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April 21, 2005 12:19 AM

Broken: Sausalito hotel sign

Steve Manning points us to this post, in which a hotel in Sausalito, CA boasts of a Pacific Ocean view. That's broken: Sausalito is on the bay, not the ocean!


ja, i guess they don't make a distinction between 'bay' and 'ocean,' for their pocketbooks sake. oceanfront hotels cost more. i think that barring stupidity, they just did this for money.

Posted by: Bob at April 21, 2005 07:30 AM

Have you ever been to Sausalito? It is NICE. And while it's technically the bay, it's the San Francisco bay, which not too far from Sausalito connects pretty directly to the pacific ocean via the golden gate. I don't see any problem with saying 'ocean', it's not like the place has no view of the water... that would be broken.

Posted by: sir_flexalot at April 21, 2005 08:39 AM

A bay is part of an ocean. I dont get it.

Posted by: seth at April 21, 2005 12:53 PM

Yeah, maybe a technicality, but I think SF Bay is part of the Pacific Ocean, then I'm not 100% convinced that this is Broken, but maybe it is. Not sure....

Posted by: sam at April 21, 2005 01:35 PM

If you look at the site, everwhere on their site they refer to it as a bay view. It's just they included a quote from a reporter who says best views of the Pacific Ocean. The views look spectacular. I think seeing the pacific ocean framed by Merlin County and the Golden Gate brige is breathtaking regardless of the geographical classification of the body of water that is adjacent to the property.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at April 21, 2005 02:51 PM

In regard to Joshua Wood's comment:

Sausalito is in Marin (prononced MAR INN, with the emphasis on INN) County, not "Merlin County," as he states.

Posted by: Court Bovee at April 21, 2005 06:17 PM

I wrote the post and have lived in Sausalito for the last 11 years. I can see The Inn Above Tide as I write this. They took a reporters mistaken quote and put it on their site knowing it was absurd. Notice that their own web copy never mentions a view of the ocean. As a native New Yorker, my NYC analogy would be a hotel in Weehawken boasting ”the best view of the Atlantic Ocean of any hotel in Northern New Jersey” based on the justification that Weehawken has a view of the Hudson, which connects just two miles downstream with the ocean and is tidal. Weehawken has a spectacular view of NYC across a body of water. Sausalito has a spectacular view of SF across a body of water. If I booked a room in either place expecting the ocean, a technical explanation just wouldn't cut it. Being on the ocean is very different experience than technically being on the ocean.

Posted by: steve at April 21, 2005 06:51 PM

I agree. It's incorrect.

Why do you guys waste your time arguing whether or not something is brokem?

Posted by: head injury at April 21, 2005 08:10 PM

Looks like an ocean, smells like an ocean, and I bet it even TASTES like an ocean. I'm guessing it's an ocean.

Posted by: schube at April 22, 2005 09:53 AM

I believe Sausalito is on Richardson Bay, is it not?

Posted by: Bill at April 22, 2005 12:29 PM


Posted by: steve at April 22, 2005 12:44 PM

A bay is part of an ocean. A river is not. A bay is a way of describing the coastline. A bay is part of the ocean like a finger is part of a hand. This site would be cooler if more of the posts were about things that are actually broken, like color ink-jet cartridges that ALWAYS run out of blue first.

Posted by: reseth at April 29, 2005 06:38 AM

I hate it when that happens. Cyan always goes first, then yellow, and all that's left is a magenta version of whatever I try to print out.

Posted by: Ophelia at May 6, 2005 05:32 PM

They changed it to "Bay" on the site:

Posted by: steve manning at May 23, 2005 11:23 AM

bay or ocean, it's just impressive that so many people apparently care about the village

Posted by: Kare Anderson at November 6, 2005 10:04 PM


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