We are native Virginians, retired, and had never been to the Tides before this weekend. Have heard good things about it for years. We were on an exploratory trip of the area and decided to have lunch at the Tides. The views are spectacular, no doubt, and the outside restaurant / deck area is lovely.
The food was average at best (crab soup was watery & had about a teaspoon of shredded crab in it; there was a piece of shell in the fried oysters) and pricey compared to other comparable places we have visited. Waitress never did bring mayo we asked for and did not offer us or the table next to us any bread / cornbread with the soup although it was listed on the menu.
I was surprised at the poor level of the service, especially at the concierge desk and the "reception" desk. Both ladies we spoke to did not offer much information and I felt like I was bothering them or as if I should already know, for example, if there is a pool on the property or jacuzzi tubs in the rooms. The 'reception" / registration desk actually told me I should look on the internet for room rates when I was standing right in front of her. She never did ask if we were interested in a room for that night
The Tides does not deserve to be described as a luxury venue.
Overall, a very disappointing experience and we will not go back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Tides Hotel Irvington
- Tides Hotel Irvington