Perched hillside overlooking a breathtaking seaside bay-view in the charming city of Sausalito, Casa Madrona provides a transformative and serene retreat for travelers from around the world. More than 125 years after its inception, the timeless and beloved icon continues to express an innate sense of style, seamlessly blending innovation with tradition and offering a genuine luxury escape just minutes from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. In 2014, the property underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that brought a renewed energy to the guest rooms, cottages, meeting space and the extraordinary 11-room Mansion, including the property’s signature 5,000 square-foot master residence, The Alexandrite Suite.
Built in 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former mansion was originally designed as a private residence for William Barrett, Secretary-Treasurer for the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company. In 1906, Barrett sold his home to attorney John Patrick Gallagher—who converted it into the original Casa Madrona Hotel. For nearly 40 years, it was a very successful San Francisco bed and breakfast.
In the early 1940s, the Gallaghers sold Casa Madrona, and during World War II, the property was used as temporary lodging for military families in transit. After the war, however, it fell into disrepair, and became a “crash pad” for city’s burgeoning “beatnik.” But salvation came in the form of the French Deschamps family who immigrated to California in 1959 and began extensive renovations. The Deschamps also opened Le Vivoir Restaurant on site. The eatery instantly garnered critical and commercial praise and drew celebrities such as Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, Warren Beatty, and the rock band Pink Floyd.
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Sausalito, CA 94965
1885; expanded/restored in 1980; again in 2003; renovated 2014
MetWest Terra Hospitality
National Register of Historic Places
The property offers 64 guest accommodations including 31 Bayside Guest Rooms, many boasting Harbor and Bayside views, 15 Lower Hillside Cottages, many with private decks, fireplaces and San Francisco Bay views, 7 Upper Hillside Cottages, 11 Hillside Mansion Guest Rooms including the 5,000 square foot Alexandrite Suite located atop the property within the historic Mansion originally built in 1885.
- Flat Panel Televisions
- Pillow-top mattresses
- Irons / ironing boards
- iHome and/or wake-up service
- Daily housekeeping services
- Turn down service (upon request)
- World-class Spa facility
- Fitness Center
- Front desk and guest service staff
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property
- Valet parking ($24/night)
Guests can enjoy in-room dining courtesy of Poggio Trattoria.
The hotel’s 3,000 square-foot Spa at Casa Madrona focuses on the restorative and life-giving power of water therapy through an extensive treatment menu and nourishing products from the bay. The Spa menu of services includes massages, body therapies, and skin therapies.
The Spa at Casa Madrona is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- 2 Cybex Treadmills with personal entertainment monitors
- 1 Cybex Arc Trainer (elliptical) with personal entertainment monitor
- 2 Expresso Upright Virtual Reality Bikes with personal entertainment monitors
- Stretching area with mats
- Fitness balls, Bosu balls, Resistance tubes
- 6 Position Bench
- 2.5lb – 50lb dumbbell set
- 4lb – 15lb medicine ball set
Meetings, Weddings and Events:
With 5,500 square feet of flexible event space, Casa Madrona is a splendid destination for meetings and events – especially corporate retreats against the backdrop of the world’s most romantic cityscape.
- Salone Grande, premier San Francisco meeting space, with three sections for up to 40 guests for a seated banquet, or 60 guests for a standing reception; can also be opened into one large space to accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated banquet, or up to 150 for a standing reception.
- Junto, the 1,700-square-foot boardroom and event space has panoramic views of the bay and features advanced Samsung, McIntosh, and Control4 technology systems and equipment, including the striking 9-panel media wall, and multi-point video conferencing capabilities. The spectacular meeting room easily accommodates 80 seated and 125 guests reception-style. The floor-to-ceiling glass doors encompass 1,100 square feet of interior space, which slide away to reveal a sprawling 600-square-foot deck, ideal for breakout sessions, cocktail mixers and networking.
The Mansion at Casa Madrona:
Debuting Spring 2014
Exemplifying innovation, technology, luxury, service and style, the unveiling transforms the Mansion into the extraordinary. The new, standout Alexandrite Suite and the 1,700-square-foot Junto meeting and event space, plus the renovation of its seven upper hillside cottages have all been updated and perfected by a world-renowned design team, and seamlessly paired with leading, cutting-edge technology, the finest amenities, and brilliant views of Richardson Bay and the San Francisco skyline.
The standout 5,000-square-foot, two-bedroom suite draws its name from the rare gemstone that is acclaimed for its ability to dispel negative energy and absorb positive vibes from its surroundings. Alexandrite includes 3,500-square-feet of indoor living space, and 1,500-square-feet of outdoor entertaining and relaxation areas.
