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
we stayed at the presidio just for one night with our little girls and enjoyed the familiar atmosphere. very friendly staff. rooms are huge with plenty of flair. a lot of greens and sights around in the presidio to explore.
For such an expensive hotel ($400 for one night), I was a bit surprised to find so many ants in my room at 51 Funston. This building contains four bedrooms and is a few hundred feet away from the main building, with parking at the rear.
This "Inn" was a place to unwind and relax as a rest bite from the inner city hotels that we had been staying in for the previous 2 week on our USA visit. We wanted to be in a city but not have to be awoken by the sounds of sirens/horn from emergency vehicles.The Inn, being in a park setting was perfect. Having local parking spot around the back was so convenient. Inside the Inn, up on the second floor, our room gave us a welcoming feeling and had ample space to open our luggage and still move about.
Based on our interest in Historic Sites, we were booked into the Inn at the Presideo for two nights by our our daughter who is resident in SF.. The Building was once used as a residence for US Army Officers beginning in the late.1800's. We enjoyed a two room suite which included a fire place and turn of the century appointments. All in all it was a trip back in time. Just a short walk away is the excellent "The Commissary" Restaurant with excellent, award winning cuisine..Highly recommended to add an extra rewarding dimension to a Presideo visit.BB/Philippines
This is our go to hotel in the San Francisco area. It's like being at a resort in the big city with all the beautiful grounds and walking trails. We love it here. The rooms are fantastically well appointed. Lots of space to spread out. It's wonderful.