"Mendocino: Magical place, spectacular views"
The staff was great, the complimentary breakfast at the Inn was delicious - among other thinks: chicken apple sausage, home made wholewheat hazelnut bread and yummy coffee. The rooms were beautiful, especially in the Suites where we were, about 4 blocks from the main house. Comfy robes are provided for use during your stay but you have the option of […] buying. Huge shower/bath, fireplace, private terrace. In sum: awesome. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Excellent service. Exceptional breakfast.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"comfort in Mendocino"
The Mccallum suites were perfect for a girls' getaway as the room was large with 2 queen beds. Beds were ultra comfortable and the bathroom was tricked out with granite and a jetted tub. The suites are a short walk from the main property. The breakfasts offered at the Mccallum house are gourmet and beautifully presented. Would I stay there again? A […] bsolutely. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Main hotel is good, but secondary location is terr"
It seems that booking here is a dice roll between the gorgeous main location and a horrible secondary location about a mile away. If there was a way to choose or know in advance, I'd book here again, but if you get the wrong location, you won't know until you get there, and if the hotel is full then you're out of luck.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful and well furnished room with large tub."
Staff were exceptionally nice. They explained everything clearly about the accommodations. The waiters were welcoming and attentive and the food was excellent.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Peaceful and relaxing."
Highly recommend the suites for a short trip to Mendocino. Rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast is fabulous although a bit on the high-end range.Genuine Expedia guest review
"The MacCullum House in Medocino"
The room we had was beautiful. The hot tub outside was such a nice touch. The bathroom in the large suite was huge. The tub was such a treat to bathe in with the jets and bubble bath. When we found the hidden treasure of the indoor sauna - wow! The bed ws huge and comfy, as was the fireplace. The breakfast served was top notch. The bar and restaurant […] served delicious goodies. The only complaint is that the inn was further away from downtown than what we had planned, so we had to drive for dinner. But other then that, our stay was perfect! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Sehr gutes Abendessen mit schöner Auswahl. Preis Leistung sehr gut. Große Zimmer. Sehr romantisch und ruhig.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice Place, not such a good experience"
08/19/14 Dave L Sacramento, California
Our stay was two nights (Sunday & Monday) overall The MacCallum House is lovely, the gardens are beautiful. Stay away from room #14. I feel we were miss lead a bit. The room is advertised as private with a jacuzzi tub for two. Well, it has a jacuzzi tub, if it's for two it must be one at a time. Private in that perhaps no other guests will walk by, however the house keeping supply room is about 8' from the glass french doors to room #14. The house keeping crew gathers right outside the door to start their day (about 7:30am). And of course they great each other and have their morning conversations. Throughout our stay a new roof was under construction for the house keeping supply room, again right outside our room. No relaxing with power saws, hammering and the like. We asked about the construction, just after we checked in, but no offer to move us was made. The food is great! Breakfast was outstanding, dinner in the cafe really good, dinner in the dining room, well, if you have plenty of time it's good. We had a 7:45 reservation, got to the nice little bar at 7, had a cocktail and off to dinner at 7:45, placer or order at about 8. We were served our dinner at 9:15, the waiter never came to our table while we sat and waited. We did get to watch others come in set down, order, get served, eat and leave, while we waited. So I guess 3 out of 4 not bad, it just not good. I'm not sure I'd try my luck here again, it's not out of the question, I may try some where else before I come back to MacCallum House.
