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“Nice, but.......” 3 of 5 stars
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Tamalpais Motel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Mill Valley
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice, but.......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Room was large and clean, but lacked certain necessities commonly found in motel rooms: the absense of an alarm clock was an eybrow raiser, as was the lack of any type of table in the room, followed by absolutely no shelving or countertops in the bathroom (inlcuding shower stall), and only one hook in there for clothes; a gap under the front door shed light across the floor every time a car came into the lot and a strong breeze frequently blew in. However, the bed was incredibly comfortable (not so for the pillows), staff accomodating, and though it's right across from the freeway, it was was quite quiet. Price seemed a bit steep for what was offered, but it was a holiday weekend and we needed a place, so shame on us for last minute trip planning

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

What we needed was a clean place to sleep for our family after attending a wedding in nearby Mill Valley. The Motel was 10 minutes from our event, and the rooms and bathrooms were very clean! The beds were quite comfortable. The office person was extremely courteous and went out of her way to accommodate us after we realized that we made an error in our reservation. We needed medical attention after hours and she directed us to the nearest ER. Friendly, helpful, clean and comfortable...everything we needed and got! Thank you Tamalpais Motel. You're the best!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Liz B
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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
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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
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2 Thank BillS32999
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
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5 Thank BecM8821
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 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
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Kevin M
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

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
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1 Thank Krontab5
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Huizen
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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
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5 Thank HuizenAnoniem
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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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Property: Tamalpais Motel
Address: 680 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941-3006
Location: United States > California > Marin County > Mill Valley
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Mill Valley
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Hotel Class:2 star — Tamalpais Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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