This is not the kind of place we would normally stay - choosing luxurious hotels is more our kind of thing. However we took a chance and I am so glad we did.
As soon as the taxi pulled up outside I was hooked! It is located outside of San Fran, in a town called Sausalito. This town is stunning and quaint, with lots of lovely shops, cafes and restaurants, but it is worth noting, it is a 20min cab ride / ferry ride into the centre of San Fran. We didn't mind this, as it was nice to be out of the hustle and bustle and really feel like you are away from it all at the end of the day. Plus the ferry is right next door so it is very easy to use (and they are pretty frequent).
We had a room with a balcony. It was too cold to sit out (it was february after all!) but the view was lovely - we even saw sea lions twice! We could also see Alcatraz and the golden gate bridge.
Whilst a bit on the small side, the room was furnished well, with a fire place and very comfy bed. We also had a great basket of food goodies to choose from (at an extra cost) which was a nice take on a traditional mini bar. The bathroom was fab with a wonderful power shower and HUGE bath.
Breakfast was included, and you can choose to eat in the room downstairs or have it delivered to your room. We didn't do either as we were up early most mornings, and the room downstairs was deathly silent and felt a bit like a library! (it was out of season and mid week, so it was very quiet).
The service we had during our 3 night stay was wonderful - they couldn't do enough for us on the reception desk, and the hotel offered lots of nice little extra touches (umbrellas at the doorway, bicycles to borrow, fab bath products etc).
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to feel like you have really got away from it all and wanting a nice cosy place to stay. Value for money was excellent. The only down sides were the size of the bedroom (they do offer larger rooms so you may want to look into that) and the noise from the ferry next door. We are early risers anyway so it wasn't an issue for us, but if you like to lay in you may need to think twice! If you also want to be at the heart of San Fran, then this also isn't the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panoramic San Francisco Bay views are the signature of The Inn Above Tide. This intimate Sausalito waterfront hotel with 31 rooms and suites is a magnificent location for a uniquely inspiring luxury retreat. Chic and understated interiors lead to simply mesmerizing views from the private furnished room decks. Sited directly on SF Bay, every room has sweeping views of the bay, city skyline, Alcatraz, Angel Island and Marin. The spectacular but brief ferry ride to SF is mere steps from the hotel. Intimately connected to the village of Sausalito, yet magically separated due to its bay front setting, The Inn Above Tide is a minute’s stroll to galleries, restaurants and shops. The scenic vineyards of Sonoma and Napa are just a short drive north. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn Above Tide Hotel Sausalito
- Hotel Above Tide
- Above Tide Hotel
- Inn Above Tide