"Peaceful & Charming Inn"
08/18/14 megwoman25 Nevada City, California
This was my first time in Mendocino since I was a child and after researching a bunch of places to stay, I kept coming back to this one because of the historical aspect & charm but also the modern amenities that have been added. There are a couple different buildings on the main property. The main house has 5 guest rooms that are above the restaurant/bar area. Then there are a handful of cottages that go around the main house and yard. I especially loved the pagoda one but I was a little wary of having an outside bathroom for 4 nights. I thought maybe for one night that one would be fun though (only cottage with the bathroom outside btw). Then there is an upgraded barn area with suites that are near the backside of the property so it secludes it a bit. BUT we decided to book our room in the new area of the Inn located 4 blocks from the main house. That property is a house divided into different suites all with spa tubs, fireplaces and king size beds. Since we were here 4 days and it was our 2nd to last stop on our honeymoon we felt it was worth having a more private area and our room #29, the majestic rose, was divine! Room #29 overlooked the town of Mendocino from 4 blocks away. It was set up like a suite with a table & chairs, a balcony, king bed, fireplace, big screen TV, bathroom with 2 person spa tub & shower. I really enjoyed the quietness of this room and the overall ambiance of it. Our mattress was the most comfortable thing I have ever experienced. I slept better those 4 nights than I have all year! And since we are in the market for a king size mattress, I definitely made a note of what kind it was! We did not use the spa tub even though I sooo wanted to because of the drought issue in California. Mendocino is very Eco-conscious as most restaurants were farm to table and we felt that we should not add distress to our environment especially since we live in a part of California that is very dry and prone to fires. The spa tub is a little dangerous as its really thick around the edges so getting in and out poses a little bit of a problem. Even using the handlebars, I slipped and got a pretty nasty bruise on my ankle but that's not the hotel's fault, its my own so no stars off for that. I just would recommend that people really pay attention to how deep it is compared to what they are used to. We had a nice view of the ocean being up high. The breakfast was amazing as its farm to fork and it was all very gourmet and you get complimentary warm, sit down, made to order breakfast with a choice of coffee or tea so that is a huge plus! We also ate at the restaurant for dinner while we were there and it was AMAZING! My husband said the pork chop he ordered was the best he's ever had. The service was great as well. We had a really nice time visiting here. It was small and quaint. We could relax and escape the usual heat we experience at home. The service was phenomenal and I would love a chance to stay on the actual property next time. Even though we loved our suite, the main inn's cottages were adorable and more rustic than the newer suites. But cheers to a great time and we will return :)
"Wonderful Stay at the Mac House "
My family of four had a fantastic stay at The Mac Callum House Hotel. We stayed in a really cool 3 level converted water tower. The kids stayed on the top floor in the queen and we stayed in the very comfortable king on the first floor on the second floor was a luxurious tub with jets and a dry sauna. The top floor has a view of the ocean. The rooms are nicely decorated in soothing colors and I liked that there was also a half bath on the first floor. The room has excellent wifi and a mini bar featuring local wines. The water tower was very central to everything the restaurant was steps away, and all of the shops and the markets were walking distance as well as the beautiful ocean. We took morning walks around the bluffs which was very peaceful. The breakfast was included. It was delicious and large, I love the eggs Benedict. The food is fresh and local and there is a kids menu which was perfect for our picky eater. The service both in the restaurant and during check in and check out was very professional and friendly. We will definitely return!
08/04/14 lovesweims San Francisco, California
After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, I booked a night in the Napoleon room (#30) in the suites annex, high on the hill with a great ocean view, especially from the balcony. The four poster bed was high and very comfortable. The marble bathroom was huge with a jacuzzi tub. So we really enjoyed our time in this room. The breakfast was very good, but you need to get there by 9:30. Nonetheless we were somewhat disappointed. When making the reservation I took the offer and ordered a bottle of champagne to be in our room chilled and for us on our arrival. It was not there, even though when I asked about it on check in I was assured it was there. Not finding it I called the front desk and with apologies they said that they would bring it immediately. It did arrive but was not chilled nor was there any ice bucket, etc. Eventually we did enjoy the wine, but it did not feel very good by that time.
