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Cozy one Bedroom Apartment in a Unique, Quiet Neighborhood Near the bay
4.9/5Exceptional! (102 reviews)
San Rafael

"It was exactly what we were looking for in a place to stay while visiting people in the San Rafael area."…"

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

Cozy one Bedroom Apartment in a Unique, Quiet Neighborhood Near the bay
Travelodge by Wyndham San Rafael
2 out of 5
865 Franciso Blvd East, San Rafael, CA
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1.31 mi from city center
2.9/5 (997 reviews)

"Not greatest area. But all right. Tv in one room not working. Office sent but toonlate"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Travelodge by Wyndham San Rafael
Beautiful, Secluded Bay View Cottage in the Trees
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2.67 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Amazing

"We loved it. Booked this for an escape with my girlfriend and it felt like we went on a honeymoon. The owners were very nice. The location is gorgeous. Thank you Lesa for finding this!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2020

Beautiful, Secluded Bay View Cottage in the Trees
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15 Min North Golden Gate Bridge/hot Tub/sauna/jacuzzi/pets/wheelchair
The price is $110 per night
2.9 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (67 reviews)
Perfect!

"The property is exactly as described. The hot tub is such a treat, and easy access to the city and beaches. Would absolutely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

15 Min North Golden Gate Bridge/hot Tub/sauna/jacuzzi/pets/wheelchair
Marin Edwardian Mansion w/ San Francisco Bay Views
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1.57 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
.Would love to use this facility again and again.

"The view of the San Francisco Bay is breathtaking!! Restaurants minutes away. 🌟⭐🌟"…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

Marin Edwardian Mansion w/ San Francisco Bay Views
Stunning SAN Fran Bay/ MT TAM Views, Sleeps 6, LRG Apt. w Pool, Quiet & Clean!!
4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Beautiful location...

"Beautiful view from the large patio right outside the door on the basement unit. We enjoyed having breakfast on the patio when weather permitted. Although the property claims to sleep 6, it was full with our family of 4, and we had to improvise to find seating for 4 for breakfast inside. The property ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Stunning SAN Fran Bay/ MT TAM Views, Sleeps 6, LRG Apt. w Pool, Quiet & Clean!!
Interior Designer's Modern Mountain-top Water View Casita
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0.56 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Beautiful luxury

"Not only is the view gorgeous, this home is spacious, modern, clean and luxurious. I want to take that bed home with me! And it’s a short drive to the ferry and SF. The owners are responsive and helpful. I hope we get a chance to come back when things open back up. Thanks so much for the great ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

Interior Designer's Modern Mountain-top Water View Casita
Simply Marvelous 2 Bedroom With Kitchenette, Grilling Patio and Grand Balcony
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Film festival weekend

"My son had a film premiering in the local festival and we stayed in Olga’s place. The location was perfect we were able to walk to town and back."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Simply Marvelous 2 Bedroom With Kitchenette, Grilling Patio and Grand Balcony
Villa Inn
2 out of 5
1600 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $95 per night
0.81 mi from city center
3.5/5Good! (521 reviews)

"Staff was helpful and friendly. The property need a bit of an up grade."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Villa Inn
Extended Stay America San Rafael - Francisco Boulevard East
2.5 out of 5
1775 Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, CA
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The price is $112 per night
2.48 mi from city center
3.5/5Good! (990 reviews)

"I always enjoy staying at this hotel. Is not that far from san francisco. Nice n quiet city."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Extended Stay America San Rafael - Francisco Boulevard East
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Visiting San Rafael

Families will find kid-friendly activities in San Rafael, and visitors give high marks for the shopping and top-notch restaurants. This city also attracts tourists with its festivals, entertainment choices, and forests. Top sights around the area include Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, and Palace of Fine Arts.

  • There are 20 hotels and other accommodations in San Rafael
  • The closest major airport is in Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), 21.9 mi (35.2 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in San Rafael

The city is well known for its festivals and cultural venues like Marin History Museum. The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the forests and these places to visit: Gerstle Park, China Camp State Park, and McNears Beach Country Park. The city is well liked for its places to shop, and Marin County Civic Center Farmers' Market is a favorite for retail therapy.

As you plan your vacation, you'll find 20 hotels and other lodging accommodations to select from in San Rafael. Below are top ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Marin Lodge - Amenities at this 2-star hotel include free WiFi and free parking. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its central location and WiFi.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County - Our customers like the family-friendly amenities and bar at this hotel. With a stay at this 3.5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with an in-room MP3 dock.
  • Four Points By Sheraton San Rafael - With a stay at this 3.5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to a restaurant and an outdoor pool, along with free WiFi. Expedia customers like its bar and overall value.

Outside the city, popular places to visit include Alcatraz Island, located 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from the heart of the city, and Golden Gate Bridge, which is 11.7 mi/18.8 km away.

Dressing for San Rafael

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 64°F and the nighttime average to be 41°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 78°F during the day and 46°F at night
  • July through September averages 80°F during the day and 53°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 77°F during the day and 41°F at night
  • San Rafael gets about 34.84 inches of rain per year
  • Hottest months are usually July and August with an average temperature of 79°F, while the coldest months are December and January with an average of 42°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place for a stay in San Rafael?
Marin Lodge is a favorite with Expedia customers. This hotel offers free WiFi and free parking. Traveler reviews also recommend Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael Marin County and North Bay Inn as top choices for your visit.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in San Rafael, will I receive a refund?
Yes, you’ll find most hotel reservations are fully refundable if you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of your check-in date. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, you might still have the option to cancel and receive a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then use the filter option “free cancellation” to review top deals in San Rafael.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to San Rafael?
For additional details about picking new dates or cancelling your trip to San Rafael, click here.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in San Rafael?
Based on reviews, Extended Stay America San Rafael - Francisco Boulevard East is a popular 2.5-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other options for your budget-friendly stay include Travelodge by Wyndham San Rafael and Villa Inn.
What's the best hotel for a family trip to San Rafael?
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County is a top 3.5-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an indoor pool and a restaurant. Other good choices to stay with the kids include Marin Lodge and Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael Marin County. Attractions in the area like Pier 39 and San Francisco Zoo are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for a romantic vacation in San Rafael?
North Bay Inn is a favorite property for couples, and features cable TV and free WiFi. Other good choices for your romantic getaway include Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County and Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael Marin County.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in San Rafael?
Extended Stay America San Rafael - Francisco Boulevard East is a top hotel for people traveling with their pets, and offers an indoor pool and in-room kitchens for its human guests. Villa Inn is another option for a stay with your pet.
Where is the best place to stay near Dominican University of California?
Villa Inn is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this property offers free breakfast and free WiFi. It’s located just a short 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dominican University of California. Another good option is Marin Lodge, located just 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
What about the best place to stay close to Marin County Civic Center?
One of the top choices for your stay is Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County, located a short 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Marin County Civic Center, and this 3.5-star hotel offers free breakfast and a restaurant. Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael Marin County and Marin Lodge are other good choices nearby.
What's the best accommodation to stay near the beach in San Rafael?
Marin Lodge is a top hotel for a beach vacation, and features an indoor pool and free breakfast. Other good choices for your beach trip include North Bay Inn and Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael Marin County. To enjoy some time by the water, head to McNears Beach Country Park or Baker Beach.
What's the best boutique hotel in San Rafael?
North Bay Inn is a favorite property with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish stay, and features free parking and free WiFi.
What's the best accommodation for a golf trip to San Rafael?
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County is a 3.5-star hotel featuring free breakfast and living rooms, and it’s a top choice for golfing nearby. You can tee off at Peacock Gap Golf Club during your trip.

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