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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Waters Edge Tiburon
- Hotel Waters Edge