The Embassy Suites brand promise is fairly consistent throughout North America, and in some case, even the property layout is eerily similar to one another. From that perspective, this was your "typical" Embassy Suites.
Who is most likely going to like and enjoy staying at an Embassy Suites? Families (especially with children). It might be fine for the business traveller, but I would rarely consider an Embassy Suites to be a romantic location and it is so-so for the solo traveller.
What makes it so good for families: The suite concept: 1 or 2 bedrooms. A 2 bedroom suite (which is what we had) could easily accomodate 4 adults and two children (we had 1 king + 2 queens or doubles), and I can't recall if the sofa was pullout or not. SO top marks for size. The living room size is adequate and so is the bathroom. Where this property (and other Embassy Suites) didn't do to well was to have enough amenities (including towels) for the # of guests in the room, something that was quickly fixed by the font desk. Free "cooked-to-order" breakfast, combined with free internet, an indoor pool, a business center, a coin laundry area and more makes it great for a stopover or extended stay. The only drawback of this property is that it is in-between locations: not quite in San Francisco (but not that far off via Golden Gate) and still a bit of a distance from Napa/Sonoma (30-60 minutes depending on desired location).
Other than a mid-size shopping centre on the other side of the highway, there is very little to do in this part of San Rafael, and I also find dining options to be limited. The good news is that if you are looking for sandwiches, pizzas and snacks, the room service offer is quite good and priced reasonably. On the other, the full service restaurant with more sizeable items was a bit of a disappointment.
As breakfast is free, it can get quite crowded with moderate lineups. Some basic items (such as yogourt) were also lacking - but there was still enough to please most people.
Service was excellent from start to finish and staff were friendly and accomodating.
Given how inexpensive this location is for a week-end stay vs a downtown San Fransciso stay or something of similar quality in the Napa/Sonoma area, this was well worth it, hence the 5-star rating. Otherwise, this would have earned a solid 4-star
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- Embassy Suites Hotel San Rafael - Marin County / San Rafael
- Embassy Suites San Rafael
- San Rafael Embassy Suites