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Very Good 501 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
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Overview

Romantic dockside gem overlooking San Francisco Bay

The Lowdown

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

Waters Edge Hotel
25 Main St
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 501 Reviews
Calm and Quiet
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a calm and quiet Environmental hotel even though very closer to city limits.Have some outstanding restaurants inside .Japanese restaurant is awesome.
Since there are wedding halls and events arranged in the same premises, privacy is a question mark for locals.

Avoid Ground Floor Rooms
Reviewed 2 months ago

We left this hotel exhausted! We had a ground floor room where people started passing by right outside our window starting early in the morning. There is a wooden sidewalk so it is very noisy. You cannot open your curtains so you feel like you are in a prison cell. Also, house keeping staff congregates on the other side of the room so there is constant noise from the other side. Room was austere, no headboards and no rugs. I saw some other rooms that looked much nicer. This room felt like the stepchild. Breakfast is pretty ho hum. There is a lovely deck with a water view. I went up one morning to have coffee and sat down to discover that the chair was wet because it had not been covered up over night.

Fabulous getaway
Reviewed 2 months ago

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!

Good getaway from San Francisco
Reviewed 2 months ago

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.

Wonderful Hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

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!