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Emerald Dolphin Inn
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Fort Bragg
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Ventura, CA
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126 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

Reasonable, clean & friendly. Had a wonderful stay in Fort Bragg. Hotel staff was friendly & had a great seafood restaurant recommendation. Close to a Fort Bragg walking history tour of the bay. Saw a dozen deer on our early morning walk. Room had all we needed for a comfortable stay on our route up Highway 1 on our motorcycle. recommend it to any travelers.

Room Tip: They put us in room 124 which faces away from hwy one & was quiet all night long
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

We booked a last minute trip to Mendocino and thanks to TripAdvisor found the Emerald Dolphin Inn. Prices are reasonable, neighbors were quiet, staff was really friendly and the bed was quite comfortable. We were just on the south side of town and 2 minutes away from the downtown and Glass Beach. We went on a nice run along a path near Glass Beach and spent the rest of our time exploring nearby Mendocino and Anderson Valley.

Though I probably won't stay in Fort Bragg again, if I were to it would be here.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

I was raised in Fort Bragg. I go back to visit my father and we have stayed in a few hotels there this is one we have returned too. I love it. I love being able to go there after a full day of family and friends and being able to snuggle in my bed and sleep. It is quiet, and comfortable and very cozy. If you want a view you can go to the bluffs and watch the maginificent heart of fort bragg the ocean feel the spray smell the salty air then go to your room and rest. We enjoy the arcade and mini golf also definietly a bonus!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

Before you read the rest of the review, know that we had a great time at this place and would likely go back. About a 0.5 mile walk will take you to gorgeous sunset with lots of restaurants within a 2-3 minute drive. McD and Starbucks are literally across the street. Above all, the management is friendly and courteous.

We (husband, wife and two kids) stayed there for a few nights. Its a decent place at a great price. One must realize that the locale is expensive, regardless of where you stay. This place is very affordable. However, we kinda got what we paid for.

The rooms are clean and decent but the walls are thin. Our kids are loud and I'm confident the neighbors got to hear them. The beds are ok but the sofa bed is NOT - you'll feel every spring and rod.

The continental breakfast consists of cereal, danishes and coffee. Paltry, but not bad considering its included in the price.

A number of reviewers complained about clog toilets. We had the same problem but on the last day, just before checking out. Management was gracious about it though.

Overall, we had a great time. You could spend 2-3 times as much for a local bed and breakfast and spend the evening with visiting flakes and wonder if your sheets are clean or you could choose a place like this.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2011

This is a wonderful little "mom-and-pop" motel in Ft. Bragg on Highway 1 along the Northern California coast. Clean (spotless), well-appointed, lots of small touches one doesn't normally find -- artwork, wallpaper, nice linens, comfy beds, a safe, even a fake fireplace that seemed more sweet than kitsch. Friendly staff.

If you let it be a small-market motel, you simply won't do better. A WAY better choice than the same old Best Western or Comfort Inn! Great job!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Emerald Dolphin Inn
Address: 1211 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5312
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Fort Bragg
#5 Family Hotel in Fort Bragg
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fort Bragg
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Emerald Dolphin Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the newest Inns on the Coast, Emerald Dolphin's guest rooms bring luxurious comfort, gracious hospitality, and first class service to the Mendocino Coast. Located within walking distance to the Hare Creek beach and ocean cliff walking trail. Some jetted spa & fireplace suites. Complimentary continental breakfast, WIFI and many other amenities. Pet friendly rooms available with advance notice. Onsite you will find a family hair salon, 18 hole Miniature Golf Course, family fun center with arcade & private party room. You will also find fabulous restaurants, shops, galleries, beaches, parks, Skunk Train, Botanical Gardens, and theater nearby. AAA approved- Three Diamonds Award. ... more   less 
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