I love to stay at swanky little boutique hotels, but we usually don't have the budget for it. For our October road trip, I checked all over SF and Marin for a nice place to stay for a short getaway. I could not believe how expensive it all was. Even the "cheapo" motels on Lombard or Van Ness (SF) were more than $200 a night! Feh. So I remembered that there was a hotel in Larkspur Landing (Courtyard) and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was relatively reasonable in comparison. When we got there, I was overjoyed to find that it was actually very nice, with a gorgeous lobby and outdoor firepit area, lovely, modern and rather upscale rooms (super clean, very nice beds), each with a little balcony. I love having fresh air in hotel rooms. Our car (full of stuff by that time) was absolutely safe and parked right below us (free parking, a bonus). We didn't eat at the onsite bistro, but it looked pretty good. Nice to have a provisions shop right there, plus inroom fridge – I always appreciate that.
I always consider the location of the hotel as part of the package. Are there nice restaurants nearby, things to do, a place to get good coffee in the morning? Yes! First of all, the shopping center across the street is totally charming (including a farmer's market), and looks like it's adding more retailers. We had the most amazing breakfast there (Rustic Bakery), sat outside and just loved it. And, you're in walking distance to the Larkspur Ferry, which takes you directly to the Ferry Building in SF. Had we had more time, we would have made a day trip out of that and had a great time wandering SF on foot (besides, you musn't miss the Ferry Bldg). Drive just a few minutes to Larkspur, which is full of great restaurants and cafés. If we didn't go to Rustic Bakery, we would have made a beeline to Larkspur for espresso and goodies at Emporio Rulli.
All in all, a very good experience: we'd stay there again in a heartbeat.
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