Despite a nightlife that features destination level restaurants and popular bars, the truth is…Sausalito is best experienced in the early morning, particularly from a harbor-facing patio at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. Day visitors are certainly welcome in Sausalito, but those who spend the night are rewarded.
Sausalito and Casa Madrona’s eastward orientation coax even the deepest sleepers to rise in unison with a sun that shimmers across the Bay at daybreak. It’s a breathtaking sight, and to miss this part of Sausalito’s daily rhythm would be to miss the soul of the small Mediterranean-like enclave.
Casa Madrona guests have been enjoying this view for decades, since 1906 to be exact, when the original 1885 hillside Victorian mansion was purchased and converted into a bed and breakfast that operated successfully for forty years. Various owners through the years have continually expanded and reinvigorated the place while historic elements have been maintained. (The National Register of Historic Places registered the hotel in 1980 as a treasured landmark.)
And though the mansion still stands today, its original owner would likely not recognize his former home – now the site of 11 luxurious high-ceilinged rooms and suites featuring varying hues of ocean blue décor, sumptuous furnishings and bedding, and state-of-the-art amenities.
The Mansion’s anchor is the stunning 5,000 square foot Alexandrite Suite, with full gourmet kitchen, private gym, office, media wall and 1,500 square foot deck with hot tub, outdoor kitchen, fire pits and panoramic views of the Bay. It is gorgeous and beautifully appointed, and its no surprise that local tech titans have more-or-less claimed it as their own, booking the $10,000 per night space for meetings and social gatherings nearly non-stop since its recent unveiling.
One walk-through and guests will agree that the suite is perfectly named for the gemstone that is believed to balance mind and emotions, pacify the soul, and promote spiritual growth. A dazzling view (and a nine-panel Samsung media wall for lifesize HD viewing) will have that sort of effect.
Additional meeting space is available just below the Alexandrite Suite in the 1,700 square foot Junto boardroom designed with advanced technology systems. With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing the same panoramic views enjoyed by The Mansion’s other vantage points, distraction might impair productivity, though inspiration is ensured.
While the Alexandrite Suite and The Mansion (which can be booked together at $25,000 per night) are the focal points of the hotel, a wide assortment of other accommodations at varied prices is offered. Bayside rooms in the contemporary concrete structure on Bridgeway are juxtaposed with the blue-shingled cottages dotting the hillside. All have access to the fitness facilities, spa and cozy seating nooks that are scattered throughout the property.
And a particular bonus is the hotel’s affiliation with the fabulous Poggio Trattoria located next door to Casa Madrona’s entrance and below the contemporary rooms. Order in-room breakfast and coffee from a choice of simple and delicious menu items, or grab a newspaper from the Casa Madrona lobby and head downstairs to take-in Poggio’s Italian ambiance. Sit amongst the locals and sip your cappuccino near the open wall of windows as you gaze at the harbor while listening to Puccini’s La Boheme – before the throngs of tourists hit the streets. This is the real Sausalito – the version that only a Casa Madrona overnight stay can reveal.
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
801 Bridgeway, Sausalito