Casa Madrona, Sausilito, CA

Just across the Bay from San Francisco is the charming seaside town of Sausilito, filled with wonderful shops, cafes and art galleries. If you want to escape the rigors of a big city, yet be close enough to get there when you want, Casa Madrona is the perfect choice.

Perched on a hillside overlooking the bay, Casa Madrona was originally built in 1885 as a private residence. In 1906 it was sold and converted into what became a 40 year, successful B&B. After WWII the property fell into disrepair and it was resurrected by the French Deschamps family in 1959. Today the historic property is managed by MetWest Terra Hospitality and was most recently renovated in 2014.

The property offers 64 guest accommodations including 31 Bayside Guest Rooms, many boasting Harbor and Bayside views; 15 Lower Hillside Cottages, many with private decks, fireplaces and San Francisco Bay views; 7 Upper Hillside Cottages; 11 Hillside Mansion Guest Rooms including the 5,000 square foot Alexandrite Suite located atop the property within the historic Mansion, originally built in 1885. Rooms include pillow-top mattresses, luxury linens, locally sourced organic coffee and in-room coffee maker, marble baths with dual sinks and Bvlgari bath amenities.

Our Mansion Suite was gorgeous and particularly comfortable with 600 sq ft of space, a wood burning fireplace and French doors opening to a balcony with views of Richardson Bay.

Poggio Trattoria sits adjacent to the hotel and serves breakfast lunch and dinner. It specializes in Northern Italy’s comfort food and sources fresh ingredients and herbs directly from the restaurant’s backyard garden. This is a cozy, bustling neighborhood restaurant that would be worthy of a visit even if it was not attached to the hotel. The food is wonderful, the vibe convivial and the wine list is interesting and very reasonably priced. I enjoyed a great Amarone, served by the glass, something you don’t see often.

The hotel offers complimentary WIFI and local toll-free calls, a Tesla charging station, a pet program, same day laundry/dry cleaning services and an on-call movie library.

From $529 Peak Season Weekend.

This 19th-century landmark mansion first opened as an inn in 1906, expanding over the decades to include modern hotel rooms, private cottages, and mansion suites, along with a 3,000-foot full-service spa, all tiered down a hill in the center of Sausalito. The spacious hillside cottages are made for indulgence. FODOR

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