Marin Suites turned out to be a very old hotel/motel that was recently refurbished and new furnishings and amenities added. The remodel had been VERY tastefully done, but some corners were cut and that in itself revealed the true condition underneath (ie. interiors doors had not been changed, HVAC/electrical not upgraded - although portable units were provided).
In actuality the pool was much less grand than how it appeared on the website. We (five adults) also arrived when several small children and families were in the pool, picnicing, and BBQing (loud & messy). So the first impression was bit of a OMG. Luckily we got a suite on the garden side and noise was not an issue when the windows were closed. The garden is nicely kept.
The sofa bed, although new, was one of the worst I've ever slept in; the springs made a lot of noise at every move. Luckily we were able to move into a 2 bedroom suite the next day with a total of three beds and no one had to use the sofa bed. (Beds were super comfortable with plush comforters and pillows).
Towels were nice and plush and white.
Breakfast was the standards plus waffle maker and boiled eggs. Coffee was Seattle's Best (great). We avoided the mixed fruit salad; it didn't look appetizing. Breakfast room didn't look like it was part of the remodel; it's decor did not match the upscale amenities that were added in the suites and the other common areas.
My sister used the jacuzzi and went back to it the second day (in the white robe provided in the closet).
Later at night when it was quiet, we sat out by the fireplace in the area between the pool and the garden to enjoy a tranquil moment of family chat. The candles added a very nice touch.
Service was exceptionally good regardless of certain minor glitches (five people in an one-bedroom suite, they failed to save us a fold-out bed); we could tell that efforts were made to keep us happy and we appreciated it.
Dennis the night-shift on duty was exceptionally courteous.
Location is excellent for visiting both Sonoma/Napa and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
In summary, for all its flaws, we would return for it's great value when all things considered...even when one bathroom really was quite a challenge for how many people the rooms could hold.
- 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