The Continental Inn

The Continental Inn

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Free continental breakfast is only on the weekends.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
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Non-smoking hotel
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Refrigerator
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Susan P wrote a review Aug 2022
Fair Oaks, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is comfy and very quiet as it is in Tomales. This location is great if you're planning to go to Dillon Beach for the day. Tomales has a great bakery and a couple of stores but has nothing open at night so you have to drive to get to a restaurant. The restaurant next door was listed as open but it was not.
The lady who was working was so helpful after we had to call her on her cell for an urgent issue. We were so grateful to her. We stayed in August, 2022 and had no problems with cell service (like one reviewer commented 4 years ago,)
The bed was a beautiful antique with a new very comfortable mattress. The room had very nice antiques as well as a flat screen tv, small refrigerator and a modern bathroom. We loved staying there.
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Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Karen C wrote a review Jun 2014
Woodside, California, United States218 contributions35 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked this from the stellar reviews. First there is no service. This is a self service inn. You let yourself in. let yourself out(with a code)..leave the key in a box.. and you serve yourself a continental breakfast. The only person we saw was i think the maid leaving for the day. The breakfast was so unappealing and no nice room to sit in(plus the weird smell in the lobby)that we went across the street to eat. We could not get the direct tv to work at all, even though we have one at home. plus no wi fi at all. Great location. Room was ok. Nothing special. Bathroom not very appealing. Bed was comfy. Room large..did have to put pillows at the door as so much light comes from the hallway. For $236.00 I do expect more.
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Date of stay: June 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SantaRosaCAKim wrote a review Jan 2012
Santa Rosa CA262 contributions100 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We found the Continental Inn on Bedandbreakfast.com after purchasing a gift certificate from that company. It's not really a b and b, but rather a very comfy hotel within great walking distance from just about everything in Tomales. We stayed on a Sunday night and were told that breakfast was only offered on weekends. Monday was Martin Luther King day so breakfast was extended to Monday. It consisted of coffee, teas, pastries, instant oatmeal and cereal. Some of the best ever coffee though. We were accommodated very last minute for a get away which included wonderful kayaking through Blue Waters kayak.
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Date of stay: January 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Climber5628 wrote a review Dec 2004
San Francisco1 contribution7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The water smells like sulfur which would be okay if it was a hot springs but it is not. The location is on 2 busy noisy roads. After driving miles to get to the country I would rather stay in a quiet inn. If the traffic does not wake you up in the morning the loud staff and other guests will. The building needs more sound proofing. There is one shared phone line for 9 rooms so good luck trying to call out with out another guest rudely interrupting your call by getting on the phone line. The furniture is tread bare the look is Goodwill Industries not Pottery Barn. The flower theme and whole dated look gets old fast. It is frumby not quaint. In Marin and Sonoma there are far nicer places to stay that really are comfortable, quiet and quaint.
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realitycheck2 wrote a review May 2005
Integrity Oz84 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The is a stale dull little hole in the wall. Extremely noisy and not a great location or worth the money. The one near by restaurant is lacking as well.

The owner of the Inn lives in Sausalito and not only does she boss her guests around but she hogs the one shared phone line and then barks at the quests to get off the phone so she can use it when she has another phone line she can use in the office. Not a friendly environment at all but rather hostile.

I do believe the owner of the Inn who lives in Sausalito wrote her own review on this site and probably had a friend from Mill Valley write the other one. Whatever happened to integrity? Mill Valley is close enough to Tomales that if you lived in Mill Valley I doubt you would find a need to stay at the Inn.
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Date of stay: May 2004
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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freekarma wrote a review Oct 2011
Los Angeles, California51 contributions38 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I simply loved the town of Tomales. It struck me quite literally as some place I could live and instill myself quite seemlessly. The town is perfectly centralized to visit any number of places north of SF. Point Reyes, Bodega Bay and Sonoma wine country are all within relatively short drives. Longer day drives include Fort Bragg and the Lost Coast.
The Continental Inn was our "home" for two nights and it felt like home. Perfectly situated right on the main drag through town, it quite literally looks like a big house. The rooms were nicely aquainted and not overdone. The bed was comfy and internet free (always a bonus even if it is becoming more common). On the weekends a light continental breakfast is provided upstairs in the common area which is easy enough to pack up and bring back to your room. The lobby area has plenty of literature on the surrounding area to pick up and help you in your exploration.
Next door to the inn is the William Tell house which hosts both a restaurant and saloon. We did not eat at the restaurant, but we did patronize the bar on the evening we arrived. In fact we closed it, but how could you pass up microbrewed beers at $5 a pint when you are used to paying nearly twice that down in SoCal. Everyone in the bar was amazingly friendly and welcome, from the bartender down to the residents of Tomales. We both felt quite at home here and wanted to go back the next night, but the long day had tuckered us out.
As this is supposed to be about the inn I will return from my tangent. I would gladly stay here again as there is plenty to do in the region that would bring me back up here. The inn was a perfect jumping off point for much of the north coast and much of the hinterland as well. Thank you Continental Inn for a great experience.
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Date of stay: October 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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judyg363 wrote a review Oct 2017
Alameda, California3 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The small hotel is very nice and the rooms have good accommodations. It is right on highway 1 in the center of a very small town. The restaurant next door recently closed and was the only dinner spot in town.

