During our most recent trip to Northern California, we stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Larkspur, Marin County. Apparently, our family is a huge fan of this boutique-style Marriott and I can’t wait to share the reasons why. Given the fact that this is our 4th stay at this lovely property, we always (always!) look forward to our next visit. As you may already know, I love California and lived in several different areas for most of my adult life. Prior to moving to Shanghai, Marin County was the place we happily called ‘home’ and indeed, we are still proud homeowners in Mill Valley!
The Courtyard by Marriott in Larkspur is just a 15-minute drive from San Francisco, it’s right across from the famous Golden Gate Bridge and the giant redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument is only 8.9 miles away. The hotel has a contemporary aesthetic given the fact it was recently renovated, the rooms come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, a large desk, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Some rooms offer pull-out sofas, as do suites, which also add living areas. The social areas include a living room-style lobby, an American restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, and an on-site Starbucks, which is quite convenient. Additionally, there’s also a business center and 2 meeting rooms, plus a seasonal outdoor pool with a hot tub, an exercise room, and free parking.
Another aspect that I love about the Courtyard by Marriott in Larkspur is the proximity from the Marin Country Mart, which is literally right across the street! Please note you can also visit the Mart by taking the ferry from San Francisco, another experience I’d highly recommend doing it during your stay. If you have the chance, plan your visit on a weekend to catch the morning farmer’s market with crafts & music, a local’s favorite, and stay late for the live Jazz band at Fisher’s Wine & Cheese. The Marin Country Mart is a super family-friendly complex with great restaurants (Rustic Bakery – a local’s favorite, Farmshop, Belcampo, etc.) shopping (Intermix, James Perse, Calypso St. Barth’s, Space.NK Apothecary, etc.) and lifestyles such as Soulcycle, Yogaworks, Diesel Bookstore and more.
The Bistro Cafe and Restaurant
Marin Country Mart
If you are looking for a good location and a hotel that offers great value, I’d recommend staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in Larkspur. Check for Rates & Availability. For Marriott Rewards and ways to earn points for your stay, check out Marriott Rewards.