"Lovely old place with excellent food"
07/23/14 BrixtongirlLondon London
We stayed in Redwood Cottage, which is a tiny cabin in the grounds, with it's own private garden and hot tub. The cabin was very compact but had everything we needed and was tastefully furnished. There down points were that the toilet seat had three large unsightly chip marks in it, that looked as if they were from wear and tear rather than recent. The inside of the front door had lots of deep unsightly scratches on it, most likely from a dog. Come on MacCallum House, you need to fix these things immediately! Our cabin was almost opposite the kitchen exit, which was not unsightly as it was screened by a wooden fence but we were woken up by clanking bottles at 8:00 am in the morning, which is why I've only ticked average for quality of sleep. The service was excellent, as was the food in the restaurant. We had been on the road for more than a week, surviving on the appalling fatty and sugary food that is the only thing available everywhere so dinner here was a gourmet delight. We had two starters, two mains, one pre dinner drink and a bottle of Pinot Noir and the bill with service was $170. The breakfast includes a main dish and coffee. If you want juice, you have to pay extra. When we signed the chit for the dinner bill and orange juice bill at breakfast, we added an amount for service. When we signed the credit card bill for these costs as we booked out, the credit card slip asked for service again. Make sure that you don't pay for service twice. Would we stay here again? Yes definitely. I would recommend staying here at least two nights if you have a cottage with a garden and hot tub so that you can take full advantage of it.
"OK, But Snobbish"
07/21/14 go4platinum Orlando, Florida
My son and I stayed at the MacCallum House for three nights last week. After reading the website prior to booking, we got the impression that the house was a bed and breakfast. Not entirely so- we learned that it's advertised as a boutique hotel. That explained the snootiness. The main house itself is a historical building, charming from the outside with its beautiful gardens. We frequently saw hummingbirds whizzing through the flowers, although none were keen to take a photo. It's on a quiet street in the middle of Mendocino, close to anything in the town you'd want to visit. We loved walking down the street and onto the bluffs for a great view of the cliffs and ocean. Our room, the Attic Suite (#6), was located on the building's third floor. The fitting description is: it's very old, but not really a 'homely' kind of old. There are some nice modern conveniences, but in the end you can tell that the house was built in the 1800s judging by the wear that the room has gone through. It was big, and my son and I each liked having our own room to sleep in. The slopes of the roof make you feel like you're sleeping in a birdhouse. But beware the low-lying ceilings to avoid head bumps. There's a nice window in the living area that looks out onto the town and the ocean beyond- which is really a lovely view when it's not completely shrouded in fog ;) . The beds were not super comfortable, but they were sufficient enough. There's a nice fireplace in the sitting area that is controlled by the thermostat- it works really well but can get loud when it kicks on at night- not a problem if you've closed the door to your room but it might be bothersome for someone sleeping on the pull-out couch right next to it. Another thing to be aware of: the big ocean view window always has a light shining through it (one that's supposed to light up the exterior of the house), 24/7. You can pull a shade down to minimize the effect, but again it might annoy the resident of the pull-out couch. The bathroom was, again, clearly old. Showering was not the most luxurious experience in the world, but it's fine. We noticed that the tub did have jets if you wanted to take a bath. They did have in-room WiFi which worked pretty well- and it was free! That was very nice. Overall, the room was good enough, but it was less adorable than it looked online. Our first impressions were good, but as we stayed longer we noticed an aura of prissiness throughout the MacCallum House. It wasn't so much due to the attitude of the staff (there was a very nice woman running the check-in desk), as it was to the little hiccups we ran into throughout our stay. Like for our first breakfast. This was when we realized that this place wasn't a bed and breakfast. You don't exactly get a 'free breakfast'- you get a free breakfast entree. There are maybe 8 or so to choose from on the menu, and you get coffee or tea along with that. But everything else costs extra. I ordered the parfait that first breakfast (which happened to be the cheapest thing on the menu) and asked the waiter if I could get a piece of sourdough toast to go along with it (which, from a price perspective, would have cost just as much as getting the most expensive complimentary entree), but was told it was not possible. That wouldn't happen in a real bed and breakfast. Also, orange juice isn't included- you have to pay an extra 4 dollars a glass! Who doesn't include orange juice in a complimentary breakfast? So we sucked it up and shared a glass every morning. Overall, however, the food in the restaurant (we only ate breakfast there- dinner was absolutely outrageously priced) was very good- they have a right to advertise their restaurant so heavily. Our favorite dish was the cornmeal pancakes. And there were other ridiculous things that popped up- like having to pay crazy prices for the items in the minibar-type area in the room or the bath soaps that cost 69 dollars to take home with you. I mean, they did give us a free third night when we booked so we could have afforded the extra food and such, but it just felt like we were being nickeled and dimed throughout the time we were there. And coming in with the assumption that it was a bed and breakfast, it really wasn't a great experience. Then again, if I had thought it was a boutique hotel I might have expected all those charges. Maybe I was misinformed by the website or I misread what I saw on the website- who knows. Still, in any setting, it doesn't feel right to charge your guests for every little thing. In reality, we kind of got that whole snooty vibe from the entire town of Mendocino, where everything was drastically overpriced- so maybe you can't escape it no matter where you stay. Overall, it wasn't horrible, but I didn't quite feel like a valued guest. It wouldn't have been worth it if I had paid for that third night, and we wouldn't stay here again. If you don't mind the oodles of extra charges (essentially, if you're not expecting a bed and breakfast), the MacCallum House is really a charming property and there are better rooms for couples (requiring two beds, our options were limited). And it's in a beautiful coastal area: there are plenty of hikes and adventures to be had just a few minutes drive north or south. And try to come when it's sunny- the fog gets real old, real fast.
