Casa Madrona Hotel 801 Bridgeway. 63 rooms. Some kitchens & fireplaces. Full-service spa. Pets ok. Valet parking $24.
Nestled against a picturesque hill above Bridgeway, this hotel offers lodging in either a converted 1885 Victorian house in back--the oldest structure in Sausalito, it is now dubbed The Mansion--or in newer, tastefully decorated contemporary rooms sprinkled down the hillside amid fragrant, blooming gardens and featuring water views.
The Mansion features tall doors, lovely original wood and tile work, and an ultra-luxurious Alexandrite Suite that is popular with celebs and which has its own exercise room and a secret passage. Think Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd from the past; lips are more tightly sealed about the present due to non-disclosure clauses.
Under separate ownership, elegant Poggio Trattoria specializes in classic northern Italian fare. Diners feast on delectable items such as crostini topped with Tuscan chicken liver, twice-cooked Tuscan vegetable-and-bread soup, and delicate wood-roasted whole fish with fennel. Rustic pastas and grilled chicken are also very good, and don’t miss the killer Caesar salad. Reservations advised. Valet parking $24.
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