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Tides Inn Bed & Breakfast
Reviewed 30 January 2012

I am sad to give this review of when we stayed in August of 2011. The owners of the Breakers and the Tides Inn are friends --- and if you stay at the Breakers drinks will be served at the Tides Inn.
I thought both owners were kind, low key and accomodating. The Breakers is interesting in structure. The owners allow you to use the golf cart for free--which my kids and I LOVED.
However, the Breakers and the Tides Inn smells of smoke CONSTANTLY. I hope that the owners will read this and learn. You smell the smoke in your room, during breakfast--- everywhere in the house and you even smell it on the front porch if you choose to eat out there.
If you have an allergy, or loathe smoke this is NOT the place for you.
The only reason I am writing this is to forwarn people about this issue. I wish I knew about this ahead of time.
If this is not an issue--stay here! The owners are soooo kind.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Deweylou
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Not worth the money to stay there. TVs need to be updated. A lot of work to the house. Still need be done. And it's not a made to order breakfast. They make what they wanna make. I made reservations for 125. Check out the charge the 135. It's a bad example of a bed and breakfast place.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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5  Thank Meandyoi
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

I expected so much more from this place after reading the other reviews and was sorely disappointed. The house had a funny smell (wet dog + cookies) and didn't look at all like it received too much TLC (bulbs were missing from the chandelier in the landing, and from our room lights, there was dust everywhere and visible cobwebs). Even though I had reserved our room many days in advance, there was no soap in the bathroom (technically there should have been more than one soap since we had said there would be 5 people in our group). The air conditioning was not turned on and when I went to look for the innkeepers they were nowhere to be found. I rang the bell, called their phone and finally knocked on the door to the private quarters and still no one. So we spent the night miserably hot.
The redeeming factor was that the innkeeper refunded our money for the second night's stay and the breakfast, though very meager, was quite delicious. I am glad though that we did not stay the second night.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank VapidTraveler
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

Excellent place to stay! This was my first time staying at a Bed & Breakfast. I have to say it really exceeded my expectations. The Innkeeper was very pleasant and helpful at all times. I will definitely be staying here again!

Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
4  Thank sbwilliams
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

I chose to stay at The Breakers, the "sister" B&B just across the road from The Tides. Although The Tides was very nice, I loved The Breakers. This was one of the best B&B experiences I've ever had. It is a great location, an easy couple of minutes walk to the beach and good dining. You feel absolutely safe walking home from restaurants at night in this well-lit area (not that there seems to be too much crime in this sleepy water town).

If you want a true getaway with peace and quiet, this is the B&B for you. I stayed in the master suite on the third floor (only room on the floor). While the bedroom itself wasn't as large as some of the other rooms, it was roomy enough with a very nice sitting room -- both with spectacular views of the water. (NOTE: You can see the sunrise through the floor to ceiling window from the bed -- but it's worth rising early to watch it from the beach.) The room's private bath ... wow ... the size of a bedroom with marble floor and huge marble shower. Loved the "dresser sink."

You couldn't ask for kinder and attentive innkeepers. Licensing issue with serving wine and cheese, instead I had an afternoon tea which I so enjoyed on the comfortable front porch. That is also where I had my delicious and filling breakfast.

This inn is well worth the trip and money. My only regret is not staying longer -- but I will definitely be returning!

Room Tip: If available, The Breakers suites with water view.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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8  Thank PaulMaynard
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

My friend and I had a great girls’ getaway at The Tides Inn. A few days before we headed to Colonial Beach, I called to confirm my reservation and ask if we could leave a few items inside the inn since we’d be arriving before check-in. We were informed that there was no one staying in our room the night before, so we could check in any time. Nice!

We arrived around 10 a.m., found the owner, Megan Davis, and checked right in. She showed us our room, gave us a quick description of the Colonial Beach area, and let us know there was a cocktail hour around 5 and continental breakfast the next morning. When she found out we were planning to hit the beach, she also offered us beach chairs to use for the duration of our stay, and told us what areas were nicer for laying out.

Our room was actually across the street from the Tides Inn at The Breakers, an old building that had been used as a hotel since around 1906. Our room was newly renovated with white carpet, two queen beds (that made for a very comfy sleep) and a marble bathroom. There were lots of windows, making for a really nice, airy room. The TV didn’t have cable, but Megan had put three girl-weekend-friendly DVDs in our room, so no big deal. Our room didn’t have soap or other toiletries in it, but I think it’s because we arrived early and a few final details hadn’t been set up in the room. Again, no big deal since we both travel with our own stuff, but I noticed other rooms had them, so I’m sure we could have gotten some with a call to Megan.

We spent the day on the beach, then returned to our room around 5 for wine and snacks. We enjoyed a nice glass of sauvignon blanc and some DELICIOUS hummus and toasted bread from Megan’s daughter’s The Tides Inn Market, which is in the front of the Tides Inn. The Breakers has a long patio with lots of chairs, which were nice for sitting out during cocktail hour and breakfast the next day.

Speaking of breakfast, it too was very good. Each person got a homemade quiche, and there was delicious bread, preserves, butter and cream cheese, along with orange juice and coffee.

Location was also great: a few blocks to the beach, a great French/Thai restaurant nearby, an ice cream shop nearby and the Tides Inn Market in the front.

My only minor quibble: I’ve never stayed at a B&B before, and once or twice it was a little hard to find the owner if we had a quick question. I forgot to bring a wine key with me, and felt kind of bad barging into the market when I wanted to see if I could borrow one. Similarly, I went into the market when I couldn’t find Megan right away to check in and check out. I don’t think this was a big deal, but I just felt bad bothering Megan’s daughter when she had her own business to run. Each time I went in with questions, everyone was very polite and found answers for me, though.

I’d definitely return here the next time I’m in Colonial Beach. It was the perfect place for an affordable, elegant weekend away.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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4  Thank princsoreo
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Address: 200 N. Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Region: United States > Virginia > Colonial Beach
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Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Colonial Beach
Number of rooms: 8

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