The Best Hotels to Book in Eureka, California

The Carter House Inns offers an exceptional stay in Eureka
The Carter House Inns offers an exceptional stay in Eureka | Courtesy of Carter House Inns / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Giant sequoias, Victorian houses and bayside hiking trails make walking around Eureka oh-so desirable. Only a 45-minute drive from Redwood National Park, this city is a great base for day trips. But it’s not just the redwoods that make this side of California special; this artsy retreat is adorned with murals around the historic Old Town. Lay your head down at the best hotels in Eureka – bookable on Culture Trip – and the redwoods won’t be your only reason for looking up.

1. Carter House Inns, for heritage chic

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A homey guest room at the Carter House Inns
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Carter House Inns is one of the best hotels in Eureka that blends the history of the area with contemporary conveniences. Constructed from the plans for an 1885 Victorian home, it features local art and spa-like bathrooms in the suites, creating a homey environment that’s also a bit boutique-like. You’ll be handed a glass of wine upon check-in, no doubt to entice you to discover the on-site wine cellar, all under the Carter Cellars wine label.

2. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Eureka, for organized fun

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The lofty, colorful lobby at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Eureka
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Only a quick seven-minute drive from the fascinating, fun-size Sequoia Park Zoo, this Holiday Inn Express and Suites doesn’t let you waste a moment of your holiday. After checking in, take a quick dip in the pool, then head up to your room to plan the next day’s activities. Draw the blackout curtains and ask for a wake-up call so that you can breeze through the complimentary breakfast and make your way to the oldest zoo in California.

3. Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay Inn, for A-list amenities

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The outdoor bubbling spa with natural stones and waterfalls at the Best Western Plus Humboldt Bay Inn
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Best Western Plus doesn’t take its “plus” designation lightly. Even the best hotels in Eureka are jealous of the unique amenities here, such as a complimentary stretch limo to take you to your favorite restaurant or same-day dry cleaning. The biggest draw is easily the Oasis Spa Area. This tropical-themed haven has it all – a year-round heated pool, a spa with waterfalls, tiki torches and dazzling lights that will keep you in a relaxed trance for the rest of your vacation.

4. Red Lion Hotel Eureka, for a pet-friendly package

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The exterior of the two-story Red Lion Hotel Eureka at dusk
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The Red Lion Hotel may have a big cat as a mascot, but it’s completely dog-friendly. Bring your pups along for the ride and let them curl up together on the floor, only, no doubt, to sneak up onto your king-size bed later in the night. You might want to tire them out at the Eureka Dog Park five minutes down the road. They’ll want as much energy as possible to tackle the trails at Redwood National Park.

5. Clarion Hotel by Humboldt Bay, for exercising demons

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An contemporary room at the Clarion Hotel by Humboldt Bay
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Clarion Hotel is where you’ll want to stay to keep your exercise streak going strong on vacation. Not only does it have a well-equipped fitness room (with wifi strong enough to keep your motivational YouTube playlist streaming), but it also has the best cool-down available – a stroll by the bay. The Eureka Waterfront Trail is within a two-minute walk of the hotel; here, you’ll find a long stretch of bayside turf to decompress and get ready for the day.

6. Days Inn by Wyndham Eureka CA, for a wallet-friendly weekend

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The exterior of the Days Inn by Wyndham Eureka CA with covered parking
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Great-value vacations are what Days Inn by Wyndham is all about. The best hotels in Eureka don’t need to have five stars; this one proves that affordable rates, a historic locale and a complimentary breakfast are more than enough to keep a smile on your face. Kicking back in a king room with air conditioning or a warm cup of coffee will give your feet the rest they need.

7. Best Western Plus Bayshore Inn, for fresh-baked benefits

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The gated outdoor pool with an accessible lift at the Best Western Plus Bayshore Inn
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Staying at the Best Western Plus Bayshore Inn is a walk in the park, or rather, it can be if you fancy a stroll through Fort Humboldt State Historic Park next door. The interior at the hotel is just as easy-going; it has a plate of fresh-baked cookies waiting for your arrival. The three-queen suite is especially convenient when your travel partners don’t want to play rock paper scissors to see who gets to sleep solo.

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