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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. More from this guide...

San Rafael Hotels, Motels & Accommodations

Marin Lodge in San Rafael
+1-888-690-5247
1735 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Midscale property
  • Hotel has 20 rooms
Dominican University of California : 50 Acacia Ave.
+1-888-305-3366
50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, CA 94903
  • Cheap hotel
Motel 6 San Rafael
+1-800-881-1523
737 East Francisco Bldv, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • 2 star property
  • Check-in time: 14:00
Travelodge by Wyndham San Rafael : 865 Francisco Blvd. East
+1-888-283-3404
865 Francisco Blvd. East, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Economical property
San Anselmo Inn in San Anselmo
+1-866-221-8581
339 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, CA 94960 ~1.77 miles west of San Rafael
  • Two star Downtown property
  • 15 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Great desserts & fruits
  • Quiet neighborhood
From$85
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Embassy Suites San Rafael Marin County : 101 Mcinnis Pkwy.
+1-866-429-5787
101 Mcinnis Pkwy., San Rafael, CA 94903
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • 5 floors in hotel
Courtyard San Francisco Larkspur Landing / Marin County in Larkspur
+1-888-690-5281
2500 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939 ~2.24 miles southeast of San Rafael
  • Three Star property
  • 134 sleeping rooms in hotel
Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael
+1-888-690-5247
1010 Northgate Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903 Website
  • Affordable Highway property
  • Hotel has 5 meeting rooms
San Rafael Extended Stay America : 1775 Francisco Blvd. East
+1-888-305-3366
1775 Francisco Blvd. East, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Inexpensive Downtown property
  • 4 floors in property
  • TV is TINY
  • Most guests said the wifi quality was bad
Marin Suites Hotel in Corte Madera
+1-800-881-1523
45 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925 ~2.89 miles south of San Rafael
  • Low-priced Suburban property
  • 101 rooms in hotel
  • Most guests thought rooms were spacious
  • Could be quieter
Best Western Corte Madera Inn
+1-888-283-3404
56 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925-1227 ~3.09 miles south of San Rafael
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • Check in time: 4:00
  • Almost all guests thought they were poorly maintained
  • The majority of guests thought the view was good
From$131
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Americas Best Value Inn Corte Madera / San Francisco
+1-866-221-8581
1595 Casa Buena Dr., Corte Madera, CA 94925 ~3.66 miles south of San Rafael
  • Economy property
  • 18 sleeping rooms in hotel
Mill Valley Inn - Mill Valley
+1-866-429-5787
165 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~4.83 miles south of San Rafael
  • Mid-scale property
  • 3 floors in hotel
From$259
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Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn : 215 Alameda Del Prado
+1-888-690-5281
215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato, CA 94949-6657 ~5.32 miles north of San Rafael
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • Airport shuttle provided
From$125
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Travelodge by Wyndham Mill Valley / Sausalito - Mill Valley
+1-888-690-5247
707 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~5.60 miles south of San Rafael
  • Two-star property
Marinwood Inn & Suites
+1-888-305-3366
275 Alameda Del Prado, Novato, CA 94949 ~5.81 miles north of San Rafael
  • Midscale hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley
+1-800-881-1523
555 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~5.88 miles south of San Rafael
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • 3 floors in hotel
From$199
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Novato Courtyard in Novato
+1-888-283-3404
1400 North Hamilton Pkwy., Novato, CA 94949 ~6.10 miles north of San Rafael
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • 2 conference rooms in property
  • Most guests considered the lobby entrance to be so-so
  • Attentive staff
From$115
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Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area in Mill Valley
+1-866-221-8581
160 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~6.42 miles south of San Rafael
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • 100 rooms in property
From$129
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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Mill Valley / San Francisco in Mill Valley
+1-866-429-5787
155 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 ~6.45 miles south of San Rafael
  • Inexpensive hotel
  • Check in: 14:00
Inn Marin & Suites An Ascend Hotel Collection in Novato
+1-888-690-5281
250 Entrada Dr., Novato, CA 94949 ~6.69 miles north of San Rafael
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • 2 suites in property
The Lodge at Tiburon : 1651 Tiburon Blvd.
+1-888-690-5247
1651 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA 94920 ~7.88 miles southeast of San Rafael
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 3 floors in hotel
From$128
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Waters Edge Hotel : 25 Main St.
+1-888-305-3366
25 Main St., Tiburon, CA 94920 ~8.01 miles southeast of San Rafael
  • Three Star Oceanfront hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
  • Made you feel comfortable
  • Great room
From$219
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Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa : 801 Bridgeway
+1-800-881-1523
801 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 ~8.48 miles south of San Rafael
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 7 floors
From$409
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SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Point Richmond - Richmond
+1-888-283-3404
915 West Cutting Blvd., Richmond, CA 94804-2027 ~8.86 miles east of San Rafael
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • 108 rooms in property
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Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all San Rafael, CA discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest San Rafael hotel for each day and each star rating category.

