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Nick's Cove Cottages
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
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“Two night stay on Tomales Bay”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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San Rafael, California
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Reviewed 26 May 2013 via mobile

We flew in on a sea plane and spent the night In two adjacent cottages with another couple and had a great dinner. The water lapping the shore at high tide at night almost directly under your window is special. Worth the trip!

  • Stayed May 2013
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London
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

We stayed at Nick's Cove for one night while driving down Highway One on a road trip to San Francisco on a friend's recommendation and we fell in love with it on first sight. The room was brilliant – although the fact that I insisted on lighting the wood-burning stove in May meant that it was so hot we could hardly breathe. Dinner was delicious and while I normally think cooking oysters is a waste of a good oyster the oyster Nick-o-fellers were sublime. And the barman made us some of the best Negronis we have ever had. We will definitely be back. I have subtracted one star, however, as the receptionist was incredibly crabby in the morning when we inquired where are breakfast had got to. They may well have been busy but that is not our problem and a polite inquiry does not warrant a frankly impolite response. This in no way spoilt our stay but it was unnecessary and foolish – especially from a mature woman who should know better.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

Travelling from London, via San fran then up to Mendocino we were tipped off about this unique spot for a great stop off on the way back. Simply charming. We were hoping for a waterfront room but as we only booked the day before we 'settled' for Fly Fishermans, just back from the road. It was lovely, really luxurious, spacious and well equipped. Food in the restaurant was superb. Wine Wednesday was a welcome surprise too! We will be back. Keep up the good work.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Wow Wow Wow - We had heard this place was special but this was spectacular! The most amazing cottage extending right out over the water, charming vintage style w/ modern amenities, for example the large bathroom with claw footed tub had a cozy heated floor under the quaint marble tiles. Lovely sitting area with wood stove, well appointed. Great fresh breakfast, and they brought multiple pots of fantastic coffee each morning. The view... could not have even imagined how beautiful! The bed was so comfortable, slept soundly with the gentle sound of the tide coming in. Everyone at Nick's was friendly and helpful - definitely worth the drive up there and the cost, want to go back soon. Be sure to enjoy all of West Marin, wonderful food, artisans and shopping, hiking, etc.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for one of the cottages extending out over the water - so special!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Anselmo, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from a spontaneous trip to nicks. What a wonderful little treasure this place turned out to be. We stayed in Al's cabin right on the water. The room was beautifully appointed with lovely decor, beautiful bathroom with heated marble floor and soaking tub, honesty bar that included wine, hard alcohol and snacks. We brought our dog with us on the trip and if he could talk, he would give nicks a stellar review! The staff was so friendly as well. I love that on the end of a long dock connected to the restaurant there is a little boathouse with a fireplace where you can sip drinks, play piano and watch the sunset. The restaurant itself was superb. And the fact that they deliver an amazing breakfast to your cabin in the morning was extra nice. I really loved this place and we will absolutely go back. Having stayed at so many hotels it is so refreshing when a place really pays attention to the little details.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Los Gatos, CA
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

We have stayed at Nicks Cove at least four times. It really is an amazing setting--there is nothing like waking up over Tomales Bay and at night you fall asleep to the sound of the water beneath your room. This is why we keep coming back. Plus, the rooms seem even better than ever. This trip we were in Bandits. The bathrooms, especially the rear one were just amazing, with fabulous details in the tile and tub areas. Just a joy. The front bedroom had such a gorgeous view of the water and the bed could not have been more luxurious.
It is the setting that really makes this place great, but also has its drawbacks. The service was almost non-existent. Perhaps it is hard to hire service conscious people in this remote area. We visited right after New Years the staff seemed exhausted, everyone from the front desk to the restaurant was completely uninterested in provided much service, or even eye contact. At this price, it seemed a bit unprofessional.
Then there was the smell on this trip. I realize the rooms are over water, but the moldy smell was so overwhelming I had to open all of the windows (in January). We tried to start a fire to warm up, but the fire wood they gave us was wet.
Finally, the restaurant was not up to speed. It has been on and off for years. This time service was crazy slow. The oysters were fabulous as were the meat dishes. However, the crab salad, during crab season, had frozen dry crab. It was inedible. Sending it back took forever. Not a fun evening. We had better service at the Marshall store (pretty much self serve, but yummy food).
Nicks really is in an amazing setting and has some fabulous design elements. Too bad some details are so overlooked.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Nick's Cove Cottages
Address: 23240 Highway 1, Marshall, CA 94940-9713
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Marshall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Marshall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nick's Cove Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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