First off, TripAdvisor needs to get its act together on this property listing. Some people come here only to eat, some to only sleep, and others to do both. Even though there is a separate listing for Nick's Cove Restaurant reviews, it is clear that some of the reviews on this cottages listing are for the restaurant only and the reviewers never spent the night here. The reviews of those who have spent the night in the cottages and those who only dined here should be separate to give fair overall ratings to both operations!
Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay was the first of 3 hotels in Marin County that I stayed at during a week of hiking the coastal range with a small group.
Nick's Cove has 12 cottages for overnight guests - 5 are over the water on stilts, and 7 are across CA1 and fully on land but do have a "water view".
I was in the Innkeeper's Cottage, which consists of the entire ground floor of a 2 story building on land across CA1. There are 2 more units above on the 2nd floor of this triplex building. I don't recall ever hearing either of my neighbors above even though the rooms were occupied both nights.
My 710 square foot room consisted of a large open rectangular space that was separated by furnishings into a king bedroom, a living/sitting area, and a full size kitchen. The large bathroom was a totally separate room with a door. Although the web site says it sleeps 4, I would not want to be in it with more than 2. All of the cottages are fully described in much detail, including square footages and photos, on Nick's web site so I won't waste the space to repeat all of that here.
The room was comfortable and I slept well here, but I did feel the cottage was a bit busy with all of the furnishings and accessories that were inside. I had 1 dinner here and the food and service was very good. Your room rate includes a nice continental breakfast delivered to your room, which I experienced both mornings. The included breakfasts were good, but the earliest delivery is between 8 and 8:30, resulting in, for me at least, quite a late start in the day.
It is clear from reading the reviews that many couples come here for romantic stays and special occasions, and mostly love the place. I can see why they would, but Nick's really didn't fit well into the type of trip I was on, in my opinion; although, this is not Nick's fault. My individual category ratings were a mixed bag of 3's, 4's and a 5, but they averaged to a total of 3.67, so I rounded up to a 4 (very good) overall out the 5 available ratings on the TripAdvisor scale.
- 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