This place really impresses. (And it should, given the prices.)
The management gets the big things right, but what really distinguishes the Nick's Cove experience is that all the little things are right, too. It's far away from everything else to seem like a real escape, but still a reasonable distance for a one-nighter from anywhere in the SF Bay Area.
Service, amenities, locale, food - all terrific. Sharon at the front desk was a stand-out.
My sweetie and I spent one night here (in "Ruthie's") and before we checked out, we had booked our next visit (in "Big Rock").
The little cottages over the water are the only way to go.
Our cottage was straight out of a Pinterest dreamboard called "perfect cozy luxe hideaway". Deep leather sofa and armchair, oriental carpets, woodburning stove, and tremendously comfortable bed. Small but well-appointed kitchen/dining space. Terrific bathroom with radiant tile floor (extra points) but no tub. A lovely deck over the water completed the space.
Upon check-in we are asked if we'd like our complementary BBQ oysters delivered to our cottage or in the bar. Swoon. We had them delivered, along with a gorgeous Riesling from Pey-Marin. Perfect start. Then we went through the arduous decision-making process of deciding what breakfast items we would like to have delivered to us in the morning.
Dinner in the restaurant was very good - too much food for us (beware the truffle fries - a serving could feed 4 people) but all was tasty. Service was very good. Rainbow chard salad with duck was off-the-hook great, as were crabcakes.
We slept like stones with the sound of lapping waves.
In the morning, our breakfast tray was delivered with good coffee, great scones, and an epic Crab Benedict.
We are counting the days before we can return.
- 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