"Wow!!! Slept in a Water Tower, checked off my list!"
07/09/14 Alicia P Duncans Mills
Booked this last minute after desperately needing a night away, wow! The house itself was beautiful with gorgeous lawn and garden. Booked the water tower room. Smaller than I thought(picture is slightly deceiving how big it is. Building attached is a separate cottage) 3 stories, do not book if stairs are not your friend, but if you don't mind it's well worth it for the view and fun every floor is something different. Bottom floor you actually can shine light over the old well that's covered pretty neat. Fireplace two beds, and the jacuzzi tub was amazing! Sauna was a let down very tiny! I'm not a petite woman and my husband is 6'2" so it was not relaxing feeling like a pretzel. But taking turns worked out fine. Hot to order breakfast was a treat, breakfast burrito was delicious! We normally go to Timber Cove Inn and St Orres...but now we're going back here instead for my birthday in August and really looking forward to it!!! The Upper Barn suite next, gorgeous! A must in Mendocino, thank you!
"Main house a bust - Suites a HUGE hit!"
07/06/14 Bronnley D.C. 'burbs
We booked into the Donald MacCallum room in the main house, selecting this smaller one after reading the other two which were available were above the bar/restaurant so may have some noise on Weekend evenings. We arrived and the room was small, but charming. The dresser space was limited (the draws were, literally, crammed full with the extra blankets and pillows for the room and barely opened) and there is no wardrobe, but hooks to hand things up on. These weren't big issues for me. However, we could hear some bar noise, but it wasn't too bad. This was until about 6pm when we realized we were above the kitchen and the extractor hood went on which, it has to be said, meant there was no bar noise! he kitsch noise drowned it out.... We'd just flown in from the east coast so an early night was on the books and, with some pharmaceutical assistance, I slept through until about 5:30-6am, when the breakfast staff arrived and started chopping! the fan went on at about 7am and we had breakfast early but then talked to the front desk. They were really apologetic and offered us another room, at a discount, for the remaining night and at no charge for the third night (the promotion which was on when we were there, regardless of the room). We looked at 3 rooms in the MacCallum Suites, a short walk from the top of Mendocino and still close to everything. We chose room 32, the Honeymoon Suite and, I have to say, it did make up for the first night! The view from the balcony is amazing, there is a soaking tub and it is very quiet! For the remaining two morning we walked down to an early breakfast, which was really great, and really enjoyed our stay.
