So i come here with my wife to Kayak fish with Loleta Eric, and each time has been very pleasant and you CAN' BEAT THE VIEW! All the chaff regarding dog-sitting, tyrant behavior , etc is really over-blown. There is another location right next-door that reminds me of a Holiday -Inn, same view, but not as "homey" in my opinion. BTW, I'm a dermatological professional, and spotted a lesion on managers with a professional discount, and it turned out well in the end. May change in-future, and my best recommendation is here in Shelter Cove.
A couple of months back my husband wanted to surprise me with a quiet get away. To get away and relax from our busy life. We both love the coast and the redwoods. He chose The Tides Inn in Shelter Cove - having been our first time ever on the "Lost Coast" and we were in love! We came prepared to make our own food and just enjoy the sounds of the ocean. We stayed in the king mini suite. The views were spectacular. It did not disappoint - we WILL be back!! Sitting in the living room on the couch looking out the sliding glass door and it looks like you are sitting on the water.
The location is perfect. The most beautiful ocean view from our mini suite. A couple of days were pretty windy, but staying in and enjoying the view, the seals and the sea birds was great. The gas fireplace added to the cozy atmosphere. The room was recently painted and was very clean and comfortable. Everyone we encountered at the Inn was super nice and helpful. The goody basket with wine and Milano cookies was a welcome surprise. Having the beach and trails just steps away from our room was wonderful. We even saw sky divers from the airstrip behind our room. We will definitely be back the next time we want to get away from it all!
Our first time to Shelter Cove and we feel so lucky to have found this little piece of paradise. For 5 friends, we got a full suite (with wall bed) and a mini suite directly above. The two suites have their own entry and stairs so it was like we were all together to visit and share meals. The full suite has a full kitchen with everything you may need. And Eric and Verna, the hosts are just a phone call away to help with anything. And the housekeeper even took us on a hunt to find live Abalone one afternoon. That gesture made my day. I don't think any place in Shelter Cove could have been closer to the waves. If you are looking for a slower pace with beautiful views, I recommend The Tides Inn.
My husband and I brought my Mom here for a little getaway near the ocean. The Tides Inn did not disappoint. We stayed in a suite on the 2nd floor that had a private balcony. My Mom isn't great with stairs so she stayed in a suite on the ground floor. It was much smaller than ours but perfect for her. The weather was perfect and the ocean view was amazing. The lady taking care of the Inn, Jennifer, was very nice and very accommodating. I highly recommend this place for a relaxing stay.
Our whole family is in the campground. My husband can’t really camp anymore due to surgeries so we booked a room to be with our kids and grand babies. Checking in was contactless. That’s good because we came in late. The next morning one of our kids came to the room with their dog on leash. We finished dressing and headed out to the campground. We first got the third degree for walking through the property. Then when we explained we have rented a room she gave us a weird look then looked all nasty at our dog and said dogs aren’t allowed here. We explained she just walked over to walk back with us. Then we were snapped at for stepping on the dirt. This just goes on and on. I realize they may not want pets at the inn. Makes sense because many people aren’t respectful. Our sons dog was not staying with us but merely walking. On a leash. Quietly - unlike the managements two dogs that while they are cute they run around barking at people. It’s really hard to take someone like that seriously. Then inside our room we found a note that said due to covid there would be no in room services. If we needed something to call and they would try to do their best. We’ve been here four days now and have not even been offered a clean towel. No replenishment of soaps, coffee etc. nothing. But they are not afraid of covid enough to wear a mask or stay away from us when they want to complain. It’s almost more believable to say they’re being lazy and cheap. My family is out on the fishing boat and I walk to my room to get something. Yes I’m dog sitting. Her dogs run up at us barking and she comes running over to tell me dogs aren’t allowed. Basically now I don’t care. Mine is quiet and stays where I tell her while I go in and get my water bottle. Again not too worried about covid because she’s right up on me to complain. We have been so quiet, in bed by 9 every night, asked for nothing from them even though at the price it’s the least we deserve is to have our room replenished and to not be treated as if we’re tearing things up. We aren’t drinking or having parties or even a bunch of company. We’ve spent all of our time at the campground with our family. To walk to our room means being confronted again because it as if she doesn’t want anyone even to walk out of their room. We had to pay for four nights minimum to get a room on a holiday weekend and I just went back through the website and didn’t see “no pets” anywhere. I understand needing to be thorough and ensuring people take care of the place. But she has definitely let the managing position go to her head and I can see many other reviewers saying the same thing. We would never pick that place again. In fact I would sleep in my car first because it just isn’t worth the money. So yea the Inn is in a beautiful location but the management absolutely ruins it.…
