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BEST WESTERN PLUS Novato Oaks Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   215 Alameda del Prado, Novato, CA 94949   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Novato
Seattle, WA
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“Almost Like Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

I've stayed at this hotel dozens of times, since I leave near Seattle but work for a company in Novato. Many of the very friendly staffers greet me by name when I arrive, and they are friendly and helpful to everyone. The hotel is full of nice touches such as a coffee/tea/pastry station by the library nook in the lobby, tasteful room decorations, comfortable task chairs at the desks, and chocolates on the night stand. It shows they care about their guests. Rooms are always clean and well maintained. Beds are nicely comfy.

Things you pay for at more expensive restaurants (breakfast, wireless internet, business center) are all free. There's no cooked breakfast, other than waffles you make yourself, but the selection of pastries, fruit, cereal, juice and whatnot is quite good. When the "no carb" fad came along they accomodated by adding hard-boiled eggs.

Very handy location off Hwy 101 (if you're bothered by traffic noise you should ask for a hillside room). Food at the Wild Fox Restaurant across the parking lot is excellent, albeit a trifle rich.

Overall an excellent value for the low price. One of my favorite hotels anywhere.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

This was my first visit to the Novato Oaks Inn, and it certainly won't be my last. I've stayed in a number of other hotels in Marin, but I would have to say this is one of the best values I've encountered.

The propery is set back off the highway, nestled into a hillside. There is a large parking lot in front, with just the grounds and the hillside on the sides and back. The property is clean and well tended, with lots of grass and flowers in front.

The hotel consists of five separate buildings, connected to one another with covered walkways. The center building houses the lobby, breakfast area, and guest rooms. Other buildings have a nice business center, workout room, conference rooms, and the rest of the guest rooms. A pool and patio are in a secluded area behind the main building.

The room itself (5204 - which is building 5, floor 2, room 4) was very spacious, clean, and comfortable. The room was actually fairly elegant, with crown moldings, chair rail, and nice furnishings. There was an ample work desk with a very comfortable chair, along with two phones and free wireless Internet access. The windows opened all the way - love the fresh air and the smell of the oaks - and were covered with plantation shutters instead of the usual curtains. There was a cozy king bed with a very warm comforter, as well as a small couch and another chair. The through-wall heater/air conditioner is controlled by a wall thermostat.

The bathroom was very spacious, with the sink outside of where the toilet and shower were. Everything was very clean, and there were nice touches like a curved shower rod and even a shower curtain with a see-through top that lets additional light into the shower.

My room was on the back, and was VERY quiet. There is some freeway noise to the front of the building, and I suspect you may hear some of that in the front-facing rooms. The view was to the oak-studded hillside behind the hotel, which really added to the peace and quiet. The front rooms have a balcony, but I opted for the back room for the quiet and the view.

There was a continental breakfast each morning - waffles, fruit, cereal, bread, coffee, orange juice. It was fairly typcial, but still a nice start to the day. Coffee and tea are available at all hours in the lobby, and there is also a well-stocked library in the lobby. I found everything to be clean and well maintained, and the staff was very nice and helpful.

There is one restaurant right next door that also provides room service, as well as a Burger King on the frontage road in front of the hotel. Nothing else is within walking distance, but there are lots of places to eat just a short drive away.

My king room was $116 a night, including breakfast, which is a good value for the area, especially such a short distance from San Francisco and the Wine Country. Incidentally, that was the AAA rate, and if you travel very often I would highly recommend joining AAA for the discounts, maps, and other services they offer (No, I don't work for them).

A very clean, comfortable, quiet hotel, and I would definitely recommend it!!

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2008

Heading north to the wine country and looking for an exceptional value? Stop here! Large, nicely appointed rooms; incredibly comfortable beds; nice bathroom; large covered balcony.

Even the adjoining restaurant is very nice with excellent menu and food and a wide variety of martinis! A must visit during a stay.

The only down side would be not having a closing closet for your hanging clothes and the internet service was sluggish but not unusable.

  • Liked — Great sized and appointed room. Incredible bed!
  • Disliked — Internet service was somewhat slow and not having a real closet.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chicago
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

Better than most Best Westerns. My husband knew I'd chosen a budget hotel and was very pleased as soon as we stepped inside. Nice lobby; good sized rooms have empty fridges so you can try wineries, then come home and chill them. Coffee in the lobby all day with left over pastries from breakfast buffet, fresh baked cookies at the desk at 7 pm. I wish they had a little more protein at the breakfast...no yogurt there; hard boiled eggs were the only real protein. but all in all that's a small beef! Fitted sheets stayed in place through the night.

Stayed October 2007
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San Jose, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2007

We've stayed here several times and find this Best Western quite comfortable. The friendly staff is a welcome respite for road weary travelers. Rooms are clean and large. Generous continental breakfast upstairs. Small "library" in the lobby is a nice touch. Pool is never crowded. Great location--close to SF, Point Reyes, wine country.

Rooms facing the parking lot can pick up highway noise. Ask for a room on the back side of the inn. Overall, an excellent value!

  • Liked — Affordable, great location
  • Disliked — parking lot side can be noisy
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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RSM, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2007

Great staff, big rooms, get one in the back away from freeway. Good location, good price. Staff very helpful and good service.
Nice restaurant in parkeing lot.

  • Liked — Location, staff, room size
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Milpitas, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2007

I usually tell both the good and bad about a hotel, in this case I can't find anything bad to say, had to hunt to find one very small minor issue, ran out of pool towels in the morning. Otherwise was a GREAT hotel, staff was friendly, room was very comfortable and clean, Jacuzzi tub in room (had a deluze room) was nice and they even included bath salts. Had a duvet on the 4 poster bed.
Breakfast was waffles, bagels, juice, coffee, tea, bananas and apples, etc.
Nice stay overall, would go back.

  • Liked — Clean, comfortable room, friendly staff
  • Disliked — parking spaces small
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 215 Alameda del Prado, Novato, CA 94949
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Location: United States > California > Marin County > Novato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Novato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Novato Oaks Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the scenic hills of Northern Marin County, the Novato Oaks Inn is a green certified 100% non-smoking hotel. Situated halfway between the business communities of Novato and San Rafael, the Inn is ideally suited for both the leisure and corporate traveler. Our 107 spacious guest rooms and suites are the largest in Marin County and have been designed to bring you the ultimate in comfort and convenience. The award winning staff greets you in the warm and comfortable lobby with a cozy private library. Each morning you'll enjoy a free deluxe continental breakfast buffet served on the mezzanine level. ... more   less 
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