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by Jill Loeffler •
Updated: November 13, 2022
Sausalito is a small North Bay community across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. It's a great place to stay if you are looking for a smaller town atmosphere.
It's also great for those that want to stay right along the water or plan to spend most of their time exploring Marin County and places further north.
It also allows easy access to San Francisco via its ferries. You can catch a ferry to Fisherman's Wharf or the Ferry Building (which is great for those planning to spend time downtown or in Union Square).
You will only find a handful of hotels in Sausalito, CA. Many are right along the waterfront or near the downtown restaurants, shops, and other fun things to do.
I've included information on some of the best options. This will allow you to find the best one for your stay.
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Address: 16 El Portal
Nightly Rates: Start at around $220 - $400
Rating: 2.5 Stars
The least expensive of the options here is the Hotel Sausalito. This small, locally owned, family-run hotel has just 16 rooms and suites.
At this hotel, you will find special touches around every corner. All of the furniture was handcrafted by local artisans. You will also find stained glass windows and views of the park and harbor.
The hotel is luxurious but not overly fussy. Other amenities you can expect include:
Some people love this hotel and its on the water, very close to the action, and just a couple of blocks away from the ferry. Others prefer options that are a bit further away from the businesses of this intersection.
Read more about this hotel, find recent reviews, and check for room availability during your stay.
Address: 601 Murray Circle
Nightly Rates: From $350 - $750+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Cavallo Point is the first on my list of hotels in Sausalito, CA. This unique and historic hotel is at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The location is ideal because it is in a serene setting, with easy access to both Sausalito and San Francisco.
Here you can relax with some spa treatments in the tranquil setting of the Healing Arts Center and Spa. You can also take cooking classes at the Cavallo Point Cooking School or dine at the luxurious Murray Circle Restaurant.
Here are just a few of the other amenities you will find here:
>> This hotel is a gorgeous new addition to the San Francisco Bay waterfront. Read other guest reviews and find the best price for the Cavallo Point Hotel in Sausalito.
Address: 30 El Portal
Nightly Rates: Start at around $450 - $650
Another one of the top places to stay in Sausalito is The Inn Above Tide. This is a small boutique hotel with just 29 rooms.
It's right along the water with amazing views of the bay. The staff is helpful and friendly; you will feel right at home with their balconies and fireplaces.
Some of its amenities include:
The only drawback to this hotel is that you can sometimes hear your neighbors through the walls or on the terraces. This isn't always a problem, but something to consider if you are a light sleeper.
>> Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about the Inn Above Tide.
Address: 62 Princess Street
Nightly Rates: From $203 - $450
Rating: 3 Stars
With only 13 rooms, the Gables Inn Sausalito is one of the smaller bed and breakfasts in town. It is utterly gorgeous and was built in 1869.
This small hotel feels secluded in a beautiful grove of buckeye trees but is only a short walk to the downtown area and the San Francisco ferries. Note that the upper rooms are accessible by stairs only, so plan accordingly.
Some of the amenities here include:
>> The Gables Inn is the perfect retreat away from the chaos of the city. Read recent guest reviews and find the best deals.
Address: 801 Bridgeway
Nightly Rates: Start at around $373 - $650
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Just steps from downtown Sausalito, you will find Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa perched on a hill overlooking the bay.
This lovely, recently renovated hotel has 63 rooms and cottages with modern bathrooms. Other amenities here include:
>> You'll find many other restaurants, bars, and art galleries close to the hotel. Find the best deals and see other recent guest reviews for Casa Madrona.
In addition to these hotels in Sausalito, CA, you can also rent an apartment. This might seem a little risky, but it's one of my favorite lodging options when I travel.
The listings here include up-to-date reviews of dozens of apartments in the area. To quickly find the right option for you, narrow your search by selecting your price range, the desired number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the number of people you travel with, and the essential amenities.
If you stay in Sausalito, make sure you find something close to downtown so you can get around quickly. The heart of the action is on Bridgeway right along San Francisco Bay.
If you plan on heading into and out of San Francisco frequently, you can take the #10 Golden Gate bus or one of the San Francisco ferries.
>> Search for Sausalito hotels and vacation rentals.
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