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Sausalito is lovely – we all know that. Those of us who call Sausalito home are lucky to do so, and if you’re planning a visit, you’ve likely discovered that there are numerous nice things to do in Sausalito to pass your time here. You’ve probably also discovered that there’s no way to fit everything into one day in Sausalito, and may be curious about staying overnight in Sausalito to give yourself extra time.
In this post, I’ll cover your accommodation options and where to stay in Sausalito. As you’ll see, there are some lovely options for a small town like Sausalito – but also some important considerations as you try to find a place that fits your budget and travel style. Read on to discover the best places to stay in Sausalito!
Sausalito is the traditional lands of the Graton Rancheria, Miwok, and Me-Wuk (Coast Miwok) peoples. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation to the past and present stewards of these lands. To learn more, I invite you to explore Native-Land.ca.
This post was originally published on my blog Discover Sausalito; it was migrated to this site in January 2024.
Hotels in Sausalito
There are four – and only four – hotels in Sausalito; there are some other hotels near Sausalito, but these are the main ones you can stay at if you want to spend a night in Sausalito itself.
Casa Madrona has lived many lives in its 125-year tenure overlooking the waterfront along Bridgeway Promenade. It housed families during World War II, hosted beatniks and hippies in the mid-20th Century, and almost collapsed during mudslides in the 1970s. Today, after a questionable bankruptcy and intriguing financial investigation, Casa Madrona is a new lady – thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation that was completed in early 2019.
During your stay, you can enjoy luxurious accommodations, some of the best views in town, treatments at their gorgeous spa, and meals at the onsite street-level Poggio Trattoria (great for pizza and Italian).
Hotel Sausalito & Suites
As their name suggests, Hotel Sausalito & Suites sits in the heart of town; it’s right at the intersection where El Portal – which leads to the Ferry Terminal – meets Bridgeway. While all of the hotels in Sausalito are within walking distance of, well, everything, Hotel Sausalito is the most centrally located.
Overlooking the Viña del Mar Park and Bridgeway, rooms at the Hotel Sausalito have Old World and old-fashioned charm: think cast iron bed frames and sun-drenched seating areas in each room’s Bay Window. The hotel is also done in a classic Tuscan color palette of warm yellows and oranges to further play into the building’s grand facade and Sausalito’s European vibe.
The Gables Inn
Tucked up away from the hustle and bustle on Princess Street, The Gables Inn has the same cozy comfort as the Hotel Sausalito, its sister property. However, each of the 15 rooms at The Gables Inn takes a more modern approach with dark solid colors, rich textures, and clean lines; it feels very modern, in part thanks to a recent remodel of the entire property.
Some rooms have additional features, such as the stunning views from the Bay Room (suite), the patio from the Magnolia and Willow Rooms, and fireplaces in many of the rooms.
The Inn Above Tides
Finally, The Inn Above Tides is usually the first Sausalito Hotel that people see: it sits right next to the Ferry terminal with the best – and closest – waterfront views in town.
They offer a number of different room classes and all have waterfront views – some deluxe rooms also have a private balcony that allows you to sit out over the water to admire panoramic views of Angel Island, the San Francisco skyline, and boats passing. If you’re looking to splurge* on your stay in Sausalito, the Bay View is the room to do it!
*It’s worth noting that Casa Madrona does have one room at a higher price point, but it requires an online quote to even see how much!
Vacation Rentals in Sausalito
I’ll be honest: I’m really confused about the short-term vacation rentals in Sausalito. Officially, they’re illegal – but there are lots available in the past year whenever I check what options I can find on Airbnb and VRBO.
Some of my favorites include this old carriage house (it’s a mother-in-law unit of the main property owners), this cozy but beautifully designed studio (reasonably priced, too!), or this spacious home with views that has exclusively 5-star reviews.
I also have a list of all the available houseboats and floating homes you can rent, if you want to enjoy that unique accommodation style in Sausalito.
The main thing I would say is to be aware it’s possible the city could crack down on these at any time, so it’s best to have something like travel insurance in case your reservation gets canceled with short-term notice.
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Sausalito
So where should you stay in Sausalito? To be honest, I’m not sure you should unless you have the budget for it!
To be frank, it’s stupidly expensive to stay overnight in Sausalito, in part due to that city rule that doesn’t allow for vacation rental stays less than 30 days which would make more accommodation options accessible to people of all travel styles. Hotels in Sausalito have a monopoly and are able to charge exorbitant rates. In fact, I was not able to find the prices I list for each property below on any of the sites when I put in travel dates – meaning that it’s basically impossible to find a place to stay in Sausalito for under $200 per night if you want to stay for less than 30 days.
If you have that kind of time or budget, lovely – I genuinely hope you enjoy your stay in Sausalito. If not, I recommend looking at nearby communities like Tamalpais Valley and Mill Valley for vacation rentals and cheaper hotels – or staying in San Francisco where there is a wider range of budget-friendly accommodation options.
Have any questions about where to stay in Sausalito? Let me know in the comments!