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Stanford Inn by the Sea

Highway 1 & Comptche Ukiah Road PO Box 487 | Mendocino, CA 95460  [SEE MAP]Mendocino, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Vegan restaurant and wellness facility received high praise
Recent guests thought the rooms were a bit outdated
With rooms boasting views of the Pacific Ocean, Big River, organic gardens and the village of Mendocino, the Stanford Inn By The Sea is located in the picturesque Mendocino, California. For out-of-towners, it is 95 miles north of Sonoma County Airport, 175 miles north of San Francisco International Airport and 188 miles northwest of Sacramento International Airport. Guest room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, high-definition TVs with DVD players, wood-burning fireplaces, private decks, microwaves and Gilchrist & Soames bath toiletries. Guests also receive a complimentary breakfast, free mountain bike rentals and access to the indoor swimming pool. What's more, visitors traveling with four-legged friends will be pleased to know this hotel has been pet-friendly for nearly 40 years (for a $45 fee per stay), and there are no breed or weight restrictions. Overall, recent guests were impressed with the customer service, the fireplaces, the serene location and the vast variety of vegan food available at the on-site restaurant.
Mendocino, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 41 rooms
Primary View
Bay, River, Mountain(s)
Traditional, Rustic



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019



This woodsy yet luxurious family-run property a few minutes south of town feels like the Northern California version of an old-time summer resort, with an ecologically friendly twist.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 568 have reviewed the Stanford Inn by the Sea, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 568 reviews 4.5 (based on 568 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at the Stanford Inn by the Sea feature cozy decor with wooden walls, shutters and wood-burning fireplaces, plus private patios and eco-friendly amenities. All rooms have flat-screen TVs with DVD players, stereo systems, minifridges and microwaves. Bathrooms have eco-friendly Gilchrist & Soames bath products, hairdryers and vanity mirrrors.
  • Daily chef-prepared breakfast included
  • Coffee makers with organic coffee
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Situated along the Mendocino coastline, the Stanford Inn by the Sea is an eco-focused and pet-friendly retreat. Guest rooms are set throughout several lodge buildings, and the property's Ravens Restaurant features contemporary, all-organic vegetarian cuisine. There’s an indoor saltwater pool, yoga classes and a sandy river beach with kayak rentals, plus fireplaces, local artwork and views of the ocean. This B&B attracts those seeking a relaxing and health-focused atmosphere.
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Complimentary mountain bikes
  • Aobut 2 miles from Mendocino Headlands State Park
  • Located 95 miles northwest of Sonoma County Airport; 167 miles northwest of Oakland International Airport; 170 miles northwest of San Francisco International Airport; 181 miles northwest of Sacramento International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Stanford Inn by the Sea’s Ravens Restaurant offers organic vegan cuisine. Crafted from locally sourced products, as well as organic ingredients from the property’s own farm, the restaurant features sustainable cuisine like tamari-maple glazed tofu, Thai red curry and sea palm and root vegetable strudel.
  • Daily chef-prepared breakfast included with room rate
  • Special menus for those with dietary restrictions
  • Guests can dine with pets in the lobby area
  • Wines are locally sourced from eco-friendly vineyards
  • Room service is available only during dinner

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The eco-friendly property offers an indoor swimming pool. Set within a solarium, the pool sits alongside a hot tub, which is also available for guests.
  • Sandy river beach offers canoe and kayak rentals
  • On-site sauna
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Stanford Inn’s Mendocino Center for Living Well offers a variety of spa services, including massages, facials and Ayurvedic treatments. There are also in-room services available for an added fee.
  • Advance reservations recommended
  • Wellness retreats can be arranged

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The family-friendly property offers complimentary mountain bicycles, along with kayak and canoe rentals.
  • Organic gardens and various animals on-site, including horses, llamas and miniature donkeys
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The Stanford Inn’s Mendocino Center for Living Well provides guests with holistic and integrated wellness offerings, including cooking and weight-management classes. There are foraging and nature tours, as well as Chinese herbal and creative playshop classes. There’s also a fitness center and yoga and Tai Chi lessons.
  • Wellness retreats
  • Complimentary mountain bikes
  • Kayak and canoe rental
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The Stanford Inn is equipped to host business events, and there are two on-site meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 20 attendees. Plus, the property offers an outdoor garden for break-out sessions. There’s also a variety of group activities that can be arranged.
  • On-site event coordinator
  • Vegan dining options
  • Creative retreat options include cooking, art workshops and canoe trips

Number of meeting rooms2

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Stanford Inn is a pet-friendly property. The hotel welcomes dogs, cats and other pets, including pot belly pigs. For those traveling with dogs, there are “dog sheets” provided to protect furniture, as well as pick-up bags, handmade treats and stainless steel bowls.
  • Pets are welcome throughout the property
  • There is a $45 fee per stay; $22.50 for additional pets in the same room
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Stanford Inn offers indoor and outdoor venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. For ceremonies, couples can choose from the Mancha’s Herb Garden, several lawn settings or an indoor fireplace location within the lobby. For receptions, the Ravens Dining Room can host up to 72 guests for lunch, or there is the Big River Room and Mendocino Rooms for smaller groups.
  • On-site wedding coordinator
  • Property can provide witnesses and officiants
  • Wedding packages available

Maximum wedding guest capacity72

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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