"# 7 - Gazebo Playhouse - Cute only goes so far"
07/05/14 Titan1 CA
Each cottage and room at MacCallum House is different so I am reviewing them as I stay in them. Room 7, the Gazebo Playhouse cottage, is cute. However, for some reason, maybe to keep the original structure historically accurate and intact, the private bathroom is in a separate structure behind it. This is sort of interesting, except when you need, like I do, to make at least two trips to the bathroom during the night. Then, the "cute" part wears thin. So, here are the pros and cons of the Gazebo Playhouse: Pros - -Hummingbirds love the plants to the side and across from the Gazebo, as well as the flowering plants on the walkway to the main house entrance. At least three or four hummingbirds feed at these plants and chase away intruders all day. They are great fun to watch. -The room is small and dark, so the place to sit and relax is at the table and chairs on the front porch. It has an overhang so is probably okay to sit on even in rainy weather. From the porch, you can watch people walk by and hear what's going on even a block or two away. There is a patch of lawn across the walkway with a table and chairs so if you have a gathering, it can spill across to there. Do be aware that if you sit there in the evening and have the lights on inside and the door open, people going by on the street can see right in to the room. -There are nice bathrobes to wear during your stay and complementary shampoo, conditioner, and body wash to use in the shower. -The off-street parking is just a few steps away. The local co-op organic grocery store is a short walk away, as is a small deli. Downtown is very close by. -Breakfast is served in the on-site restaurant just a few steps away. Cons - -The detached bathroom is very small. The door is locked to keep anyone else from using it so you need your key every time you use it. There is no window that opens or obvious vent fan or duct so it gets steamy when you shower. My compliments to the housekeepers for keeping it clean. If my bathroom at home had no vent fan or window I could open, it would turn into a mold-fest very quickly. I did feel some air come in under the door when I was there but that's the only ventilation I could find. Towels that are hung up overnight do not dry. There is not much space for toiletries and the sink is tiny. The window in the shower has a tiled sill and it slopes downward for drainage purposes so I suggest not using it as a shelf as items will fall into the shower. There are some hooks on the walls for robes and other items, though I recommend you keep your clothes in the room and wear the bathrobe to and from your shower. Do cover up with a robe or clothes as the windows for the restaurant are right there and people can see you. (Note: I suggest you also wear slippers or some other type of slip-on shoes or sandals or flip-flops to protect your feet when you walk to and from the bathroom). You could prop the door open to air it out while you are there but note that the people in the restaurant can see in. When you use the bathroom at night, turn on the outside light (the switch is to the right of the room door as you go out) as you leave the room as though there are lights on in the area, the stairs to the deck where the bathroom is are in shadow if this light is not turned on. Turn this light off when you return to the room. The lights are above the toilet and to the side of the mirror so the lighting quality is terrible if you wish to apply makeup. -There are spotlights that light up the outside of MacCallum House at night and this light is visible through the curtains so if you need a dark room in order to sleep, this is not the room for you. -There are only two lights in the room, so its rather dark inside and too easy to lose track of things. -There is a mirror on the dresser in the room but the lighting quality is terrible so if you want to put on makeup, it is a challenge. -There is a well pump and water tank to the west of the room and you can hear the noise from these at night if you have the window on that side of the room cracked open for ventilation. The refrigerator in the room also turns on and off at times and the noise, though quiet and in the background, could be annoying. In general, the room is okay to stay in. The bed is comfortable and the porch is nice to sit on. However, if you prefer an en-suite bathroom like I do, this room is not for you. There are other cottages and rooms at MacCallum House that are better than this one.
07/01/14 LeeTrav Greenbrae, California
I reviewed the MacCallum House restaurant separately because we were so impressed with our meals there. The highly-regarded chef has been there a long time and it's a testament to him and the staff how well the food has kept up with the times so expertly. But this is about the inn, which also was a great pleasure. "Trifecta" refers to the rare combination of great accommodations in a great setting with a great restaurant. All the rooms are different, from what I can tell, which adds a lot of interest to the stay (as well as the booking). Ours was in the old converted barn, so it featured heavy wooden beams and a remarkable old, heavy door from the early times, topped by a large hand saw relic from the days when logging was the industry around that part of California. In addition to the old touches was a large, modern bathroom with spa tub and a separate sauna. Plus a large sitting area with chairs, sofa and large screen TV, and a hot tub on the fenced-in patio. Our room had only a hint of a view but other rooms have very nice views of Mendocino Bay and the rugged coast. The king-sized bed and wonderful pillows gave both of us a long, uninterrupted night's sleep. i know where I'm staying next time in Mendocino.
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