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“Lovely little getaway”
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Waters Edge Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Tiburon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 February 2012

My husband and I stayed for one Friday night in late January to give our daughter's family in San Francisco some respite from us in the middle of a 10-day visit. We took the ferry from SF in the afternoon and they picked us up the next day to continue on to a weekend in Sonoma. We enjoyed it very much and found it very restful and well-appointed. Everyone was very helpful and polite. Our room (212) faced out over the large outdoor deck of the neighboring bar. That was not an issue, since the evening was very chilly and no one sat out there -- I wonder how it would be in the warmer months?

We had a room with a "balcony" which was only big enough for one chair -- or at least only one was provided, so we didn't spend any time there. The back deck more than made up for that, with its view of the City, the water, Angel Island, and very agressive hungry sea gulls. We were swooped on two times -- and a wine glass broken and cheese stolen before we learned to be more vigilant. However, they did not spoil the experience, which was very nice, both morning and evening.

Our room had a fireplace which I asked for; however it burned an artificial log which unfortunately filled the room with a long lingering chemical smell. My husband didn't notice it
so maybe I'm over-sensitive, having asthma. However, truth be told, he doesn't have a very good sense of smell, so be warned.
We did some walking around Tiburon and Belvedere, which was very enjoyable, with a nice street of shops (Ark Row, I believe), interesting houses, and bay views. However, after a bit of shopping and a bit of walking, the delights of Tiburon were pretty much done with. Looked like a few good cozy bars, but as it was a beautiful day, we weren't tempted in, so cannot speak to their aspect. If we had been there longer, we would have investigated the walks in natural areas and beside the Bay which were indicated on some maps and also a trip to Angel Island.

The breakfast was as others described -- a fairly lavish one, for a basically continental-type -- and delivered to the room, which was a very nice touch. The "happy hour wine & cheese" was advertised as between 5:00 & 6:00 PM, but was still available at 10:00 PM. I don't know if that would be true if the hotel was more full in season, but it was also a nice touch.

All in all, I'd forgo the balcony & fireplace next time, and splurge and try to get one of the two rooms on the Bay end of the building. The curtains were open and they looked quite spacious, with good views of the Bay. However, they also looked out over the back deck, so may have lacked some privacy with the curtains open.

We liked this little hotel very much and will go back when we get a chance.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

After the high SF hotel prices for low quality this was a relief! In every vacation you have a great suprise. This was it! The setting at the port is rustic, the rooms romantic, the boutique style of the hotel luxurious. Great even including the information about restaurants in town.

I would also recommend this hotel during a couple of days stay in SF. The ferry is next to it so you can reach SF easily. Great gem! Don't hesitate to book this hotel it will not dissapoint you.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room. We did too and never heard anyting.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

The people at the Waters Edge have to be the nicest, friendliest, most helpful people we have ever met in our traveling experience in California. The hotel is meticulously maintained. It does literally sit on the water, with a fabulous deck for all in the hotel to use. We used the deck to just sit and soak up the sunshine, to just enjoy the view of the water, to read and to enjoy our family. Right next door are several lovely restaurants, shops and a movie theatre. The best thing is that we felt so safe and secure and away from the hustle bustle of the usual city hotels.
It is a gem of a hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

We stayed for two nights in Room 218. It had a great view of San Francisco. What a surprise to find a set of binoculars in the room! The sunrise was absolutely beautiful - a very different view from the north side of the Bay. We rented a car, but you could stay here and take the ferry to San Fran as access is close by. Guests can use a new fitness center down the road - free of charge. We enjoyed the fireplace. If we return to the Bay area, I would definitely return to the Water's Edge!

Room Tip: The two rooms at the end of the second story hall would be GREAT! (rooms 220 and 221)
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 December 2011

My wife and I have enjoyed Waters Edge for a few days each year since 2006, and we feel it is the most relaxing vacation place there is! Our most recent visit in December, 2011 was marvelous. The property is wonderful with a large deck overlooking the marina in Tiburon, facing San Francisco across the bay. And the staff is warm and friendly, and have become an extension of family for us. The surrounding community is quiet, and has retained its "small town" feel. There is plenty of good food within walking distance; in fact, we turn our car off when we arrive, and don't start it again until the day we leave. We can't recommend this property enough!

Room Tip: Rooms on the 2nd level are best, many with a private balcony.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Phil K
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed here for our anniversary and had a fabulous time! Its so close to San Francisco yet really feels like getting away. The rooms were cozy with fireplaces, balconies and bathrobes ... and breakfast is delivered to the room in the morning ... perfect!

The view from the 2nd floor deck is amazing ... and there are tons of great restaurants within easy walking distance. The staff were very accomodating and recommended a great spot for dinner and made reservations for us as we sat in the lobby sipping our complimentary wine :)

I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing break ... we felt like we were in Europe with the boats bobbing in the harbor and the cute houses nestled in the hills above.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

We stayed at The Waters Edge Hotel last week and had the best rest we've had in a while. This hotel is very peaceful. I was a little nervous about noise having read reviews about Sam's Bar next door but wanted to give this spot a try since we'd heard good things about it. I'm so glad we did. Our room was quiet and relaxing, had a fireplace, a small deck looking over the water, and bathtub that was larger than I'd expect to see in a hotel room. The hotel even put a pair of binoculars in the room so we could enjoy the views of San Francisco, Angel Island, and the San Francisco bay. What a nice touch.

Breakfast is served directly to the rooms each morning and is complimentary. We also enjoyed complimentary wine and cheese in the lobby while sitting in front of a nice fire. We chatted with Brian, a very charming and accommodating front desk host, while we sat and enjoyed the evening. If the weather is right I would suggest taking the wine up to the back deck. It was fun to watch the boats coming and going and the views are just breathtaking.

The Waters Edge Hotel is surrounded by great restaurants. Caprice, Sam's, Servino's, even a great little sushi place just down the street. The Ferry to Angel Island is just around the corner and walking distance to the hotel. This is a great hotel at an affordable price in a great location.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Waters Edge Hotel

Address: 25 Main St, Tiburon, CA 94920-2507
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Tiburon
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Tiburon
Price Range: $325 - $481 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waters Edge Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waters Edge is inspired by Eastern seaboard architecture and the exotic merchant trade of the San Francisco Bay. Located on the water in charming downtown Tiburon, the Waters Edge brings an added ambiance of global sophistication to this unique part of Northern California. Restful rooms feature crisp white feather beds, and comfy chaises with hand-knitted throws perfect for afternoon naps. Many rooms look out to stunning views of San Francisco and Angel Island. ... more   less 
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