Hotels in San Rafael, California

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San Rafael overview

San Rafael is a budget-friendly place distinct for its sports and known for its ferries and shops. You're sure to enjoy all of the coffee and bar options. Take in some local culture at popular places like Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are popular places to visit. San Rafael is a family- and business-friendly destination with something for everyone.

Where to stay in San Rafael

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, San Rafael can comfortably accommodate all visitors. There are 471 hotels in the San Rafael area and you can shop as many as 140 deals for rooms on, some with discounts of up to 50%.
  • • 176 2-star hotels with an average price of $68 per night
  • • 148 3-star hotels with an average price of $99 per night
  • • 105 4-star hotels with an average price of $149 per night
  • • 15 5-star hotels with an average price of $199 per night

Here are the top hotels based on 199164 user reviews of San Rafael hotels:
  • • Marin Lodge (San Rafael)
  • • Embassy Suites San Rafael - Marin County (San Rafael)
  • • Four Points By Sheraton San Rafael (San Rafael)
  • • Villa Inn (San Rafael)
  • • Extended Stay America San Rafael - Francisco Boulevard East (San Rafael)

How to get to San Rafael

Fly in to Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), 24.9 mi (40 km) from downtown San Rafael. San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 25.8 mi (41.5 km) away.

What to see around San Rafael

Outdoorsy fun is on hand like ferry rides and sporting events, along with attractions such as:
  • • Marin Bocce Federation
  • • San Rafael Pacifics Albert Park
  • • Golden Gate Fields
  • • Sonoma Raceway
  • • Cesar Chavez Park
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Marine Mammal Center
  • • Ride the Ducks San Francisco
  • • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • • Pier 39
  • • Aquarium of the Bay
It's notable for its waterfalls and favorite places for nature lovers that include:
  • • Gerstle Park
  • • San Anselmo Memorial Park
  • • Phoenix Lake
  • • Peri Park
  • • China Camp State Park
Whether window-shopping or searching for a perfect souvenir, here are some favorite shopping areas:
  • • Marin County Civic Center Farmers' Market
  • • Marin Country Mart
  • • Lytton Square
  • • Ark Row
  • • Main Street
Some popular places in the area to visit include:
  • • Alcatraz Island
  • • Golden Gate Bridge
  • • Palace of Fine Arts
  • • Fisherman's Wharf
  • • Lombard Street