Mill Valley Inn
What We Love
- Central location offering the best of California: coast, city and even Wine Country
- Walking distance to Mill Valley’s shops, restaurants and cafés
- Unwinding on the wraparound deck or patio
- A free wine reception each evening
What To Know
- You’ll want a car to get to this off the beaten track inn, 25 miles north of SFO
- There's no room service, gym, or spa on site, but in-room spa treatment can be booked with their offsite partnerships
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Mill Valley Inn is a nature-lover’s dream, with central location that offers the best of the Bay Area: city and coast, natural splendor, and vast vineyards are all within striking distance. About 25 minutes north of San Francisco, it sits tucked in a little redwood grove at the base of Mount Tamalpais, while each of the 25 sweetly decorated rooms (think warm color palettes, French doors, pillow-top beds and unique handcrafted furnishings) feel more like arriving at a friend’s house than a hotel—and that’s the point. Romantics will love the wood-burning fireplaces and soaking tubs with boutique bath salts in select rooms, while environmentally-conscious travelers will be happy to know the inn practices what it preaches: as a designated “green hotel,” all rooms have synthetic-free bath products, optional linen services, and shower amenities in biodegradable bottles. The vibe here is all about taking in the unparalleled beauty of Marin County’s nature, which is why the inn provides complimentary mountain bikes to explore on your own. After a day rolling through forests on biking paths, hiking Muir Woods, or bodyboarding at Stinson Beach, mingle with other guests on the terrace lounge for the evening wine and cheese reception. Breakfasts here are also a hook—including waffles, steel-cut oatmeal with walnuts and raisins, organic yogurt, and fresh pastries, paired with an espresso bar.
In the Area
The quaint bohemian village of Mill Valley is at your fingertips. For dinner, there are many options within walking distance. Bungalow 44 is a favorite local haunt for its hearty fine-dining fare like pan-roasted scallops and local Niman Ranch pork chop, all served in a romantic stone courtyard (get there early), as is Balboa Cafe, where American bistro cuisine is served with classic cocktails amid dark wood accents. JS Tip: Request an outdoor table. Don’t miss a show at the iconic Sweetwater Music Hall, where up-and-coming acts as well as headliner musicians play almost nightly. For stand-up comedy buffs, the Throckmorton Theater showcases local talent and national sensations.
How to Get There
Our group of 6 Chicagoan's took refuge from the Sonoma Fires at the Mill Valley Inn - it turned out to be an upgrade! From the manner and care that Luis took in checking us in to the truly caring nature of the staff, we were continually amazed and impressed with the quality of this property. When you additionally consider that for half of our stay Mill Valley was also blacked out, and that these very same employees had their own families and personal blackout situations to manage - we were provided extraordinary service in demanding conditions.
We loved Mill Valley and will be back! Highest Recommendation!!
This was a delightful place to stay while exploring the Mount Tamalpais area. The location is excellent - just down the street from lots of interesting shops and La Gindestra - home of the best caesar salad ever. There was little noise from the street at night. There was also a local park featuring the remains of the historic mill of Mill Valley just up the road as well as stairways lead up the wooded hilllside - part of the Dipsea trail to Stinson Beach.
The more energetic among us enjoyed eating their delicious breakfast out on the terrace whilst others could slumber on. The breakfast was buffet style, with excellent fresh fruit, bagels, oatmeal and salmon. Our waiter/barista was excellent - he even made an extra trip to the grocery store so that I could have skim milk in my latte on my last morning. The delicious wines and cheeses served in the early evening threatened to undo all the benefits of the day's hiking. The room was spotlessly clean, as were the rest of the facilities. The only minor hitch was that parking on the hotel grounds was quite limited - on our last evening we had to park on a meter outside the hotel - but the staff said they would feed the meter until we checked out the following morning - and they did:) This was a truly relaxing and luxurious boutique experience.
This hotel has beautiful rooms, a nice free breakfast, large TVs, big bathtub and separate shower and a comfortable bed! It is within walking distance of lots of fun shops and restaurants. Don’t be fooled by the outside!