What an awesome place! The staff is wonderful; the hotel is charming and the location is ideal!
The first evening of our reservation (initially) overlapped with a group who has been coming (to The Tides) for years --- yet there was an outside chance that one of the rooms required by this group would come available.
They "stalked" that room for weeks -- until it finally did come available -- and then called me on my cell phone to inform me. Now THAT'S customer service!
While The Tides warns you of potential traffic noise --- and they offer ear plugs "just in case" --- I must say we didn't notice the PCH noise at all. If that is a concern of yours --- put it aside as the traffic dies down relatively early in the evening and doesn't pick up too early in the morning. We didn't miss a moments rest!
We were in room 210 --- a small room tucked away in the corner. PERFECT for two. The bathroom is somewhat small --- but it reminded us of the European bathrooms we've been in --- so it was not a detraction from the stay. The room is tastefully decorated and spacious enough.
The pool area is beautiful --- and while we only partook for a brief amount of time one afternoon --- it was so cozy we both fell asleep! In the evenings --- the corner fireplace was active and inviting.
Being from out of state --- we obviously had a rental car. Parking is sufficient --- and our full sized rental fit just fine.
The location to town is perfect --- each morning we took the scenic, leisurely route through Heisler Park to the Starbucks and then on to Madison Square and Garden Cafe for breakfast (there will be separate review for that fabulous place). In the afternoon's, we strolled throughout the downtown area doing plenty of shopping and snacking. Ask the staff where to go and they will eagerly advise according to your "likes".
Laguna is a wonderful place --- and The Tides Inn is the PERFECT place to stay for a multitude of reasons. If our travels return us to (anywhere near) Laguna --- we will be staying at The Tides!
Great Staff! Great stay! Great memories!