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In Europe I love taking the train into a city and making hotel reservations within walking distance of the main train station. I arrive, get off the train, and even if my roll-aboard is clackety-clacking on cobblestones I’m already having fun as I walk to find my hotel.
In Copenhagen you have little choice: if your hotel is within about a mile of the main train station the cabbies will turn down your fare and tell you to walk… at night and with the wind chill close to zero degrees Fahrenheit! (Yes, true story, and if I hadn’t taken that wrong turn and chosen the road that curved and went over the railroad tracks instead of going straight to the hotel I would have been fine instead of frigid… but I digress.)
With American airports you don’t have the same luxury of walking through charming streets to your hotel. But if you’re flying into SFO or Oakland you can take BART from the airport to the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco, cross the street to the Ferry Building and take a ferry to Sausalito. Four good hotels are within walking distance of the Sausalito Ferry pier.
Here’s a guide, with links to our pages about each hotel:
Inn Above Tide — This luxury hotel is perched on the shore of the Bay right next to the Ferry pier, so you’ll only get about 50 steps on your pedometer once you reach dry land. Every room has its own deck and a dramatic view of the Bay and the San Francisco skyline.
Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa — Just two blocks from the Ferry, Casa Madrona lets you choose between modern and Victorian wings. Many of the Victorian rooms, which date back to the 1880’s, have private decks. Most rooms here have great views of San Francisco Bay.
Gables Inn — Sausalito’s only B&B is located one block up a hill and about three blocks from the Ferry pier. Every room is unique, and some have dramatic views of the Bay.
Sausalito does feel very much like a small seaside town in Europe. But there’s one thing we don’t have: there are no cobblestones to traverse as you pull your wheelie suitcase behind you!