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Acqua Hotel Mill Valley
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Mill Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth Pride of the south
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66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We spent 3 days at this hotel. It is ideally located for San Francisco without being in the city itself. It looks out over a lake - although some rooms do overlook front where the freeway is. There is no restaurant in the hotel but the Piatti Italian restaurant 2 minutes walking distance away is excellent. There is a fantastic complementary breakfast and in the evening cheese and wine and later a cookie for supper. Although there are no tea making facilities in room they are provided 24/7 in the lobby. Staff were very helpful and we caught the ferry from nearby Tiberon to San Francisco much less hassle than driving in.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newhall, California
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This was my second stay at the hotel, and both visits were for a meeting being held at the hotel. This time my puppies accompanied me, so we were in a pet friendly room on the ground floor. The room has sliding doors that directly open to the outside next to the rear parking lot and some bushes and just a short distance from the walkway around the lagoon-like extension of the bay the hotel is situated next to. It was easy to take the puppies out and they were welcome in the lobby whenno food was being served. The walkway is great for walking or bicycle riding and connects to a direct route to bicycle ride to Sausalito a few miles away. There is a pleasant wine and cheese reception in the evening. Breakfast with bacon and eggs, hot and cold cereal, make your own waffle, fruit, juice, coffee,tea, and lattes is served in the second floor breakfast room overlooking the water and with an adjacent outdoor area. The room was comfortable and quiet despite being next to the hotel's laundry room (113). The only complaints were our two electronic keys repeatedly deactivated and that in the room there was no pen or paper and no written material at all about the hotel's services, policies, etc. Overall it was a pleasant and comfortable stay and I would stay there again

Room Tip: 2nd floor overlooking the water
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

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...

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

My wife and I stayed here while we visited family and friends. I was truly impressed with the comfort of the bed and the three great nights of sleep it gave us. The staff was responsive and very courteous. Also, we had a great free breakfast with a wide assortment of food from lots of fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, to bacon, and eggs. It was a wonderful way to start our day and represented a good value to boot. The location of the hotel is right off 101 and puts you minutes from downtown Mill Valley. My wife thought the bathroom was very bright and found that the lighting was good for applying make-up. She did say that it could use another shelf in the bathroom. This is a great place for business travel as well as an excellent choice for a couples week-end.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Not all the rooms in this hotel are the same size. So watch out for small rooms with exterior doors that have traffic noise especially in the morning. The free breakfast is really good and makes this place a decent value.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Los Angeles
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Nice Hotel In Mill Valley, great for business travelers. Excellent friendly helpful staff.
Wine and Cheese is a wonderful touch. Great breakfast with huge assortment of foods. A good value, i will definitely return when on business travel.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2012

The hubby and I stayed here for a quick getaway. The pictures on the website for this hotel are about spot on. Our room was an upper corner room just above the patio, the one they show on the website. The view was lovely, and the room very comfortable. The bed was great for us, just right. The bathroom was a nice size, but it could use a little updating. This hotel was once a Joie de Vivre hotel, so there are some well-appointed touches (love the front room sofa bench and bath products) and some Ikea finds, but it all works. It is not the Four Seasons nor does it try to be. But if you are looking for a cute boutique hotel getaway that is easily accessible form 101, with an attentive staff, wonderful views and a yummy breakfast (included in the price), you just found it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Acqua Hotel Mill Valley
Address: 555 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941-3007
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 #1 of 5 Hotels in Mill Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Acqua Hotel Mill Valley 3*
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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Acqua Resort Mill Valley

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