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
Spent last weekend at Cavallo Point Resort and had an incredible visit, even though the power was shut off Saturday night and all Sunday.
The management and staff could not have been more accommodating and did all they could to make our stay wonderful.
The grounds are beautiful, the restaurant Murray Circle is top notch and should not be missed, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel.
The charm and the history shines through on this property at every turn, my wife and I can’t wait to return!
Fabulous hotel and grounds. Service was excellent including golf cart transportation to and from our room which was important since my husband has difficulty walking. They even came to pick us up when we walked down to the marina. Food was wonderful, good variety including Vegan for our friends. Thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful setting.
We stayed at The Cavallo Point Lodge last weekend for two nights, this being the hotel stay which ended our month’s holiday in Canada and the U.S.A. Our trip involved staying in ten hotels from the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver to Carmel Valley Ranch ( all fabulous with superb accommodation and fantastic staff) but we were especially looking forward to staying at this historic hotel which was formerly Fort Baker. Sadly, unlike all of the other accommodations in our stay, we were hugely disappointed with this hotel. The advertising features lovely wooden lodges but don’t be fooled. Much of the accommodation is in concrete blocks at the back of the hotel which are less than impressive and nothing like the historical wooden lodges featured. And......five star this certainly was not.
Our room was very large but had no view, air conditioning or ambience. We had to rely on opening a multitude of windows for any coolish air to circulate the room....and as there was no screening on some of these windows we could only do this when we were actually in the room. The surrounding landscape to the rear was scrubland and very unattractive. The built-in furniture in the bathroom was very scruffy and scraped and getting in and out of the bath required great care ......and a step! Certainly not what we expected from this standard of hotel.
The concierge and porters were all absolutely charming. They welcomed us very warmly and responded to any requests for assistance with a smile. However, we encountered the only rude and unwelcoming receptionist in our entire stay who soured our whole experience. I am not going to name names or give a description but she was so sour faced, never smiled and lacked any kind of grace or friendliness towards us as paying clientele. The only thing I will say is that she was on duty on reception on the morning of Monday 14th October when we checked out. She completely spoiled our wonderful impression of the hotel staff we had encountered throughout our month’s stay in North America. It was so disappointing to end our holiday in this way. She certainly demonstrated NONE of the manners and charm which we had received from hotel staff in every other element of our trip. I would ordinarily never leave a review like this on Trip Advisor but unlike all of the other hotels, Cavallo Lodge does not invite feedback from clients through an online survey. As this hotel was booked for us by our travel agent I have no idea what we paid but the prices online are unbelievable for the quality of the accommodation in which we were placed. There is maybe huge variability in the standard of the rooms and we, on this occasion, drew the short straw but buyer beware! I am sorry to have to record this negative review but we truly felt we had to provide honest feedback to the hotel...and to any prospective clients.