Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr | Irvington, VA 22480  [SEE MAP]Irvington, VA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Previous visitors rave about the resort's accommodations and on-site activities
Resort's dining venues received mixed reviews from past guests
Families and couples particularly praise the Tides Inn's quaint setting (perched on a marina in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia). But they also have good things to say about the resort's eclectic array of activities, which include sailing courses and loaner bikes, canoes and paddleboards. Plus, there's an outdoor pool and the Golden Eagle Golf Club. Previous visitors also praise the accommodations, which come with Egyptian cotton linens, minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi access and marble and mahogany bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. Though some guests do complain that the dining is just subpar given its high cost, others report a satisfactory dining experience throughout the resort's five eateries.
Irvington, VA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 70 rooms
Primary View
Bay, River



  • 4.0Hotel Class


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The resort offers all of the modern amenities travelers have come to expect, and features a wide variety of on-site recreational activities. Many of the rooms and suites, which are luxuriously decorated in a British Colonial style, have spectacular water views.

Condé Nast Traveler


The resort feels far away from the rest of the world. And, thanks to its homey, easygoing atmosphere and warm staff, some of whom have worked there for decades, it also felt like coming back to a childhood vacation home.

Travel + Leisure


This tranquil waterfront hotel has old-school charm and first-class service. The Tides Inn Marina, on-site sailing school, and paddle-powered watercraft also provide unfettered access to the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River.



This gracious riverfront resort has offered warm Southern hospitality amid elegant surroundings for more than 60 years. The rooms feature wood plantation shutters and decor reminiscent of the tropics.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 701 have reviewed the Tides Inn, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 701 reviews 4.0 (based on 701 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The rooms and suites at the Tides Inn completed a renovation in 2020. Accommodations come decorated in a British colonial style, with earth tone color palettes and wood furnishings. In-room amenities include Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen TVs, clock radios, coffee makers and more. Some rooms feature views of the water, while others are outfitted with a private balcony.
  • Daily resort fee of $30 (plus tax) includes Wi-Fi access and local phone calls
Nightly resort fee$40

Standard room size350 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located on a peninsula about a mile north of the Rappahannock River, the Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia, offers a variety of activities on and off the water. As it is a waterfront hotel in a residential area, there's not much within walking distance. But for those who don't mind staying local, there are five restaurants, a sailing school and a par-3 golf course on-site.
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is 49 miles south of the property
  • Richmond International Airport is about 65 miles southwest of the property
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is about 130 miles northwest of the property
  • Daily resort fee covers valet parking and complimentary shuttle service to the Golden Eagle Golf Club and the town of Kilmarnock
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The resort houses four on-site restaurants. The Chesapeake Restaurant serves seafood and seasonal American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Commodore's is a casual poolside cafe that dishes up light fare for lunch, seasonally. Overlook Dining features an upscale light fare menu, like oyster and wine pairings, on a terrace overlooking Carter's Creek. And at the 18-hole golf course's Golden Eagle Grill, guests can enjoy sandwiches and casual bites.
  • Room service available during Chesapeake Restaurant's hours
  • Kids menu offered at Overlook Dining

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Tides Inn's seasonal outdoor pool is big enough for lap swimming and is surrounded by a bar and grill and lounge chairs. The pool is adjacent to the bay and offers access to seating on the resort's dock.
  • Beach with free loaner kayaks, canoes and paddleboards available on-site
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The on-site Journey Spa has eight treatment rooms and a boutique. The spa offers a variety of services, including standard treatments, as well as specialty treatments for men, golfers and expecting mothers. Salon services like nail care, makeup and waxing are also offered.
  • Spa open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m.
  • Use of bathrobes, slippers and lockers provided to all spa guests

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Tides Inn offers the Crab Net Kids program for children ages 4 to 12. The kids club offers games and a variety of activities corresponding to a weekly theme, such as "Be Your Own Superhero." Offered activities include swimming, crabbing, tennis, frisbee golf, boat building and outdoor exploration.
  • Kids club offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Half- and full-day sessions available
  • For a fee, kids can participate in junior golf and tennis camps
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The resort's 24-hour fitness center features cardio machines, strength-training equipment and free weights. A variety of fitness classes are complimentary to guests, some of which include yoga, Pilates and guided fitness walks. There are also many recreational activities available at the resort, including frisbee golf, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking, tennis and croquet. The resort also has its own sailing school.
  • Use of resort bikes, tennis courts, frisbee golf course and nonmotorized water sports equipment covered by daily resort fee
  • Tennis lessons, clinics and kids camps available for a charge
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


This resort houses 8,980 square feet of indoor event space and 12,150 square feet of outdoor event space. The largest meeting room is the nearly 2,500-square-foot Cove Room, which features an adjacent outdoor deck that overlooks Carter's Creek. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests for receptions and theater-style events. The Ashburn, Virginia and Captain's Quarters rooms can also be combined to host events with up to 250 people. Business services offered include copy and fax machines, audiovisual equipment, catering and tech support.
  • Team-building activities can be arranged
  • Daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi access

Number of meeting rooms7

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The resort allows dogs that weigh up to 75 pounds for $35 per night, per pet. Offered pet amenities include dog beds, water bowls, waste bags, in-room biscuit barrels and resort maps marked with "doggie relief stations."
  • Pet-sitting and grooming can be arranged through the concierge
  • Dogs must be leashed in public areas
  • Up to two dogs welcomed in each room
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking (with fee)
  • Pet-sitting (with fee)


The resort's par-3, 9-hole golf course is complimentary for guests to use. An 18-hole course at the property's Golden Eagle Golf Club is also available nearby. The latter facility offers lessons and clinics, as well as a juniors golf camp.
  • Golf packages offered
  • Shuttle service to and from Golden Eagle Golf Club covered by daily resort fee
  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddie service
  • Pro shop


This resort is able to host indoor and outdoor weddings. The largest indoor venue is the combined Ashburn, Virginia and Captain's Quarters spaces, which can accommodate up to 250 guests for receptions or up to 160 people for banquets. For ceremonies, the largest venue is the Cove Room, which has space for up to 200 attendees. Outdoor options include the 12,150-square-foot Grassy Lawn and the property's beach and boardwalk.
  • All indoor venues offer views of the bay
  • Wedding packages offered

Maximum wedding guest capacity250

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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