Stevenswood Spa & Resort

8211 Hwy 1 N , Little River, CA 95456 USA (Show map)


For an idyllic retreat on Northern California's Mendocino Coast, Stevenswood Spa Resort rates accolades. The most distinguished destination along the Mendocino Coast. Contemporary and secluded, this tranquil inn offers a gracious respite from the daily whirl. Nestled in a forest by the sea, the intimate lodge echoes the natural beauty of its rural setting. Here guests are pampered with comfort, privacy, and peace, and indulged in gracious service and superlative cuisine. In the fast-paced world of big city or suburban life, it is easy to forget the beauty and rejuvenation that nature offers. This private locale refreshes the soul while experiencing the serenity of nature in a gorgeous pristine environment. Flanked by sea and forest, the resort integrates the best of two worlds. What fun it was to jog in the cool verdant woods one day and the following in the grassy meadows alongside the azure-blue Pacific sea. Located just two minutes south of the town of Mendocino, this AAA four-diamond property is surrounded on three sides by the 2400-acre Van Damme State Park, with its towering redwoods and golden meadows. Intimate by design, the lodge encompasses 10 luxury suites many with dappled views of the ocean. Each room contains a wood-burning fireplace, cable plasma TV with HBO, private baths, cordless phones/speaker phones and a fully stock honor bar. A private botanical garden, jacuzzi spas, and landscaped grounds enhance the breathtaking setting, with a backdrop of Redwood groves and ocean meadows.

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Innkeepers: Nelson Symes



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service3.9
  • Value3.5
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Great stay

4.6 on October 13, 2012

We had stayed years ago. The renovations done since then were very nicely done. We had a nice large room upstairs, with distant ocean views. There is a nice trail across the street (highway) that goes to the ocean so be sure to explore. Servicewise, the waiter at breakfast seemed a little standoffish, while the afternoon/evening front desk person (with handlebar moustache) was outstanding! When we came back in the evenings, he was always there to open the door and greet us with a smile. He is a treasure! I did not get a chance to do the spa, wine tasting or dinner. On your last night, they slip a note to offer you to extend your stay one night for $99, which was nice but unfortunately we were not able to take advantage of it. All in all a very pleasant stay, good value if you are able to get a good rate or voucher.

Demanding Guest, Great Inn

4.6 on May 31, 2012

I'm not easy to please , but Stevenswood gets an exceptional rating in every regard: Hotel staff satisfied all our requests eagerly and completely. The remarkable "concierge," Nelson, arranged a fantastic still-hot meal for us, even tho' we checked in late. NO room service charge was added. Our first-rate breakfast waiter, Josh, called up to our room to take my order. So, instead of missing breakfast, I had a very good omelet. Room: comfortable and well-appointed. Excellent nights' sleep in a great king bed. Beautiful view: gorgeous grounds. A "distant-partial" ocean view, exactly as described on the inn website. Dinner in the restaurant: delicious. (How to read my opinion: Am a patron of 2 of SF's finest, Michelin-stared restaurants, so I'm familiar w/ the best.) To improve: 1. Provide some bright reading light in the rooms. 2. Change your website breakfast menu to reflect only current offerings. 3.Improve accounting procedures. Automatically provide bill for review on check-out, note reasons for possible additional charge and a way to settle any disputes. 4. PLEASE abandon your mandatory online reservation system for "prepaid" stays. it does NOT work. Two caveats to fellow travelers: 1. With a pre-paid package, READ the fine print. Trouble booking online? Book on the phone, or not at all. 2. Sensitive to noise, avoid Pullen Suite. Nice, but slight hum audible from resto ventilation. 3. Problems: Tell staff. They'll do their best to help. GO! A fine place to relax and enjoy yourselves. 4.5 stars.

