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“Nice hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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North Bay San Rafael
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   855 Francisco Blvd E, San Rafael, CA 94901   |  
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in San Rafael
Calgary
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2010

Friendly staff, comfortable bed, clean room. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for affordable accommodation in San Rafael.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights last week after a long trip from Australia. We were delayed via LAX and arrived at 1:30 am and were kindly received into a clean, well equipped non-smoking room with 2 queen beds. This is a great base to explore Marin County and/or the city. The staff catered to all of the special requests that we made and did everything they could to make our stay an enjoyable. As others have noted- the outside of this place looks pretty ordinary but the inside of the room was in very good shape.
Highly recommended as it represents outstanding value for money and is well located.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2009

My daughter lives less than a mile from this motel and had never noticed it among the businesses lining rt 101. But I followed the advice of other reviewers here and it was perfect for me. Great price (I paid $55 a night) and location, the room was recently renovated and clean, nice TV, fridge, and microwave, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast was simple (yogurt, cereal, packaged pastries--no granola or oatmeal or waffles or eggs, etc.), and you have to take it to your room, but for this price that wasn't a problem for me. If you are very sensitive to road noise, you can hear it, but it is constant and relatively low, so for me it was just background or white noise. You can't walk anywhere very interesting from here in a commercial neighborhood, but again that wasn't an issue for me. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a clean and pleasant room close to San Francisco at a great price.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CGY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

All that has been said in other reviews still hold true.
Not much to look at from the outside until you step thru the door into the room.
Clean like new carpets, granite tops on all surfaces and bath. A very nice touch.
Their prices this time of year are around $75 i f you try to book thru their website. I don't know if there is a low season rate, but if you search the discount websites, you can get it for less. Interestingly, they said there were no rooms available when I called direct, but I could get it thru some of the discount sites.I managed to book thru Priceline which quoted a price of $61. It pays to shop around a little.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockton, CA
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

This is an older-style motel, but the rooms have been redone and are nice. Even though it is located right next to the freeway, we didn't notice any freeway noise. We had a king suite which certainly was adequate for 2. The bed was comfortable and the flat-screen tv was nice. Our only complaint would be the quality of the towels (like you'd find in a high school gym, thin & scratchy!) and the toilet paper (very thin and had that gray recycled paper look!). For $100 a night, I expect a little bit better than that.

As we were there to attend a concert at the Civic Center, we ventured up that way and just beyond the Center, came across a mall with an Applebee's that was very nice. We also found an IHOP that was really good for breakfast on 4th St. - a bit of a drive to get there, but worth it as you travel through a lovely part of San Rafael with all sorts of interesting store fronts.

  • Liked — The size of the room and the shower.
  • Disliked — The cheap towels and toilet paper.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
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Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2008

Our room was very nice (as described by other reviewers) and extremely clean. Considering the location right next to the freeway, it was also very quiet and comfortable. The one thing other reviewers didn't mention was the location. Marin County is a beautiful place with incredible views and lovely towns, but this motel is in a bad area right on the freeway. We did not feel comfortable walking anywhere. It was an easy drive to get to most places of interest, but we prefer to be walking distance to something. Overall we had a pleasant stay, but I would have preferred a nicer neighborhood.

  • Liked — The clean, quiet room
  • Disliked — the location
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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nevada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

Located at the 101 and 580 this was a wonderful find! We were going to an NHRA event and a GIANTS game and it is the midpoint of the 2. We also took the Larkspur Ferry to the game at the last minute which is just 1 exit over! The staff is very nice and accomodating. A clean room and fresh bottle of water everyday, great selection of coffees, pastries and fruit plus fruit bars, cereal and oatmeal. The rooms are quite large and have granite counter/table tops, a mini fridge, microwave and a flat screen T.V. with a large selection of channels. The beds are VERY comfortable and the sheets are nice and soft. We plan on going back next year and this is the place we will stay!
Linda Lee
from Reno

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — needs 1 more waste basket and a hook on the bathroom door
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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Additional Information about North Bay San Rafael

Address: 855 Francisco Blvd E, San Rafael, CA 94901
Location: United States > California > Marin County > San Rafael
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in San Rafael
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — North Bay San Rafael 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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