Waters Edge Hotel
What We Love
- Wine and cheese on the back deck at sunset—paired with views of San Francisco across the bay
- They provide bicycles so you can explore the understatedly swanky town of Tiburon
- Room service breakfast is free
What To Know
- South-facing rooms look out over the bay towards San Fran, north-facing over the ferry terminal to Angel Island
- Rooms on the San Fran side overlooking the back deck (and next to a neighboring restaurant) can get loud at night
- There are amazing water views from the hotel, but there’s no swimming pool
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This intimate property has the most enviable location in Tiburon, on a dock overlooking San Francisco Bay, with the city’s skyline visible from one side and Angel Island on the other. And the 25-room boutique hotel makes the most of its location, serving wine and cheese on the deck in the evening, and free room service breakfast to be enjoyed in front of the in-room fireplace, on the balcony, or taken out to the deck. The staff guides guests to the Mill Valley Health Club to make the most of their free day passes, and points out great restaurants nearby whether your taste veers towards Italian (Servino), continental (Sam’s Anchor Café), Mexican (Guaymas), or French (Caprice).
In the Area
The Waters Edge is practically on top of a ferry terminal from which guests can set sail for Angel Island or to San Francisco’s Ferry Building. But there’s plenty to do if you prefer to stick to dry land. That could mean biking the Sausalito Trail, hiking in Muir Woods, or taking in some culture at the Marin Symphony or Book Passage bookstore, which hosts frequent author events. And if what you really need is a nice, big glass of wine, the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma are an hour’s drive away.
How to Get There
Just finished a lovely two night stay here on a girls trip with my mom and sister. We picked Tiburon for its great location on the bay away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and we were not disappointed.
The room was spacious and comfortable, and we loved the hotel’s fabulous deck. It was the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine while enjoying the beautiful bay view. The hotel is right next to the angel island ferry, which is definitely worth a day trip. There are several great restaurants within walking distance - we especially enjoyed Luna Blu.
The staff was incredibly welcoming and kind. (Special thanks to Tom for rescuing my purse when I left it behind!) The wine hour and evening cookies were nice touches, and the morning pastries were amazing. Overall, we had a great stay and will definitely return if we are back in the area!
We spent a Sunday night at this hotel with my husband and my son. It turned out to be a very good experience.
We checked in and then we sat at their patio on the second floor looking at the boats in the marina. It is lovely to be so close to the sea. We made a stroll by the sea and bought organic ice cream from a nearby creamery. The hotel puts out glasses and wine and cheese with crackers at 5. We sat at the lobby and played scrabble sipping our wine. Our son wanted to return to the room. We took our second glasses of wine and drank at the patio facing the sea. We had a dinner reservation at a nearby Mexican restaurant. After dinner we returned to the hotel and we found cookies and tea. It was a meteor shower night so we headed to the patio. We found that there was a cozy fire, a warm oasis surrounded by the flickering lights of marina and of houses nearby. In the morning the breakfast is served to the room. We made our choices of bagel and cereal. There is pastry of the day and bananas on top of that. It was more than enough. The banana was organic, the pastry of the day was tasty. We left to visit the Reyes national park. I would definitely return to this place.
Had a fantastic trip with my kids staying at the Waters Edge hotel. Spacious room, friendly staff, and a great view of the water from the second floor deck. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance and most of the key attractions of the Bay Area are within a 30 minute drive from the hotel. Agree with other reviewers that the best rooms are the 2 “patio” rooms flanking the deck on the second floor. Will visit again for sure!
This hotel is literally on the waters edge! Built on a pier, it is has a deck with fantastic view of the bay and is also centrally located in Tiburon. It is a small hotel with personable and helpful staff. Our room was clean and quiet (even with being right next to a restaurant). The free wine and cheese offered in the hotel lobby each evening was a nice touch. Breakfast was also included, but if you are an early riser, you are out of luck requesting it be delivered any earlier than their scheduled 7:00 a.m. delivery time. This is the earliest time to request. If you want coffee before then, you can get it at a coffee urn on the second floor.
Unfortunately, there aren't any coffee makers in the room. Nor do they provide "In-room" safes to store your valuables so you need to take them with you or ask to leave them at the front desk. Also, the "soaking tub" in the room wasn't nearly deep enough water to actually soak.
Overall, it is a great hotel for it's location and service.
Wanted to stay on the other side of bay from San fransisco and found this gem tucked in Tiburon. Small hotel, literally on the water. Was welcomed with smiles and eagerness. Room was huge, comfortable, and had a small balcony with chairs overlooking the bay. Could see the Golden Gate Bridge from porch. Very quiet hotel with a fantastic deck/common area over the water with comfortable seating to enjoy the complementary cheese and wine while watching the sun set. Nice breakfast included in rate delivered to room at desired time. Free use of some quality bikes to ride around Marin. Can't say enough positive things about Waters edge. Fresh baked cookies awaiting upon return from evening activities. Hotel was comfortable, staff accommodating, respectful, cordial. Nice pace from the frenzy on the other side of bay.