First, you can not pull out in front and check in. In fact, I had a really hard time figuring out where to go. I ended up pulling around the parking lot twice before securing the very last spot available way in the back of the property. Lugged all my bags through the property up and down multiple sets of stairs to the lobby which was of course closed. It was 11:30 at night and all I wanted was to go to sleep. After banging on the doors for a while someone pointed out the phone on the wall. I picked it up and it rang through to someone who buzzed me in and met me at the desk inside the lobby. Not before lugging my bags down the stairs (again) to get there. Room 422, okay. Take the elevator. Okay. Up the stairs with my luggage and out the door that slams and locks behind you to the elevator to see floors one and two. Back out to the phone to get buzzed in and down the steps to the desk to ask... um where is my room? Floor 2 room 422. Got it. Up the steps and out the door which slams shut and locks behind you. To the elevator, up to my room. All doors lead to the outside. Ugh, not sure I can sleep. But then I can't because the fire alarm goes off and everyone, at least in my building, vacates and waits for it to stop. Everyone back in and settled and then the fire alarm goes off again. I do realize that the property can do nothing about this but this gives you an idea of the severe beat down that I received by choosing this less expensive alternative.
The next morning and even that night, it was evident that many business people were using this as an inexpensive long term stay. Many seemed to know each other. Lots of camaraderie. Later that morning at breakfast, I noticed lots of families headed to SF and sightseeing for the day. All seemed to be happy to have found an expensive alternative to the high prices of hotels in the city. I can see how this could be an attractive option to either of these groups but as a single woman, traveling alone and arriving at night, it was just too difficult. And the beat-down, for lack of a better terms will not be forgotten. I checked out and checked into the Marriott Courtyard in Larkspur and it was the best money ever spent!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury all-suite hotel located in the heart of Marin County, Marin Suites Hotel, is uniquely defined by its spacious and comfortable hotel suite accommodations. Just 12 miles north of San Francisco, a short drive from the wine country and minutes away from numerous attractions in the Bay Area, Marin Suites Hotel is the perfect choice among Marin County hotels. Bordered by sprawling hills and waterways, this unique town features a refreshing blend of outdoor culture with a cosmopolitan feel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marin Hotel Corte Madera
- Marin Suites Hotel Corte Madera, Marin County, CA