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.
- 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