Rumor has it that this hidden spot in a redwood grove in downtown Mill Valley is where one super-rich, super-famous cycling icon stayed while training in Marin. It’s easy to see why—each of the 25 rooms has that charming Euro feel, with French doors opening on to a veranda overlooking the creek or downtown Mill Valley, and a morning espresso bar to amp guests for whatever ride, hike, or waterborne adventure they choose for the day.
The hotel is just a few blocks from both the Dipsea, the famous 7.5-mile stair-addled trail to Stinson Beach, and Dias Ridge, a stunning 3.2-mile singletrack rolling down to Muir Beach. Nightlife options are surprisingly endless for such a small town: Mill Valley Beerworks right next door has an immense and tasty beer menu; the legendary Sweetwater is one of the best live-music venues in the Bay Area; and El Paseo, a Mediterranean-style restaurant with a lively bar, is a haven for carnivores with entrees like the six-ounce Wyoming black angus filet mignon.
Two-night stay minimum, doubles from $209-279.