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
Where to even start. We were a little uncertain about booking since this place is significantly pricier than our typical budget for a room, but it was SO WORTH IT. This hotel is quaint, clean, and right in the center of downtown Mill Valley. The rooms in the main inn building have balconies and ours was on the 1st floor (above the parking), right below the sun terrace where we enjoyed fresh breakfast each morning (and complimentary Peets lattes, YUM!) and evening wine and cheese receptions by night. Our room was clean and spacious. The decor is sort of "transitional" style and the room had a pleasant smell to it. In the lobby, there are books, DVDs, and even mountain bikes you can borrow. We had to take off early after our third night to catch a flight, so the staff brought us breakfast to go the night before.
The sun terrace is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and since this is a small hotel (25 rooms total), it was always a quiet place for me to read and sunbathe.
A note on the property. There are 2 cottages, a main inn building, and an adjacent building called the Creek House. It seems like each room style has its benefits. We were placed in the main inn building and loved that it was so convenient for us to get to breakfast and the evening wine receptions (all complimentary). However, even if you are in the Creek House, everything is nearby.
This place is about 3.5 miles from Muir Woods! And, 2 blocks away is a stunning park and playground with redwoods throughout it called Old Mill Park.
We could not have enjoyed our stay more than we did!
We had been traveling for over 3 weeks when a friend booked us into this utterly charming hotel in an utterly charming small town tucked into the hills of CA. Every thing was A ONE A -large room with balcony overlooking wonderful redwoods, clean, comfortable bed, nice bath, good breakfast with excellent service, helpful and pleasant staff, off street parking. This was just the place for us to rejuvenate for the upcoming 3 weeks of cross country driving.
We stayed at the Mill Valley Inn for my son's wedding weekend and the staff could not have been nicer ! They did everything to assist me with my little details and for that I am grateful.
The inn is in the center of town which allows you to walk everywhere. This was the main reason we booked this location and we were not disappointed. We stayed in the balcony rooms facing the redwoods in the main building on the third floor.
The room was comfortable and well appointed.
The breakfast/ gathering space is very cozy with a large patio to hang out on when the weather is nice. The breakfast is extensive and plentiful. I was impressed that the juice was fresh squeezed and they had a waffle maker to make your own fresh waffles with berries, a very nice touch.
Mill Valley is a small and charming town and this inn is the perfect place to hang your hat for the weekend.
For local dining, try Beer Works just next door, Pizzaria Molina for craft beer and gourmet pizza or Playa just a block away. The Mill Valley market is across the square and packed full of Bay Area favorites. The have a great deli and wine store too. There is no real fine dining in town but hop over the bridge and the sky is the limit.
Parking onsite is complimentary.
Great boutique hotel, large room with a balcony, fireplace. 2 room downsides are the toilets should be ADA height & need Charmin ultra soft TP instead of one ply scratchy TP.
Breakfast was sensational.
Wine reception st 5:00 PM, tastefully done.
The most accommodating Ass’t manager Brian was spot on. Free parking was nice.
Mill Valley Inn 🏨 great place to stay.
Loved this little hotel. The bed was comfortable, the location was perfect, parking was easy, the place was clean and well appointed. I would definitely return and recommend for anyone visiting the red woods or Mill Valley.