Accessible B&B in Mendocino with a View

The Little River Inn is a quaint B&B located on the coast of Mendocino in Northern California. It is a place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature. In fact, cell phones become obsolete as the property is in a cell phone “dead zone.” The buildings themselves date back to 1850’s and have been beautifully restored. ADA provisions have been slowly incorporated as protecting the original architecture is honored.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a set of stairs leading to the front office to check-in but do not be alarmed. At the base of the staircase, within reach from a car window, is a call button that rings in office notifying them someone with a disability needs assistance outside.* Otherwise, there is a ramp on the left side of the building that leads to the front door of the office. However, unless you can hop up a  with  it was apparent that the front office to check-in seem like the front office to check-in is not wheelchair accessible but an adaptions have been made. Unless you are able to hop up a 1ft step in the doorway (cause some wheelchair users can!), the office is not accessible so you will have to get their attention from outside. In either case, you can always wait until another guest or employee walks by and then ask him or her to get someone from the office to assist you because you are physically disabled.

*Tip: It is a good idea to call the day before or a few days leading up to your stay and have someone check to make sure the batteries for the call button are working.  

For those using manual wheelchairs, one may find if challenging to get around the property easily due to the fact that it is situation on a slope of a small hill. So whether you are looking to go to the restaurant or bar, visit the spa or get a snack from the vending machine, traveling up and down a hill is often part of the route. Though getting to the restaurant required accessing such a route, once up the ramp and inside I was pleased with the setup. The bar was the front of the house with wooden tables at a good height for wheelchairs; no lowered section was at the actual bar. It had a rugged sailor-type feel with a flat screen broadcasting a professional sports game. A uni-sex bathroom with a wheelchair accessible stall was adjacent to the bar itself. With virtually no separation, the dining room was just beyond the bar and had a completely different décor, which included table cloths, mood lighting and an impressive atrium. Both specially prepared menus are absolutely delicious. Wine lovers will be able to sample fine wines of the region otherwise the full bar will provide you with what you want.        

Every room has an ocean view, flat screen television, telephone and coffee maker. Five rooms at the Little River Inn have been converted to be handicapped friendly. However, the room’s rate, accessible amenities and some room details will vary. All the accessible rooms have a gas or wood burning fireplace, carpeted floors and roll-in showers with a hand-held shower nozzle. None have lowered peep holes.

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ROOM DETAILS

Rooms 106 and 109- accessible rate range: $149-$179
Located on the lower southern part of the main property with ocean views, decks, separate bath tubs, wet bars and gas fireplaces. These rooms are pet friendly to all travelers.

 Room 106

Bed Type King
Bed Height 26”
36” space on either side of bed Yes
Desk Height 24.5” from floor (27” with no draw)
Bathroom sink Roll-up
Long standing Mirror No
Lowered Bar in Closet Yes
Location of Heat Controls 48” off floor
Drapery Operation Pull rod 50” off floor

 Room 109

Bed Type Two Doubles
Bed Height 28”
36” space on either side of beds No
Desk Height 24.5” from floor (27” with no draw)
Bathroom sink Roll-up
Long standing Mirror Attached to wall
Lowered Bar in Closet Yes
Location of Heat Controls 46” off floor
Drapery Operation Pull rod 50” off floor

 

Rooms 165 and 166- accessible rate range: $195-$225
Located on the upper Southern portion of the main property with ocean views, decks, wood burning fireplaces, two-person jetted tubs and wet bars. These rooms are not pet friendly (service animals excepted).

 Room 165

Bed Type Two Queens
Bed Height 27”
36” space on either side of beds No
Desk Height 24.5” from floor (27” with no draw)
Bathroom sink Roll-up
Long standing Mirror No- Attached to wall 31” off floor
Lowered Bar in Closet Yes
Location of Heat Controls 59”
Drapery Operation Pull rod 56” off floor

                  Room 166

Bed Type King
Bed Height 27”
36” space on either side of beds Yes
Desk Height 24.5” from floor (27” with no draw)
Bathroom sink Roll-up
Long standing Mirror No- Attached to wall 30” off floor
Lowered Bar in Closet Yes
Location of Heat Controls 60”
Drapery Operation Pull rod 56” off floor

 

Room 248- accessible rate range: $229-$255
This one bedroom suite is located one mile to the South on the Mallory Property with ocean views and deck off the bedroom, gas fireplace, two-person jetted tub, wet bar and private hot tub. This room is not pet friendly (service animals excepted).

Bed Type King
Bed Height 28”
36” space on either side of beds No
Desk Height 24.5” from floor (27” with no draw)
Bathroom sink Roll-up
Long standing Mirror Attached to wall
Lowered Bar in Closet Yes
Location of Heat Controls 43” to center
Drapery Operation Blinds- twist wand and loop cord

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