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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
we had the pleasure of staying at this hotel several times. the hotel always delivers. great location. nicely appointed rooms. nice a.m. buffet and afternoon wine and cheese. free parking. a great location in central mill valley.. perfect
We stayed in Cottage #2 on the last night of our trip to wine country so we could visit Muir Woods to hike. What a great choice! The location was fantastic, we could walk to restaurants, a market, and shops, and our drive to Muir Woods was very short. The front desk staff was very helpful, suggesting that we print out our entry pass in advance and even offering to do it for us if we forwarded the email to them. We took them up on it, since cell service is non-existent when you get to the redwoods, so we wouldn't have to worry about it.
The cottage was nestled between a few redwoods, very private and quiet for sleeping with plenty of room. We couldn't have been happier with our choice.
I was a bit worried when we pulled into the parking area ... which is easy to miss by the way. The Inn looked very old and not updated at all. However, once I walked into the room I was pleased. The rooms themselves are renovated and quite lovely with great amenities. The breakfast was very good. Ask for a specialty coffee as my mocha was yummy. It is quiet and in a great location.
We first visited Mill Valley Inn in 2004. We're delighted to report that 14 years later the Inn remains unchanged. For our latest visit, we enjoyed a King Room. These comfortable oversized rooms include a fireplace, a sunny wall of windows and a cosy balcony overlooking the street. However, in hindsight, we wish we'd splashed out and booked one of two private creek-side cottages nestled among redwood trees at the back of the property. The complimentary continental breakfast each morning was always well stocked with a reasonable choice of fresh or seasonable menu items and plenty of freshly baked goods. We loved the exceptional Pete's Coffee on offer and thoroughly enjoyed a daily ritual of taking breakfast on the second-floor balcony. We often found ourselves reluctant to move after leisurely reading the morning papers and soaking in the fresh air and sunshine. As a destination Mill Valley is always a relaxing, wonderfully green respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Franciso. Mill Valley Inn successfully captures and maintains every essence of the area's slower pace to perfection.
The staff at the Mill Valley Inn were excellent and accommodating (I had a small BD cake and handwritten card waiting for me in our room). The setting is tranquil, yet situated in the downtown square. Views of the redwoods out every window and a babbling creek below. Can't wait to return.