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San Rafael California Hotels & Motels

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The San Rafael center is about the area of Mission San Raphael Archangel and the area of Downtown San Rafael.

Welcome to San Rafael, California! Located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Rafael is a picturesque city boasting historic Spanish architecture, beautiful parks, and notable art galleries, tasting rooms, and restaurants. Whether you're looking to stay in the heart of the city in an upscale accommodation or you prefer something a little further out, San Rafael offers a variety of hotels to meet every need.

Once home to the Coast Miwok people, San Rafael got its start when Mission San Rafael Arcangel was founded in what is now downtown. The mission's original intent was to serve as a hospital site, but it was upgraded to a full mission in 1822. By 1879, the railroad extended to San Rafael, providing direct transportation to San Francisco, which helped build up the community.

Today, the Mission San Rafael Arcangel still stands as the central structure around which the city developed. San Rafael also features a number of historic landmarks, including a civic center designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The city also serves as a popular home base for those exploring the Bay Area. Whatever your reasons for visiting the city, it's important to find the right hotel that allows you to experience everything San Rafael has to offer. More from this guide...

San Rafael Hotels, Motels & Accommodations

Apex Suites : 1000 4th Street. 1000 4th Street., San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Luxurious 5-star hotel
San Anselmo Inn in San Anselmo 339 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, CA 94960 ~1.77 miles west of San Rafael
  • Inexpensive Downtown hotel
  • 15 rooms in hotel
Embassy Suites San Rafael Marin County - San Rafael 101 Mcinnis Pkwy., San Rafael, CA 94903
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • Gym is available on property
Very Good 4.0 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael : 1010 Northgate Dr. 1010 Northgate Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903
  • Mid-scale Highway hotel
  • 4 suites in property
San Rafael Extended Stay America in San Rafael 1775 Francisco Blvd. East, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Two-star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
Marin Suites Hotel - Corte Madera 45 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925 ~2.89 miles south of San Rafael
  • Cheap Suburban property
  • 3 floors in property
Best Western Corte Madera Inn : 56 Madera Blvd. 56 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925 ~3.08 miles south of San Rafael
  • 3 star Suburban property
  • Hotel has 5 meeting rooms
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Mill Valley Inn - Mill Valley
165 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~4.83 miles south of San Rafael
  • Four star hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Travelodge in Mill Valley
707 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~5.19 miles south of San Rafael
  • Low-priced property
Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn 215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato, CA 94949 ~5.34 miles north of San Rafael
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
Very Good 4.5 /5Recent Reviews Call
Piatti Ristorante
625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~5.81 miles south of San Rafael
  • Four-star hotel
Acqua Hotel - Mill Valley
555 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~5.88 miles south of San Rafael
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • 3 floors in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Novato Courtyard
1400 North Hamilton Pkwy., Novato, CA 94949 ~6.10 miles north of San Rafael
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area - Mill Valley 160 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~6.42 miles south of San Rafael
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • Comp. Breakfast
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Inn Marin : 250 Entrada Dr.
250 Entrada Dr., Novato, CA 94949 ~6.75 miles north of San Rafael
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • Hotel has 2 meeting rooms
Very Good 4.0 /5Read Reviews Call
The Lodge at Tiburon : 1651 Tiburon Blvd.
1651 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA 94920 ~7.88 miles southeast of San Rafael
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • Gym is available on property
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Waters Edge Hotel in Tiburon 25 Main St., Tiburon, CA 94920 ~8.02 miles southeast of San Rafael
  • Affordable Oceanfront property
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa 801 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 ~8.48 miles south of San Rafael
  • High end Downtown property
  • Check in: 4:00PM
Days Inn & Suites : 915 West Cutting Blvd.
915 West Cutting Blvd., Point Richmond, CA 94804 ~8.86 miles east of San Rafael
  • Two star property
  • 2 floors in property
Cavallo Point Lodge - Sausalito 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965 ~9.89 miles south of San Rafael
  • Luxurious 5 Star Resort hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Americas Best Value Inn
7600 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94945 ~10.08 miles north of San Rafael
  • Economy Suburban hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00
Holiday Inn Express San Pablo
2525 San Pablo Dam Rd., San Pablo, CA 94806 ~10.93 miles east of San Rafael
  • Midscale hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
Economy Inn
12572 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, CA 94805 ~11.23 miles east of San Rafael
  • 2 star Highway property
  • 28 rooms in property
Excellent 5.0 /5Reviews Call
Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Berkeley in Richmond 3150 Garrity Way, Richmond, CA 94806 ~11.26 miles east of San Rafael
  • Midscale Suburban hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
Very Good 4.0 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Extended Stay America Richmond Hilltop Mall
3170 Garrity Way, Richmond, CA 94806 ~11.33 miles east of San Rafael
  • Two star Highway property
  • Check in time: 3:00PM
Average 3.0 /5Reviews Call
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Best Time to Visit San Rafael, CA

