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#1 of 9 hotels in San Rafael
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See why so many travellers make Marin Lodge their motel of choice when visiting San Rafael. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a quaint setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Close to Bartolini gallery, Marin Center (1.3 mi), a popular San Rafael landmark, Marin Lodge is a great destination for tourists.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Marin Lodge offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning.

For travellers arriving by car, free parking is available.

While visiting San Rafael, you may want to try some ribs at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine, Terrapin Crossroads, or Il Davide Restaurant.

If you’re looking for something to do, China Camp State Park (1.1 mi), Marin County Civic Center (1.0 mi), and Mission San Rafael Arcangel (0.7 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Marin Lodge.

At Marin Lodge, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to San Rafael.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Air conditioning
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Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Filipino and 3 more
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zonie2016 wrote a review Jan 2023
Tucson, Arizona7 contributions
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We enjoyed this quaint lodge. It’s an older lodge and has been well maintained. It’s clean and the neighborhood was quiet. It is operated by friendly people. It’s difficult to see oncoming traffic as you depart the lodge so, that is a concern. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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VespagirL55 wrote a review Jul 2022
Bisbee, Arizona698 contributions311 helpful votes
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Loved this stop. Good parking felt more secure than the street. Rooms had a good vibe, as did the entire property. Fairly priced for the location. Our non-smoking queen deluxe was comfortable and up-to-date.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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David S wrote a review Sep 2022
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Rooms were immaculate and nicely furnished. Everything was excellent including complimentary drinks on arrival and quick-breakfast in the morning. Staff accommodating and friendly. Nice amenities for a motel. Have absolutely no issues but just praise.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Grammie626 wrote a review Sep 2022
Granite Bay, California67 contributions20 helpful votes
This is a darling, quaint and quiet motel that has been redone and is extremely clean and comfortable. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. It is one-story, which makes it very easy for those who have mobility challenges, and parking is right outside the door, which makes it even easier.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Kels00000 wrote a review Aug 2022
Santa Cruz, California52 contributions65 helpful votes
We arrived at the motel around 7:30 pm. Check in was quick. Upon entering the room we noticed the lay out of the two queen beds was a bit odd. Not next to each other like most room..but ok. The room looked clean. We wanted some ice for our water but noticed there was not an ice bucket. Went to the front desk and the young man handed me a small bag with ice in it...not a ziploc bag. So how am I supposed to keep the ice in the bag when I put it on the table?? The room had a microwave which was great for heating up our dinner left overs. I went to take a shower and proceeded to put my shampoo and things on the shelf in the shower but it was slanted so everything fell off. Turned on the shower and the water came out of the shower. Tried to adjust the shower head but it wouldn't move so now we have a flood in the bathroom. Closed the curtain which helped a bit. We had to ask for more towels to mop up the water. Lovely. We turned on the AC and it sounded like a jet engine was taking off in our room. So loud. The next morning I tried to make coffee but the coffee machine was broken. Went to grab some breakfast at the front desk and it was pre packaged danishes and muffins. The plus is the beds are comfy, free parking, mini fridge We might give this place another try in the future....maybe
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Al B wrote a review Aug 2022
Auburn, California1 contribution
I think for the money it is one of the best places to stay in Marin. The rooms are exceptionally clean and well-maintained, and the staff is super friendly and accommodating. I should know, I've been staying at the Marin Lodge for over twenty years.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Jeri M wrote a review Aug 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful place to stay! Clean room and comfortable bed. Nice and quiet and they do have air conditioning. Easy to find and easy to get around.. They had soft nice towels, and a friendly staff. Delicious muffins and fruit were waiting for you in the lobby in the morning. Would stay here again if in the area!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you are sensitive to some essential oil scents, you may want to let th.kniw ahead of time...
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Annaf wrote a review Jun 2022
Vreta Kloster, Sweden8 contributions1 helpful vote
A smaller cute cottage style hotel. It is a hotel that has everything you need but if you want something luxury this is not your place. Don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend this hotel but is a bit more simple. The breakfast is quite simple but ok. The owners are SO nice people, always willing to help and answer questions. The hotel is located in a good area. We used the ferry from Larkspur to get to San francisco. Close to Muir Woods if you want to go there. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a good priceworthy place to stay in the bay area.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ruth R wrote a review May 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida236 contributions77 helpful votes
Let me begin by saying I believe this is our 10th visit here. That should speak volumes. Spotless rooms on a quiet street. NO fee for your car. Super friendly and nice owners. Comfortable beds with large tv. Good wifi. Great place for day trips to all of the Bay Area! Baseball, football, Murr Woods, Napa, concerts, hikes! To go to San Francisco and avoid the tolls and parking fees and hassle we take the ferry over, Senior discount! Book early!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carino_Will_A wrote a review May 2022
Sacramento, California120 contributions99 helpful votes
I got very lucky a few days prior to the trip with availability. This place seems to be sold out often. Now I know why. The rate, especially in Marin County, is an awesome value. Rooms are decent, you have a parking space, and you're close to downtown San Rafael. You also have easy access to Highway 101. I always bring ear plugs, so you never know. I had a quite noisy neighbor around 10pm and you can hear Highway 101. You don't have upstairs neighbors. Now for deducting a point - the condition of the room around the door is cracking and you can actually see light coming through the crevices of the door. The curtains aren't very good at blocking out the lights from under the eaves - not sure why they would be located at your window. Despite this, it's my "go-to" place when I decide to make an all-day trip to Point Reyes.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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US$128 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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MARIN LODGE - UPDATED 2023 Reviews & Price Comparison

Frequently Asked Questions about Marin Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Marin Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael (2.2 km), China Camp State Park (1.8 km), and Marin County Civic Center (1.6 km).
Which room amenities are available at Marin Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Marin Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Marin Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine, Fairfax Scoop, and Il Davide Restaurant.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Marin Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Marin Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting American Legion Log Cabin (3.5 km), Robson-Harrington House (3.9 km), and Marin History Museum (1.1 km).