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
Exceptional staff, very comfortable, spacious rooms.....charming living room, wonderful breakfast and wine&cheese hour.....location great and Uber comes promptly
Sessions is a wonderful restaurant walking distance to Inn......nice walking trail.....waterfront views!
My husband and I loved coming here. We took advantage of the hiking, enjoyed the cheese and wine bar in the evening and relaxed on the patio for a late breakfast. Everything was a wonderful break from the usual routine of life!
This was a very pleasant accommodation, full of history.The Funston house is beautiful. The grounds were beautiful and well taken care of. The employees cared about us and our impression of the park. Overall, it was a good experience.
This is an incredible venue; staying at the Inn is a treat; perfect location, incredible ambiance, would not stay anywhere else when in SFO. I would prefer this to stay a secret gems but the word is out and in all fairness to the Inn, I feel the need to spread the word
You can’t find a better location in San Fransisco, but service could be improved. Outstanding hiking around hotel.
Upon check in, requested no feather pillows. We never revived our request from front desk.
Water station missing cups/glasses several times. Breakfast attendant absent, guests cleaning tables trying to find plates/glasses, etc.
King bed has large ridge in middle of bed. At nightly rates, high end bedding would be appreciated.
Upon check out from our first floor suite, we discovered three large windows left unlocked by previous gurests or staff.
That being said, this small hotel is exquisitely appointed and keeps the content and history of the Presidio.