Beautiful location but still needs a bit of work

3.6 on November 16, 2011

I visited Stevenswood with my husband for our anniversary. The property is quite pretty and within walking distance from Van Damme State Park as well as a short walk to the bluffs. The prices are on par for lodging in this area; we paid ~$270/night (which was with a discount from B&B) but for these prices we did expect a more seamless experience. Check-in was fine and we were given a tour of the property and made dinner reservations. Dinner was outstanding. Worth every penny. The room itself was adequate, but the decor was a bit odd; modern/80s style? The bed was wonderfully plush, yet the bathroom sink was a dome with no where to put toothbrushes or other toiletries. Oddly, there was a list of prices on the dresser that not only included food in the minifridge but also prices for the bathroom, hangers and towels, as if they needed to point out not to steal them! The alarm clock in our room was set ahead an extra half hour from the correct time, and cleaning had also not turned off the alarm setting from the last guest. There was a nice view, but because our room overlooked the main entrance to the restaurant we had to keep the blinds shut the entire time for privacy. Again, these were all little things, but for a "resort", I do have higher expectations. The room did come with a "free" breakfast, which was delicious although we had to wait nearly 15 minutes to be seated (even though there were multiple tables open), and at the end they presented us with a bill for $55 at the end of our meal, indicating that our breakfasts were valued at $25 which we were expected to tip on accordingly. While I almost always tip 20%, pancakes and coffee were not exactly a $25 meal, and being expected to pay a $10 tip for our "free" breakfast was a little annoying. Overall, no big problems, and while we enjoyed our stay, the service needs to improve to match their price tags.

Room needs some updating. Great breakfast.

3.2 on October 07, 2011

Stayed in one of the less expensive rooms, which face the parking lot, as I discovered when I checked in. Overall, the room was a little bit worn and the housekeeping a bit spotty. Our bed was small, the blanket had a hole in it, toiletries were missing the day we arrived, and housekeeping forgot to replace the log in the fireplace on our second day. However, the general atmosphere of the hotel is fairly cozy and pleasant, the location is good, and the breakfast included with the room price was fantastic. Overall, it was a pleasant stay, but probably would have been better if we had been facing the back of the hotel rather than the parking lot and main walkway. The breakfast was well above average.

Great Stay - Great Value

4.2 on October 06, 2011

Stevenswood was idyllic setting. Wonderful setting. Loved the staff and Mark Anthony, the cat of the Inn. Rooms are so comfy and spacious. The mattress is fabulous! They have Bravo TV! Wow! Food is fantastic. I did not want to leave and cannot wait to return.

Fun in Mendocino

3.2 on October 02, 2011

The Stevenswood Resort is a very nice place to stay in Mendocino, a sleepy little coastal town about 125 miles north of San Francisco.

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4.4 on September 26, 2011

Liked the wine tasting that featured some of the wines in the dining room. We purchased many that were from boutique wineries. Dining room was excellent-reasonably price3d for such gourmet food. We were in the Vitners house across the street. This new area needs improvement.The phones in the room did not work so we could not call the front desk. There was no info in the room about hotel services. Even though it was close, we would have preferred walking (not safe) to driving. Toilet seat in spa needs to be replaced.(too worn)

We were treated like royalty.

5 on June 15, 2011

In May 2011 a friend and I planned a vacation to drive the Pacific Coast Highway to see the gorgeous scenery. We flew into San Francisco, drove north and our first night was spent at Stevenswood Spa Resort. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped in the door. Our room was very comfortable with all the amenities we needed. The staff was friendly, helpful and professional. We had a great dining experience at dinner with delicious food and even a personal visit from the chef. He even offered us complimentary dessert but we were too full from the wonderful dinner to partake. The breakfast was gourmet and truly delicious. We enjoyed walking the grounds. This 6 acres is covered by tall trees and beautiful flower gardens, all the makings of a peaceful, natural setting. Next trip we will know to book two or three days at this marvelous, peaceful getaway.

Royalty for the Weekend

4.8 on June 12, 2011

The beds were heaven to sleep on, the spa made my daughter and I feel like pampered princesses (or a princess and a queen?) and the food was so good we wanted to kidnap the chef, especially the breakfast chef. Nelson was so good-natured and helpful, Connie was like a serene breath of fresh air. We had absolutely no complaints, except that it rained the whole time we were there, but they couldn't help the weather! I will be back many more times.

