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41 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924
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As of October 2020 we have completed the restoration of the saloon building and hotel, including additional soundproofing between the rooms. Come check us out again for the first time! Smiley’s Schooner Saloon was established in 1851 and has been in continual operation in the same stalwart and storied building since - and we've yet to find an older bar west of the Mississippi. The saloon is believed to have been built for the energetic young Captain Isaac Morgan who arrived in Bolinas (or Jugville as it was known then) in 1849. Those were gold rush days, days of growth; when one gambled with one’s dreams and then watched them either shatter and splinter or be crafted and honed into realities. Smiley’s is known among musicians for gigs that come with free beds and a spirited crowd, and to music fans as a place to catch artists like the Sam Chase and California Honeydrops. So now you’ll need a place to rest your head; in an outbuilding behind the bar, you’ll find Smiley’s Sleeping Quarters: 6 private rooms with brand new organic linens and mattresses. While we still have a long way to go, we’re happy to report that our rooms are no longer “a warren of stale-smelling rooms hastily constructed behind the town’s only bar" as the New York Times called them in their quirky June 2014 article about Bolinas. Our bartenders are on site until (at least) midnight to check you in, give you your keys and answer any questions. We do not have a reception desk or concierge right now; once you have your keys you are on your own to come and go as you please. *Please note that live music often results in some excess noise (and fun) later into the evening.* At this time, Smiley's rooms aren't suitable for children or for folks in need of total peace and quiet.
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Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
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Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Wifi
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Fishing
Karaoke
Patio
Tennis court offsite
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Non-smoking hotel
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Kate L wrote a review Sep 2022
washington, dc2 contributions
Smiley's is the perfect getaway for friends or family. We stayed at the hotel and loved it's proximity to everything, weekend live music, awesome food, and wonderful people. The community and energy of the place is what makes it stand out.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Discover306634 wrote a review Dec 2021
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
We stayed at Smileys for five days inNovember bc er. The entire staff was gracious, friendly, attentive and good at communicating. This is a bright, airy space with huge windows and a brand new renovation. The saloon staff were wonderful and we were lucky to be there on a night of outdoor live blues. Fantastic. The bed was super comfortable and the small kitchen well appointed. They made our dog very welcome too!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lauren L wrote a review Oct 2021
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The bar seemed great but the hotel is literally right next to the bar, so you will hear a lot of noise and music, especially on a Saturday night, which is unfortunately when we stayed at the hotel (and also happens to be the most expensive night of the week for a room). Smiley's has concerts every Saturday so expect music to be blaring from 3pm to 10:30pm. Even after the music ended, some people loitered right outside our window and chatted loudly. My husband had a headache and wasn't able to rest in the room due to the music, we had to keep walking around in circles around the town until 10:30pm. This was a subpar experience for a room we paid >$300 for. The attached photo is the view from our window. You can see how close the DJ booth is to the room.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Precita Harrison wrote a review Jul 2021
Oakland, California3 contributions
This historic saloon and hotel has been lovingly restored to be one of the most special hidden spots in Northern California. Each room is unique and the overall design is beautiful and fresh while also feeling somehow outside of time. Our room had all the amenities we needed--soft sheets, nice decor, really great hot shower, historic photos as art, comfortable furniture to hang out on, electric kettle for tea and coffee, and mini fridge with freezer. The saloon felt like the inside of a beautifully restored old wooden ship and the kitchen served great fresh Mexican -inspired meals. We loved the carnitas torta, pozole verde, and mezcal drink special. The bartenders and servers were sweet and there were good vibes among the locals and travelers having a drink or a meal. During our stay they had a special ceviche made from fresh fish caught locally from right down the street. We had a great time and are already dreaming of our next visit, hopefully when there's some live music in the saloon!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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georgia h wrote a review Jul 2021
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I have experienced West Marin for over fifty years. Years ago this area was dotted with communes and abandoned ranches. In the early 70's there was an oil spill which brought hundreds of volunteers to cleanup. Many people liked the area and moved. Prosperous people came and have contributed in a respectful way. The area's response to COVID has been widely acknowledged. Smiley's has great live music and gets crowded on the weekend but it's still welcoming.Rooms are clean and tasteful.The town is walkable and very enjoyable. I don't think there are any other places in West Marin with a hotel and live music. The town is walkable. Loved it.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: consider the hours for live music, which I enjoyed, one must climb stairs or walk on a slope to...
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Jerome E wrote a review Sep 2019
Enschede, The Netherlands9 contributions14 helpful votes
Never stayed but I used to play here with a band. Easy to get to: just follow the signs to Bolinas (which are regularly removed by residents who don't want to be found). Expect much tie-died shirts. Park yourself at the bar and let Smiley's happen to you. A time warp. (bonus for musicians: Smileys drink vouchers in the form of $3 bills)
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Date of stay: November 2018
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dm_travels wrote a review Feb 2019
United States90 contributions18 helpful votes
We wandered in after having lunch to check the "oldest continuously operating" bar in California and maybe chat up some locals. The atmosphere was cool and the bartenders were friendly. The selection on tap was small but decent and the prices were good. A great experience and I look forward to another visit sometime soon.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Judy E wrote a review Aug 2018
8 contributions6 helpful votes
If you are a dog lover,Bolinas is your kind of place. Laid back,it's the quiet side of this bay. We've been boogie boarding at Stinson Beach, the other side of Bolinas bay. But I prefer the quaint hotel,behind the oldest bar in California. Hiking trails everywhere at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Small shops, museum, art gallery, and extreme peacefulness at one of the coasts best getaways. Bolinas has been a birthday celebration place, and I highly reccommend it!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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William L wrote a review Aug 2018
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I love this town! Bolinas is the rock that has remained relatively untouched by the tides of development money sloshing up and down the West coast, and Smiley's has remained steadfastly as simple and true to its roots as the modern tourism business allows. Don't let the cast of scruffy characters from central casting hanging out in front of the saloon scare you and the kids off, just go ahead and rent the very quiet room #3 with the 2 huge beds, picnic bench and turn-of-the-century desk (with no chair) where you'll be safe and can tuck the kids in and go down to hear the live music in the saloon while quaffing IPAs with the 12 "Smiley's bucks" they give you at check-in. If you detect attitude on the part of the barkeep, well that's just part of the show, folks. The cafe across the street has excellent dinners and don't miss the Bolinas (organic) People's Store for those 60's vibes.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Room Tip: Room #3 in the far back is very quiet even on live music nights in the saloon.
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frog402014 wrote a review May 2018
Southampton, United Kingdom21 contributions14 helpful votes
It was not very welcoming and the bartender, I can't remember her name I try to forget. What an attitude!!! Don't ask about the beer or any questions, that's too much to ask of her. We drank our drink's as fast as we could & left. How disappointing considering someone at Stinson Beach had recommended it.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$228 - US$357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaMarin CountyBolinas
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Stinson Beach (3.7 km), Dipsea Trail (6.0 km), and Bolinas Lagoon (2.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Siren Canteen, Parkside Cafe, and The Breakers Cafe.
Is Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Bolinas.
Are pets allowed at Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting American Legion Log Cabin (13.2 km), Robson-Harrington House (12.5 km), and First American Flag Raising in San Francisco (14.0 km).