Carter House Inns Hotel

, Eureka, United States
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Carter House Inns Hotel

, Eureka
4 star
301 L St - Eureka - California - 95501 - United States Hotel Website | 707 444 8062
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Great meal, less than great lodgings

from emmajane7
We signed up for the "wine lover's" package, which included a double room, dinner for two, and three bottles of wine. The meal--a tasting menu with wine--was excellent, as was the service. We definitely recommend the restaurant "301" in the hotel. HOWEVER! The room we were given was on the third floor of a lovely Victorian house, which meant that we were in the servant's quarters--the only light was from the tiny window at the end of the loooong room. And since we were in a dormer room, the slanted walls, while charming, were annoying to my 6'5" husband, who kept bumping his head. So look out for room 507--it's quirky, to say the least, with no view.
At breakfast (this being a bed and breakfast), the serve-yourself bar took forever to get resupplied, so we were without coffee for much too long. And the service for breakfast was awfully slow, and the food, when it arrived was mediocre. I couldn't believe it was the same kitchen that produced the lovely meal the previous evening.
The hostess for the hotel did ask us how our stay was, and we shared with her some of our issues. She did appear to be sympathetic, especially about the breakfast service. I'm not sure what they can do about the room issue--but $200 a night for that room seemed steep. She gave us a cookbook as an apology, which was nice.

Not a place for kids

from illinipdx
We couldn't find a room anywhere in Eureka at the last minute, so I finally called the Carter House Inn. Unlike several other Inns in the area, they said they welcomed kids. I told them we had 3 small boys and asked twice before I booked the room if they really wanted our kids there, and they said no problem. While the staff was ok with the kids, many of the other guests were not. We got plenty of disapproving looks when we came inn. We also got a phone call from the front desk about 20 minutes after we got into our room letting us know that another guest could hear the kids and complained. Our kids were using talking voices at most. All night long all we did was "shhh" the kids.

The roadnoise outside is pretty loud, and since there aren't air conditioners or ceiling fans you have to leave the windows open in the summer. There aren't any screens on the windows either, and you can't just crack the windows open but can only fully open or close them. Not a very safe solution with curious kids.

The breakfast was ok, but they were very understaffed and had folks waiting 15 to 20 minutes just to take the warm food order.

I agree with another reviewer- the staff seemed like they were really nice folks pretending to be a little snooty. Fine for an adults only hotel, not for us. Another family with 3 kids was at breakfast the next morning and said "not the relaxing experience you were hoping for, was it?".

Hmm. Not sure this place is worth the $$. Close call.

from spep4
We stayed at the Carter House Inn, in the older Victorian building that is across the street from the main Carter House Hotel building. We had a suite -- one very nice bathroom, one room with a King, one room with a Queen -- on the second floor. Overall, the rooms were very nice -- upscale old Victorian rooms. We ate dinner at the restaurant, which was very good -- particularly compared to most of the food on the Oregon/Northern California coast. So all of that was great. There aren't huge downsides, other than (a) this inn is on a very busy street, and we heard cars and trucks until pretty late into the night, (b) there isn't that much to do in Eureka. If you're staying in Eureka, this is probably the place to be ... but I probably wouldn't make a destination of it??

A beautiful and elegant experience!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We loved our stay at the Carter House! My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in spacious, beautiful rm #506 of this stately Victorian house. The room was absolutely beautiful! We loved the relaxing whirlpool, the fireplace, and the elegant surroundings. The many windows give it an open feeling, while the wooden shutters make it feel very private and cozy. And the flowers in the room were a beautiful touch. The staff was professional, friendly and helpful. The restaurant offered scrumtious breakfasts with plenty of choices, and an exquisite dining experience. Everything was first rate. I look forward to another chance to return to the Carter House!

Carter House ROCKS!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife two daughters and I spent a long weekend at the Carter House and everything worked out great for us. The girls loved the food and the goodies available every night. My wife and I really liked the charm of the hotel and we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the location as it was easy to get to Eureka, Arcata or other points of interest.

Fabulous Place

from A TripAdvisor Member
What a wonderful time we had at the Carter House. The dinner was beyond our expectations and our room was lovely with incredible service from the hotel staff. This is indeed a treasure that is tucked away in Eureka, CA, right in the middle of the Redwoods. We look forward to returning to this gem!

Came for one nite; stayed for three

from A TripAdvisor Member
We needed a place for an overnite in Eureka and found Carter Hotel in AAA book. Liked the look of the place immediately: graphics, prints, baskets, colors. We had a room on the first floor which was just the right size. Enjoyed wine and nibbles in front of fireplace in lobby. Meal in 301 was very good. Shrimp Ravioli in Chive Enfused Broth-excellent-very flavorful. Wine list over the top for our purse but I'm guessing this place gets serious patrons. Within walking distance is a restored old town, the magnificent Carson House, a public library in a great modern wooden building, Plaza Designs (a home furnishing store), and a short drive across bridge the historic Somoa Cookhouse (at $14 for a full dinner you can't complain about the less than wonderful food). We took care of business in Cresent City and came back for two more days of relaxing. There is a 15% service/tip charge for a very complete breakfast. Because the hotel was not full I think we got a reduced rate.

Beautiful exterior but that was all

from davispigeon
My husband booked a very expensive suite at the Carter Inn as a treat and I was looking forward to it immensely. The exterior is lovely so I was shocked when we got inside.
The interior of the hotel was done in a New Mexico theme...lots of brown walls and rough-hewn wooden furniture.
Our room, near the top of the building on a corner had great windows but was "done over" to look like a modern New Mexico hotel room. The couch and bed were uncomfortable and the bathroom was dark and had no counter space. It did not feel at all luxurious or even welcoming. I liked the in-room whirlpool tub but after using it, the room was very damp.
I also didn't expect to pay for breakfast, since I assumed (wrongly) that it was a B&B. We ended up going out to eat for breakfast because the food didn't look appealing and was pricey.
I have stayed in $84/night rooms that were just as nice (although not in a beautiful Victorian building). I was quite disappointed in the Carter House Inn and will not waste my money going there again.

What a find!

from A TripAdvisor Member
It was a privilege and a pleasure to be guests at the Hotel Carter. The excellent restaurant, extraordinary wine list, warm staff and attention to detail throughout the hotel made this a perfect destination in the Redwood Country.

A Pleasant Suprise!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at this lovely hotel for 3 nights in July. We stayed in the smallest room with the AAA rate ($135). This room was one the first floor and was larger than expected and nicely appointed. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean and neat. The staff was very helpful and very accomodating. We enjoyed the breakfast every morning (however, did not realize that 20% fee was added and of course we tipped so it was not exactly free but still an excellcent value!). For those with a little larger budget, I would recommend spending a little more for a nicer room just to fully enjoy this lovely hotel. A really nice experience!

Top Local Tips for Eureka

So many things to do! The hotel is right on the marina, you can walk on the paths down to the dock and watch the boats. Wonderful restaruants in the historic Old Towne and lots of little shops. There is a 5 minute drive to the zoo, mall, and parks, 15 minute drive to the beach or redwood forest, and numerous small towns along the way that have their own unique twist.

Close to Ferndale Avoid Eureka, keep going North or South.

Old town restaurants Visit some of the bistro type cafes in Old Town for tasty and interesting menu selections and surprising wine lists.

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