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Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
Campbell, California
1 review
“Stay at Inverness Valley Inn”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Had a wondeful time over the 4th of July weekend...the new ownership is really taking pride in the property. Although the area has some deferred maintance the rooms were clean, quite and in private setting. Lots of sun and open rooms with small kitchen and living area. Nice deck in a private setting...very close to all the key activities in Point Reyes.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We decided at the last minute to spend the 4th up in Inverness. Neither of us had spent any time in the area and we wanted to bring our Australian Shepherd. The Inverness Valley Inn was the first place that could take all three of us. (FYI-the IVI is changing their name to Cabins at Point Reyes).

This name change is a good one as we were expecting an Inn and there wasn't one. There are just cabins. We were part of a two cabin unit that shared a wall. We had a two bedroom unit. It was clean and eco friendly. They provided us with two Dog towels which we made good use of. The kitchen facilities were minimal (2 electric burners, a dorm style refrigerator and a microwave). And the plates and cookware were also minimal (only 2 coffee mugs).

The location was quiet (except for our neighbor's noisy kids and thin walls). The advertised nature trail was bordered by poison oak so we didn't follow it far. We did not use the pool or hot tub as there was so much to do off-property.

The location was great, about ten minutes from Pt. Reyes Station which has several nice restaurants and a great gourmet grocery store.

The owner (or managers we were not sure) were helpful with pointing out dog friendly hikes. And when we needed matches to light the bbq, they brought them over post haste.

Living in San Francisco, it's nice to know that there is such a fantastic getaway area just a little over an hour away (much more convenient than Tahoe). And if you have Verizon as your carrier there was good service and the wifi network was very good.

Room Tip: There are only a few dog-friendly rooms. You have to book them over the phone as opposed to on-line.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nevada City, California, United States
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed here in March and had a lovely time. Beautiful property, fireplace in bedroom, kitchen with everything we needed for meals or wine. Big deck, with table, chairs and bbq. The hikes on the property were wonderful and the hot tub under the stars was icing on the cake. Want to return to swim in the pool! The location was amazing.. the last inn on the way to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse. Innkeepers just purchased the property and are bringing their expertise and great eye for detail to the rooms and the gardens.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Roseville, California
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I was somewhat disappointed in our stay here. I try to choose our lodging carefully as we are on a limited budget and don't get away overnight very often. Although the room was clean, it did smell musty (thus the 'poor' room rating) and I could see places on the bathroom ceiling where it looked like they had painted over some mold/mildew. While the walls were thin (our neighbor asked that we turn off the bathroom fan as it was too loud), we enjoyed that there was lots of natural light light in the room. The bathroom towels were pathetic. The bed was comfortable and the gas fireplace was great! We never saw the management, which is OK, and Susan was friendly on the phone. They are making an effort to keep up the grounds, but aren't quite there yet. For me, a little more would go a long way to improve the stay; for instance a little vase of fresh flowers and/or some good, hot coffee and a few muffins delivered at a prearranged time in the morning.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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A&STraveller, Owner at Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry for this guests "disappointments". My wife and I recently purchased this property, and we are working hard to address it's problems. One of our biggest problems is with our very inconsistent linen service. On the weekend of this review, I was fit to be tied because we had received under sized towels. We are currently looking for solutions to this problem. With regard to the other suggestions, all of our rooms include a kitchenette with two burners, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a coffee maker with coffee and tea packets. We think this is a great package for affordable lodging, and our goal is to maintain our price point. All that understood though, we have been very encouraged by all the guests that tell us how happy they are with their stay.
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Fremont, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We spent a wonderful weekend at this Inn recently. The facility is under new ownership and Eco friendly. The check - in was very easy. The property seemed well maintained with swimming pool, jacuzzi, 2 tennis courts , picnic tables and a hammock for relaxing. We rented one of their family suites that was clean and spacious enough for 4 people. The kitchen was well equipped with all necessary cooking tools , pots and pans. Bathroom facilities.Each cabin also had BBQ grill and patio or deck seatings. I would return in the near future or recommend it to my friends because of the flexibility with the overnight stay( they allow one night stays), convenient location , good service and fair pricing.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back of the property , away from the parking lot are better.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Herald, California
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Lodging choices in the rather remote Point Reyes-Tomales Bay area are limited to a few small lodge/cottages and a handful of B & Bs. All are older establishments, generally rustic in character, and short on amenities. Some have no TV or wifi and cell phone reception is unpredictable. Only a couple have an on-site restaurant, so you have to be willing to drive several miles to find a place to eat. Room rates are fairly high considering that you don't get much for your money.

