The view here is really fantastic! But there are few things important to know. First of all, there is in the whole town no breakfast available. Also in the general store you found primarily candy and beer. So bring something for breakfast. As second is to say that can be very heated at the room, during our stay, the fan wasn’t working. On windy or stormy nights you have a „lot of action“ in terms of it can be very noisy, but this is the price for be out in the nature and it’s very beautiful too. Lastly the rooms are too pricey and you can’t expect what you would get elsewhere for the same price. You paying the view and you getting the view.
Where to begin? My family goes on road trips A LOT and we love it. The Tides Inn of Shelter Cove is magical. The views will blow your mind and leave you speechless. I think the only words I was able to get out were, "wow" and "babe, look". Of all of the hotels we have ever stayed, The Tides Inn is our favorite. Jen took care of us and in the first five minutes of meeting her, we felt like family. There isn't a kinder, more genuine, more friendly host in the world. We rarely take trips to the same place twice because there is so much to see in the world but Jen and The Tides Inn have convinced us to go every year. I can't say it enough, this place is magic.
This hotel is located on a small bluff just above the crashing waves of the beach. Mal Coombs Park (which includes the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse) and the marina are both within an easy walk. Also within walking distance are a nice restaurant, a deli (across from the park), and a bar. I should mention at this point if you've never been to Shelter Cove you need to know there are very few restaurants and when we visited (April 2019) two of them were only open Thursday thru Sunday. It's a very small community and in winter most of the handful of restaurants in Shelter Cove may be closed for the season. If you decide to go to the cove be sure to look at the local hotel websites for info about seasonal closures. The Tides Inn is very well managed by Verna and Eric who make sure the rooms are clean and guests are happy. We stayed three days in one of the third floor mini-suites and it was wonderful—even during the first day and one-half when it rained at times quite hard! Being right on the ocean we could hear the pounding of the waves and during the day we could see the turbulent water. The view is spectacular, especially from the room’s balcony. We spent most of the rainy time enjoying the gas fireplace and the sounds of the sea, but we did venture out some even then. The room had a coffee maker, coffee, a fridge and microwave and a nice table with chairs where we played cards while enjoying some popcorn that first night. On the last day and one-half when we had sunshine we saw much of the town, spending time at Abalone Point, Seal Point, Mal Coombs Park, and Black Sands Beach—which is breath-taking. After our visit I consider Shelter Cove a real jewel, and the Tides Inn a wonderful place to stay.…
Despite the fact that the nearby Gippo Ale mill was closed, we had a wondrful New Years eve eating pizza in our room. New years day we awoke to a beautiful day with views from our room. You can't get any closer to the ocean than at The Tides. Eric and Verna are the managers and they are knowledgeable about all the sites and activities offered in town. Eric is a real waterman! If you have a kayak, bring it, and he will tell you all about the abundant marine life, and excellent fishing available here. Some of the best weather of the year occurs during the winter months, with sunshine and crisp, cold clear days.
We have stayed at the Tides Inn a few times and it is consistently a great experience. The views are amazing and the rooms are spacious and clean. The owners are onsite and are very friendly and helpful. We hate to leave but can’t wait to come back.