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Eugene, Oregon
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wish our travel plans allowed for more than a one night stay. Beautiful historic Inn, delightfully relaxing property along the river, next to a beautiful old stone bridge. Can't say enough about their staff, from check in to check out every employee we met could not have been nicer. Room was very clean, comfortable and quiet. A friendly bartender with... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old hotel is a piece of history that maintains its heritage and yet is a comfortable and a delight. The rooms are classical early last century, the internal decor is true to era, quirky and yet totally appropriate. The restaurant and bar both did a great job and food was very good. We enjoyed out night at the Benbow... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Benbow for an anniversary trip and they couldn't have been nicer. When we checked in our room wasn't quite ready so they gave us a bigger room that was ready right then even though there was no hurry. They serve scones and tea in the afternoon so I was ok with sitting on the patio to wait for the... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to stop and eat or stay... It's a few hours north of SFO on Hwy 101 nestled among the Redwoods. There is nothing else really like this along the way. This is a very unique stopping/resting point.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a wonderful surprise of a place! We loved our visit to Benbow and enjoyed the area - beautiful and scenic. There is Benbow Lake nearby, some good walks, and, of course, the proximity to the Redwoods. The hotel is so full of charm and character - really sweet place - recommend a visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful historic inn; too bad the service and amenities aren't up to par. Recently the 101 was closed due to a oil/chem spill. All of the traffic was being turned around and consequently a number of travellers, on their way to San Francisco, had to spend the night north of the accident. I found one of the last... More 

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BenbowRep, Manager at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I apologize for the lack of attention to your needs, this is not how our staff would normally respond, nor the expectation. I'm sorry that you were trapped in the area by the accident and then did not get proper service. I did verify with the dining room that an order of toast is a... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is the best place to stay in Southern Humboldt. Beautiful historic inn at a beautiful location. The Garden Cottage and the Terrace King rooms are exceptional. (Local note: for discounted rooms, try the Shopping Show on Saturday mornings.) Quiet & peaceful, despite ongoing construction. The restaurant here is AMAZING. All in all, a great experience. Will definately return here.

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Encinitas, California
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

I wanted to see the Red Wood National Forrest in Northern California. We researched the best places to see and chose the Benbow Historic Inn in Garberville, CA. It is a four hour drive from the San Francisco Airport. It is surrounded by green lush forests of Red Wood and Pine Trees. The Benbow Inn is a trip back in... More 

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BenbowRep, Owner at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your wonderful comments about our Inn and we are not your typical Best Western or Hilton hotel. The Benbow Historic Inn is unique and there is nothing like our property in our area. If one is looking for a historical experience with great food and drink then we are the only choice in... More 

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Reviewed 15 October 2016

This is an historic hotel and is being renovated but does not have luxuries of modern hotels (ie. no television in room) ... must want to come for the experience and the beauty of the scenery. Room did give free bottled water and after dining sherry was in room.

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BenbowRep, Owner at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback as these reviews help us establish policy and make changes. Our Terrace Rooms have televisions as will the new 10 guest suites we are building. We did not put TV's in most of the Historical Building Rooms per the request from guests who have been coming to Benbow for years. They... More 

Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Historical hotel. Has lost some of its charm due to remodel taking place. Missed the old movie room. Our room could have used some update. Still a very special stay. Love the bar, lobby, and grounds. Wish we had long enough to golf a cross the highway. Next time.

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BenbowRep, Owner at Benbow Historic Inn, responded to this review

Thank you traveldocgolfer for your review. We are currently working closely with our golf course greens staff to make improvements in the golf course, so we hope you get a chance to play next time you are here. We are hoping that the Inn will not lose any of its charm due to the remodeling taking place. Our desire is... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Golf Course
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Banquet Room
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Opened in 1926. 55 Recently renovated rooms. On the National Register of Historic Places. Member of Historic Hotels of America. A beautiful country inn with fine dining serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining available in the summer. Next to Benbow KOA featuring golf, gas-powered carts and putting green. Located on the Eel River in the heart of the redwoods near the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants. Benbow Historic Inn is your California Redwood Retreat. Amenities include daily complimentary tea & scones, free lobby newspapers & WiFi, in room sherry & coffee, complimentary bicycles, seasonal pool & Jacuzzi, splash park, sport court, playground, meeting space, wedding venue, hiking & biking trails abound. A must see at the Benbow Exit 636 off US Highway 101. 199 Miles north of San Francisco in Southern Humboldt County. Numerous music and art festivals during summer months. Up to two (2) pets are allowed in our pet designated rooms, pending availability. The Benbow Historic Inn charges a $30 pet fee per visit. Those planning to bring furry companions MUST speak with a Front Desk Agent prior to making a reservation. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Benbow Historic Inn

Address: 445 Lake Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3616
Region: United States > California > Humboldt County > Garberville
Price Range: RM772 - RM1,264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Benbow Historic Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 55
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“Ask for a 2nd floor room facing the river.”
 of 5 bubbles Lunadancer, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Some rooms have TVs, other don't. Be sure to ask if this matters to you.”
 of 5 bubbles gradeschoolmom, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Don't go ...make sure your room has heat or a fireplace”
 of 5 bubbles michaelm34, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
“I would book a Terrace Room with a Private Patio and or Balcony, some have fireplaces as well.”
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“Terrace Building was recommended by several as the best. The Garden cottage was fantastic except for the privacy upon entry and re-entry.”
 of 5 bubbles jebediahm2016, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
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