The Beachcomber Motel
1111 N. Main St., Fort Bragg, California, 95437, United States
Great waterfront motel
The Beachcomber Motel in Fort Bragg is the only one I've visited and I continue to return to it because of its excellent location and service. Located about a mile north of Fort Bragg, it is within 100 yards of the Pacific Ocean, with all its rooms facing the Pacific. I prefer the second story rooms with balconies, because I like to leave the sliding glass door open while I sleep at night and listen to the surf, but the first story rooms are just as nice and have a great walkway running down the length of the rooms. The amenities are normal, with microwave, fridge, and cable TV. The water is the only downfall, as it seemed to have an odd smell, but that probably isn't a problem. If you're looking for a romantic location, this is definately a great one.
Unique Quality: The best quality is its location relative to the ocean. I would wake up early every day and walk down along the many trails and just enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors. A little explanation regarding the price I stated, that's per room and usually includes two adults, so it's not necessarily per person.
What a PIT!!!
Suckered in by its vacancy sign and location, just at the end of a bridge and closest to the cliffs than any other hotels or motels along the North side of town, we pulled in and went to the check-in desk. Looking back on it, we should have gotten a clue by the brusque tone of the receptionist, who answered our query of if they had a room with, “How many nights?” She announced that they had an upstairs queen with partial view for $59 and a downstairs king with no view for $89. “No upstairs king with a view,” my husband asked? “Well we do have more expensive rooms.”
“Well yes, please tell us what rooms are available.”
Suckers that we are, we chose the upstairs room with “the best view” and a king sized bed. $109 per night. Ouch. SUCKERS. And no, none of the rooms with fireplaces nor spas were available.
The room was straight out of a bad motel. Yes, it had about as good a view of the ocean as you can get, so that was no lie. But the TV was blurry, the room smelled like really bad air freshener, the bathroom was teeny-tiny, there were 3 pillows and none extra… and the real topper: the water out of the faucet and shower head TASTED LIKE SALT WATER. This we found out after coming back from dinner and we wanted to brush our teeth. Mark called the front desk and they said something about the water system getting infiltrated with the sea water, and that we’d have to get bottled water to drink. “We have to PAY for water?” The receptionist said if he went to the front office she’d give him some water. So he did and she did. We got two drinking bottles of Aquafina for brushing our teeth and drinking.
Who’s up for a nice salt-water shower?
To make up for such a horrid room, we left the door open all night and kept he heat on, so we could hear the surf all night.
When we checked out, Mark complained to the man at the desk. We were not offered any kind of a refund, deal, etc. Mark asked the man, "Would YOU take a shower in that water?" "No, man, I wouldn't. That stuff's NASTY." Uhmmmmm.... what does that tell you?
Unique Quality: Salt water from the faucet and shower. Nasty smells in the bedroom. Blurry TV. A very good view of the coast if you'll pay the premium charge.
Directions: The North end of town, just across a bridge.
Here are a few other places that allow pets.
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Directions: locations vary, Mendocino is about 7 miles from Fort Bragg.
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A friend suggested staying here with our 2 dogs about 5 years ago and ever since, we've taken the dogs for a couple of days every summer. It is basic but the view is great and it's convenient to take the dogs to the beach. Unfortunately, on our recent visit we noticed they have let a few things go. We didn't have major problems but the little things add up. There's a great deck to spend time on, however, the umbrellas they've had to shade the tables on warm days, were gone. A broken table was just propped up against the deck and a broken chair was just sitting there. On a positive note, they have new barbeques. The shampoo & soap were weak. The refrigerator was not cold and maintenance said they couldn't make it any cooler. We ended up putting our milk in the ice bucket and then putting it in the refrigerator. The topper was finding the kitchen soap was watered down. I realize this may sound picky but when we paid as much as we did to stay here, we expect a little better. Let's put it this way, I pay less to stay at a full service Marriott. My parents joined us and stayed in their own room. I was embarrassed at the quality of room they received for the price they paid. They could have stayed at a nicer place next door, which is rated high on tripadvisor, for much less. We are rethinking our annual visit to Fort Bragg.
real bad, don't wast your money
not too much in the room worked right , the Refregerator froze everything , dead bolt did not work ,slideing door was real hard to open ,tolet ran all the time , never again
Don't let the view cloud your vision
Great view from our room which was on the upper floor (south end) and the beach was wonderful. The room was bad, worn and dated. The bathroom was so small you could hardly turn around and very shabby. The wter tasted like it came right from the ocean-salt and all. The staff was not very friendly, in fact they acted like they were doing us a favor by letting us check in. Will never go back, even though the sunset from the upper rooms is awesome.