Nice place, but a little pricey, and no kid-friendly breakfast options

3.6 on June 08, 2011

Room was big, and pretty nice, but our sink was chipped and it leaked as well. The place felt a little worn; could use a minor redecoration. Bed was super-comfortable, and the grounds were very nice. We had a 5-year-old and they accommodated him reasonably well, however at breakfast (included for $25 per person) there were really no appealing options for him. Everything was a bit too "fancy" for a child's tastes. That said, we enjoyed the food, and the service was good. Next time we're in Mendo, we'll probably look around and see what else is there.

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Rooms & Rates

Stevens Grande Owners Sui

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Randlett Grande Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mahlman King Ocean Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Kent Grande Ocean Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Stickney Queen Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Coombs Grande Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Pullen Ocean Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Le Ballister Queen Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Langton Grande Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Reeves Canyon Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

State Park - Resort, Redwood Forest, Ocean Bluffs Nearby, Secluded Beach (near), 3 minutes to Little River Airport, FREE Limo Transport, Countryside, Mountains, Oceanfront, Small town, Village, Wine country


Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) 110 miles

Directions to property:

From the South (Bay Area): 2.5 to 3 Hours Take Hightway 101 NORTH towards Eureka to Highway 128 West at Cloverdale. Go WEST for 56 miles as 128 meanders through sheep farms, flocks of wild turkeys, the many vineyards of the Anderson Valley and Navarro River Redwoods State Park until 128 reaches the sea at Highway 1. Continue north for 7.7 miles, passing the villages of Albion, Little River and Van Damme State Park. Just 1/4 mile north of Van Damme you'll see Stevenswood on the right. 3 hours from San Francisco. From the North (Oregon/Eureka): 3+ Hours Take Highway 101 SOUTH to Leggett. Go WEST on Highway 1. Two miles south of Mendocino you'll see Stevenswood on your left. 3 hours from Eureka. From the East (Napa/Sonoma): 2+ Hours From Napa, take California 12 / 121 West to Hwy 116 about 5 miles to Adobe Rd, straight about 5 miles. Turning left onto Washington St for about 1.7 miles to merge onto the 101 NORTH, into Sonoma County. Take Hightway 101 NORTH towards Eureka to Highway 128 West at Cloverdale. Go WEST for 56 miles as 128 meanders through sheep farms, flocks of wild turkeys, the many vineyards of the Anderson Valley and Navarro River Redwoods State Park until 128 reaches the sea at Highway 1. Continue north for 7.7 miles, passing the villages of Albion, Little River and Van Damme State Park. Just 1/4 mile north of Van Damme you'll see Stevenswood on the right. 3 hours from San Francisco. Other Distances: Sacramento 3+ hours; Los Angeles/Orange County 8-9 hours; Reno/Tahoe 5.5 hours; Portland 10 hours; Denver 20 hours. Mapquest. NOTE: Cell phone service is not available for most of the 128 Highway. When traveling through Boonville, approximately mid-way, some carriers have service for about 4 miles. Plan accordingly.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Ocean Bluffs, Theater, Reading Library, Ocean View Sun Decks, Cooking Classes, Art Workshops, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Secretarial services, Wedding Facilities , Italian Espresso Machines in Every Suite, Real Wood-Buring Fireplaces, Separate Seating Area in Every Suite, Tempur-pedic Premium Sleep Systems, Pillow Menus in Every Suite, Personal Bath Butler for All Guests

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Five Star Luxury Spa, Private Canyon Rim Mineral Infused Hot Tub, Infrared Sauna, Ocean View Workout Room, Ocean View Sun Decks, Winetasting, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes with advance arrangements
  • Childcare Provided: Yes by reservation on an hourly basis
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Occassionally 2 night mins. during peak demand
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full payment, room & tax on reservation for arrival within 30 days, otherwise 1/2 of stay is preauthorized on credit card.
  • Cancellations: See website for full details



Nelson Symes

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

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5 Star Full Service

  • Time Served: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Ocean Bluff Picnics, Vegan, Kosher, etc