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Marin Lodge

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1735 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901 (Formerly Colonial Motel)
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a surprising little place, set in a mostly residential area. It's obviously been recently upgraded and remodeled. The beds were amazing. The decoration is beautiful and it's very close to everything. The managers, Beethoven and his wife, were extremely friendly and helpful.

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Bountiful, Utah
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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were delighted with this place. It was updated, clean and pleasant. We would stay there again. It was close to San Francisco and Muir Woods. It was easy to get to from highway 101 coming from the North and was in a quiet neighborhood.

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Torrance, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the most part we were pleasantly surprised how nice this place is. The rooms were very clean, nicely decorated and the grounds well landscaped. Altogether this place was charming. It’s located in a residential neighborhood with easy access to highway and though it’s close to the highway we could not hear any noise from the traffic. The staff is... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To this day I have no idea where exactly I came upon this little gem of a motel in San Rafael except that it appeared on some travel site when searching for an upcoming trip to San Francisco. I thought then that the rates and pictures of the property were too good to be true and was pleasantly surprised when... More 

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Bethesda, MD
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pluses: reasonably priced, very clean, quiet neighborhood, easy free parking, about 1 mile from downtown San Rafael so easy drive to food and shopping, very comfortable bed, decent free wifi, plenty of hot water (that was a problem mentioned earlier but they have fixed it). Minuses: very little drawer space, not walking distance to shops and restaurants

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We stayed here for just one night to be able to visit Muir Woods and Sausalito and the location is great for that, but there isn't much in the way of restaurant's or shops really close to the hotel. The room was clean and nicely fitted out and we had a comfortable night's sleep. Breakfast was very limited but a... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This was a nice, small hotel. It was also very clean and the owner and his wife are nice and helpful. We loved the lovely and convenient location. When we told the owner we had too much light coming into our room through the curtains at night, he put up light-blocking blinds. It was very kind.

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6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Nice clean rooms. Nice beds, air condition (heat and cold), coffee/tea-pot and microwave. Close to the gorgeous scenery around the Muir Woods. The forests and the coastal roads are really ikeable places!!

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Northern California
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11 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We chose the Marin Lodge when we recently came to the area because I had surgery at a nearby hospital. Though I personally only stayed 1 night at the hotel, my husband remained there the following 3 additional nights. Although the room was rather small, it was very clean, and adequate for our needs. The bed was comfortable (though my... More 

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6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My husband and I stayed for a week in the Lodge, and we found it very comfortable. Having stayed in a couple of much more expensive places Marin Lodge comes up trumps. Norma and her husband were very obliging whenever we needed anything, our room was really quiet (118) and I even got red roses and chocolates on Valentine's Day!... More 

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