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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Boutique to the max; only one staff person on duty at certain times, which didn't turn out to be a big deal for us. Lovely and very high quality wine/gourmet snacks spread nightly from 5 to 7. Service was first rate. Breakfast is delivered to your room; again, very high quality. Location is amazing; full on view of the SF skyline, Angel Island and Alcatraz and a portion of the Bay Bridge. Room was fine and included our own outdoor sitting area and table with the same view. Only problem was at times the view included other guests sitting in a public area and the same was the case with the view from our indoor sitting area. One large group was a fairly constant presence right outside our window as well as being somewhat though not overly noisy after 10 pm. I'm not suggesting there's much the hotel can or should do about people hanging out there since being able to walk a short distance to enjoy the same view for which we paid twice as much as non view rooms and well over $100 more than rooms with a view of the water but not the City is a major selling point for the lower priced rooms. I'm merely suggesting that before shelling out $500 per night before taxes for one of the two Grand View rooms, that situation be taken into account. Of course there were times, both in the daytime and at night, when the public deck was empty. Another plus is several top notch restaurants nearby; had Crab Louies both nights we stayed there.
My husband & I visited N. California for my birthday-we booked 2 nights & could have stayed longer! Perfect nautical setting overlooking San Fran skyline /bay & the beautiful hills of Tiburon! Breakfast delivered each morning to your room, happy hour, fresh baked evening cookies, bikes & a fire log for your in room fireplace all included! We ate at Sam’s for a fun, casual lunch & Luna Blu for a delicious romantic Italian Birthday dinner- both steps away! Park your car & never move it-after lots of CA driving we loved that! We walked, shopped, biked & relaxed by the fire pit on the deck. All perfect! We will be back! Thanks Tom at the front desk for all your help!
I will stay at this hotel again and recommend this place to my friends. The staff was amazing. Friendly, genuine and helpful. They wanted to make sure we were well taken care of and all of our needs were met. Breakfast is served to your room. The views are picturesque. The town is quaint, clean and beautiful. The hotel is right next door to the ferry that takes you to downtown San Francisco. The ride was great and about 20 minutes. There are several restaurants next to the hotel.