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.

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: $178.12

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: $183.66

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: $169.92

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Rafael

Best Discounts in San Rafael, CA

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.

San Rafael is a Spanish pronunciation of 'Saint Raphael. This is proven true since the city is filled with 'memoirs and building structures of Saint Raphael. This city is a county center of Marin County, California in the United States. It is situated in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area.  There are hotels here to fit your budget and others to fit your taste. Whichever you choose, San Rafael hotels will surely leave an unforgettable impression on you and your family.

Finding Economical Accommodation in San Rafael

Hotels in San Rafael can often offer very affordable rates “ one just has to know where to look for such cheap hotels. If you are looking for a traditional, family-friendly experience, then Colonial Inn San Rafael is a good-value hotel you can choose to stay in. It has sixteen spacious rooms that offer all the necessities to ensure a comfortable stay for its visitors. It is also perfectly situated near a selection of dining options. North Bay San Rafael is also an excellent choice for you. The elegant rooms offer the essential requirements, such as a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom and a refrigerator, with all assorted services. Villa Inn San Rafael is another great choice just for you. These are just a few cheap hotels you can find in San Rafael. Whether the hotel is on the shores of an impressive lake or the hotel is located in the heart of the city, you are guaranteed to find the location you desire most. There are many hotels in San Rafael to choose from, it just depends on how you wish to enjoy your time in the town.

Looking for Something More Luxurious?

If you have a taste for luxurious, more expensive hotels, then Embassy Suites Hotel San Rafael - Marin County or Conference Center is an excellent choice just for you. The four-star hotel provides unique rooms, which feature an indoor pool and a Jacuzzi.  The Golden Gate Bridge is just twenty-minutes away while you drive your car from the hotel. Extended Stay America - San Rafael - Francisco Blvd East is also a great choice among luxurious San Rafael hotels. Four Points by Sheraton is another luxury three-star accommodation. It has 225 comfortable rooms that contain all requirements to ensure you an enjoyable stay in the city. The location in San Rafael is ideal for travelers wishing to go shopping, plus you can get to enjoy the stunning pool in the hotel.

What are the Affordable Boutique Options Available?

If you prefer other affordable options, then Motel 6 San Rafael is a great choice just for you. Motel 6 San Rafael offers a comfortable setting while in San Rafael. The location is ideal for travelers wishing to discover the area's local attractions. Make your stay memorable in San Rafael by making the right hotel choice.

FAQs about hotels in San Rafael

What are the most favored hotels in San Rafael?

Mill Valley Inn, Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn and Waters Edge Hotel are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the upper-end hotels in San Rafael?

Cavallo Point Lodge, Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square and Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa are the top 3 luxury hotels near San Rafael city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of San Rafael?

Marin Lodge, Dominican University of California, and Motel 6 San Rafael are the properties closest to San Rafael city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in San Rafael cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in San Rafael can be as cheap as $169.92 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in San Rafael cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in San Rafael has been $183.66 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a high-end hotel in San Rafael cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in San Rafael has been $178.12 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in San Rafael?

Mill Valley Inn, Waters Edge Hotel and Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in San Rafael?

Courtyard San Francisco Larkspur Landing, Novato Courtyard and Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Berkeley are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best Choice Hotels branded hotels in San Rafael?

Inn Marin & Suites An Ascend Hotel Collection, Rodeway Inn and Infinity Hotel Sf An Ascend Hotel are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best Best Western hotels in San Rafael?

Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn, Best Western Corte Madera Inn and SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Point Richmond are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in San Rafael?

Argonaut Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area and Holiday Inn Express San Pablo are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Verified reviews of the city of San Rafael

Below are reviews of the city of San Rafael, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Its a great town."
Score 5.0 / 5

I lived in San Rafael for 15 years, before moving to Santa Fe, in May of 2019.

Mike S., from 02-Oct-2019
The average traveler rating of the city of San Rafael, CA shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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