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Mendocino: Sweetwater Spa

Phone: (800) 300-4140

Reviewed by: will Code For Fun from CA, review #2128

When: May 2003

Not worth what was a splurge for us.

Now, admittedly, it's been over four years, but the Zen room we stayed in looks the same in photoson the inn's website.

We were fairly comfortable, and the bed was a nice size. However, the photos make the room look spacious and elegant, and that's absolutely not the case. The ceiling is remarkably low and the furnishings felt dingy. Also, when parking in the Sweetwater lot, we had to cross a dark, shrubbery-covered passageway in front of a frighteningly barking dog to get into our room -- something we weren't warned about, and the staff didn't help us, so we blundered around in the dark.

The bathtub is nowhere near as luxurious as it seems in the photos.

It's $175 a night, and we paid nearly that, perhaps a little less since it was a few years ago. It was a fair amount of money for us. We expected it to be an amazingly romantic getaway, and we found it quite disappointing and even a little depressing.

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