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Stay Outside of San Francisco In Marin County: Beautiful Bay Views at The Acqua Hotel

The Acqua Hotel in Marin County is the perfect place to stay when you visit the Bay Area of California! Just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy picturesque bay and mountain views.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Stay at the Acqua Hotel when you Visit San Francisco

If you’re looking for unique accommodations in the San Francisco Bay Area that are outside of the bustling city, I think I have found the place.

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco with the Disney Pixar team. Normally, when I think of San Fran, I think of the busy city near the water and those beautifully grand red arches over the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s so much more to the area, and we got to experience it first hand with a lovely retreat at the Acqua Hotel!

The Acqua Hotel, View of the Richardson Bay, Mill Valley, CA

Just 10 minutes north across the Golden Gate bridge is Marin County. When you look around, it seems as though you’ve gone through a portal to a serene countryside, complete with grassy hills, woods and farm land. Are we still in the SF Bay Area?! Yes. Yes we are! The Acqua Hotel calls Mill Valley in Marin County it’s home, and it truthfully feels like an escape. The property is very clean and modern, inspired by the earth’s elements in it’s design, and happens to be situated right along a small lake. Picturesque views for DAYS.

The Acqua Hotel, fresh apples in the lobby

I loved everything about this hotel, my suite was lovely, and I really liked the natural elements and sophisticated, clean look, the warm, friendly staff and, of course, THE VIEW. It was magical! This is a great hotel for business travelers, families, couples, and leisure, close enough to visit the city during the day and retreat to your suite here at night – perfection!

Here are a few photos of my room, it was a nice water view junior suite with nice, bright decor. It had a king sized bed and a separate living and sitting area, and a nice big desk to work at, plus a beautiful private deck overlooking the Bay. Oh, and one unique feature: the free standing cast iron fireplace. So. Cool.

Plush bed. Bay view. Isn’t this the life?!

The Acqua Hotel, Inside the Waterfront Junior Suite, Main room with king sized bed

The Acqua Hotel, Beautiful headboard and king sized bed

The Acqua Hotel, view of Richardson Bay from the second floor suites

There’s that cast iron fireplace I mentioned earlier.

The Acqua Hotel, Inside The Waterfront Junior Suite, Cast Iron fireplace, TV and desk

image: Marin Hotels

For all of your San Francisco touring needs, The Acqua Hotel provides this guest book in each room. I see wine country, I will definitely be back for this!

The Acqua Hotel, San Francisco Where Guestbook

I truly appreciate the modern detail and the sense of calm at The Acqua Hotel. Just the retreat I needed after a full days work. The next time you visit the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly recommend this property! Some of my favorite amenities include free hot breakfast each morning, an evening wine reception, the waterfront hiking trails and the suites with a great view!

The Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, California

image: Marin Hotels

The Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, CA

555 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
P: (415) 380-0400


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