Inn at the Presidio
What We Love
- A daily wine-and-cheese spread
- Fireplaces in all suites
- Countless hiking trails nearby, thanks to the hotel’s national park backdrop
- Eco-sensible accents, like bath products that come in reusable containers
What To Know
- Second-floor suites offer communal porch access
- Dogs are allowed, for a fee
- There is no restaurant at the hotel, though it does serve a daily complimentary Continental breakfast until 10 a.m.
- The hotel shuttle ferries guests to the Embarcadero Bart Station
Though this two-story Georgian Revival structure did enjoy a brief stint as a hotel in the early 20th century, it’s more commonly remembered as the site of a former army base. Thanks to its proximity to a certain suspension bridge, it was nicknamed the “guardian of the Golden Gate”—which it faithfully remained, until it was turned over to the National Park Service over twenty years ago. Today, the 22-room high-design hotel is the National Park’s sole lodging option. Rooms are elegant but homey, with Pendleton blankets, wrought-iron beds, gas fireplaces, and black-and-white photographs that chronicle the inn’s military past. Though there’s no restaurant directly onsite, a short walk will land you at The Commissary, a Spanish-influenced dining room by award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins. At lunchtime, the restaurant cleverly morphs into a canteen—pick up one of its grab-and-go sandwiches as fuel for one of your many hikes: there are 24 miles of public trails, winding their way through a 300-acre cypress, pine, and eucalyptus forest waiting to be explored.
In the Area
In addition to the many walking trails, the Presidio is also the site of many gorgeous lookouts (it surrounds San Francisco’s scenic southern exposure) such as Pacific Overlook, with its edge-of-the-continent vistas, and Inspiration Point, perched above the park’s most significant watershed. On a clear day—somewhat rare in these perpetually misty parts—you’ll see a sweeping panorama of the Bay, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. Also part on the park’s property: a climbing gym, trampoline park, bowling alley, and the SenSpa, an Asian-inspired wellness center where treatments include deep-tissue massages and lymphatic detoxes all carried out in—no surprise here—a former military module.
How to Get There
This is our second family wedding event at the Presidio and another perfect weekend. The Inn and Lodge at the Presidio are our favorite hotels to stay. The park and location are exceptional. The weather in October is perfect.
We stayed here as a member of a wedding party. It couldn't have been a better place to stay for
comfort, beauty and ease. The breakfast was delicious and the staff was always available with a quick response and courteous service. A relaxed vibe but with the feel of luxury.
We stayed for three nights after our first few nights at the St Regis down town.
They are both great hotels but in different ways. The Inn at the Presidio is in the beautiful and historic Presidio park near the Golden Gate Bridge, so it makes for a far more chilled and tranquil setting in which to enjoy our last days in SF.
Its an historic building with characterful rooms over three floors. We had one of the larger rooms on the third floor with a separate living room and a large bathroom. There is a mini bar and tea and coffee in the room, though I could never get the coffee machine to work.
During your stay you have free continental breakfast and cheese and wine from 5-7 pm, which is a great way to finish off a day of exploration.
They also have free bikes which we took to cycle over the bridge and also see the bridge emerge from the early morning mist. Crissey Field is nearby too which offers great views of the bridge.
The staff are really friendly and helpful and make for a great stay. Would definitely recommend
One piece of feedback is change the toaster for breakfast as no one during our stay could get it to actually brown the toast.