My girlfriend decided to suprise me with a trip to Tiburon. We both love the San Francisco bay area, but wanted someplace quiet and quaint. We weren't disappointed.
We arrived at the Hotel on Sun Feb 26th 2012 on a beautiful and unusually sunny / warm day. We parked at the end of main street (its about 100 yards long) and walked to the hotel (we have rolling luggage). We checked in at the lobby (early) and were told our room wasn't ready so we checked our luggage and went to look around. We came back to inquire about using one of the hotel's four mountain bikes, and were told our room was ready early ... so we went up. The room was charming, overlooking the restaurant to the west of the hotel. It was fairly crowded, but the room was quiet (due to dual pane windows and solid construction). We thought it might be noisy, but it never was. There was a small common patio that overlooked the harbor, restaurant, and has a partial view of the SF Skyline.
We changed then went down stairs to borrow the hotel's mountain bikes and proceeded to ride the bike trail for several hours - stopping for lunch on the lawn overlooking San Francisco Bay and the SF Skyline. We rode the bikes around Tiburon for about three hours before returning to our hotel. We decided to take a drive up Highway 1 and drove to Muir Beach and spent about 20 minutes there (very windy, very cold) before heading back. We arrived at the hotel just in time to enjoy the evening wine and cheese (complimentary). Then we decided to get ready for dinner.
The restaurant we chose was two doors down from our hotel - Servino. I called ahead and made a reservation, letting the receptionist know that we would be coming for an anniversary dinner .. and requested patio seating with heater. We were told the patio was closed (even though we could see from our hotel veranda that there were several people enjoying the patio). I then requested an inside window seat, and was told they could accomodate. The food was good, the service was average, but about 1/3 of the way in to our meal .. very loud music began blaring upstairs, followed by the sounds of marching feet. our waitress stopped by a few minutes later to tell us the noise was due to a wedding party upstairs .. one of the waitresses had gotten married that day and was having her party upstairs. I inquired as to why we were not informed, nor given an option of sitting elsewhere. Got an apology. We basically finished our meal as quickly as we could, and left. We were planning on dessert, so we went down the street to a small cafe for desert (it was quiet there). Can't remember the restaurant name, but it was across the street and to the right. Struck up a conversation with the chef there .. he ended up comping us desert after we told him of our bad experience at Servino. Ended up being a nice evening despite that fact.
We returned to the hotel and asked them if they could light the gas fire on the 2nd story veranda that overlooks SF Bay and the SF Skyline. The person at the desk said they couldn't light the fire pit because it was too "windy" outside. We went out and it was about as calm as could be. I went back down to the lobby and asked him to reconsider. He did, and we got our fire. We had the veranda to ourselves, overlooking the night skyline of SF .. enjoying each other and the remnants of our wine. A fantastically romantic evening.
The next day we were served breakfast in our room (ordered the day before) .. oatmeal, fruit, boiled egg, bagel, and garnishments. It was very substantial and we both agreed that it was very good, and very filling. We then drove to Muir Woods and hiked for several hours, had lunch, and headed back home into the valley..
We had a FABULOUS TIME and the hotel was very nice - and service very good (sans the gut that didn't want to light the fire pit). Would highly recommend if you are looking for a romantic hideaway that is away from the bustle of san francisco
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waters Edge is inspired by Eastern seaboard architecture and the exotic merchant trade of the San Francisco Bay. Located on the water in charming downtown Tiburon, the Waters Edge brings an added ambiance of global sophistication to this unique part of Northern California. Restful rooms feature crisp white feather beds, and comfy chaises with hand-knitted throws perfect for afternoon naps. Many rooms look out to stunning views of San Francisco and Angel Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waters Edge Tiburon
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