Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Steps to excellent restaurants, wine tastings, galleries and luxury shopping in trendy Sausalito
- Views, views, views
- Easy access to San Francisco via Golden Gate Bridge or the fun ferry, which docks across the street
- Historic landmark: its eatery drew the likes of Warren Beatty and Dick Van Dyke, and one of the most famous photos of Pink Floyd was shot here
- Award-winning 3,000 square-foot spa
- Free locally sourced organic coffee in every room
- Read more about what to see and do in San Francisco and Big Sur in our magazine section
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel completed an $8 million renovation in December 2011 and in March 2014 debuted 11 luxury Mansion guest rooms, including a 5,000 square-foot mega-suite
- There is no pool, but water lovers can go on sailing and kayaking tours at the harbors nearby
- Valet parking is $24 a night
- A five percent hotel fee will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The first stop over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, picture-perfect Sausalito has always been an eclectic mix of international yachters, commuters, European tourists and workaday fisherfolk. It was this very bay that inspired Otis Redding’s famous song, and at Casa Madrona you’ll see why. The views of Richardson Bay from this hotel, based around an 1885 hillside mansion, are unbeatable.
Bed and Bath
Rooms in the historic mansion, renovated in 2014, mix historic Victorian architectural details (crown molding, carved fireplaces) with a spa-like modern design, from the serene nautical color scheme to organic bath products and rainshowers in the bathrooms. In the more modern building next door, the rooms skew traditional with dark wood, four-poster beds and a more earthy palette of chocolate, goldenrod and cream. If you’re looking to spread out, there are open-plan cottages and the over-the-top, 5,000 square-foot Alexander Suite with a sprawling outdoor living room, open air chef’s kitchen, private gym and a media wall made of nine flatscreen TVs.
The hotel is home to Poggio, one of the city’s best restaurants, which makes impressive use of local ingredients and produce grown on property in its menu of Northern Italian fare. The 3,000 square-foot spa has a menu of eco-conscious treatments incorporating organic ingredients like jasmine and aloe vera. There’s also a movie library and fitness center.
In the Area
The Bay Area has access to some of the world’s best seafood: Sausalito’s Fish restaurant is at the cutting edge of the sustainable fish movement serving its fresh fare on a waterfront deck or indoors by the fire, while renowned Sushi Ran offers some of the top sushi this side of the Pacific. Hundreds of miles of the state’s best trails are nearby on Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam to locals), and Muir Woods offers a chance to hike amid the majestic redwood grove. At the top of Angel Island, the “Ellis Island of the West,” there are commanding 360-degree bay views. If you’re more interested in getting on the water, book kayak or sailing tours of the bay. Kids will go crazy for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Nestled just under the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is packed with interactive exhibits, an art room, a wave lab and even a buried ship. The hotel is a great jumping-off point for wine country; several companies offer chauffeured wine excursions via luxury bus or private limousine.
How to Get There
Spent one night in Sausalito and really wanted to be right in the middle of everything. Hotel was a great location and a fun place with lots of cool nooks and details. Staff was pleasant and thorough.
Do not accept being assigned to room 310. When making a reservation, if you cannot carry your bags up three flights of stairs, chose another room or another hotel. I suppose there are other parts of the hotel that do not require climbing stairs with luggage but we were never warned of this when making our reservation and there was no bell-boy available to carry our luggage.
Took my daughter here to get a massage and facial for her birthday and she loved it. I don't know much about skin care but the receptionist said they use an all natural line and the employees that performed the massage and facial were so kind and knowledgeable. Needless to say... she was stoked.