The Alexandrite Suite is designed to create a fluid connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces with an open kitchen and dining room area that connects with a large 1,500-square-foot outdoor patio. The gourmet kitchen, displaying Blue Jean granite countertops, is fit for a chef with exquisite appliances including a top-of-the-line range and convection oven. Additionally, the kitchen includes a fully stocked wine bar with special reserve Napa and Sonoma wines. The dining room table seats 10 against a sparkling backdrop of panoramic bay views.
The Suite’s expansive, floor-to-ceiling glass patio doors foldaway to create a seamless connection between inside and out, encouraging a relaxed and inviting atmosphere on the two-tiered deck. Featuring an outdoor bar, BBQ area and ample seating, while the lower deck offers a more intimate setting with a fire pit and lounge seating.
The Alexandrite Suite includes a master bedroom, a guest suite, 2.5 bathrooms, and a private office. A secret door, leading to the second floor of the mansion, has been designed to appear as a cabinet in the fitness center but is only noticeable and accessible by those staying in this suite. As a result, the two-bedroom suite can expand into an 11-room Mansion, perfect for corporate retreats, destination weddings, and multi-generational family getaways.
Guests can work up a sweat during their stay in the suite’s private fitness center fully-equipped with a treadmill, multi-gym, elliptical, yoga supplies and free weights, in addition to a 50-inch flat panel television. After a tough workout or long day of sightseeing, relaxation awaits in the form of the outdoor hot tub where guests can soak in the skyline, harbor and bay views.
Ideal for the traveling business executive, advanced technology features are one of the major highlights in the Alexandrite Suite. Front and center is a nine-panel Samsung media wall, ideal for life- size HD viewing experiences, multi-point video conferencing, Internet connectivity, and multi-viewing capabilities. Additionally, with Control4 touchscreens, guests will be able to control the entire Alexandrite Suite including the media wall, indoor temperatures, lighting, sound, window coverings, televisions, fireplaces and the hot tub. Keeping with the clean and contemporary design, sleek electronics accent the décor including McIntosh LED amplifiers, Wisdom speakers, a pop-up television in the footboard of the master suite and a stealth LCD screen hidden within the master bathroom mirror. The Alexandrite Suite can be reserved at rates from $10,000 per night. Additional Mansion rooms can be added in a variety of configurations.
In 1967, a famous image of Pink Floyd, shot by William Baron during their very first visit to the US promoting their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was photographed in the Mansion. A highlight of the second floor of the Mansion is the Piper Room, where band members of Pink Floyd spent time while in San Francisco during their first US concert tour. Named after the album they were promoting, The Piper Room has been restored to modern-day luxuries, but plays homage to the band with historic photographs adorning the walls, Pink Floyd playing upon arrival and the legendary band’s coffee table book displayed.
Services & Amenities
Special attention in providing exquisite guests services will be another key feature for those who reserve the exclusive Mansion or Alexandrite suite experience. Alexandrite stays include private concierge and Mansion staff dedicated specifically to cater to every guest need including private chef dinners, a Mercedes ML350 Bluetec with driver, a dedicated travel planner to arrange private yachting excursions on San Francisco Bay and adventures of the like, and personal fitness and wellness experts.
Established as a husband-and-wife team of Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines, award-winning Safdie Rabines Architects strives for designs that are sensitive to the natural surroundings and context of each project. Most recently, they have completed projects including the Robert Paine Scripps Forum at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park in Los Angeles, and the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in downtown San Diego.
Christopher O’Connor Design Inc. has created interiors for the Alexandrite Suite and Junto that seamlessly blend the original design with functionality, producing a space that facilitates innovation. The spacious Alexandrite Suite is beautifully furnished to complement the waterfront location and its impressive views of the harbor. Each room is appointed with impeccable details through the use of colors and materials including wood, zinc, marble, and paired with a soothing palette of steel blues, green blues and crisp white accents.
Well-suited for the ultimate private escape, honeymoon, small group retreat or those looking for an exclusive experience, nightly rates for the entire mansion at Casa Madrona start from $25,000 per night and sleeps up to 26 people. Unique packages are available for various group sizes and needs.
Alexandrite Suite rates start from $10,000
Mansion Guestrooms start from $509
Upper Hillside Cottages start from $419
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MetWest Terra Hospitality is comprised of a diverse group of capital managers, real estate professionals, and lifetime hotel operators. The team is led by Chairman Richard S. Hollander who calls on nearly three decades of the successful founding and management of institutional investment strategies, which combined for total assets under management of $80.0 billion. MetWest Terra Hospitality operates Topnotch Resort in Stowe, The Inn at Jackson Hole in Jackson Hole, Hotel Abri in San Francisco, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, The Lodge at Tiburon in Tiburon, Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos. For more information please visit Metwestterra.com.
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