Benbow Historic Inn
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Located in Benbow, Benbow Historic Inn is in a rural location and close to Tooby Memorial Park and Humboldt County Office. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Garberville Town Square and Richardson Grove State Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 55 individually furnished guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
While the golfer in the family is out on the course, try one of the other recreational amenities offered, such as an outdoor pool or a spa tub. Additional features at this Tudor hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Benbow Historic Inn, or stop in at a grocery/convenience store. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Full breakfasts are available daily from 8 AM to 1:00 PM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Benbow? This hotel has 8000 square feet (743 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Convenient location a stones throw from US 101. This historic inn still has touches of yesteryear all over. Tons of history and essence. The grounds are picturesque and the back terrace is a great place for a meal. Guest room was not spacious yet the bathroom certainly was, with an awesome soaking tub that is as grand as it looks in the pictures. Food was good, service was fine, and what the hotel lacks in modern amenities it makes up in historic detail. Plan ahead and bring food/snacks for late hours.
Where to begin, we arrive at 2:49 and were told our room was not ready which is understandable but one minute later it was available. It was a hot summer day, so we brought our cases of wine up to the room. Unfortunately, it was 84 degrees in the room and all the windows were open and no A/C . Tried to turn on the a/c, it would not work, grabbed a maintenance guy that happened to be on the floor and he fiddled with it and said it takes awhile but unless you are in the room moving around it will turn off because of the motion detector. Finally got the manager she got it going better but came up in thirty minutes later to be sure it was still on so we could eat dinner. it is now 7:00 pm and the room is now 79 degrees. That is after 4 hours of continuable a/c. And from what I understand I will have to jump up every hour or the a/c will turn off. We paid $400 for this room for one night. Unbelievable and this the new wing of the hotel. Oh geez, we just figured out there is a motion detector over the bed so I only have to move my arm every hour. At about midnight the room got down to about 74 degrees and we cannot turn the a/c off. Trying to sleep with the drone of the a/c that sounds pretty much like the engine of a 747. Did not sleep all night. We decided to get up and leave at 6:00 in the morning.
The bathroom has the strangest shower with no door so the whole bathroom gets wet. The bathroom sink has mold and the sink will not drain because there is no stopper handle and you have to pry the stopper up to drain the sink. The spout part of the faucet is not attached to the sink and flops all over.
Nice touch of the sherry on the dresser but was spilled and not cleaned up by the maids. They also left the note to the people that were there before on the floor of the bathroom.
The manager is very good and tried very hard to help us and ended up giving us $100 off our room which I am sure is her limit. But as far as I am concerned they should have never rented us this room.
Most of the waitstaff is friendly and quite good but the bartender is quite surly.
We will not be back.
We chose The Benbow Inn above other hotels so that we could combine our love of golf with a visit to the Redwoods.
Good: we very much enjoyed dining on the terrace both evenings where there was a live band, nice ambiance and delicious food.
Bad: customer service. With the exception of an excellent Jamaican waitress (I’m sorry, I didn’t catch her name), customer service was amongst the poorest we have received anywhere in US for a long time. This was from checking in at reception, where we were given very little information about the hotel and facilities, to housekeeping who left dirty glasses and cups in the room, to the bar/restaurant service for afternoon tea & scones where it took 30 minutes and four separate requests to get (i) tea; (ii) cups to drink the tea out of; (iii) milk for the tea; and (iv) scones.... I gave up on asking for tea spoons, napkins or cake knives/forks to actually eat with.
Really disappointing: golf, which we had eagerly anticipated after reading the press release on the website about making Benbow Golf Course “the best 9-hole PGA rated course in Northern California”. In our experience there is some way to go to achieve this both on and off the course: some holes and greens were in awful condition; the desk had no idea what they were doing; we were left to rummage through a store room to get the hired equipment; and the equipment itself was in a poor state. All in all it was a round of golf that we will remember, but for all the wrong reasons.