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 stayed at the Mill Valley Inn last night when we attended a Jackie Greene concert at the Throckmorton Theater which is practically across the street. It was a last minute decision as we won tickets to the show in a fan-only lottery and had not planned on traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend. They have a 2 night minimum on weekends and holidays but my husband sent them an e-mail requesting just Saturday night and they kindly accommodated us. We stayed in room #15 on the 3rd floor in the main building (a balcony fireplace King) and it was just lovely! Very large room with a super comfortable bed and a bathroom with a large soaker tub and separate shower. The balcony overlooked the street below but it was super quiet and we didn’t hear any street noise. We enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast in the morning (pastries, bagels, oatmeal, fresh berries, waffles, yogurt, fruit, quiche, smoked salmon, juice, cereal etc, and one of the staff even offered to make us soy lattes which was great! This hotel is great - reminds us of the smaller European hotels. Would definitely recommend if you are coming from out of town to see a show at Sweetwater Music Hall or the Throckmorton Theater or just visiting the cute town of Mill Valley. We didn’t have time to explore the trails or hike in the woods - next visit!
The Mill Valley Inn was the perfect place for our families when we had our wedding a the the Outdoor Art Club. The Inn was only 5 minutes away from the wedding venue. It's a beautiful hotel surrounded by redwoods and also surrounded by a really cute town. We had some of our wedding photos taken at the bridge at the Inn which turned out great. The service was really good too. The hotel accommodated early check-in wherever it made sense, shipped a water bottle and charger that we had left there, and sent us a bottle of champagne to wish us a happy wedding. Highly recommend staying there!
We spent four nights st the MVI and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Each day a large selection of breakfast items were served and there was a wine and cheese happy hour. Every employee went above and beyond to make sure that our stay was wonderful. We were walking distance to many great restaurants and to shopping.
This hotel is right in the middle of the village, with lots of restaurants and shops within walking distance. The rooms are slightly outdated and were a little dark, but were clean and had everything we needed. There was building work going on while we were there, which was sometimes noisy. There was no restaurant, but it was not necessary, with the choice of local establishments available.
This hotel is in downtown Mill Valley, close to shops, the bookstore, movie theater and Mill Valley Market. Can walk to everything. Hotel serves an excellent continental breakfast. When I was there, some renovating was being done which caused noise in the morning. Also, finding your room could be difficult as this is a boutique hotel. Otherwise, loved it.