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CASA MADRONA HOTEL & SPA
BACKSTORY: Casa Madrona was built in 1885 as the residence of William Barrett, the secretary-treasurer of the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company. Then, in 1906, Barrett sold his home, and the new owners converted it into a bed-and-breakfast. During World War II, the property was used as a temporary lodging facility for military families. After the war, the location became a beatnik hangout until 1959, when it was purchased and became a hotel once again.
CLAIM TO FAME: When Pink Floyd stayed here during their 1967 world tour, photographer William Baron took shots of the band on the hotel’s fire escapes. The visit has been memorialized with the Piper Room suite, a nod to The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the record they were working on at the time. The room is adorned with photographs of the band and a playlist that greets guests upon arrival.
WHAT’S NEW: The 64-room property encompasses 31 bayfront guest rooms, 22 hillside cottages and the 11-room original mansion, which saw a complete renovation this May. The star of the main house is the 3,500-square-foot Alexandrite Suite, which comes complete with a private chef and a two-tiered patio looking out over the bay and the San Francisco skyline. If you choose to rent the whole mansion, amenities include day use of a yacht and access to a Mercedes ML350 Bluetec.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Located on Bridgeway, Sausalito’s Riviera-like main drag, the mansion sits directly across the street from the city’s yacht harbor and the Sausalito Ferry Terminal. From here, you can take the scenic half-hour ferry ride to San Francisco’s Pier 41, passing Angel Island State Park and Alcatraz along the way.