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Acqua Hotel Mill Valley
555 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Mill Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Go try find an inexpensive hotel in Mill Valley - it's not easy. Aqua Hotel is one of the best. My room faced the lagoon so I had a great view and heard NO noise whatsoever from H101. The staff was universally friendly and helpful, breakfast very good and WiFi free & with acceptable speed.

There were little touches like a personal note from the hotel manager etc. What I liked most were the 'eco' soaps, shampoo & shower gel which, in my humble opinion, way surpass those from most 5 star hotels. The aesthetic is kind of zennie in a good, understated way - Green Gulch is just around the corner, so to speak. I can see how the place may seem a bit rough around the edges for some of the mollycoddled folks that flocks to Mill Valley.

Aqua has become my favorite hotel in the area. I'll be back.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Our family enjoyed three nights in a jr suite with our daughters. The breakfast is amazing-- everything you would ever want in a peaceful room. Location is fantastic for excursions to Muir Woods, the Headlands and San Fran.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Very relaxing and well kept hotel. The room was spacious, bed was comfortable, breakfast was excellent, and staff was extremely nice and helpful. I highly recommend staying here. The only downside is that it is right next to the highway, so request a room facing the water, not the highway.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We spent 4 nights at the Acqua Hotel and can't say enough good things about it!. Everyone on staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and our room (102) was perfect - very clean, spacious, very quiet, with a private patio overlooking the bay, and a large bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. And in addition to being well cared for, we were certainly well fed! The complimentary breakfast buffet was excellent and included assorted fresh fruits, hot and cold cereals, eggs, bagels, croissants, muffins, jams, bacon, sausage, and Belgian waffles. They even had soy milk in addition to whole milk, fat free, and half-and-half! In addition to the coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and apples available 24/7 in the lobby, they also serve complimentary wines, cheeses, fresh fruit, and crackers every evening and freshly baked cookies every night. And the complimentary bicycles were also a nice touch.

The hotel's location was ideal, as it enabled us to take the Larkspur Ferry (the terminal is a short car ride from the hotel and has free parking) into San Francisco, where we could experience the city w/o worrying about traffic, parking, etc.

The Acqua is a wonderful, welcoming hotel which we look forward to staying at again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 102, which faced away from the highway and so was very quiet. The room was clean a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

All of the staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, beyond the call of duty. Wine and nibbles greeted us on arrival and a roaring fire. An excellent hotel was recommended nearby and warm chocolate chip cookies greeted us on our return. The breakfast was superb. The receptionist printed off directions for our onward journey and we could have had a bike ride, if only we'd had time. For a reasonably priced hotel, it was very good value.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a great hotel and location if you want to be close to the San Fran Bay but would like to be at least a little ways away from the very busy areas. The hotel is small and is neighbored by business offices, banks and private residences. The parking is not that great (very limited) and loading luggage out of your car into the front of the hotel is very difficult as the entrance to the lobby from the parking lot has a significant slope away fom the door towards the lot which makes it very hard to unpack a car and get bags in (we mention this as it could actually be very, very difficult for anyone that has any sort of trouble with knee/hip/strength issues). The hotel area has a wonderful small bay that it sits on and a series of walking paths around it that are just great. The service was very good, the room was nice (a little outdated) and clean, and overall it was a very nice stay. Its less than a 15 minute drive to the Golden Gate Bridge Sausalito and other very scenic spots

Room Tip: We upgraded to a junior suite that overlooks the bay. Its worth the little extra money!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Pluses: The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The property and rooms are immaculately clean ~ this is a huge plus for my husband and me! There is a bike and running trail that passes right along the property on the waterway that leads to a local dog park and all the way into Sausalito; this is very convenient if you like to exercise like me. The hotel offers complimentary mountain bikes (only 2 are available), which my husband and I took advantage of one day ~ a lot of fun. Nice/delicious breakfast items; Nice dining area outside overlooking the water; Free parking; Complimentary passes to local gym; wine and cheese in the lobby by the fireplace and trickling wall fountain in the evening for guests; 3 minute drive to Sausalito. The hotel tries to make up for what it might lack in amenities. We would stay again as long as we could get the room we wanted and the price was right.

Biggest drawback: After looking online at what appeared to be a very peaceful, serein property, I was really quite surprised and disappointed to find that this property is located right alongside a very busy, noisy roadway, Hwy 101 to be exact (my fault for not pinpointing the exact location on mapquest beforehand). If your room is not directly facing the back of the property, you will have road noise to contend with, especially at night. During the day, my husband and I like to leave our sliding glass door open on our “balcony” for the fresh air, but the road noise was loud. At night, we had to plug in our white noise machine that we brought with us to drown out some of the noise. The rooms are situated with certain rooms facing the back of the property, looking at the water, and a few rooms that face out the side of the property, with a clear view of Hwy 101 and the parking lot along the water. Our room was one of these side rooms not directly facing the back of the property, but closer to the water than to Hwy 101; facing out along the side of the property brought the noise from the road. There are side rooms closer to 101 than we were; any closer to the Hwy would have been misery for sure, as well as the ice machine being located right outside those rooms, which has a horrible echo in the cement and glass enclosure of the hallway. I would not stay in this room again, and would definitely NOT stay in any of the rooms that were any closer to the roadway than ours was. If we return, it would be because we were able to obtain a Junior suite, which in contrast, was serenely quiet like we would have wanted the first time (I checked out one of these rooms to see the difference). This is a room that allows you to leave the sliding glass door open on your balcony and not hear a thing outside.

Room Tip: "Sleep Quality" depends upon which room you get. I would rate "terrible" if my r...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 555 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Location: United States > California > Marin County > Mill Valley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Mill Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by elements of sky and water, the Acqua Hotel in scenic Mill Valley, California, melds stylish city sophistication with the natural beauty which surrounds it. Our location on the edge of Richardson Bay offers dazzling water views against the backdrop of Mt. Tamalpais. Guest rooms are smart and simple with a Zen-like tranquility, inspiring views and all the amenities you need to make your stay perfect. ... more   less 
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