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4.5
Very Good 504 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 504 Reviews
Blasted by 3 Large Out of Control Nuisance Barking Dogs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favorite hotel, anywhere, and we enjoy the peaceful ambience of the over-water back deck and unparalleled views. The enjoyment on the deck has been spoiled by 3 large dogs, confined on a tight deck right next door to our back deck. The dogs, with their deep, nonstop barks, are going at it non-stop for hours. Something must be done about this. We pay a lot of money for the rooms and service, and it's well worth it here, but the dogs barking must be curtailed. I want to mention the rooms are beautiful, the service is top-notch, and Anna and Allison are wonderful. The dog situation is unacceptable.

Customer Service Top Notch
Reviewed 2 months ago

I've reviewed this hotel before, but it's even better than the last time. I love the customer service here. I travel alone for business and I always feel safe at the Waters Edge Hotel. The front desk staff remembers me as a return guest and this trip I even got a surprise bottle of wine in my room when I arrived. Stay on the second floor if you can. The deck on the second floor is a great place for a glass of wine or a morning coffee. The view is spectacular.
I'm wondering if they have a rewards program here as I am going to be returning every time I travel to Tiburon for work.
Thank you Waters Edge Hotel

A New Favorite Bay Area Hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

We loved the location, the amenities, the room, the view, the kind staff, the breakfast, the bikes, the front porch, the fact that we could walk to anywhere we wanted to go. Parking was convenient. We will return.

Calm and Quiet
Reviewed 2 months 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 4 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.