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$10 Million Dollar Capital Improvement Project Moves Forward At Benbow Historic Inn

UPDATE: Construction is 95% Complete

February brought substantial completion to the two-year construction project. Our new building is open with a ground floor check-in, an elevator reaching all floors in the historic building and a hallway to the upper level of the Terrace building. The 10 new rooms that are part of this project are currently being finalized with antiques, unique historical artifacts and d├ęcor. These rooms will be available for booking in March 2018 and more information will follow with pictures and features of these rooms. There is still some work left to be done this spring which includes repairs to the front of the existing building and parking lot resurfacing.

The Benbow Historic Inn is pleased to announce the next phase of its planned $10,000,000 expansion project. This iconic Historic Hotels of America property will be adding the following:

  • A 5-stop elevator from ground floor registration area to the 4th floor suites
  • Ground floor reception desk, wine cellar themed banquet room, a new banquet kitchen, new public restrooms, and a new hallway connecting the lower lobby to the Upper Terrace building
  • The lobby level will have new ADA compliant public restrooms, an expanded Hunt Room accommodating up to 60 guests, one ADA compliant guest suite, a new cocktail lounge located next to the dining room and a newly renovated kitchen
  • Added to the second floor will be two new ADA compliant guest suites
  • On the fourth floor, we are adding seven new guest suites with soaking tubs, fireplaces and beautiful views of the Historic Stone Bridge and the Eel River

Construction Schedule Guest Impact

Click here for the most current guest letter outlining what to expect right now.

For the comfort of our guests, all construction will take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. No work will be done on the weekends. Public areas, dining room and lounge currently remain open as usual. All construction zones are fenced off for safety. Please call the hotel directly as we would be happy to answer your questions regarding the work being done.

Until construction is complete, management has determined that during the early stages of construction, we will be unable to confirm large-scale weddings. Kitchen construction, guest room construction and the elevator addition combined with common area improvements, including the relocation of the lounge, would adversely impact large functions. However, as we near completion, we look forward to booking weddings, corporate retreats, and other groups for future dates.

It should be noted that the new construction project will not affect current or future groups, meetings or events at Benbow KOA, Benbow Valley Golf, nor will it affect cabin lodging or camping options at the campground.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Rooms

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Three new deluxe sleeping rooms and restrooms will be constructed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is often mistaken for a building code, when it is in fact a civil rights act. With the passing of this legislation, additional responsibilities were placed on lodging owners and operators. The ADA rooms will have roll-in showers and convenient access by elevator to the main lobby, terrace, lounge and dining room.

Designed by architect David Pierce, the new additions will mirror Benbow Historic Inn's historic architectural lines and will be both warm and inviting. The new construction includes a ground floor wine cellar-themed dining room that will seat 40, lower level restrooms and gift shop.

The existing bar and lounge will be moved adjacent to the dining room. The kitchen will also be expanded to enhance its dining capacity and catering capabilities. The new Hunt Room will double in size, increasing both dining and meeting capacity.

Earlier Improvements

This proposed plan follows the inn’s 2013 completion of a $600,000 renovation all guest rooms, common areas and the addition of historic photos throughout the property. In 2015, Benbow Historic Inn completed a $1.5 million improvement that included energy-efficient windows, construction of a new terrace surface and extensive waterproofing of the terrace rooms. 

New Event Center Planned

In conjunction with the main building project, additional capital will be allocated to construct the new Benbow Event Center, located across the street from the inn. The event center will offer convenient, off-site group meeting space and additional parking for weddings and social functions and accommodate up to 150 guests. The new space and outdoor deck area will be ideal for a wide array of business events and social functions.

Construction Impact on Weddings, Large Groups & Lodging

Once finalized, construction activity will be limited to weekdays during normal business hours. Noise levels will therefore have no impact on weekend guests or mid-week evening dining. Menu selections for hotel guests will be adjusted based on available kitchen resources. 

Please view the latest Renovation Update shared with Guests & Staff:

View From The Top

The majority of the new rooms, many of which will have multiple beds, will be located on the 4th floor where the management offices are currently located. The views from the 4th floor of the inn are majestic! All new rooms will have gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs - perfect for romantic getaways. These family-friendly rooms will be ideal for guests traveling with friends, family or children.

Special Construction Lodging Offer

During construction, Benbow Historic Inn will offer mid-week and weekend lodging specials. Rooms adjacent to construction areas will be placed out of service. Guests joining us on Monday through Thursday night will receive a 20% discount off the inn's best available rate. Those staying on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday will receive a 10% discount off the best available rate.