The best season to visit San Rafael and the Bay Area is in autumn when the temperatures remain warm but there are fewer crowds. Hotel rates start to drop, and the average temperatures settle in the low 70s. You'll still want to pack a few layers, though, as the bayside breezes can be chilly.

If you plan on visiting San Rafael during the winter months, you'll enjoy slashed hotel rates and average temperatures in the high 50s. The Bay Area does experience fog and gusts of wind, which can make it seem colder than it actually is, but winter is a great time for exploring the area's indoor attractions.

Spring is another great season that offers mild weather and the chance to beat the tourist rush. While hotel rates do start to climb, you'll enjoy beautiful Pacific temperatures that are ideal for sightseeing. Spring also brings a number of Bay Area festivals, including the Other Minds Festival, Carnaval San Francisco, and the International Beer Festival.

Naturally, summer is the most popular time to visit San Rafael as peak tourist season comes to the Bay Area. As travelers crowd in from all over the country, hotel rates rise, but you can defer some of these costs by booking your reservation months in advance.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in San Rafael, CA:

seasonality of hotel rates in San Rafael

San Rafael by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in San Rafael, CA. You can use these charts to calculate the best time period to make a reservation in San Rafael for your upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in San Rafael, CA

4 Star Average Prices: $220.02

If you prefer luxury accommodation in San Rafael, you're in luck. Courtyard San Francisco Larkspur Landing/Marin County is a modern property close The Village at Corte Madera. Its contemporary guest rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, work desks, coffee makers, and mini-fridges. Upgraded rooms and suites add pull-out sofas and separate living areas.

Guests can also enjoy a variety of social spaces throughout the hotel, including a living room-style lobby, an on-site Starbucks, and an American restaurant. The property also features two meeting rooms, a business center, an exercise room, an outdoor pool with hot tub, and free parking.

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County places you within walking distance of the Marin County Civic Center. The contemporary hotel features a tropical atrium, an evening reception area with snacks, an on-site American grill restaurant, a fitness facility, an indoor pool, a whirlpool, and a ballroom. Guest suites include kitchenettes, separate living areas, dining tables, two flat-screen TVs, and free internet access. Many offer views of the bay.

Best Western Corte Madera Inn is an upscale lodging just 11 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Modern guest rooms feature mini-fridges, coffee makers, microwaves, flat-screen TVs with cable, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and sitting areas, while suites include wet bars and separate living rooms. Guests can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, two whirlpool tubs, an outdoor pool, a massage room, a fitness center, a business center with meeting rooms, an on-site restaurant, laundry facilities, and a shuttle service.

4 Star Hotel Prices in San Rafael

Affordable Hotel Options in San Rafael, CA

3 Star Average Prices: $182.10

Finding an affordable hotel in San Rafael is easy if you know where to look and don't mind paying a bit more than you might in other U.S. cities.

