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The Lodge at Tiburon: A Larkspur Hotel - Hotel Review

Luxury Reinvented in Downtown Tiburon

By Sara Benson
Small town charm in the Bay Area

Many tourists visiting San Francisco never venture outside the city limits. Maybe this is because few know of the treat that lies just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Past the historic fishing and whaling village of Sausalito is the small bayside town of Tiburon, one of Northern California's most exclusive barefoot chic destinations. Spanish for "shark," Tiburon is within easy reach of the Napa and Sonoma wine countries, redwood forests, beaches and islands. It's also home to the antidote for hectic urban living: The Lodge at Tiburon: A Larkspur Hotel.

Those who visited the hotel in its previous life will barely recognize it. Rejuvenated by a multi-million dollar renovation, this signature Larkspur Collection property now pays homage the early-twentieth-century Arts and Crafts movement, featuring materials—river rock, slate, wood, rattan and teak—that are invitingly tactile. Yet the interior design is also contemporary, projecting a spa atmosphere, from the chilled bottles of water and fresh fruit by the front desk to healthy-start breakfasts and in-room massages.

Poolside cabanas

With just over 100 rooms and suites, this three-story hotel excels in personalized service. Complimentary extras include Wi-Fi Internet access, gym passes, an efficiency-sized business center, a lending library of in-room movies, poolside cabanas and a hot tub, and convenient self-parking. Guestrooms are enticingly furnished with FeatherBorne beds and a pillow menu, DVD and CD players, and all-natural apothecary bath products. Spa suites also come with whirlpool tubs, while condo suites have kitchenettes. All accommodations are decked out in a tasteful chocolate, cream and sand color scheme, accented with black-and-white photographs. Despite its focus on being an escape from the city, the lodge hasn't neglected its longstanding reputation as a top-notch choice for executive retreats, board meetings and other events, offering 5,000-square feet of fully equipped meeting space.

Tiburon's newest restaurant, Tiburon Grill, is the property's destination restaurant. The eatery offers tasty fare, called "comfort-grill cuisine," as well as a bar that serves generous glasses of robust vintages from nearby wine-growing regions. The venue features two outdoor patios and two indoor fireplaces, creating an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.

Less than a ten-mile drive from San Francisco, The Lodge at Tiburon makes a well-situated base camp. You can take the ferry to historic Angel Island, a state park and wildlife preserve for hiking, biking and picnicking, or drive the winding road to the Muir Woods, home to the only primordial stand of giant redwoods to survive on this part of the California coast. Make sure to catch the sunset at Stinson Beach on your way back. In town browse art galleries and boutiques, kick back with a cocktail on the patio at Sam's Anchor Café, or ask the concierge for an insider's tip. With so much to offer, you will find something new to do here no matter how many times you return.

The Lodge at Tiburon: A Larkspur Hotel
1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920
415-435-3133, 800-842-8766

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