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“The Tides Inn, A Spectacular Water Site” 5 of 5 stars
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The Tides Inn
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA 22480   |  
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Falls Church, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“The Tides Inn, A Spectacular Water Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

My husband and I, along with our seven year old granddaughter spent three nights at The Tides Inn. It was wonderful, and we most assuredly will return with this grandchild as well as some of our other grandchildren. The most significant aspect of The Tides Inn is its location. Check online to see the photos and to see the prevalence of water. The inn provides usage of canoes, kayaks, paddle boats for free to its guests. There is an excellent sailing school affiliated with the inn. This is not free but appears to be well worth the experience, particularly for children/teenagers. There is a pool overlooking the water. Lovely view. A shuttle boat will take you to their salt water pool. Another boating experience that we had was the hour long cruise tour where you see the very beautiful homes along the water. Additional cost but worth it. There's also paddle boards, croquet, outdoor chess (over sized pieces), tennis, crabbing (our granddaughter's favorite), etc. Oh, can't forget the golf. They take that seriously as well. Then there's the spa. I had a lovely facial, and our granddaughter had a manicure. We both enjoyed the experience. If all you wish to do is relax and look at the water, you will find lovely seating areas around the resort. There are magnificent yachts, large sailboats, as well as the boats mentioned, gliding through the water. We were surprised to discover that the food served at the pool is prepared in the main kitchen, meaning it is excellent. They are willing to adapt to individual requests. The meals are brought to the pool area, enclosed in Chinese boxes. Neat. We liked that. In fact we ended up having several meals here as well as the dining room. This is an excellent place for families, attracting grandparents, their children and spouses, and the grandchildren. This is an obvious observation. At the same time there are couples who appear equally pleased. My husband and I have been here a few other times sans children and loved it. There are lovely spaces within the inn, where you can hang out and once again, view the water. Special amenities included lemonade, iced water, freshly baked cookies at the entrance to the inn, s'mores (not sure on spelling) in the evening. The staff were perfectly wonderful and gracious. I particularly enjoyed getting away from the problems of the world, and it is easy to forget them at The Tides Inn.

Room Tip: Whenever we stay here, we have always had a water view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tidesgm, General Manager at The Tides Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for your in depth and detailed review, I am sure future customers will enjoy your perspective.
Gordon Slatford
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Annapolis, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We loved the whole area. The Tides Inn staff were wonderfully warm and friendly. We biked every morning, there is a cafe close by and some cute shops. There is also a winery within biking distance, which really nice. The view is beautiful, be sure to get a waterfront room. This is a very nice weekend get away, just expect a little old time charm. The dinner was excellent! They had a few issues with the a/c, but I believe it's fixed. Very enjoyable stay.
Be sure to do the wine trail if you like wine.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tidesgm, General Manager at The Tides Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
We are glad you had fun and enjoyed the charm of the Tides inn. Yes we had an AC unit go down but it was fixed promptly and all is good now. we are pleased you enjoyed your interaction with our staff who really are what makes the Tides Inn so special.
Gordon Slatford
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This hotel was just what the doctor ordered. My husband and I were looking for a place to unwind for a few days and the Tides Inn was perfect. It has lots of wonderful activities but we were just there to unwind and didn't even avail ourselves of most of the options, although we did take a cruise of 'the creek' which we enjoyed. There are lots of nice shady areas with great breezes coming from the water, where we could just sit and read - and really wonderful that there was no piped in music anywhere. There were quite a few children, but they were very well behaved - if there was any noise it must have been confined to the pool area. The room was very comfortable and well maintained. The food was just so-so, but it was reasonably priced, so no argument with that. For better food, there is a B & B nearby.

Room Tip: Alll the rooms seemed good to me and had nice views of the water.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tidesgm, General Manager at The Tides Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for your input, we respect peace and tranquility but in certain areas liven things up for those who prefer some activity. It is wonderful to have a property which offers both experiences to our guests.
Gordon Slatford
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Staff was gracious and helpful. Room lacked soundproofing. Could hear every step of people upstairs and some conversations next door. Porch had pealing paint, wasp nest, dirty floor, and candle wax on table. Public areas looked nice and there are lots of things to do. Found better value for dinner at local B&B.

