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
Waters Edge Hotel in Tiburon, California is an amazing place to visit. A small, luxurious hotel with only 23 rooms, it has an expansive deck overlooking the Corinthian Yacht Club marina in Tiburon and San Francisco bay.
My wife and I have stayed at Water Edge Hotel at least once a year, every year, since 2004. Since we retired in 2015, we come 3 or 4 times every year.
Wonderful restaurants are within walking distance, so we never even need our car after checking in. If you want to do more than relax, read a book and enjoy fabulous food, the ferry to Angel island State Park is a short walk, as is the ferry to San Francisco.
The hotel staff is warm and friendly, and many have been there for many years . . . so we’re on a first name basis with everyone.
The hotel provides a top-notch, complimentary continental breakfast delivered to your room each morning. And every evening there is a complimentary wine & cheese reception in the lobby.
We have recommended Water Edge Hotel to friends and family over the years, and we would recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet, relaxing upscale getaway.
Looking for a place to stay where we could relax/chill for a couple of days at the end of our trip close to, but not in, San Francisco, we stumbled upon the Waters Edge in Tiburon whilst researching online - so glad we did! Boutique hotel overlooking SF bay with views to die for, particularly from the deck on the upper floor. Very nice rooms with high end amenities. Staff were very helpful and friendly - made us feel so welcome and at home. Breakfast offered a good choice of cold items delivered to our room each morning - appreciated the toaster being in the room so toast, bagels etc were hot and refills for coffee available in the hall. The Wine and Cheese party at 5pm was most welcome and made for a delightful start to the evening, especially whilst enjoying the views of the bay from the deck. The hotel also offers cookies and coffee later in the evening. Tiburon is a lovely walkable little town with a good choice of restaurants close by the hotel, but it also has great ferry access to SF - our ferry took us via Sausalito to SF and on the return trip we came home via Angel Island which made for a great day out. We loved our time here and would have no hesitation staying again if in the area.
We had 3 nights here after arriving in San Francisco direct from LHR. The staff couldn't have been more helpful from parking info, to guidance on ferries. The rooms are clean and comfortable not the biggest with kids and the first ferry comes in ay 5.30am (but it's a harbour building so I knew that
). The breakfast was excellent. Fresh salmon and bagels, cereals, fruit etc. Etc. Served in the room from 7am. There is also fresh apples, tea abd coffee freely available every day. To finish off wine and cheese in the evening and cookies! Probably best suited to couples only due to limited space for kids but on departing a fuss was made of our 7year old and a cuddly toy seal given as a gift. I'd recommend and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.