Stayed October 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

Back again for another Anniversary trip and we loved it just as much as the first time two years ago. We stayed in the same cottage #17 and the warmth and charm were beaming from every direction. The king bed is super comfy, the oversized jacuzzi tub is a real indulgence. The ocean view from morning to night is a dream come true for a couple named Shore. See you again, that's for shore!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Additional Information about Albion River Inn

Property: Albion River Inn
Address: 3790 N Highway 1, Albion, CA 95410
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Albion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Albion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:3 star — Albion River Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Albion River Inn's spectacular ocean front lodging and dining create the ambiance for a romantic and relaxing vacation on the Mendocino Coast. Our well appointed guest rooms and cottages feature dramatic ocean views with many amenities for your comfort. Located on the ocean, minutes from the historic village of Mendocino, Anderson Valley Wine Country, golf, tennis, State Parks, and beaches. The acclaimed restaurant and bar are open nightly for dinner. The restaurant lawn terrace is the picture perfect setting for weddings and receptions, while Cooking Classes and Culinary Events make us your ideal destination getaway. ... more   less 
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