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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


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


4.5 Very Good 493 Reviews
Great again
Reviewed 2 days ago

This hotel is small, well appointed and perfectly located if Tiburon is a preferred destination, and why wouldn't it be? This was my fourth stay at the literally water's edge hotel. The rooms are very nice and appropriately priced. Beyond the location, there are very appealing qualities of the property, including a large second level terrace with stunning views of the bay. The included breakfast and wine/cheese hour are nice additions. I have always been impressed by the service. They do a great job at this place, which is why its always our stopover spot before hitting Napa.

Clean rooms with Controllable A/C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The room was nice and had a big bathroom. The view wasn't the best from our room but we were just steps away from the very nice back deck area. The wine and cheese hour is nice to be able to talk to the other visitors while overlooking the bay area/marina in Tiburon. Everything is within walking distance which is a big plus!

First Time In Tiburon!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited San Fransisco many times. I typically stay at one of the higher end properties near the wharf or by the airport. This was the first time however staying in Tiburon. Really glad I did. The Waters Edge is a beautifully located property with spectacular views of the bay and downtown SF.

Tip: Save the traffic and toll headache of driving into the city and park at the hotel. 2 inexpensive ferries are available to take you across the bay to Fisherman's Wharf.

Tip: For a special occasion choose the Grand King suites. There are only two of these rooms avaialble. They have private decks that have amazing views of the bay and downtown SF.

FYI: Included breakfast was not much to satisfy an appetite. Heater on patio deck did not work and patio chairs are wet in the morning due to condensation.

Another Great Stay in Tiburon
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed for two nights as we have done for several years...we were extremely pleased as in the past. This Hotel just keeps getting better.

With the wine and cheese spread each night to the large community deck bayside (with a great view of San Francisco) to the fresh baked cookies in the evenings, it can’t be beat...staff, service and rooms were as great as always. Once again, I would highly recommend it to any traveler.

The place to stay in Tiburon
Reviewed 1 month ago

The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful. If it wouldn't have had the advice and help to book a parking space at the Muir Woods it wouldn't have been the great experience it was.
The wine and cheese at happy our is ideal to take to the terrace, meet with the other guests and appreciate the nice views of the bay.
Great breakfast in the room.