Of greater concern is the lack of security. There is no cell phone service in the area and the hotel does not have telephones in the rooms. Staffing is spotty and only around a few hours a day. If you have an emergency, options are limited. Either staff the hotel 24/7 or put landlines in the rooms. Otherwise, I could not recommend the lodging to seniors or those with children. Tomales is beautiful, but very isolated. It is unlikely that something will go wrong, but we live in a region where things do go wrong and access to emergency services if vital.
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Date of stay: October 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a room on the Dillon Beach Road side. Highway One can be quite noisy.
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cicit wrote a review Feb 2011
Folsom, CA9 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Penny at the Continental Inn presented the most delightful start to our fabulous New Years. This quaint boutique hotel, is located in the heart of Tomales, CA just steps away from our New Years Venue, the William Tell bar and restaurant. Tomales is fifteen minutes away from the California Northern Coastline and we were thrilled to be there for New Years 2011!

With complementary champagne and appetizers, Penny hosted all her guests for a pre-party then we were all off together to the William Tell for an absolutely unbelievable dinner and unlimited champagne. Tyler Silva, our host at the William Tell, had quite a showing for the event and I just can't say enough on how perfect the entire night ended up!

Though we did not get to bed until the wee hours, our room at the Continental was more than I could want - comfortable bed and cozy decor! And plenty of hot coffee and danish in the morning to soak up the night's debauchery!

Here's to Penny and Tyler for making our New Years just FAB!
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Date of stay: January 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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FellowTraveler9192 wrote a review Dec 2005
Utica1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Avoid this place if possible. You can hear noise from the other rooms and loud rush hour road noise as well because some rooms are right on the main road. If someone drops a shoe upstairs it wakes you up downstairs. Very old funky furniture.

You are not told before you arrive that you are sharing one phone/computer line with all the other guests. My husband needed to call and email his office and he was not at all happy about this.

We did not have a pleasant visit and felt the staff could have been warmer.

Next time we plan to stay in Point Reyes.
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Date of stay: February 2005
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Carlynn wrote a review Oct 2005
San Diego49 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tomales is a very small town - a general store, bakery, deli,church,restaurant, real estate office and this Inn.
So for a real getaway, this is the place! From the easy-going innkeeper to the serve-yourself tea and coffee setup, privacy reigns. We had a room with 2 windows (both opened), a corner fireplace and down bedding to sink into. There were DVD's and magazines available, plenty of reading lights and satellite TV. Midway through our trip, this was an ideal place to stop and rest. It also served as the perfect starting point for our wine country touring. Very, very comfortable.
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Date of stay: September 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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paul912 asked a question Sep 2016
Cameron Park, California13 contributions19 helpful votes
Several of the Room Tips suggest reserving a room in the back; what numbers are rooms in the back?
Answer from worldtraveler267
Bakersfield, California532 contributions54 helpful votes
Rooms 1 & 2 face Highway 1, and they are separated from the other rooms with the breakfast area. The other rooms (3-10), are along a hallway and although I didn't stay in one too far back, I still did not encounter any problems with traffic noise.
RLFlynt asked a question Sep 2016
Morrisville, North Carolina4 contributions
Did the rooms have a "Do Not Disturb" sign that can be used for your room door?
Answer from GrammiT
Roseville, California5 contributions2 helpful votes
Yes, there was a "DO NOT DISTURB" sign. Not there was anyone around to disturb you!
Anne G wrote a tip Nov 2019
Santa Rosa, California25 contributions30 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room upstairs, in the back. Preferable with a new bed."
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Wilf wrote a tip Oct 2017
Cocoa Beach, Florida129 contributions40 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Review their photos online."
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judyg363 wrote a tip Oct 2017
Alameda, California3 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room on the Dillon Beach Road side. Highway One can be quite noisy."
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themamma wrote a tip Jul 2017
san jose, CA15 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Upstairs, even numbered rooms are best and quietest."
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philip_blank wrote a tip Jan 2017
Pleasanton, California92 contributions87 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 9 is the best room to pick!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Continental Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Continental Inn?
Nearby attractions include Tomales Point Trail (7.6 km), Ramini Mozzarella (3.9 km), and Tomales Regiional History Center (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Continental Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Continental Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Continental Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Continental Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nick's Cove Restaurant, Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen, and William Tell House.
Is The Continental Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Tomales.
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