The Vibe: Admire the park from wooden rockers on the hotel’s front porch, or gather around the firepit on the back patio as evening draws in. However, although there’s a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the patio, it’s also close to a busy freeway.
The Area: As the San Francisco hotel that’s closest to the Golden Gate Bridge, Lodge At The Presidio offers excellent views. But there’s lots more to love about the location, in the beating heart of Presidio National Park with its forested hiking trails, bayfront biking paths, beaches and museums. The PresidiGo shuttle bus, found only steps from the hotel, makes the five-mile journey to downtown for free.
The DNA: The Parade Ground of the Presidio National Historic Landmark District in San Francisco used to serve as the front yard for a former Army barracks first opened in 1897. One of the city’s more remote historic sites, now houses the Lodge at the Presidio within one of its volumes. Beyond its restored and repainted new façade, the property pays homage to the military history of the site with original features like the paired central stairs, exposed wood trusses, and a reimagined Windsor chair in the lobby. Many elements recall the hotel’s former life, including seating detailed with a sergeant stripe pattern. The canvas even wraps the wood frame of guestroom headboards as a nod to the original tents used by the Army before the site’s build-out. Deep blue tones pop up as well, informed by the San Francisco Bay.
Suite-Me-Up: Warm colours and fabrics create contemporary comfort: smart wood and leather furnishings; navy-hued carpet and accent walls. Standard rooms are of a good size with a mostly locally curated minibar and a Cuisinart coffee-maker for brewing complimentary. In-demand View King rooms gaze directly onto the Golden Gate Bridge.
Accolades: Historic Hotels of America
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 42 rooms (20-51m2) (211-548 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture: Architectural Resources Group • interior design: Laura Cook Interiors • bathroom amenities: EO • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible