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- Best Overall: Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor "A stylish modern hotel with contemporary rooms and beautiful public courtyards."
- Best Boutique: Inn at 2nd and C – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Richly furnished with antique hand carved furniture, blue velvet couches, and ornate rugs."
- Best for Families: Holiday Inn Express Klamath – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers clean, modern rooms and public spaces."
- Best for Couples: Carter House Inns – See Rates at TripAdvisor "An ageless yet sophisticated atmosphere suitable for couples of all ages."
- Best View: The Lost Whale Inn Oceanfront B&B – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers stunning ocean vistas framed by tall conifers."
- Best B&B: Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The main feature is the sweeping ocean views, which can be enjoyed from each room through the large windows."
- Best for Location: Elk Meadow Cabins – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Set in an open field where herds of wild elk graze among the wooden luxury cabins."
Best Overall: Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay Inn
Less than an hour drive from the Redwood parks, the Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay Inn is a stylish, modern hotel in Eureka with contemporary rooms and beautiful public courtyards. The hotel centerpiece is the Oasis spa area, containing a stunning whirlpool hot tub with a free-form design, arched waterspouts, and waterfalls cascading down the face of natural granite boulders. Nearby, a sheltered corner has an enclosed wood fireplace and plush couches, and an open-air fire pit comes with cushioned chairs.
In another courtyard, a large lap pool, partially shaded by a sail, comes with a floating basketball hoop and is overlooked by a small indoor gym. The two courtyards are connected by a sheltered social space with glass-topped table sets and a pool table. Rooms come with a complimentary continental breakfast, and guests can also dine at Kristina’s Restaurant, which offers café-style food in the mornings followed by a bar and restaurant service at night, which is also available for in-room dining.
Best Boutique: Inn at 2nd and C
At the historic Eagle House in the old town district of Eureka, the rooms of the Inn at 2nd and C have hosted travellers since 1888. The hotel has retained much of its original character, with the lobby and other public spaces built with hardwood floors and exposed timber beams, richly furnished with antique hand carved furniture, blue velvet couches, and ornate rugs. Guest rooms are similarly styled and come with wallpaper prints, landscape paintings in gilded frames, and tall windows with old-fashioned velvet drapes.
The hotel also offers in-room spa services, although a 48-hours notice is required. There's continental breakfast served in the dining room and afternoon tea in the lobby, and the on-site Gallagher’s Irish pub dishes up a famed fish and chips and other traditional Irish fare. There's also a theater ballroom, a yoga and fitness studio, and the Phatsy Kilne parlor lounge, which hosts an afternoon wine social and regular live music in the evenings.
Best for Families: Holiday Inn Express Klamath
Located along Coast Highway 101, the Holiday Inn Express Klamath offers clean, modern rooms and public spaces. Guest rooms come with home comforts including flat screen TVs with cable and satellite channels, kitchen amenities such as coffee makers, mini fridges, and microwaves, a pillow menu, and blackout shades to ensure a decent night’s sleep. Bathrooms come with a tub and separate walk-in shower, as well as hair dryers and other amenities. Rooms contain one or two double beds and can be fitted with cribs and rollaway cots to accommodate larger families.
There's an indoor pool for swimming all year round, and a small fitness center has treadmills and a stationary bike. The hotel also offers a complimentary full buffet breakfast spread in the morning, while the adjacent Abalone Bar and Grill has burgers, salads, and other light dishes, including low-cost children’s meals. In addition, there's several restaurants nearby, with a delivery service for guests wanting to dine at the hotel. The hotel complex includes the Redwood Casino, filled with a range of slot and other gaming machines.
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Best for Couples: Carter House Inns
Housed within five restored Victorian buildings in Eureka, Carter House Inns offers an ageless yet sophisticated atmosphere suitable for couples of all ages. In the main Hotel Carter building and the flagship Carter House, immaculate guest rooms show a tasteful blend of Victorian and contemporary styles, fitted with modern Keurig coffee makers and flat screen TVs with cable channels. Three private cottages include the one-bedroom Carter Cottage and Annie’s House, with features including Jacuzzi tubs, walk-in rainfall showers, and outdoor patios. The Bell Cottage, with three bedrooms, would be suitable for couples travelling with family or friends, which comes with a marble hot tub and an open stone fireplace creating a cozy, romantic ambiance.
Gourmet foodies will appreciate the award-winning fare served at the 301 Restaurant, with a seasonal menu based on local farm-to-table ingredients enlivened with edible flowers and herbs from the hotel gardens. The restaurant also offers a lively Happy Hour, and the Wine Shop event space can be hired for private dinner parties, business meetings, or other intimate gatherings.
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Best View: The Lost Whale Inn Oceanfront B&B
With a dramatic coastal location, the Lost Whale Inn Oceanfront B&B offers stunning ocean vistas framed by tall conifers, as well as clifftop walks winding between soft green lawns, flower-filled beds, and scenically-placed seating. A modern hotel built in a traditional style of the area, it offers a range of rooms, each with its own individual décor.
Some rooms are large and airy, with tall ceilings, a mezzanine sleeping area, large windows and furniture, and floors of polished wood. Smaller loft rooms have a homier style, with picture windows offering garden and ocean views. Guest rooms come with sound-proofed walls and doors for an undisturbed night’s sleep. The hotel also offers a popular afternoon reception including smoked salmon, cheeses, and garden-fresh vegetables. The reception has a selection of red and white wines and craft beers, with juice and soda also on offer.
Best B&B: Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn
Located next to the Lost Whale Inn, the Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn is set on top of steep cliffs overlooking choppy bay waters and rocky islands that are home to a sea lion colony. The best views are from the viewing platform, a wooden deck built at the very edge of the cliff that has sun loungers, deck chairs, and coffee tables, surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant flowers.
Rooms are furnished simply but comfortably, with the main feature being the sweeping ocean views, which can be enjoyed from each room through the large windows. What's more, glass sliding doors lead onto a small balcony with chairs and a glass panel barrier for unobstructed views. Bathrooms come with outsized shower/tub combinations, and modern room amenities include flat screen cable TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi. A gourmet breakfast is served daily, with dishes including quiches, yeast rolls, and Ukrainian dumplings accompanied by locally-produced dairy products, organic coffee, and fresh fruits.
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Best for Location: Elk Meadow Cabins
In the heart of the Redwood-Prairie Creek park system, Elk Meadow Cabins is set in an open field in the middle of thick redwood forest, where herds of wild elk graze among wooden luxury cabins, communal fire pit, and outdoor hot tubs. The spacious cottages come with two or three bedrooms, bathrooms, and a comfy living area. Other amenities include laundry facilities and outdoor porches with barbeques. There's also a kitchen with a floating island counter, bar stools, and a full set of modern appliances, encouraging guests to be self-sufficient.
For those wanting to dine out, the nearby towns of Orick, Klamath, and Trinidad all offer several dining options. The Lost Man Creek and Trillium Falls trailheads are just a short walk away, and ancient forest groves, beachside tidal pools, and tranquil picnic areas can all be found close by. The cabins also offer a highly-regarded eco tour service, where local naturalists escort visitors to famous and little-known areas alike and talk about the history and ecology of the parks.
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