We had stayed previously at the Gables Inn here in Sausalito, and, wanting another "staycation" that would allow us to catch up on computer-work, we decided to see what made the Inn Above Tide costlier than the Gables. And we found out pretty quickly. The Gables is better in only two ways - they offer a better selection of snacks at the early-dinner wine hour, and their beds are firmer; at least, the king-size bed that we had at Inn Above Tide was suprisingly soft, not for you Klingon warriors out there. And that's about it. In every other respect, the Inn Above Tide is a cut above. The service is more "professional", and there are always 2 people on duty, not just one. The maid-service is some of the best we've seen anywhere, although English may not be their first language (that's California for you). The staff moves your car for you. All the rooms face over the bay, and the balconies are stepped-back so that you don't see your neighbors, not without trying - although you can hear them if they insist on making loud cell-phone calls from their balconies. ("You can't buy 'class' ".) The rooms themselves are well-soundproofed, though. The weekday nights are quiet except for the occasional distant yell from a waterfront restaurant (we did not stay Friday or Saturday, which we suspect is noisier). The service is respectful - the kind of "unAmerican" touch that we usually associate only with the best hotels in the country - and the location near the ferrydocks is actually quite soothing, with the distant whine of the diesel engines marking the time of day.
Our room was not the largest available, but was top floor. Unlike other hotels, however, the largest and most luxurious rooms are not necessarily on the highest floors.
The bathroom towels are absorbent and plentiful. The bathtub in our King Fireplace room was big enough for two. The toilet is a ToTo with the quiet flush and the slow-close lid - you know, that brand of toilet that you usually find at only the best hotels. Even the bathroom fan was quieter than in most hotels.
The pastries at breakfast are obviously from the same bakery that The Gables uses - but are more plentiful, and there is a quiche as well. Unlike some places, the supply of food lasts until the end of the breakfast hour, at a civilized 10 am. The only disappointment at breakfast is the French-roast coffee, which is quite ordinary.
The WiFi was free, strong, and - here's the best part - "secure", unlike so many other hotels. The air-conditioning unit mounted high on the wall was modern, quiet, and remarkably effective; but for cool sleeping at night, just leave your balcony door open.
We will stay here again, as soon as time and finances allow. A few people bring their kids; don't even think about it! Leave the kids at home; this place is for mature couples, and for those lone business travelers whose companies really appreciate them.
- 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