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
Someone else chose this hotel for our weekend stay and though I initially balked at the price I had a lovely experience.
- I've seen San Francisco a few times and it was nice to be immersed in a slower, quieter pace of Sausalito and enjoy the atmosphere and nature.
- Convenient hike to view the Golden Gate bridge, a little steep at times but was a nice workout
- Location was just lovely
- The newer rooms were well appointed and luxurious
- Cute gift shop with a great selection
- Nice breakfast buffet selection
- Great restaurant service. They let us hang out and have tea in the restaurant until 11PM.
- Available luxury loaner cars
- Dog-friendly, always a win in my column
- Not a fan of tub showers in general so this is a personal preference
- For those who might have issues walking, the newer rooms are on a hilly terrain though there are carts that will shuttle you to and from different spots on the property, I personally enjoyed scaling the hills
- A bit expensive but I feel I got what I paid for
I love the feel of the property, the openness and quaintness. I don't think I would stay here for longer than a weekend as it's a hike from San Francisco and a car is probably needed because of the location in order to see anything farther than Sausalito, but for a weekend getaway this is a great stay.
We had considered Cavallo Point for our Sausalito getaway, but decided on another hotel. I am so glad we did. We stopped to look around Cavallo Point while in the area. The location is beautiful - green parade grounds, rocking chairs on the porch. When we inquired about a late afternoon lite meal, however, the restaurant hostess was so off-putting that she created a negative feeling about the entire location. She was, unfortunately, rude to everyone who approached her, declaring no tables were available for over 45 minutes (when multiple tables were available inside and on the porch), not offering to add anyone to the list, seating no one from the waiting list, glaring at anyone who asked her a question - that we left. Perhaps our experience was due to bad timing. However, I will continue to choose to stay in town where restaurants, shops, and cafes are within walking distance.
Cavallo Point occupies the former Fort Baker, and many of the rooms are former quarters of the soldiers; however do not let that fool you in to thinking they are not plush accommodations! Our room was plenty large enough for the 2 of us, and had a nice large bathroom as well as a very large walk in closet. The building we were in was divided into 4 separate rooms, of which I think all were occupied during the time we were there, but it was still just silent at night, which was amazing! There was a card in the room which did warn of the potential of a fog horn on foggy nights, but it was clear during our stay.
The property was very large, with a very large grassy area in the middle--I imagine this was the old drill grounds--where many of the guests with dogs were playing with their pooches in the day. We had a great view of the North tower of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio and North Beach districts of the city. Cavallo Point is also right next to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, which is an interactive museum for kids big and small.
The bar and restaurant, Farley's and Murray Circle, were both very good and staffed by people who exceptionally good at what they do, but treat you like your their friend visiting their home. In all honesty, Cavallo Point offers one of the most relaxing Bay Area retreats one could hope to find, and there is little reason to leave the property if one did not want to.
This was a gorgeous location! We were able to check in early which was amazing. However, we should have been informed that the restaurant/bar had a limited menu (no oven or grill). We found out from another guest in the spa. We had been looking forward to a meal there after reading all the reviews. Not wanting to go into town in the rain, the lighter menu seemed okay for us. Unfortunately, The Farley Bar was very disorganized with poor and slow service. We had to ask multiple time for a server. When we did get our crab salad and half charcuterie it was thrown together and looked nothing like pictures we had seen on Yelp. No one checked back with us to see if we wanted anything else. I can blame it on the blood moon...I guess!
We had a charming room and a wonderful relaxing experience in the beautiful spa.
I would go back after the restaurant is up and running!
Stayed for a few days for Christmas 2018 for a local holiday getaway with the family. While the location and the grounds are fantastic, I would have to suggest that the rest (read "service") was extremely nominal, especially given the rate that you pay for the rooms. They boast of being dog-friendly (which they are), however the dog bowl and bed as indicated were not in the rooms when they knew we were bringing dogs, the room was supposed to be available early (via AmEx) but they were not ready until almost 5 PM, there was no room service on the 2nd day until we called, the staff at the restaurant were great but the service was honestly terrible (we had to wait 1/2 hour for drinks and then another 45 minutes for the food to arrive while others who came in after us were already being served (whoops)), since we were there for 3 days I tried most of the items on the limited menu and even the food was just nominal (not much flavor), they "accidentally" checked me out of my room early so had to get let back in to get my items, we were informed that we could use one of the complimentary Lexus' (which is nice) however only to be informed that they had made a mistake and that we could not (no explanation given and I don't recall them even saying "sorry"), one of the rooms we had had a backroom with queen (not "king") bed - the door jams were not sealed so the cold air and light from the patio came through all night, cobwebs in the lighting fixtures, had to call engineering to open the safe that I had put some items in because it was not working properly, and all that to top it off..went to check out and they got the bill wrong. Sorry for all the negativity but as indicated - stay for the grounds and view of the city but not the service. For the price this place really needs to step up.