Even though we live near-by in the East Bay, we decided to have a mini “get-away” for our 27th Wedding Anniversary, which happened to fall on the 27th day of the month. We had heard of the Casa Madrona in Sausalito, and we booked a Hillside Cottage with Balcony. It was easy to find, right in town. From the moment we arrived, we felt totally welcomed by the staff, starting with the very friendly valet staff. Yes, they have valet parking, which I gather is not required, but parking anywhere in Sausalito would probably cost just as much and would be more inconvenient. Given the nature of the town, with its tourists and traffic, we turned over the car and just walked everywhere in town.
The front desk was just as friendly and nice, and upgraded us to a Junior Suite in celebration of our Anniversary. The room we had booked was supposed to have a fireplace, but the entire Bay Area was under a “Spare the Air” alert and no fires could be lit. So, it was just as well since we would have hated to have the fireplace and not be able to use it. The Junior Suite had a large, nicely appointed bath, an small entry way and room with a small refrigerator, coffee maker, and closet with safe. There was an adjoining living area with a sofa and table and chairs. Then the bedroom with a king-size,four-poster bed that looked out to a small balcony overlooking the Sausalito Marina and Belvedere Island. The view was not expansive, but pleasant (we are spoiled by our home’s view of San Francisco and two bridges). There was not a lot of privacy as other guests used the stairs outside the room, but a cozy place to open the nice champagne that the hotel gave us in celebration and munch on welcome chocolates.
Wi-Fi was good, there was an elevator if you didn’t want to use the stairs, and staff were consistently friendly and helpful. We did not use the spa or eat at Poggio’s so we cannot comment on them. We did eat at Salito’s (seafood, nice atmosphere on the Marina, we did not care for the food), and Copita’s (a Cal-Mexican small plate place with excellent food and house margarita’s to die for). Salito’s was an easy stroll away, Copita’s was basically next door.
They are working on rejuvenation of the old section that is even higher up on the hill and should have better views when completed.
All in all, a very nice Anniversary – thank you Casa Madrona.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched hillside overlooking a breathtaking seaside bay-view in the charming city of Sausalito, Casa Madrona provides a transformative and serene retreat for travelers from around the world. More than 125 years after its inception, the timeless and beloved icon continues to express an innate sense of style, seamlessly blending innovation with tradition and offering a genuine luxury escape just minutes from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. In 2014, the property underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that brought a renewed energy to the guest rooms, cottages, meeting space and the extraordinary 11-room Mansion, including the property's signature 5,000 square-foot master residence, The Alexandrite Suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Madrona Hotel Sausalito
- Casa Madrona Sausalito
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