I will never forget the time I first laid my eyes on the Eureka Inn in the town of Eureka last weekend. Though freshly painted green and white, its old structure did not appeal to me. Add the homeless I saw walking around the area which seemed so deserted, I didn't have a good first impression. In fact, I wanted to leave and go someplace else for the night straight away.
It was only after we went for a drive and explore Eureka after check in that we changed our minds. As it turned out, the hotel was very centrally located in the old and historic part of town. Anyone who may be interested needs to know that the Eureka Inn is indeed old, very, very old. The third floor, where we stayed, was dark and creaked. The walls were a bit thin since we could hear people showering and using the toilet. The furniture was dated. On the other hand, our room was clean and so were all the common areas of the hotel. It also had a small pool in its courtyard. Sadly its lounges and restaurants were all closed due to COVID. What I liked the most about the hotel was its history. Can you believe that US Presidents, Hollywood celebrities, and even the former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed here back at the hotel's peak around the 1940s.
Further exploration of the area where the hotel was located showed us that the location was not bad at all. It was surrounded by a a few stores, a restaurant, a movie house, a cathedral, as well as the center for the performing arts.
Overall, we had a pleasant stay.