Being a nature lover, I was keen to explore Point Reyes on my recent trip to California. I looked at a number of different hotels in the area, but settled on the Motel Inverness based on the excellent reviews and the fact that it seemed to be set up to cater to bird lovers.
Upon arrival, my friend and I were pleasantly surprised to find that the Motel Inverness was exactly what it was billed as and more. The setting is spectacular-I loved being able to walk out the door with a pair of binoculars and watch egrets stalking their food in the shallows. The main lodge was lovely and bright and filled with comfortable sofas and armchairs, perfect for nestling up with a good book. There is also an area where you can make complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate and munch on some delicious anise biscotti. Should the mood strike you as it did us, there is also a pool table just begging to be played on.
We stayed in one of the Lodge rooms, which was very reasonably priced. The room was quite small but clean and well appointed, with two twin beds. Our luggage was a bit of a tight fit-definitely not much room to spare, but overall not a big deal. A small skylight let in loads of light and was perfect for watching the stars at night. The bathroom offers the best view of any hotel I have stayed in...looking onto Tomales Bay. Our only complaint was that the walls are very thin and we could hear the gentleman in the room next to us coughing in the middle of the night. But if you are not a light sleeper, this should not be a problem.
The motel staff are very friendly and helpful and offered suggestions about where to hike and get some great views of Point Reyes. Lynne and Sharon also suggested some good local restaurants for dinner and called to make reservations for us. One we particularly liked was the Station House Cafe, which makes a fabulous breakfast!
We both felt like our time at the Motel Inverness was too short and would definitely return again. This motel was a lovely place to stay and makes an excellent base to explore Point Reyes National Seashore.
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