Gorgeous Ocean Views from your room and Heavenly Sunsets!
This is a wonderful hotel that has been here for a long time but they have completely redone almost every room. The second floor rooms are only about $10 more and the better view of the ocean is WELL worth it. We have stayed here many many times and the last two or three times have been the best. The staff is FRIENDLY, helpful, and go out of their way to take care of any of your requests or needs.
The best part about staying here is it is one of the very FEW motels that are on the ocean side in town. There is nothing between you and the ocean. There is a wonderful paved path that starts right outside your door (ocean side) that goes for TEN MILES, for walking, jogging, bikes, and it just goes on and on and one, with many many trails that lead right down to the waters edge. The cove that is closest to the hotel is easily accessable to almost anyone. If access there is a bit steep for you there is Glass beach which is just a mile down the road where you can park in a parking lot and walk a short distance to the water and simply walk right down to the beach and the water.
WHY do they call it glass beach, you ask??? Because it use to be the old dump where they would dump garbage many many years ago. Over those years the bottle and glass that would break up and be washed back and forth over years and years has made the glass look like smooth polished rocks. It is fun to sift through and find all the pretty ones. Some are large and some are small, there are amber, blue, two shades of greens and very rare but able to find if you look hard is RED glass. Blue and red are the hardest to find but you can spend hours sifting through the sand and pebbles. Because the glass looks prettier and the color comes out more when it is wet low tide is a good time to go. However, you can always just get a bucket of water and pour it over an area and start digging in :)
Fort Bragg has many lovely places to eat from Denny's to cafe's with great food. If you like to browse or look in antique stores it's the place to go, and don't forget about the Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons, where you can't get anything any fresher!!
It's a must to stay here at least once and try to stay at least two nights or you will be sorry that you have to get up and leave the next day.
Here are a few pictures, views from the room.
Great for families
We've stayed at The Beachcomber twice now and plan to stay there again. It's a little run down, but we haven't found such affordable beachfront lodging anywhere else. Plus they've been renovating each room, so improvements are being made, and the staff is helpful. The cozy lobby with aquarium is nice for hanging out, as is the observation deck, where we like to have picnics. We prefer to stay on the bottom floor for easy access to the sea cliffs and beach for our kids. Nearby motels have given us "beachfront" rooms that were actually in the parking lot and behind other buildings, so it's nice that from ALL the rooms at The Beachcomber you can see and/or get to the beach directly.
Run away from Beachcomber
When we tried to check in we were told our room would not be ready until 8:00PM because the hot tub flooded. When we looked at the room to check it out it was the wrong room. We booked a spa room not a hot tub room. Hot tub room smelled like strong chlorine. Moved to spa room (the room we booked). The spa tub faucet would not stop running, fast water. Moved again to other spa room. Room was dirty, run down and smelly. Only good thing was the view. Around 10:00 pm handle broke off of toilet. We were told that there was not anyone there to fix it until the next day. When I got up in the morning all I wanted was a cup of coffee and to pee in a toilet, but coffee maker was broken.
I told the owner the problems I had and she apologized and told us to stay another night in the spa room for free. I was so disappointed with their trashy, smelly room that I would not even stay there for free. If you want a nice room for the same price, go to the North Cliff hotel. The Beachcomber was the worst hotel I have ever been in. Run away from the Beachcomber
We stayed at the Beachcomber last summer for 3 nights. Our room was very nice. Two queens and kitchen. We had a balcony on the beach. We really enjoyed the sea breezes blowing in! Our reservation was not made ahead of time, we just called when we got tot the area to check availability. The staff was really nice. The room was very clean. I never worried about germs. Beds were comfortable. I liked the way the hotel was set up. It had several individual buildings with 6 rooms and it was like walking to your condo, instead of a long row of rooms.
I guess my only complaint would be about the parking. It was very cramped. We had a small rental car, so it wasnt so much trouble, but folks with big suvs had trouble getting in and out.
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The Beachcomber Motel
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Address: 1111 N. Main St., Fort Bragg, California, 95437, United States