My husband I stayed in one the suites and it was fantastic! The room was spacious and clean and had everything we could possibly need. The view was incredible and the sunsets were amazing. Jen was so friendly and so accommodating. She happily fulfilled every request we had. The Tide Pools were wonderful and walking the paths around the Inn provided even more beautiful views. The one thing I have to say, which is more of a tip, not a complaint, Is the restaurants were all closed. The only thing open for food was the Pizza parlor and they had a 2 hour wait. This has nothing to do with the Inn...just wanted future travelers to know. We had only planned to eat out one night during our stay and brought plenty of food so it wasn't a problem for us. But I could see how it might be for someone else. There is a little store by the campground that has a deli and some hot food. There is also a General Store up the hill a little that is surprisingly well stocked. It even has a little produce department in the back. So it you needed you get easily get food if you had planned on eating out. Wonderful stay, wonderful hostess, wonderful town. We can't wait to come back.…
We had a great experience recently on a three night stay in an Oceanfront Full Suite. Beautiful views and it was wonderful to leave the windows open at night and listen to the ocean waves. The Innkeepers were friendly and accommodating. The road in and out is nothing to take lightly, but if the RV's can do it, so can we. We will definitely keep this on our list of places we'd like to return to.
I take 10 days for a motorcycle tour every year as my vacation. This year I toured the 101 which included a two night stay in Shelter Cove. I found Shelter Cove by looking around at my route on Google Maps when I was in the planning stage. Like anyone reading this review, I did my due diligence in reading reviews and accounts of other people’s trips to the area and the Tides Inn. I’ll start by addressing the route to Shelter Cove. I made the trek on a Harley Davidson and found the road to be challenging but not impassable. Experience level on this type of terrain will be the biggest factor for your personal experience. If you have driven any type of mountain roads that include switchbacks and turn outs then you will find this to be an average ride. If however you have not driven this type of terrain then you will definitely want to take it slow and utilize the turnouts to allow more experienced drivers to pass. The town of Redway will be your last stop with regularly prices provisions before heading down to the cove. So if you are staying awhile and have a hard time justifying the costs in Shelter Cove then do yourself a favor and stock up here. Once you reach the cove the effects of supply and demand is very evident. Anything you intend to buy while there was brought there by someone who made that same drive both ways and paid retail for it. There are also only two real options for regular staples, one being the Shelter Cove General Store and the second being the campground store a few hundred yards from the Tides Inn. The same holds true for restaurants. The town is really more of a village with a very small constant population so if you are expecting the typical resort town with seasonal workers and a bustling shopping district you are about to be in for a shock. The attitude here is very laid back and feels very much like most islands i’ve visited. It operates very much on “island time” so don’t expect instant service and definitely leave any “let me speak to a manager” attitude in your luggage because it will not fly there. Now most importantly, the purpose of the review is The Tides Inn itself. I prefaced with the i fo on Shelter Cove simply because it was relative for context, especially given the couple of negative reviews which you will have undoubtedly read. The Tides Inn sits directly on a bluff overlooking it’s own little cove with a population of sea lions, otters, and virtually every other kind of wildlife you would want to see. The view is amazing for 360 degrees. The sunset is breathtaking and it is a very short walk to the camp store for a hot meal or cold beverage. It is also walking distance to Gyppo Ale Mill for a delightful dinner. The inn is run by an absolutely wonderful person who made sure our stay was everything we hoped for. Verna does the work of at least 5 people running the day to day bookings, maintenance, laundry, grounds, and virtually every other task involved in running a small hotel. She was accommodating when we were an hour early to check in and paused what she was doing to get us settled in. She was very informative about the area and was as nice of a host one could ask for. If you can accept that you are truly someone’s guest here and not just staying at a corporate chain with no identity then you will be rewarded with much hospitality. The inn is clean and charming. It is quiet and relaxing. It is genuinely everything you could want for if what you want is a little time away from it all.…
Unbelievable! I stayed at the Tides for 2 nights , views are great very peaceful but the woman that runs the place is like a tyrant! You can't even move and she's watching you-paying the price I paid $180 a night I think I should have some privacy and respect. I stay at the Cove quite frequently and I will NEVER stay there again just fyi-go next door to the Oceanfront and have a little freedom