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“Stopover from Wine Country” 3 of 5 stars
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Inn at the Tides
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   800 Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Bodega Bay
Iowa, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Stopover from Wine Country”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

My husband and I did a Sonoma County weekend and wanted to spend a night on the coast. We enjoyed the Inn at the Tides for the location and the cape cod style architecture. We headed over to the Tides restaurant for happy hour and dinner. The next morning we had breakfast using our coupons, which are good for an abbreviated breakfast menu. The "real menu" looked a lot tastier, but ours was free and we were ok with that. We had a nice time. If the focus of our trip were to explore the coast, we would have chosen a different town/hotel, but for a quick jaunt over from wine country for a one night stay, the hotel fit the bill. The rooms are comfortable and the views are nice, but it is true what others say about the outdated styling, the Inn is ready for a makeover.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Syracuse, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We should have paid a bit more attention to the ratings when 55% of the comments are average or below. The room needed updating and smelled of ant spray. The bath vanity is mismatched old plywood. Pretty location and good restaurant saved the day. However not much other than "The Bird's" film location which can be visited in twenty minutes at the Town of Bodega Bay. Unless really needing a place to stay I would pass the next time. A shame in that a few $ spent on updating would make this a great place to stay.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

A friend gave us a gift certificate for the Inn at the Tides which was a nice surprise since we had never been to Bodega Bay. I was expecting a small B&B, but this is a large complex of about a dozen buildings circa 1985. The complex is built on the hillside so most room have an ocean view. All buildings seem to have two floors of four rooms each. The room are large (those on upper floors often have vaulted ceilings) with fireplaces and decent views. Large pool with big jacuzzi stays open late.

Our room felt a bit worn. Nothing terrible, but noticeably aging around the edges. Peeling wallpaper, sun-bleached poster art, dated furniture, old windows, mini fridge had been removed and its cabinet boarded up. The rooms are due for remodeling now and in a few more years they will look truly rundown. Bottom line: this is still an acceptable place to stay in an area with limited choices, but a good rate will help take the sting out of any disappointments.

Full breakfast was included at a huge, bland waterfront restaurant across the street run by the same company. It might be ok for families with young kids, but couples looking for a special dinner will want to look elsewhere (we recommend Terrapin Creek Cafe just up the road for pricey but fantastic food).

Room Tip: For best views and most privacy, aim for upper floor, corner rooms in buildings 1400 and 1200.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I blame the horrible part of our stay on this one girl employee of the morning reception shift. First, we arrived early, only one of us went in and asked if we could check in early. My friend came back to the car not knowing what to do for the next 3 hours (so the receptionist did not suggest anything??!!). then i went in, and the receptionist was loudly telling her co-worker "NO WAY SHE CAN CHECK-IN EARLY! NO WAY! SHE HAS TO COME BACK LATER!" ... well, i gave her a look and with that she realized I was in the same party as my friend. So i asked to verify my reservation had arrived. She did not want to look for it because the computer was down. So i had to ask her again to look it up and to do it manually. When she did she reiterated "check-in is not until 4!!! (could she be anymore negative and annoying??). So it was up to me to ask her to suggest what to do in that town! I've done around the world traveling, and I know how sometimes it's ok to check in early and if not, a good receptionist at least suggest where to go/what to do... but not this girl...!! Later that night, our room key did not work. the night shift figured it out: the morning girl had messed up the room numbers. At check-out it was her again behind the counter - so i told her about our key experience. She didn't even come close to an apology or admitting her mistake. She actually tried to blame ME!!! even as i showed her the key pouch were she wrote the room number!!!! OMG!! to finish this story with a "cherry on top": she asked me for my cc - I said you have it on record. She argued that I did not give it to her at check-in.... WHAT??!! uhmmm rule number one for check in: ask the guest for a cc for incidentals. She had it somewhere but would not look for it --- and with a quite annerving tone she said "well I don't see one in file so can't you give me one now". MR. MANAGER DO YOUR HOTEL A FAVOUR AND SACK THE RECEPTION GIRL. SHE IS HORRIBLE!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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loma rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Hotel is rustic but nice with good views of Bodega Bay to be had. Room was clean though some of the appointments were a bit dated. Good pool just steps away which was perfectly heated.

Walls were a little thin and you can definitely hear 'the neighbors'.

Much appreciate the complementary bottle of wine which was quite good, and the free breakfast at Tides restaurant which was also good,

Value was OK but not spectacular, IMO (though it WAS a Friday night on the coast in August, to be fair).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Overpriced, although to be fair - the view was nice and I did not check out the pool. Our room was worn. The water temperature had no safety mechanism - I am always careful and still nearly scaulded myself. I would swear it seemed to be 180 degrees, and that was far from attempting to reach max warmth levels.

The travelers next door were VERY easily overheard. The landscaping was nice. The robes and free bottle of wine were a nice touch, as was the included "real' breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

First thing was that the man on reception was a bit brusque when checking in - an insincere welcome is better than none at all. I agree with previous reviews that interior is a bit tired & dated. Nevertheless it's functional - but description of vaulted room with fireplace is technically correct but quite a small room. Also no wi-fi for anyone with a device which is flash based - which means all Iphones & Ipads - every other hotel on the US has universal wi-fi! Liked having dinner & breakfast at the Tides restaurant. Good seafood & a fine seaview with seals right outside. Added bonus if you're a Hitchcock fan as he filmed scenes from The Birds there. All in all ok but the relatively high price is I feel based on location.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Inn at the Tides

Address: 800 Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Bodega Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Bodega Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn at the Tides 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming inn located on a hillside in a clustered village atmosphere. ... more   less 
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