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
"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.
"Stay in Mendocino!"
06/29/14 Rachel H Skiatook, Oklahoma
My husband and I made a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego. We used Trip Advisor to determine where to stay while on the road. We stayed in one of the offsite properties. The room was very nice and quiet. They gave us keys to the rooms available in the house. Both rooms were very nice with amenities that made it hard to pick. The breakfast menu had several excellent options. The food was excellent!
"Will not dissappoint"
06/25/14 AriTravels2014 Oakland, California
We loved everything about this place. The landscaping is phenomenal, the main house and surrounding properties are very well maintained, charming and comfortable. The view we had from #30 was postcard-worthy. The staff is friendly and accommodating without being stuffy or suffocating. We're total cocktail snobs and were really impressed with the bars cocktail list and assortment of spirits. They also carried a great selection of local beer and wine. If you don't have time to stay the night, definitely swing by for dinner. Order the clam chowder, not at all a traditional take on clam chowder, but trust us, you'll be happy you ordered it. The fried chicken is a must order and save room for dessert.
"Fantastic rooms and amazing food!"
06/25/14 Sarah Y
This was my first visit to the MacCallum house, but it definitely won't be my last. I live in the SF Bay Area, but would consider coming up just for the day... and for dinner in the hotel's restaurant. The food is stellar, which says a lot considering San Francisco is chocked full of top-rated restaurants. We stayed in one of the suites which was well-stocked with high-end bath products, gourmet snacks, robes, two flat-screen TVs and a spa tub with jets. We decided to book the room after two nights of camping nearby, and I'm not sure I'll be able to go camping without a similar plan in the future. The room was quiet, with a breath-taking view of the ocean and the town. A perfect (and completely opposite) way to end a weekend of roughing it.
06/07/14 BertnPatti B Reno, Nevada
Stayed in #10. Great little room. The private patio with hot tub is a wonderful amenity. The quality of the included breakfast is first rate. A very romantic setting and grounds. we found the staff, both in the hotel and restaurant very accomidating.
06/06/14 KatieToddR Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, United States
We stayed in 17, I would stay again in a heartbeat. We had a private ground floor entrance, private outdoor hot tub, fire place, king size bed, small sauna, huge tub with jets plus more. Right outside our door was a garden. We also took our dogs. There is a dog park within walking distance. The inn keeper was nice enough to let us go off leash and throw some frisbees for our pup since she is well behaved. I loved the feel and history of the house, barn, and grounds.
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