The Inn Above Tide has an incredible location! (Yes, DO ask for a room with a balcony. It is worth it ;-)
We stayed for several nights in a King-bedded room with a balcony and a gas fireplace. (We aren't fans of gas fireplaces, so we never used it. We were at this property for the view and the balcony, anyway!)
THE BED WAS THE MOST COMFORTABLE WE HAVE SLEPT IN. It was like being enveloped in a cushy cocoon, but it was NOT "too soft". We aren't sure "how they made a bed like that". Even the jumbo pillows (and we do mean "jumbo") were unbelievably soft - and we have extra nice down pillows at home, for comparison.
There was just something about being in that bed, with those pillows, and that down comforter. We are seriously considering getting a mattress like this when we next get a new mattress (a time that is probably closer than we recognize).
The VIEW! What can one say? It was like being on a cruise, with the water RIGHT UNDER YOUR BALCONY. Well, we were on the 3rd floor, so there was a small protrusion from the larger balcony just under us, but otherwise, it was ALL WATER. This isn't just an "water view" hotel. This is OVER the water. It was even better than we expected.
The last night, we splurged, and upgraded to the "penthouse" (which is also on the 3rd floor; that's the "top" floor). This was a surprise for Dear Husband, when he returned from a busy conference day, and the grin on his face was worth it ;-)
This is a huge room, not really a suite (there is no separation between the bedroom and the living room, so it's probably not suitable for most business entertaining).
There was a huge supply of firewood, and one of the staff was on the spot in about one minute to light it. (There were no matches, probably for safety. The staff uses a little fireplace lighter, which is also much easier than going through a bunch of matches.)
We kept the fire going all evening.
This is the "room" with the huge bathtub in a glassed in enclosure on part of what would have been the other side of the balcony. (It took us a few minutes to realize that there were motorized blinds that can be lowered on the two huge floor-to-ceiling windows.)
The ONLY slight negative is that the penthouse is on the far end, and the balcony overlooks (and is visible from) the restaurant/bar not too far away. There was no noise problem, but we did have a few people who were eating at the bar - also overlooking the bay - waving and frequently watching, and that was a bit off-putting. Once sitting on the balcony, it's less of a concern, but standing up there, it was a bit awkward.
There was also an extra half bath, which was an unexpected convenience, especially when getting ready to leave the next morning.
We WILL be back, and we'll make a point of spending a few extra days the next time!
This was our first visit to Sausalito, and as one rounds the final turn (after exiting the Golden Gate Bridge), the home set into the hillside, overlooking the water... our first thought was that we were transported to Italy or the south of France. It is a charming area!
NOTE: The regular rooms are indeed rather small, but one doesn't (or shouldn't) stay here for "large bedrooms". This is a LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION hotel, without a doubt!
The hotel staff recommended a particular sailboat captain to take us sailing one afternoon. He was very personable, with great information about the areas we visited. Next time, we hope to go for an all-day sail with him.
He was remarkably comfortable handling the large sailboat on his own, even though neither of us has much experience, so we were truly just "passengers".
Do ask for a BALCONY.
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