Liked this hotel and its proximity to SF (convenient to the Larkspur ferry to SFO with free parking). Stylish lobby, fantastic breakfast with hot choices (eggs/meat), fresh fruit (wonderful melon/pineapple display), pastries, bagels, d-i-y waffles, yogurts, cereals, etc., and a great, spacious balcony area overlooking the water with tables and chairs. We were out and about in SF so didn't get to sample the wine and cheese, but had previously stayed at the sister hotel, Water's Edge in Tiburon, and enjoyed it there. Didn't get to take advantage of their free bike rentals either, but liked that they offered it. Staff was very friendly and efficient.
Room (#214) was nice - standard size for a 2x queen bed room - and clean with comfy beds and a big oval soaking tub with shower over in the bathroom. Another nice touch was the Tommy Bahama hand soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers. Mini fridge was convenient. Received a 'welcome' card and Belgian chocolates on arrival
Unfortunately, despite all the lovely touches, the one lasting memory I'm likely to have of this hotel is the noise from the road. Route 101 runs right next to this hotel and seems to be busy 24-7. Not surprising considering it is the main route to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, as well as carrying commuter traffic northbound in the evening. Even though we asked for and received a room away from the road, the road noise was ever-present. I'm a light sleeper, so this really sucked, but I'm not sure if there are actually any 'quiet' rooms at this hotel. The noise from the ice dispenser opposite our room didn't help either. We had a room overlooking the water if you looked ahead/to the right, but highly visible and directly to the left and crossing that same water is route 101. Our room had a small step-out balcony but there was no way you could enjoy the fresh air and the tranquil water view without the incessant traffic noise, which was loud enough with the balcony door closed. In addition, there's another small (and busy) road that runs right next to the hotel and provides northbound access to route 101. This was where the hotel trash cans were placed (right outside of our room) and emptied at 6 am daily!
Oh, if only you could pick up this hotel and move it away from the road...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Acqua Resort Mill Valley