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
Great location and amenities. Loved the wine and cheese reception. Be aware there is a hefty National Park Fee added to the bill... would be nice to know ahead of time. We had a king suite which was very comfortable for 4 adults
Charming, Friendly, Beautiful neighborhood and wonderful amenities.
The room was comfortable and spacious and the complimentary wine and cheese by the fire pit in the evening was a wonderful cap to the day.
The location was a bit out of the way from the city, but the park makes up for it. Take advantage of the trails, it’s like you in another world of the city. We loved the fire pit outside and having a glass of wine during the wine & cheese hour. Very peaceful surroundings.