4 Bayview Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
There aren’t many hotels in Marin or elsewhere with the charm, ambiance and away-from-it-all vibe of the Panama. Built a century ago as a private home, this hip Gerstle Park landmark has catered to boarders, diners and travelers since 1926; offering the relaxed atmosphere of an old-school country retreat. A series of pastel buildings and a garden patio host a popular restaurant and ten singular accommodations (three are pet friendly), each decorated in a different style (safari, nautical, pueblo, Venetian, bordello and, of course, Lady Bracknell’s boudoir). Your room, suite or bungalow might have a wet bar, skylight, sitting room, clawfoot tub or bidet, and all feature a private patio or balcony as well as a refrigerator, cable TV and microwave oven. The Panama’s facilities play host to a variety of events from weddings and receptions to corporate banquets and mixers.
All in all, it’s a relaxing hideaway to enjoy some tasty California cuisine, hear some lively jazz, blues or flamenco and get away from it all in classic Marvelous Marin fashion.