Fodor's Expert Review The Inn at the Presidio
42 Moraga Ave., San Francisco, California 94129, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
Built in 1903 and opened as a hotel in 2012, this two-story, Georgian Revival–style building served as officers' quarters in military days past and now has 26 guest rooms—17 of them suites--decked out in handsome furnishings. This place is as homey as it gets, complete with rocking chairs on the porches and an outdoor fire pit. Numerous hiking and biking trails in the Presidio, a National Land Trust, are nearby.
YOU SHOULD KNOW You'll want a car if you are staying out here as public transport is available, but limited.
Cozy up under the eucalyptus in front of the rooms' private gas fireplaces and modern-meets-salvage-store finds, such as wrought-iron Restonic beds, industrial-inspired task lamps, historic black-and-white photos, and Pendleton blankets. In 2013, the inn added the Funston House, which contains four rooms surrounding a common living and dining room, ideal for larger groups traveling together and families.
Spacious bathrooms offer tiled tubs, plenty of light and warm touches like mood-lighting and posh bath amenities from EO.
Sit on a rocking chair on the wraparound porch that overlooks the park. Inside the main house, leather couches and chairs offer space to play games, read a book, or chat with fellow travelers. The fire-pit in the patio area leads to plenty of hiking trails.
The inn can arrange in-room massage treatments for a fee.
The ample Continental breakfast buffet is served in airy the dining area. Bundle up and sit in front of the fire-pit and enjoy fruit, pastries, and morning cup of coffee.
The nightly wine-and cheese reception inspires guests to mingle at the fire-pit, or sit inside and read before heading out to dinner.
Parking rates are some of the best in the city ($8 a night!), so most bring their car along. Walkers will appreciate the wealth of trails in and around the Presidio. Muni buses pass through the area, connecting travelers with most neighborhoods as well as the Muni and BART trains. There is also complimentary shuttle around the Presidio.
The old barracks of the Presidio Social Club (15-minute walk) lure diners with a lively atmosphere, great beers, and dinner classics like meatloaf or macaroni and cheese. Sip outside and enjoy the trees at Sessions at the Presidio (15-minute walk) as you delight in oysters, wine, and crudo.
The bar area at Session at the Presidio (15-minute walk) boasts craft cocktails and excellent vino. Sports fans congregate to watch their favorite teams battle it out at the Final Final (17-minute walk)
WHY WE LIKE IT
Design that honors the military tradition, without the war memorabilia, a quiet night's sleep, and access to a slice of the city that even residents rarely stay the night, this historic building turned inn is one of the city's most unique accommodations.
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