What We Love
- Golden Gate and San Francisco views
- Choice of historic or contemporary lodgings
- Drinks on the porch of the Farley Bar
What To Know
- The Healing Arts Center & Spa will be closed for renovation until March 20; in-room spa services are available
- Foghorns might wake you up at night
- Some guest rooms have better views than others
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, on beautiful grounds full of pine and eucalyptus trees, Cavallo Point offers unrivaled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the skyline beyond the bay. Built as Fort Baker in the early 1900s, the original structure served as a military post through World War II. Of the 142 rooms Cavallo Point, 68 historic rooms and suites are in the enchanting Colonial Revival buildings that once served as officers’ quarters, complete with gas fireplaces, pressed-tin ceilings and open-air wraparound porches lined with rocking chairs. There are also 74 contemporary accommodations in earthy colors, with bamboo furniture and the best views of the bridge and bay. Regardless of where you decide to bunk down, you can rest assured that your carbon footprint is next to nothing — both the new and old wings are LEED Gold certified. The Michelin-starred restaurant Murray Circle, helmed by Joseph Humphrey, is known for its emphasis on all things local and artisanal. That ethos threads its way through every aspect of Cavallo Point. By day it’s a great jumping-off point for all kinds of outdoor activities and for exploring the Bay Area, but the in-house offerings are equally entertaining. The lobby chalkboard keeps track of the day’s activities, which include yoga, hikes and wellness seminars. Native plants flourish all over the 10-acre parade grounds, and visitors nod to the history of this forward-thinking lodge. Spa devotees will want to check in for an organic treatment or acupuncture at the Healing Arts Center, which also has a lovely heated outdoor meditation pool, garden and tea bar.
In the Area
Cavallo Point is inside Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a national park that surrounds the bay and one of the most visited in the nation. Marvel at the mile-high Muir Woods or take a boat to Alcatraz. The charming burg of Sausalito is just seven minutes north of the resort, and is sometimes called the Riviera of the city. Browse the shops and admire the view on Bridgeway, the main drag, but head inland to Caledonia Street for lunch at Sausalito Gourmet Delicatessen.
How to Get There
We stopped here here for lunch on a Thursday. It was not busy and we saw a place to sit but the waitress said we had to wait for the host. We waited and waited and eventually he turned up , no apologies for keeping us waiting, no hello and welcome. I asked could we sit here and pointed to a bench looking out, his reply was “yeah” and walked off until the waitress called after him to set the places. This he did and gave us menus and water. We then sat there for 20 minutes and received no acknowledgment from anyone. The waitress walked passed us many times but ignored us . Didn’t even say “I’ll be back soon to get your order” . The customers next to us were obviously embarrassed as they apologised to us. It was now nearly 30 minutes since we arrived including the wait for the host to arrive and all we had was water and a menu! So we left and to be honest they probably didn’t even notice. If you want efficient service with a smile don’t come here. They can’t be bothered. Extremely disappointing and not the standard of service we have experienced in our many trips to California.
I cannot even express in words how wonderful our stay was....The views are incredible. The room was perfect. The staff was great! The food was on point! Close to the kids museum which was a plus for us....
Cavallo Point is a hotel and resort complex perched beneath the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Most of the rooms in the complex are former military housing units. We had a 2-bedroom suite and though roomy, the carpets and furniture are old and worn out. Fog horns resonated throughout several nights, thus the ear plugs on the night stands. The carpeted steps leading up to the unit looked as if they hadn't been vacuumed for months. Be careful as the hotel will charge you lots of fees. The bar and restaurant are good and reasonable, however, breakfast selections are very limited, although there is a free coffee and muffin option which was great. Great location for traveling to Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, and the views from the property are outstanding. Overpriced even for San Francisco standards. It's a 3 star property with a 5 star location.