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“My go to spot when visiting San Francisco” 4 of 5 stars
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Tamalpais Motel
680 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Mill Valley
Sacramento, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“My go to spot when visiting San Francisco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My thought on travel is you only spend a small amout of time in your hotel room. At least you shoud as you are there for the ventures outside the hotel. I have stayed in this location 5 times in 2013 as I participate in various sporting events in the Bay Area. The location is perfect as only 12 minutes from downtown San Francisco. The price is almost 1/3 of the cost of hotels in San Francisco. I laugh at the last review person about sleeping in her car, it reminds me of the story about the "Princess and the Pea" A nice addition is the nursery next door to the hotel. It is like an enchanted garden where you can wander around for hours enjoying the unique plants. The owners have always attended to my service requests. The showers work, the toliets flush, the flat screens are new, the fans in the room gently whirl you to sleep, the beds and pillows are fine (better than the reclined hard seat of a car)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

this is possibly the the worst motel in the world! The room was covered in urine and smelt that bad I had to sleep in my car. The bathroom was filthy, The toilet and shower were unusable and the sheets on the bed looked like they hadn't been changed in a long time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Read the trip advisor comments on this place while I was in the room. My room seemed to be fairly clean although very small. Did not meet any of the former occupants of the bed although had a good look. One of those places that you find and need in a hurry and then move on

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

Good points: previously reported bedbug problem apparently resolved. Good king size bed in room, relatively recent. Staff friendly enough, allowing inspection of room prior to letting, and forewarning of no ac.

Bad points: questionable stains and material on bathroom door frame and on painted walls next to sink says hygiene may still be an issue, but no hair in drains as previously reported. Overwhelming smell of bleach, which may be comforting to some. Room too small and no ac. Toilet seat loose. Door locks not up to standard.

Overall an ok last minute place to stay, with the cheapest price in the area, but would advise attempting to book elsewhere first.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Awfull motel. The highwaynoise makes you crazy, so we had to shut the frontdoor for a little bit less noise, but the smell in the room was very bad, so we had to keep the door a little bit open. The room was small, and we had hardly any space for putting our luggage. The bathroom was dirty. Hair from other people was on the floor. There was no soap, only some kind of lotion. The lady who helped us at the frontdesk was not very friendly. She was obviously in a hurry and helped us in about 1 minuut, speaking very quickly. She was from Inda and had an accent. Our native language is not English, so we had a problem with understanding her. She was not intending to repeat anything for us.
Don't go to this motel. Pay a little bit more for a better hotel or motel. This motel should be shut!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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TamalpaisMotel, Webmaster at Tamalpais Motel, responded to this review, October 14, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Tamalpais Motel for your recent stay in our area.

Thank you for giving us a review, it is very much appreciated. Upon receipt of your review, the following steps were taken:

• The lady who works at the front desk received extra training in the courteous, respectful, friendly manner in which she as our employee is to treat you, our valued guest.

• Management was approached about the possibility of setting up some sort of system whereby when there is a language problem the staff member or the guest could ask for another staff member to assist in making both parties understand what is being said.

• Housekeeping received additional training in the level of cleanliness required of them as our employees.

I hope that the next time you visit our area, you will once again choose to stay at Tamalpais Motel. I think you will be greatly pleased.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager.
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Marina del Rey, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Our Family w/ 2 kids stayed here and brought the bedbugs back to our home afterwards. Now my bedbug-allergic wife has bites up and down her arms and legs; and we're plastic bagging and washing EVERYTHING to try to get rid of bedbugs from our home. I wished we had arrived earlier in the evening to see what a cesspool it was, but after our 9pm check-in, we didn't want to look around for a vacancy somewhere else on a holiday weekend......BIG MISTAKE!
If you HAVE TO stay here -keep your luggage in your car, or in the tile bathroom; and put everything that was inside the room in a black plastic garbage bag. That way if you leave it in your car in the sun it will heat to 120-degrees F for awhile and kill all the bedbugs. Otherwise you can wash it all in a HOT WATER wash.
Better yet..just STAY AWAY.....I'M NOT KIDDING!
-what a nightmare

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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TamalpaisMotel, Webmaster at Tamalpais Motel, responded to this review, October 14, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Tamalpais Motel for your recent stay in our area.

Thank you for giving us a review, it is very much appreciated. Upon receipt of your review, the following action was taken:

• Maintenance was informed of your report of bedbugs in the room assigned to you and instructed to see to their extermination.

We take our reviews very seriously. I hope that the next time you visit our area, you will once again choose to stay at Tamalpais Motel, I think you will be greatly pleased.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager.
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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

When you plan a last minute trip the Bay Area over a holiday weekend and you're on a budget, please don't stay at the Tamalpais Motel like we did. First night's room had big stains on the floor, terrible mattresses, no side tables for one of the beds, though the bathroom had been updated, though not enough counter space or a soap dish in the shower. Second's night room featured a better mattress, but still stains on the carpet, weird green gunk inside of the ancient lampshades and hairs on the towels and sheets. Not-updated bathroom with a shower fixture that seemed to be missing a proper nozzle. AND one day later I am covered in large red welts traveling up my arms and legs. So spend $20 more bucks and stay someplace else.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TamalpaisMotel, Webmaster at Tamalpais Motel, responded to this review, September 17, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Tamalpais Motel for your recent stay in our area.

Thank you for giving us a review, it is very much appreciated. Upon receipt of your review, the following actions were taken:

• Housekeeping staff received additional training concerning the level of cleanliness required of them as our employees.

• Maintenance was informed of your report of possible bedbugs and instructed to look into the matter and to see to their elimination.

I hope that the next time you visit our area, you will once again choose to stay at Tamalpais Motel. We take our guest reviews very seriously and I think you will be greatly pleased.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager.
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Address: 680 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Location: United States > California > Marin County > Mill Valley
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Mill Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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