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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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 at Cavallo Point on our way back into the city. We didn't stay here, so I can only review our experience with bar. We wanted to sit on the patio to enjoy the weather, but it was full. The bartender kindly let us know we could take our drinks anywhere on the grounds. The grounds are gorgeous with lots of seating throughout. We were able to enjoy our wine in the sun with the great view of the bay!
Maybe I’m overly critical, because I (and the family too) had a pretty good time.
But on the whole it feels like it could’ve been a really awesome resort. Nothing serious to point out, but absolutely nothing outstanding either.
Just spent 4 days and 3 nights. We had a great time. The lodge and grounds are beautiful. The views spectacular and the staff very helpful. My 2 dogs were with us and had a great time too. Nancy, in the Concierge’s office, is amazing.
I try to stay here anytime I go to SanFrancisco! We stay in the newer modern rooms which have THE most amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge. I often caught myself just staring out the window in awe. The rooms are very large, comfortable and well decorated. This eco friendly property supplies a filtered water jug so you never run out of drinking water, a nespresso machine for in room espresso and an electric kettle for tea. The bath amenities smell wonderful; I always want to take some home! The spa is very relaxing and the therapists are very well trained and professional. To top it off there are croissants and fresh coffee available each morning in the lobby. But do be advised, the earplugs are there for a reason. When that thick SanFran Fog comes rolling in, that fog horn whistle blows!
Enjoyed our visit at the beginning of July... easy access to SF, but in Marin... was able to watch the fireworks in San Francisco from our room window... wow.
The restaurant on property is excellent. Ambiance, food, wine, etc... make reservations ahead of time!