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Review of The Inn Above Tide

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The Inn Above Tide
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sausalito
Certificate of Excellence
La Canada Flintridge, California, United States
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“LOVE this spot.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Unfortunately we could only stay on night at the Inn above the tide. But we will return. From check in to check out it was perfect. We had a wonderful room with a view of San Francisco. The room was small but adequate. The staff was very nice and the location was wonderful.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good. Their website gives you the info you need to decide which room you want.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrea B
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

I cannot say enough good things about this small, boutique hotel located right on the water in Sausalito. The hotel is an oasis of calm in busy Sausalito, steps from the ferry to San Francisco and a five minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge. Its proximity to the Marin Headlands and Sonoma and Napa is a plus. We reserved two queen deluxe rooms for our family: both had a balcony overlooking the water with a view of Berkeley, San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. We saw sea lions off our balcony! The decor is understated and elegant; the baths are luxurious and spotless. The price of the room includes breakfast and wine and cheese in the late afternoon/ early evening. Both are generous, varied and delicious. Staff were very helpful in recommending restaurants within walking distance. The hotel is quite expensive but good value given the location, beauty and inclusion of breakfast and pre-dinner wine with cheese and fruit. I highly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nancy B
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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Sausalito built directly over the waters of the bay. The service from the staff was very good and the rooms small but elegant and comfortable. It is quite expensive but has provided wonderful memories of our stay in the San Francisco area. The ferry to downtown San Francisco and the Port Building is right nearby. It was fun to take a walk along the marina to look at the beautiful yachts and find some lovely Restaurants to have lunch in. I would not recommend staying in Sausalito on the weekends in Summer though, as the crowds increase markedly and it becomes overrun with bike riders and tourists. Go in the off season and during the week for a more restful stay. Book a trip to the Napa Valley for an enjoyable day visiting the vineyards for winetastings.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with balcony overlooking the Bay.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank highflyer49
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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97 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

After struggling finding a suitable hotel in SF we decided to look for hotels in Sausalito. We decided to go 'all in' and choose #1 hotel on TA, and what a good decision!

We booked four nights in their room with two queen beds (3rd floor). The room has no terrace but a magnificent view (like all other rooms in the hotel). The standard of the room was indeed 5 stars worthy with e.g. nice beds, large pillows, safe, fantastic bathroom, free news paper, daily 'tips from the hotel' and then it was clean.

There is valet parking and the daily rate is $18. Please note that your car will probably be parked in the public parking next to the hotel, but we had no problem with that. The staff was very nice and helpful.

In the morning there is a very nice complimentary breakfast buffet (see picture) and if you like you can bring your breakfast to your room on a tray. The breakfast area is a bit special i.e. with different ways of seating. Not optimal when you are a family, but okay if you are a couple.

In the evening there is complimentary wine and cheese. Very nice.

You can also borrow bikes from the hotel if you like to see the town on two wheels.

The hotel is located right next to the ferry. There are two options when going to SF i.e. to Fishermans Wharf or to SF Ferry Terminal (Blue Line). The latter is the cheapest and quickest line (30 min.).

Finally, there are several restaurants in the area. Please read some of the reviews on TA for inspiration.

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Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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North Carolina
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112 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Everything about this hotel was wonderful. We arrived late in the afternoon a bit hungry & there was a nice wine & cheese spread available. We got our plate & went out to our wonderful balcony & enjoyed the refreshments. Our room was small but we didn't care it had everything we needed & was tastefully decorated in subtle colors (great large pillows - perfect for propping up and taking in the view!). The bathroom was very clean and modern. Best of all was the terrific balcony with a view of the city and Alcatraz. Our bellboy told us we would see seals if we kept looking. We didn't see any in the afternoon but as soon as I woke up and looked outside there they were. So much fun watching them with the binoculars provided. We were on the ferry side of the hotel which I thought would bother me but still being on eastern time the 7 am start time was after I was awake. They stop early at night 7 or 8 pm. The breakfast provided was very nice. The pastries were extremely good especially the cinnamon bun. I meant to ask where they purchased them! This hotel has a very special feel to it. It is one of my favorites and I can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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137 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

We had the opportunity to stay here as a romantic get away without the kids. The location is wonderful as it is right on the water with best views ever of bay and San Francisco skyline. We kept the deck door open all night so we could hear the fog horns and birds. Got up early to watch the most amazing sunrise. Good restaurants right in the area. You can take the ferry over from SF and just hang out in town and at hotel. We hope to come back again!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Laura F
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

This was a fabulous hotel experience. We flew into Oakland from New Mexico and stayed 5 nights -- Sunday through Thursday. We splurged and hired a local Sausalito limo (Strawberry Limosine) to pick us up at the Oakland airport and to take us to the airport from the hotel for departure. It was a little more than a cab but so much more enjoyable and reliable -- it was definitely worth the extra cost.

Not sure what happened with the few others regarding staff, but our experience was that the staff from front desk through housekeeping were friendly and competent -- a combination sometimes hard to find.

The wine and cheese was nice but the breakfast spread was really something -- fresh fruit and berries, good quality yogurt, two kinds of quiche, out-of-this-world pastry assortment, and it goes on and on. The first time I have ever stayed in a hotel and not only had their continental breakfast every morning rather than go out, but looked forward to it!

The rooms are quite small but the deck/balcony makes up for it 100 times. There is no dresser and only an armoir for hanging clothes. Once you get organized, you can manage it quite nicely. I understand there are small dresser type chests that are stored and if you ask for one they will deliver it and push it under the sinks in the bathroom.

Enough restaurants to satisfy everyone and Sausalito is so walkable that you can work off some of the good food and wine and maybe even some of those morning pastries. Ferry access to San Francisco is great but maybe a little tight to catch the last one if dining in San Francisco -- best to take cabs to and from dinner (and on the return, make sure the restaurant calls a cab for you that is willing to cross the Goldengate into Sausalito -- apparently not all are).

Cannot say enough about this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank debpasc
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Property: The Inn Above Tide
Address: 30 El Portal, Sausalito, CA 94965-2141
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Region: United States > California > Marin County > Sausalito
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sausalito
#2 Family Hotel in Sausalito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
The Inn Above Tide Hotel Sausalito
Hotel Above Tide
Above Tide Hotel
Inn Above Tide

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