I had been dying to try Nick's for about a year before we finally had a chance to go in February. The weekend we went was incredibly wet, and the rain never let up. But, Nick's was a great place to curl up by a roaring fire. We spent one night in Big Rock with our pup and fortunately loved the cabin, since we were confined to being indoors for the duration of our stay.
The furnishings are rustic, the fishing theme is tastefully executed, and the beds are incredibly comfortable. If you can't fall asleep with the sound of waves lapping against the shore outside you might want to consider ear plugs. But, even though the wind and water were quite loud, especially given the gap under the front door, I had a good night's sleep. My rating is based primarily on the great lodging.
Nick's has all the makings of a great getaway. In fact, I was excited to be somewhere without cell phone reception for a weekend. But by the time we left I was a little disappointed. Relative to other hotels in a similar vein, the value didn't seem to be here (even in low season). Service was non-existent. We were checked in and pointed in the general direction of our cabin. The complimentary beverages were a nice touch but the "snacks" were a zip lock baggie of very plain trail mix. Somehow, I wound up paying for aspects of the "complimentary breakfast". While the crab mac n' cheese and oysters at the restaurant were very good, the rest of the food was a huge let down, especially at that price point. We left wishing we'd eaten elsewhere but had ignored. I'm not opposed to paying a substantial amount for a nice stay - but when I do, I expect more consistently high quality for my money.
Our visit could have been be tainted by the fact that we weren't able to observe the sunset or spend any time on the deck due to the constant downpour--I'd like to return in better weather to see if my opinion changes. But, while we enjoyed Nick's, it'll take a little more to convince me it's worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages is a West Marin icon. We are located directly on the shores of stunning Tomales Bay in the town of Marshall, California. We are open every day and welcome you to enjoy this very historic treasure for an overnight retreat or a stop midday to enjoy a delicious lunch on your Highway One travels. Our menu features local farm-fresh produce, locally sourced seafood and meats and our Executive Chef prepares a daily menu that focuses on the bounty we procure from our neighboring farms and ranches. We serve lunch Monday-Friday at 11 am; brunch Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and dinner every night at 5pm. We have twelve luxury cottages: five are situated directly on Tomales Bay and seven are situated across historic highway one in a meadow. Views and serenity abound! Wood burning stoves are ready to light each night and every morning our fresh pastries and french press coffee are delivered to your room! We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nick`s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar, Cottages Hotel Marshall