4.5
Very Good 610 Reviews
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What We Love

  • A Zen-like waterfront hotel near San Francisco, Napa Valley and Sonoma County, with a suite option
  • Admiring an unforgettable sunset over the water
  • Enjoying a book in the hotel’s scenic sitting area, by the bay
  • Taking a hike or drive up Mount Tamalpais, Marin County’s impressive peak
  • Borrowing the hotel’s complimentary bikes to explore the Bayside Trail

What To Know

  • The hotel is situated near a major highway; you may hear traffic noise from your guestroom
  • Free WiFi
  • The hotel arranges an evening wine service
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Overview

Miraculous sunsets and stunning water views at a serene Bay Area hotel with easy access to San Francisco and wine-country vineyards

The Lowdown

There’s another spectacular city by the bay, just across the Golden
Gate. San Francisco’s neighbor to the north is home to breathtaking
views, noteworthy dining and California-cool sophistication, and Acqua
Hotel is the perfect place to appreciate these incredible surroundings.
Situated
in Mill Valley, beside the tranquil Richardson Bay, the property is a
contemporary oasis, brimming with serene comforts and exceptional
service, which have earned it plenty of ardent reviews and a TripAdvisor
Certificate of Excellence. Inspired by the local land, sea and sky, the
hotel combines soft blues and greens to zen-like effect, with a modern
spiral staircase that leads down to a peaceful waterfront.
The
Marin County locale boasts a wide range of exciting sights and
diversions to discover, too; home to the impressive Mount Tamalpais, the
Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods and a host of Pacific vistas
to the west, the area is a wanderer’s delight. It’s also a foodie
paradise, with leading wineries or restaurants north, south and east –
so after you drink it all in, it’s time to eat.

Rooms

A few things are assured in your accommodation at
Acqua: clean lines, neutral tones and soft sheeting under down
comforters, as well as a range of conveniences. Beyond that, you can
change up your abode as you wish. The Deluxe Queen room is a cozy 150
square-foot option with a queen bed, located at the north or south end
of the hotel; the Deluxe Queen Queen and Deluxe King are also located in
this area and each measure in at 215 square feet.For a roomier
floor plan, opt for the Junior Suite Water View, a luxurious
300-square-foot space with a separate living area, king bed and
floor-to-ceiling windows, offering impressive panoramic views of Mt.
Tamalpais and Richardson Bay. These also get an iPod docking station
with alarm clock and a soaking tub, along with a shower.

Location

Mill
Valley is just 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, in the heart of
gorgeous Marin County. The hotel is easily accessible off Highway 101,
which runs north directly through Sonoma Wine Country, and there’s no
shortage of things to do and places to explore. Borrow the hotel’s
bicycles and check out the bayside trail, or visit nearby Muir Woods and
Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam, to the locals), which is especially magical
at sunrise and sunset.California is home to some of the world’s
best restaurants, and many of these are also easily accessible from
Mill Valley. Sonoma and Napa to the north, San Francisco to the south
and the stunning Pacific coast to the west place Marin in the heart of a
culinary playground.

How to Get There

Acqua Hotel
555 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 610 Reviews
Very Nice Hotel, Freeway Close and Beautiful Views from Every Room
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a lovely weekend stay here. The staff was very friendly, pretty laid back and attentive to our needs. The hotel sits on the frontage road, immediately adjacent to highway 101 south, but the rooms all face the beautiful Richardson’s bay. It was pretty cold during our stay so we kept the slider to the little balcony closed and did not hear the freeway at all. The room was large and very clean with a small sitting room when you enter. The view was wonderful and we caught views of many birds visiting the bay. Wine, cheese, crackers and a little fruit were offered at 5:00 each day. A nice little spread that took the edge off afternoon hunger. Fresh baked cookies come out at 7:00 and if that’s not enough food, they have a very nice breakfast buffet in the morning. The buffet was one of the better free breakfasts I’ve had in a hotel and I’ve had many. Not much within walking distance, although we did make the trek into Mill Valley, but that was a 3-mile walk, all flat though. The hotel’s not new so the shine has worn off here and there, but nothing serious. Depending on traffic, the hotel’s 20 minutes to an hour from the city and as mentioned, freeway close.

Beautiful, but wouldn't stay here again
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first glance, I thought that this would be a very pleasant experience, but have to say that I was very disappointed, especially given how much my room was per night. I was supposed to have a view; my room was on the ground level with a great view of a tree and the benches that overlook the bay. The floor was wood flooring, which was always cold and the heater didn't work properly so my room was always cold. There is a coffee bar in the lobby, but no coffee makers in the room, which extremely inconvenient. The room was very clean and every single person on staff was friendly, helpful and always smiling. I did like their wine and cheese hour in the evening, but for $300/night, I could've stayed somewhere else, been warm AND had a coffee maker in my room. Very pretty place, but just not worth it to me.

Relax and Enjoy
Reviewed 2 months ago

We spent two nights at the Aqua Hotel over the Christmas holidays. We were able to have our dog with us as this wonderful hotel allows pets. Our room had everything we have at home including a wonderful bed. Every morning we started with a full breakfast that was delicious. Give Aqua a try, relax and enjoy!

A little gem
Reviewed 2 months ago

This is a wonderful cozy hotel with amazing staff and a modern look. Has a convenient location in southern Marin county close to the City. When you get back in the evening there is wine and cheese tasting as well as freshly baked cookies. 24 h hot teas and coffee of exceptional quality. Breakfast buffet is overwhelming - I only wish they started serving earlier than 7 am.

Great stay!
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed over because we were attending a concert at the Throckmorton theatre in Mill Valley. The room was spacious and very clean and the complimentary breakfast was so yummy! Would definitely recommend and/or stay again.