Room Tip: Avoid room 655.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tidesgm, General Manager at The Tides Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
We appreciate your input and have dealt with the balcony of your room and apologize for our failings. We are fortunate to have a great chef and wonderful food however other alternatives are also available in Irvington at different price points.
Gordon Slatford
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richmond, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I visiting the Tides Inn with a friend who had just flown in from out of town. We arrived a bit early and although our room was not ready we were invited to join in all the activities at the resort. We changed and went right for the Paddle-boarding and got a great intro from the very polite staff. We also took advantage of the kayaks, bikes pool and small beach. Our room was just the right combination of rustic and luxury with a balcony overlooking the water. The staff is so helpful and service oriented. Beautiful place, a bit pricey but well worth it!

Room Tip: We were in the Lancaster House, very quiet and wonderful!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tidesgm, General Manager at The Tides Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
A nice title "Fun and relaxing time" Sometimes guests will arrive before our regular check in time, if your room is ready we will get you straight in, if not we will do our best to prioritize the room and take your cell phone number to call you when it is ready. In the interim you are still our guest and welcome to enjoy everything the Tides inn offers.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
Gordon Slatford
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Reston, Virginia, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is an elegant waterfront resort. The rooms, the lobby area, and the restaurants are well decorated and maintained. Much of the remainder of the motel has pealing paint. This is an expensive place. It is worth the money if you use the facilities - paddle boards, canoes, cayaks, pool, golf, fitness room, bicycles, and such. If you aren't going to use those, don't go here. Also, the restaurants are overpriced - $75 dinner for two with no wine or other drinks.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Although this resort was only about 3 1/2 hours away, we felt as if we were in another time and place. The facilities were so beautiful and relaxing and everyone who was employed there went our of their way to make you feel special. We were celebrating an anniversary and were pleased and surprised to receive a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. We joined the "I Prefer" hotel group and were upgraded to a beautiful premium room in the Lancaster Cottage. It had a huge bedroom and very spacious bathroom/dressing area. The rooms have recently been upgraded so they were nicely appointed. The room overlooked Carter Creek so we could watch the water fowl and the boaters. A lovely place to enjoy our champagne and wine. Dinner in the Chesapeake Club was excellent. Both my husband and I had their fresh fish and, of course, he had their oysters which came out beautifully presented. All of the wait staff seemed to work perfectly coordinated and when one was busy the other stopped by to see if we needed anything. One can either choose to just stay and relax in this resort with their many activities, boating, golf, badminton, tennis, volleyball, bicycling or take short trips to adjacent towns. Since we stayed three nights we did a combination of both. Some local places that I would recommend would be Nate's in town for dinner. It was different and very creative. Also, South on Rt. 3 across the river is an interesting place for lunch where they serve fresh oysters on a lovely point of land by the water. We ate the remainder of our breakfasts and lunches at the Tides Resort. All of our meals were excellent. One morning I had one of the omelets which was packed with wonderful fresh crabmeat and Virginia ham. It was yummy. My only food disappointment was with the lack of really nice pastries at the Sunday Brunch in their main dining room. In the evening we sat out on their patio and enjoyed beverages and then on Saturday evening they had a guitarist play music. This was so peaceful with the water view and the music. We had a wonderful long weekend at the Tides and plan to return next year and bring our son and his wife along with the grandchildren. There were quiet a few children there and they all seemed to be having a grand time. This is a resort for all generations.

Room Tip: Rooms with a balcony facing the water.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tidesgm, General Manager at The Tides Inn, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you for your review and advice for future guests. The waterfront you refer to for Oysters is probably Merroir which is a working oyster plant and hatchery receiving some wonderful reviews. We like our guests to sample all that the Northern Neck has to offer and our activities staff are well educated on everything the area has to offer and will normally contact you before arrival to help you with your plans for your stay.
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Address: 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA 22480
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Location: United States > Virginia > Irvington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Irvington
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Tides Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a lush peninsula in Virginia's historic Northern Neck, the waterfront Tides Inn has welcomed generations of friends and families who cherish the relaxed pace of local life and the Southern hospitality of our staff. Guests can learn to sail at the on-site sailing school or explore the calm waterways via paddle boards, kayaks and canoes while spotting golden eagles, osprey and herons. The 18-hole Golden Eagle golf course is a pleasantly challenging wooded course with water hazards, and there is also a Par-3 course, tennis, croquet, and spa, plus bicycles for pedaling into town. Our farm-to-table cuisine highlights oysters from the nearby Rappahannock River, and we're located on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail with several Virginia wineries nearby. ... more   less 
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