Towards the end of my week stay in San Francisco, I wanted to stay somewhere outside the city, a lot more quiet, relaxed and a place to unwind. The day I checked into the Waters Edge in Tiburon (across the northern side of San Francisco bay from the city), I was doing a cycle ride/ferry back to the city and the boat stopped off at Tiburon. I looked at this hotel next to the small ferry terminal and had a quick look online to see what the hotel was like, price, availability, reviews etc (whilst still onboard the boat) and after deciding, I reserved a room for two nights. Never heard of the hotel before, never heard of Tiburon but I just loved the look of the area and I knew that I wanted to chill out here before heading back to London, UK.
Later that afternoon I arrived in Tiburon (after a thirty minute taxi ride from the western side of San Francisco). The journey over the Golden Gate bridge and then following the road around the rugged coastline of the bay was amazing and I have to admit, I was getting excited about my stay here.
On arrival, I received a very warm welcome (and some warm cookies) and to be honest, the front of house staff was so lovely, I think I landed up talking for over thirty minutes about anything and everything. It was so nice to have a good conversation whilst eating cookies and because of this, I rolled into the part of the evening where there was a complimentary wine reception (and other guests came to and from their rooms especially for a glass of wine).
The room was on the top floor (there were only two floors to the building) and I treated ourselves to the standard king. The room was average size (not too big, not too small), and the main centre piece of course was the king sized plush bed which was so comfortable to sleep in. During my trip, I had my longest sleeps here and not a sound was heard from the other rooms or outside. Only the sounds of the water hitting the shoreline could be heard and to be honest, that was quite nice and smoothing to hear. There is a fireplace which I didn’t used as I was afraid of either burning down the hotel or smoking out the room but to be honest, winter in California wasn’t that cold so the fireplace was not needed (there is also air conditioning machine in the room but I didn’t need to use them).
Also in the room there was a 55 inch television as well as table and chairs next to the window to have my continental breakfast, which was delivered to my room each morning. Other items in the room I had use of was the spa robes, ironing board and iron, plus hair dryer.
The bathroom was spacious and very clean. Dipping into the shower after the morning runs which I was doing every morning was so refreshing. The towels were replaced every day, very fluffy and nice to have wrapped around my body (as well as using the spa robes).
Outside the room I had a small balcony where I had a view to the east overlooking the harbour and on the first night I just stood out here, leaning against the rail and watching the sun set over the bay. Afterwards I walked down the hallway outside the room to the end of the building where there is a huge waterfront deck where I could see the whole of the bay. Here I could sit on comfortable cushioned chairs whilst taking in the heat from the outdoor heater and take in all the surroundings.
The hotel is located on the Main Street in Tiburon and there are a few restaurants and shops in the area to try out (all within a minutes walk). The ferry terminal is also a stone throws away from the main entrance of the hotel and takes passengers to Fisherman’s Wharf or the main ferry terminal in Downtown San Francisco as well as nearby Angel island and Sausalito.
As mentioned earlier, the hotel is in ideal location for bayside walks, runs and cycling. I choose to do the running and took in the beautiful bay whilst saying hello to the locals early in the morning. Sunrise on a clear day is an amazing scene to picture here and even more spectacular when the sun rays hit the Golden Gate Bridge.
Overall, I really did enjoy my stay at the Water’s Edge. The location, the comfortness of my room and the friendly staff made my stay pleasurable and as I love the outdoors so much, I am hoping my next stay in this part of California, I hope to be staying here again. Just love those bay views (as well as the freshly baked cookies).
You can find out more about the hotel via their website by clicking here
My time at the Waters Edge hotel was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in any way by the company. The opinions in this post are my own.