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
Food is generally okay. The restaurant is fine. The food is fantastic, the service is great and the location and ambience is terrific...but, I am a local and visit often, they have started a new policy when ordering drinks. This tends to turn an otherwise wonderful restaurant experience a little bitter and I didn't charge you for my bitter.
We were visiting San Francisco and prefer a stay in a natural/green environment without being disturbed (see reviews of SF hotels what I mean). This was an excellent choice for us. The hotel lies roughly 30 minutes from downtown SF.
What is good?
The hotel is situated close to a redwood forest in a besutiful environment, there are multiple hikes and other outdoor activities to be done in the area.
Mill Valley is a nice and friendly town. Plenty of restaurants close to the hotel.
The rooms are spacious, quiet and well maintained. Beds are good and temperature control works fine. Excellent quality of local (Everyone or EO) soap products.
Wine and cheese tasting is exemplary of the hospitability of the staff.
Staff is friendly and helpful.
What could be better?
Choice of breakfast items on the buffet is limited. For me the experience would have been excellent id there were a couple of local products at the buffet.
We had a wonderful time staying at the Mill Valley in for a wedding in Mill Valley. We stayed for 2 nights with our 8 week old. We chose the hotel as it was 5 minutes walking from the wedding venue, and I knew that I would need to leave the wedding early to put the baby to bed, even though it was more expensive than what I would normally pick. The hotel was beyond our expectations! The room was absolutely beautiful, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom had a large shower and a huge soaking tub!
The Continental breakfast was beyond what one would expect with hot oatmeal, fresh fruit, and a waffle maker. There was coffee and a huge selection of tea, which were available all day. The hotel also has a daily wine and cheese hour, with local wines.
The hotel grounds were beautiful and the staff were all very friendly and accommodating! I would highly recommend this hotel if you are in the area.