As a base for exploring Point Reyes National Seashore, we wanted a room with two beds, TV and wifi, and a kitchen so we could at least have breakfast without having to drive somewhere. These requirements reduced our options to two or three properties. After visiting their websites and reading reviews, we decided on the Inverness Valley Inn. This hotel is a chalet-style cluster of five buildings (four rooms per building) located just off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on the west side of Tomales Bay. A gravel parking lot flanks the buildings, with asphalt or stone paths leading to the rooms. One room is handicap-accessible and has directly adjacent parking. The hotel has no water view, but instead offers a peaceful, woodsy ambiance with nature trails, a saltwater swimming pool and hot tub, tennis courts, and even a menagerie of gentle farm animals to delight children. It is pet-friendly for those who want to bring Fido along. There is a Czech restaurant and a tiny seafood cafe within two or three miles, along with a deli, bakery, and a small grocery, but most eating places are about six miles away in Point Reyes Station.

We booked a two-room family suite, which had a gas fireplace, wood deck with patio table and chairs, and a kitchenette. The kitchen was equipped with a small refrigerator, two-burner stove, and microwave, plus all basic cooking and eating utensils and a basket of coffee, tea, and condiments. Charcoal BBQs are placed near all the rooms if you want to grill something. On the downside, our cell phones would not work here, so to make an outside call from the room phone, we had to get a calling card from the manager (free for local calls). No hand towels are supplied in the bathroom, only bath towels and washcloths, and counter space is very limited. There is no ice machine, so we had to buy ice at the deli down the road. The swimming pool looked neglected and uninviting, but this may be due to the off-season timing of our visit.

The owner/managers of this hotel live on-site and are very helpful, amenable, and do their best to keep guests happy and comfortable. We had a few issues with our room, which they took care of immediately. Unfortunately, these nice people are struggling with an aging facility that is in serious need of updating and refurbishment. The room photos on the hotel website must have been taken a long time ago because the reality is very different. Almost everything is old, faded, and worn out. There isn't much in the way of decor and what there is looks cheap and thrown together. What the photos don't show is the stained bathtub, the dirty chair cushions, the missing switchplate, the broken window blind, and the TV remote that didn't work. Signs posted in the room warning you not to do this or that tell us that the owners are tired of dealing with guests who are careless or disrespectful of hotel property. We sympathize but were nevertheless put off by the tone of these messages. In addition, we wouldn't call the room sparkling clean, it was just OK, and housekeeping service was minimal. We don't mind reusing towels and bed linens for the sake of being "green," but being expected to make our own beds was a bit much--after all, we came here to get away from household chores. Though we are accustomed to tipping for cleaning service, the note in the room that the housekeeping staff "will appreciate a gratuity" seemed a little cheeky considering that they didn't have to do very much.

I am giving this hotel three stars because the owners try so hard to please and make the best of things. It's certainly no worse than other lodging options in the Point Reyes area and better than some.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

IVI was a most delightful spot for a six-day gathering with our children and grandchildren from across the continent. The location was convenient to the natural attractions of Point Reyes National Seashore, and all the services we could want were available close by in Inverness, Bolinas, and especially Point Reyes Station. The Inn was comfortable and conveniently arranged. Rooms consist of halves or quarters of large A-frames, and seemed quite soundproof. We had 3 "family suites" each of which provided a large living room/bedroom, a second bedroom, a full bathroom, a small kitchen, and a porch. This gave us lots of flexibility for privacy and for togetherness. All-hours access to the office gave access to a small library (especially good for local guides) and collection of videos/dvds, and we were allowed to use the laundry. The grandkids (ages 5 and under) liked seeing the sheep, llama and alpaca, and the nearby beach on Tomales Bay. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful! The family of osprey in the neighbouring hills were an added delight.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore
Address: 13275 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, PO Box 429, Inverness, CA 94937-9706 (Formerly Inverness Valley Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Marin County > Inverness
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Inverness
Number of rooms: 19
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Inverness Valley Hotel Inverness

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