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Acqua Hotel Mill Valley
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Mill Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
1 review
“So Glad I Returned”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

I had stayed at Acqua several times over the past few years and so pleased with the improvements made since my last stay back in May. Charlie, the GM, was friendly and courteous (unlike the arrogant a-hole, pretty-boy, who was there last time I stayed). When you go, be sure to take a morning stroll on the walkway along the bay adjacent to the hotel. Ohmmmm...very zen.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Carmel, California
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

this is one of those hotels that seems to think that if it presents itself like a 4 star hotel, somehow the guests will believe that illusion.
Just an average hotel. EXTREMELY noisy. Highway right above it so noise filters down.

Complimentary wine, below average.

Wouldn't stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Stayed at the Acqua in October 2011 on my first visit in SFO. The service was amazing and the room was well appointed and comfortable. Great location, convenient to the highway and to ferries into the city. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

Located in Mill Valley just beyond Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, it is an ideal home-base to explore San Francisco and its surroundings. Hotel is comfortable, with a very nice view of the Richardson Bay and Mount Tamalpais and really nice deck available for all the guests to enjoy the view. Pros: location, view, room, and price. Building is very contemporary but understated. Furnishing and decor also reflects the design concept. Nice muted and earthy colors, clean lines. Cons: There were trashbags right outside of the door--because we stayed right by the breakfast area, it is understandable perhaps during the day while housekeeping is being busy but there were uncleaned trash the whole day from early morning to late afternoon. It is somewhat challenging to actually get to this property due to the freeway layout. Prepare for a few U'ies if you are not familiar with the area. Tip: do not bother with breakfast, it is basically not worth it. stale baked goods and stale cereal. Overall a very good place to stay, good value, but nonexistent breakfast and questionable cleanliness.

Room Tip: As the view of the bay is the selling point of this hotel, make sure you get the rooms with the view...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

The Acqua is located in Mill Valley- we stayed there overnight after a day of hiking in Muir Woods (not to be missed) and we had next day flight out of SFO.

The hotel staff could not be nicer- very helpful and friendly. There is a wine and cheese hour daily (5-6) and a full breakfast served on the second floor landing. The breakfast was great- waffles, eggs, bacon, bagels, etc. A remarkable variety of food! This was included in our rate!

We stayed in a bay view junior suite- the view was lovely, but it isn't really a suite. There is no real separation (let alone a door) between the "bedroom" and "living room." The room was clean. Wifi is free. The bathroom is spartan but functional.

The ONLY negative thing is that the hotel is immediately adjacent to highway 101 (i.e., I could throw a rock onto the highway from the front of the hotel!). If you are a light sleeper, or not used to city noise, this is NOT a place for you. We asked for a quiet room but traffic noise was constant. Luckily it lets up late at night, but during the day, it is loud and constant, even with your room door tightly closed.

The Acqua delivered as promised, as long as you have realistic expectations. Not luxurious but reasonably comfortable (if only a bit loud) and perfectly located for a day trip to Muir Woods/Stinson Beach.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

On trip driving PCH1, this was where I stayed in San Fran. It was the best of all the hotels I stayed it. Very clean and comfortable, I was able to avoid the compactness of being in the city. It was still close enough though so I could enjoy the city. This will be my go to place the next time I am in San Fransisco.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

When we could not find a room in downtown SF this past weekend, my partner and I decided to head out to Mill Valley to the Acqua Hotel. While the location is not immediately prepossessing - it is situated off the frontage road alongside the 101S - the hotel actually turns away from the freeway and the rooms look out over a small bay. The setting is quite tranquil and you face the wonderful Mount Tamalpais. The Junior Suite we stayed in was generous in size and in facilities with a nice big bathtub and separate shower. There is a lovely balcony, breakfast down the hall and tea and coffee available all day. We found this to be a perfect location from which to explore both the city and the outdoor opportunities that the Bay Area offers. This is a Joie De Vivre Hotel and has all the tasteful decor and design that one associates with this chain.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Acqua Hotel Mill Valley
Address: 555 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941-3007
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Mill Valley
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Mill Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Acqua Hotel Mill Valley 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by elements of sky and water, the Acqua Hotel in scenic Mill Valley, California, melds stylish city sophistication with the natural beauty which surrounds it. Our location on the edge of Richardson Bay offers dazzling water views against the backdrop of Mt. Tamalpais. Guest rooms are smart and simple with a Zen-like tranquility, inspiring views and all the amenities you need to make your stay perfect. ... more   less 
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