Villa Inn on Lincoln Avenue is a family-owned two-story property just 17 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. All guest rooms feature free Wi-Fi access, microwaves, mini-fridges, and air conditioning, while some add kitchenettes. Parking and continental breakfast are included, and you can also request an in-room coffee maker and daily newspaper delivery at no additional charge.

Conveniently located off Highway 101, Motel 6 is a straightforward lodging 1.5 miles from downtown. Guest rooms feature TVs with expanded cable and free Wi-Fi in addition to basic amenities. There's also an on-site coin laundry, and both parking and morning coffee are free.

Located just off I-580, Travelodge San Rafael is less than one mile from the Mission San Rafael Arcangel. This low-rise property offers modest guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffee makers, and mini-fridges. Some rooms add whirlpool tubs and microwaves, and suites include separate sitting areas. Guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast, free parking, an on-site business center, an outdoor pool, and meeting space.

3 Star Hotel Prices in San Rafael

2 Star Average Prices: $139.80

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Rafael

San Rafael, CA Hotels with Discounts

If you know where to stay, you can save even more money on your trip to San Rafael by taking advantage of discounts and special offers. Most area hotels, including Americas Best Value Inn-Corte Madera/San Francisco, extend special rates to seniors, AARP members, AAA members, corporate travelers, government employees, and military families. If you qualify, you can save as much as 20 percent off the hotel's best available rates, but be sure to provide proof of eligibility at check-in.

Other hotels offer their own seasonal deals. Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael offers numerous hotel deals that allow you to get a free night when you book so many nights, or enjoy as much as 35 percent off your stay as a Starwood Preferred Guest. These types of deals are unique to each hotel, so it pays to research your favorites to see what special deals are currently being offered.

Best Value Options in San Rafael, CA

San Rafael has many mid-range hotels that give you plenty of value for your dollar. Extended Stay America – San Rafael – Francisco Blvd. East is an all-suite property off I-580. Guest rooms are basic but feature work desks, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and full kitchens with ovens and stovetops. Upgraded suites include separate living areas with pull-out sofas for even more space. The site also includes free parking and breakfast, a fitness center, outdoor grills, a business center with meeting rooms, and laundry facilities. Pets are also welcome for a fee.

Another all-suite option is Marin Suites Hotel off Highway 101. This sleek property features a heated outdoor saltwater pool, a fitness center with sauna, a whirlpool spa, an outdoor lounge with fireplace, fire pits, and a garden courtyard. Guest rooms feature external entrances and feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffee makers, and full kitchens.

San Anselmo Inn is situated inside an early-1900s building, providing the perfect bed-and-breakfast experience for anyone looking to stay in a historic hotel. Guest rooms are decorated in the French-country style and include free Wi-Fi and televisions. Most feature en suite bathrooms. The inn features a café; free parking; loaner bikes, folding chairs, and surfboards; and free breakfast.

Top Things to Do in San Rafael, CA

With so much to explore in the Bay Area, it's easy to overlook the sights in San Rafael. You won't want to miss a visit to the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, which is arguably the city's main attraction. The site features a museum and gift shop that feature limited hours of operation from Wednesday through Sunday, but the mission itself is open daily. If you like what you see, try taking a driving tour around the Bay Area to other area missions.

Located in downtown San Rafael, WildCare is a facility that treats sick and injured animals and provides instruction to visitors on how to live peacefully with the animal kingdom. While WildCare operates the Bay Area's most important wildlife hospital, it's also free to visit and is open to the public every day of the year.

Art Works Downtown brings together San Rafael's beloved art community, featuring classes, studio spaces, exhibit galleries, and outreach programs, all in a central location. The non-profit art center is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday each week and is worth a visit if you're eager to explore the downtown area.

Experiencing the Bay Area is a tall order, but no matter what brings you to San Rafael, you'll find a vibrant, diverse city brimming with culture and history. Whether you're looking for an upscale lodging or an affordable hotel, you'll find the perfect accommodation to meet your needs and budget.

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