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
I definitely recommend staying in the Presidio. I have visited San Francisco several times but had not been to the Presidio area. It was really wonderful. Behind the Inn are several walking trails with bay views, enormous trees and beautiful greenery. Many things to see and do on the Presidio grounds.
The Inn was lovely, quiet, clean with comfortable beds. The daily breakfast was delicious.
Hope to be back
No where else in San Francisco can you sleep in absolute quiet, hear the birds sing and sleep with the windows wide open. Beautiful location, great views, terrific service all in a low-key, respectful environment. I lived in SF for 30 years. When I return, this is the ONLY place I will stay!
We held a family reunion at the Inn at the Presidio, returning there 63 years after our stay while in-route to Okinawa. The restored Inn matches our memories of the natural beauty of the post. The Inn at the Presidio is an exceptional historic hotel.
We stayed at the Presidio while still a military base. We loved the accommodations and the grounds. It was so peaceful. Please visit if you have a chance we couldn't put down the right date, because it didn't go back far enough. The smell of the bay laurel was incredible.
We loved the location of the Inn in the Presidio National Park. You can hike or bike or visit museums. There are several very good restaurants within walking distance. The rooms are very tastefully decorated . We staying in Funston which is lovely but a little distance from the Inn. Funston needed a place where you could get and keep ice. Our room 14e was a bit small. There was a huge, high bed that dominated the room with very little other space. We had to rearrange funiture to lay our suitcases out. This is compensated by the very nice public spaces in Funston which you pretty much have to yourself. This would be a great place for a group to stay. Also our room was stuffy and keeping the window open didn't help. We rented bikes from the nearby Sports Basment and rode from Ghiradelli Square to the Golden Gate Bridge. We loved the Presidio. I thought the breakfast could have been better for the price of the hotel.