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Smiley's Schooner Saloon and Hotel

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Dripping Springs, Texas
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

There was a time that only surf bums or tourists, who didn't know better would stay at the smileys hotel. The new owners have changed all that. They have re done all the rooms, and have tastefully decorated and furnished each room. If you want to move away from the noise of a busy bar, smiley's, On Friday or Saturday...

1Thank micyer
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Within two hours of arriving we unpacked, took a walk that ultimately ended up at Smiley's where we were welcomed by awesome locals. It was a Friday night and many were capping off the work week so we had a mix of friends and families with dogs. We were the only outsiders and I have never, never been so openly...

1Thank Mike M
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This is a really fun place! The rooms are clean, neat and beautifully done. We came here as part of an Immersive Tour with Highland's Gamble and when we arrived, and knowing nothing of the place, we hesitated for a moment. Checkin is at the bar. But the whole place, the bar and everything is so much fun, we quickly...

Thank KevinAShaw
Laguna Beach, California
Reviewed 11 October 2016

this place is clean and comfortable. Pretty spartan, but everything you need is there. Surprisingly quiet at night considering its above a tavern. Good water pressure, nice sheets, comfy bed. The restaurant across the street had great salads for supper and a yummy breakfast.

Thank doonlouise2015
Greeley, Colorado
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We arrived tired and ready for bed but found this place so inviting we took a quick nap , did some laundry and meet up in the bar at 6 for tacos and live Irish music. Was perfect!! The rooms are charming offering extras like fresh flowers, water bottle delivered upon arrival, sleep sound machine and real towels ( soft...

1Thank boazad
Reviewed 30 May 2016

My family and I come from France. We were visiting San Francisco and all around. When we arrived in this small city, we were looking for a hotel. We found the only one in this city and were surpised of this atmosphere. But this place is wonderful ! So nice, quiet and the people are nice. Everybody knows each other,...

2Thank Agnès C
Reviewed 2 October 2015

Smiley's is still there. It hasn't really changed since the nineteenth century. The customers back then were mixed - rough and smooth - and so they are today, from bikers to billionaires. The feel of the place is great and different to the average bar or hotel. The range of drinks is goo, especially the tequilas and the taps -...

1Thank Woollybear
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Reviewed 30 August 2015

The rooms were simple but clean and comfortable. A good place to stop for a night after a long hike. When the bar closed at 2 am carousing and cavorting continued in the street for another hour or so.

Thank Tim C
Dripping Springs, Texas
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Under new ownership, smiley still has all the charm and atmosphere it has always had, but where the heck are the cheeseburgers. Oh sure, they still have some great bands , a nice pool tournament on Tuesdays, and have even started a craft night, but I miss the cheeseburgers. Alas,Time marches on without these gut bombs, we all learned to...

Thank micyer
Charlottesville, VA, United States
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Reasonable clean & comfortable with nice location. Check-in & out was easy, but parking is a little difficult. Locals sometimes block access to the lot when skate boarding, and it is very difficult to get them to move out of the way. The aging hippie counter culture in this area seems a little a little hateful toward tourists, even though...

4Thank Dennis H

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

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Address: 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Bolinas
Number of rooms: 6
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“Room 5 was great!”
doonlouise2015, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We had the room n°1, with 2 double beds. It was really quiet and really nice.”
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“Be there of a music night”
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“Room 4 had a view of downtown central-- the Coast Cafe and the town lights.”
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