Forbes calls a ‘Romantic Seaside Charmer in California’. During my most recent trip to the Sausalito, I had the pleasure of curating The Mansion at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa: a 5,000 square-foot mega-suite facing the harbor.
I have been in love with this legendary property since I moved to California, which it dates back to almost two decades ago. Sausalito surely is a dream destination for families, couples, and just about anyone seeking the perfect location to relax and enjoy a vacation away from the city crowds. One of coastal California’s most charming, romantic small towns.
Although it might seem cliché, each time I visit Sausalito, I make sure to step up here as this place has loads of sentimental value to me and my earlier days ‘growing up’ in America. Plus, it’s a nice stroll from Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. The property is actually a historic landmark: I just learned that its eatery drew the likes of Carol Burnett, Warren Beatty, and Dick Van Dyke, and one of the most famous photos of Pink Floyd was shot here. Granted, when you first walk into the lobby of the hotel, it takes a minute to take it all in. The hotel is currently under the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group therefore, you know the level of service you’re about to expect.
Stairs or elevator? I take the stairs, please.
How cool is this layout?
The Alexandrite Suite is the masters’ residence at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. The hotel completed an $8 million renovation in December 2011 and in March 2014 debuted 11 luxury mansion guest rooms, a luxurious update that marries the modern and the historic, including the original Victorian moldings with top-of-line technology. Welcome to The Mansion!
The suite includes a private jacuzzi, a fire pit, a nine-panel Samsung media wall, a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, a wine bar with Napa and Sonoma reserve wines, and portable smart tech where you can control the entire suite from your fingertips (confession: I am a geek).
The dining and kitchen areas are stunning! Love the cool blue-and-gray color palette. FYI, the suite comes with a private chef to use it. Nice.
Talk about kitchen goals?
The outdoor deck, as well as the outdoor hot tub off the master bedroom, was my favorite part of the Suite, which overlooks picturesque views of the harbor and Belvedere Peninsula just across the bay.
Sunset is absolutely breathtaking and there is no shortage of viewing options. Wouldn’t it be amazing to host some friends for an al fresco tasting and dining? It’s perfect for a romantic getaway, especially to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday.
Just around the corner from the main entrance is the hotel’s Poggio Trattoria restaurant, which brings the Italian flair to the seasonally inspired menu, showcasing the produce, fish, and other ingredients that the Bay Area is known for. I have had the pleasure of dining at Poggio Trattoria twice – once for lunch with a very lovely and talented friend, and once for dinner with the hubby. Both times, I was impressed by the thoughtful presentation of the food, the attentiveness of the wait staff, and of course by the Chef. Other local culinary options offering both sustainable and farm-to-table cuisines are Fish, Sushi Ran, and Murray Circle (more on that later).
- Floor-to-ceiling glass patio doors offering panoramic views from every corner
- Private outdoor hot tub off the master bedroom
- Free locally sourced organic coffee in every room
- State of art technology
- Fully equipped fitness center
- Gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances
Other rooms and cottages available at the property are:
- Mansion Junior Suite
- Mansion Deluxe
- Mansion Suite
- Hillside Cottage Suite
- Hillside Cottage with Balcony
- Hillside Cottage
- Hillside Guest House
- Hillside Cottage with Partial View
- Bayside Courtyard
- Bayside Deluxe Harbor View
I highly recommend taking advantage of the customized experiences Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa provides on the property if you have the time to experience them. Experiences can include treatments at the award-winning 3,000 square-foot spa, wine tasting, yacht excursions, yoga on the deck and many more. You may request a travel planner to cater specifically to your every need, whether you are interested in sourcing a private tour, personal fitness expert, luxury car service, or a dedicated concierge. The hotel itself is one of the prettiest properties I’ve gotten to experience. Other nearby experiences are:
- Walking distance to excellent restaurants, wine tastings, art galleries and luxury shopping in trendy Sausalito
- Easy access to San Francisco via Golden Gate Bridge or the Sausalito Ferry, which docks across the street
- Hike Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam to locals)
- Muir Woods or Muir Woods National Monument
- Angel Island
- Bay Area Discovery Museum for the little ones
- Walk or bike through the Gold Gate Bridge
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Sausalito, CA 94965