RAFAEL FOUR POINTS SHERATON,
GOOD VALUE FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
By Michael Hepworth
, just about 15 miles North of San Francisco is an ideal place to stay
when visiting the city giving its local access to
wine region. A recent visit there saw us staying at the San Rafael
Four Points by Sheraton, a perfect place to stay in the area, and really
good value. The hotel is only one of three “chain” hotels in
, but don’t let that put you off in staying here. Average price of
a room is $131, so if you are expecting a 4 to 5 Star experience then this
is not the place for you, but considering that the hotel is only a 2-star,
it is terrific value. Although
the hotel is located close to the freeway, insulation in the rooms is so
good that the noise is completely obliterated, at least if you are looking
onto the pool. The hotel has just gone through a major renovation, and it
clearly shows, although even the manager admits that the elevators are
really in bad shape and extremely small and very slow.
The front desk is maintained 24 hours, and we were
very well treated considering that we screwed up our departure time, got
lost on the way and arrived in the middle of the night. Parking is free,
and there is a fitness center (arguably also small) and an outdoor heated
pool. Businessmen are well catered for with a 24 hour fax and copy center
as well as a daytime business center. The
rooms, and in particular the suites have a whole host of amenities
including, but not limited to free wireless high speed internet, coffee
maker, hair dryer, rollaway beds, bottled water, 32’ LCD televisions and
more. Suites are two connecting rooms that are extremely spacious with
high ceilings, and very good value. The only problem is with the bathrooms
that like the elevators are very cramped, with very low shower heads.
There is so much to do in the local area that there
is something for everyone. If you are a golf enthusiast then the closest
, with others in the local area such as the Peacock Gap Golf Club, Mill
Valley Municipal Golf Course, and the San Geronimo Golf Club.
I enjoy traveling to
which is conveniently located just down the freeway.
A major effort to upgrade the restaurant has paid off handsomely,
and the couple of meals I had there were both top class. Any chef that
fully utilizes mushrooms liberally is fine with me. The steaks are all
very well presented and prepared, and although
has a fairly extensive range of restaurants, spend some time in the hotel
restaurant, as they really do a good job.
How about a martini bar that only charges about $8 per drink.
Although the selection at this time is somewhat limited to about two
dozen, how about trying a Chocolate Martini, with Vodka (Ciroc or Level
please) and Crème de Cacao.
When you make your way to the Four Points Sheraton,
San Rafael, keep your ears open for you may hear the actual sounds from a
real "Guitar Hero". The famous rock guitarist Carlos
Santana makes his permanent residence in San Rafael, California.
Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903