This was a splurge but so worth it. I live in th East Bay and take the Richmond Ferry so no planes to catch. I had a wonderful stay. The staff is so sweet, delicious food, and all aspects perfect. I especially love that dogs are allowed. So very San Francisco. Tunnel Tops makes for sublime views all day and all night. Do not miss those sunsets.
I debated between the Lodge and the Inn and picked the Lodge because it had view rooms and an elevator. I picked a King with Bay View (and got room 219), and we had a fabulous view of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge (when it was not partially fogged in). For anyone debating between them, the Lodge has a historic exterior (like all of the Presidio buildings) but is very modern and spacious inside, including the rooms, which are large with high ceilings (at least on the second floor). It is closer to the bay, and it was windy and chilly in late June. When the wind blows just right you can hear the foghorn through the night. The Lodge is next to the highway so there’s also traffic noise with open windows and outdoors. It faces the expansive Main Parade lawn that has huge red movable chairs and is near the Presidio Visitor’s Center. The Inn is historic and cozy, does not have an elevator, has views of the redwood forest, and is quieter and smaller (20 rooms to the Lodge’s 40). It’s at the far end of the lawn away from the Visitor’s Center. Both have an outdoor gas firepit, but the one at the Inn has wooden chairs and is sheltered from the wind. Both have the same permit parking (you get a hang tag), but others can park in the lots, too. Because the Presidio was a base, be aware that a lot of the history and photographs on the walls depict military scenes and soldiers. Colibri Mexican Bistro is the only place to eat within walking distance, but it didn’t seem open when we were there. If you are looking to get away from crowds and bustle of the city, the Presidio fits the bill. And which hotel you choose depends on the experience you want, It may get busier with the newly opened Visitors Center and when the Tunnel Tops Park (play areas, walks, picnicking) open in mid-July 2022. We didn’t find much to do within walking distance. There is a bowling center with San Francisco prices. Other things we could have done like the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Andy Goldworthy sculptures had limited hours. So check times and days carefully during your planning. Either hotel is great if you have a car—parking is $10 per day in a parking lot. You can leave your car there and take the free Presidio Go shuttle around the Presidio or to downtown San Francisco. There are limited stops and rules. If you plan to use it, research the schedules and routes ahead of time. There is also a transit center for the Muni 43 Masonic line, plus bike sharing. We had limited time and found that post-pandemic traffic was light,and parking was not terrible, compared to previous visits so this visit we drove. At the Lodge, we loved the daily wine and cheese reception. There was plenty of wine and wrapped charcuterie and crackers that you could take outside or to your room. Breakfast had a lot of choices: oatmeal, boiled eggs, pastries, cereal, coffee, tea, orange juice and plenty of socially distanced seating in the dining room and other lobby rooms. To keep the electricity on in your room on, you need to put your room key in the slot. I forgot and left mine there and left the room. The front desk graciously gave me another key—all of the front desk and other staff were friendly and helpful.…
The Lodge at the Presidio is a find. A beautiful hotel in the histroric Presidio, with the Golden Gate Bridge right out the window. SF is a tough city to navigate, but the Lodge's location made it comfortable place to reside. Just a GREAT hotel.
Everything & everyone was simply the best!...we were stunned & most grateful for their celebration of my wife's birthday!...the hiking on the trails as well as Tunnel Tops, the history, the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the grounds, et al were non pariel!
Loved the lodge so much we extended another night. The grounds are beautiful, it’s historical, artsy and modern all at the same time! And it’s walking distance to the Tunnel Tops Park and it’s beautiful views. this is really a worthwhile experience!
Excellent vacation, lovely special touches, wonderful staff. We had a group of 18 and all of us were so delighted with the Lodge at the Presidio. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay even under difficult circumstances and we look forward to returning another time.
We stayed here as the last part of a long trip and we wanted a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We elected to pick a room that had the view of the bridge. The hotel is full of history which was a huge plus. The hotel is with in walking distance many place as long as you don't mind a good walk. Overall the place is nice and the view of the bridge is great.
The Presidio offers so much military history,beautiful sites and trails. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the recent opening of the Presidio Tunnel Tops park add to the whole experience! The Lodge at the Presidio is a gem to experience. It has been beautifully restored and has retained some of the military artifacts which are on display for guests to enjoy. The breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese are an added delight. Staff is professional and friendly. I have stayed here before and will return ( I have more trails to explore).
The hotel itself is really special. We took a jnr suite as we were 3 and we were very comfortable with the king bed and pull out couch. The breakfast is very nice with everything needed to start your day. The hotel does not have a gym, however you can use the gym and pool at the YMCA which is a short walk away and was excellent. There is just so much to do in the area and we were happy to find the Sports Basement just a few mins walk from the hotel where we could rent bikes for a very reasonable rate.
This is a beautiful hotel with world class views to match. The Golden Gate Bridge was out my window. I love being able to walk in any direction and be surrounded by beauty, whether it’s art or nature.