My wife and I stayed here to celebrate her birthday. It was hands down the best service we have ever received. The staff were professional, courteous, and warmly welcoming. They made us feel like we were simply visiting family (the cool, non-intrusive, thoughtful kind). We sat out by the pool and watched a movie on our iPad using their wifi by the fireplace, and it made for one of the most memorable nights of our trip. The location could not be better, with quick access to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and our favorite, Crystal Cove. There's shipping nearby and lots of restaurants to choose from. You're a mere 35 minutes from Disneyland, so that's a big plus
The rooms at The Tides are really quaint. They're on the smallish side, but it was build in the 1950s I believe, so that's not all that surprising. We found it rather charming. All in, we HIGHLY recommend staying here, and we'll be back to do just that.