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Very good
8 reviews
Great beach cottage in quaint fishing & vacation town
Great beach cottage in quaint fishing & vacation town
Great beach cottage in quaint fishing & vacation town
Dock over at Gil's Restaurant, just around the corneer
Great beach cottage in quaint fishing & vacation town
Great beach cottage in quaint fishing & vacation town
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Eureka, Humboldt County, California

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SanDiegoM...
San Diego, CA
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Beautifully upgraded property, very unique location and experience for area”
Reviewed 15 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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To me this is a REALLY unique property and experience. Living in So Cal for most of my life, after being born in SF, this is to ME what a lot of the coast of Northern California USED to be like.

There are MANY more pro's than con's!!

PRO's:
Very "coastal" experience and charm. From what we have researched, property was purchased and remodeled EXTENSIVELY in the last 5 years (since 2015). From the kitchen to windows to jetted large tub with tiled enclosure, this is I assume a property used by owners and loved as well as rented out. GREAT amenities such as EXTRA large flat screen in living room and second tv in bedroom. Outside has classic blue and white paint and yard has been done very nicely with lots of what I called "Pismo Clams" as a kid around the yard.

You are yards away from trails that go to the shores of the bay. You are also close walking distance to a GREAT local restaurant called "Gills" - a dont miss while here for breakfast or lunch.

Perfect for a dog also. Our pooch loved the front AND backyard with grass. Has tile on floor which is good as yard and area has LOTS of dark sand. Has a nice wood deck in back as well as a large BBQ.

Well secured property with lock on front and back (to dock) gate. Also has alarm. You feel very private in this little serene hide-away!!

CONS:
First as has been noted by a prior reviewer this is across from a trailer park. NOTE this is a lower working class neighborhood where some folks with money have come in and remodeled a few of the properties such as this. If you are expecting a fancy on the water place, externally this is NOT it. But in Mendicino or Ft Bragg I am sure something even close would be 2 to 3 times the cost/night.

NOTE also this does NOT have a washer/dryer. So if you will be staying a week or more you need to find a spot to do laundry - not sure if there are facilities in the trailer park. If you have kids and a dog you should check into this.

To ME this reminds me of what Half Moon bay was like in the 60's when I was a kid. Before the hipsters and surfers found it, Half Moon bay was a working class town with places you could buy abalone fresh off the boat. Now it has coffee shops and the Ritz Carlton.

As to safety, despite the scruffiness of some of the neighbors, I did not feel unsafe as a female going out by myself. Would I roam around at night by myself and leave the doors unlocked? probably not. But I wouldnt do that staying in Arcata either - in arcata we stayed on the plaza and I felt MUCH more unsafe as we literally had to walk AROUND drunk homeless folks who lived there.

Would I stay here again - YES!!! If we lived in the bay area I would be up here a LOT!!!

With taking our daughter to HSU, this is our 4th visit to the greater Arcata/Eureka area. Have stayed in a "vanilla" hotel north of Arcata and 2 other rentals. Originally rented this for May as was only property available during graduation season (as is a bit farther from HSU). We needed to change to March. Owners were very accomodating with this. Thank you!!

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Liked best: The quaintness of the cottage and decor, as well as large yard
Liked least: no washer dryer
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
24 Apr 2016
Thanks for that great review as you hit all the right notes in our description! yes, it is near a trailer park, but those are long term tenants and are quite helpful and know all the great fishing holes. they even out the trash out for us every week. Gils' by the Bay-yes don't miss it! Dogs & Kids! Great fenced in area and beach near by. The trailer park does have a coin-op laundry facility that our guests are free to use. Please come again!
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CalTravel...
Long Beach, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cozy, clean & functional, no problems.”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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All was fine for family of 3. We loved walks along the adjacent shore. Didn't utilize small dock on the little channel out back, but seemed to be an adequate launch for rowboat or kayak. Location was great for our needs; moderate drives to several state and national redwood forests and parks; a short hop to downtown Eureka.
Only negative was absolutely no view from anywhere in the cottage. We weren't bothered by neighbors, but if you are looking for swank look elsewhere - lots of salty dwellings in the surrounding trailer park.

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Liked best: the bay
Liked least: lack of view
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
20 Sep 2014
Shell Cottage is great. We encourage vacationers to bring kayaks and canoes and utilize the back dock. Next visit, please plan to bring some! We do have rental agencies in the area for this type of equipment. The neighbors are just fine and can be helpful with directions to anywhere.
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Sacramento
Reviewed 9 March 2014 for a stay in March 2013
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MA
Reviewed 9 March 2014 for a stay in July 2013
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BobofChat...
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Shell Cottage a Great Place”
Reviewed 30 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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A really nice place just let down by the surrounding run down other property's, have in said that some of the residence have made great efforts to keep theirs in good order

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Liked best: The Cottage
Liked least: the surrounding area
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Management Response
30 Sep 2013
Our guests seem to be pleased with Shell cottage regardless of the location. The neighbors are very nice, and even helped us recently find a home for a kitten that was hanging out at the cottage. Shell Cottage is quite popular as it is close to the beach and is pet friendly with a fully enclosed yard. We hope you can come see us again!
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