San Francisco, United States

Lodge at the Presidio

Price per night from$425.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD425.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Bridge-facing barracks

Setting

Golden Gate greenery

In the middle of a forested national park, The Lodge at the Presidio is an army outpost that’s now a boutique red-brick barracks. The Golden Gate looms large in every backdrop, whether you’re by the fire-pit, out on the lawn or in your room (if you’ve booked it wisely) – this is the closest lodging to the supersize rust-coloured steel structure in all of California. Shuttles run back and forth to downtown San Fran, but there’s 1,500 acres of woodland, trails, beaches and restaurants to get through first. At the lodge, pay homage to the soldiers who used to sleep here by admiring their likenesses in the artworks adorning the walls, or see if you can spot the marks the armoury left on the original wooden floors.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

42, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £374.55 ($485), including tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast, along with local wine, cheese and charcuterie parties between 5pm and 7pm each evening.

Also

The lodge is set in the Montgomery Street Barracks, which were built between 1895 and 1897, and were once one of the biggest garrisons in the country.

At the hotel

Board games to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee kit, and EO bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Suspension-bridge fans who’ve come to admire their holy grail should book a Golden Gate-facing room (obviously). We also loved Room 113, for its veranda access and sunrise-ready spot.

Packing tips

There’s a 1,500-acre park on your doorstep: if you want to fit in, pack that suitcase with all the Lululemon activewear it can handle.

Also

The hotel is accessible for wheelchair users and there are specially adapted rooms available.

Pet‐friendly

Furry Smiths can come along for $40 a booking, even if they’re huge (there’s no weight restriction); dog bowls and a bed will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco.

Children

All ages are welcome. There are rooms with two queen-size beds that are perfect for families. Some rooms have child-friendly sofa beds, too.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel recycles, composts and uses eco-friendly cleaning products and light bulbs.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Shotgun a fireside leather sofa to brush up on your Californian military history, warm up by the Golden Gate-facing fire-pit or get cosy in a rocking chair on the porch.

Dress Code

Since there’s no formal restaurant, you won’t need to switch out of your athleisure wear – keep the leggings on for swift sprints back from your taco run to Arguello.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the lodge, but the park does have a handful of restaurants within strolling distance. Bagels and bakery goods are served in the dining room each morning.
 

Hotel bar

There’s no bar at the lodge, but the minibar has a ready-to-raid stash of liquor and mixers.

Last orders

Breakfast hours are 7am to 10am on weekdays, and until 11am at weekends.

Location

Photos Lodge at the Presidio location
Address
Lodge at the Presidio
105 Montgomery St
San Francisco
94129
United States

The hotel is in the Presidio Park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, close to the city but also within a forested, former-military-base setting.

Planes

San Francisco International Airport is 18 miles away from the lodge; the drive should take 45 minutes. Hotel transfers cost US$98 each way.

Automobiles

It’s about a 45-minute drive into the centre of San Francisco. The hotel car park costs US$10 a day (drop your bags off first). A car will come in handy if you’re planning to explore California’s coolest city and its curving coastline – but there’s a 1,500-acre national park to get through first if you’d rather stay put.

Worth getting out of bed for

You have a best-of-both kind of situation here: on the one hand, you have the endless acreage of the Presidio Park, and on the other, all the sights of San Francisco. The building itself has plenty of book-reading and board-game-playing potential, or you can wander around the grounds admiring the architecture. Hiking is the unofficial state pastime of California and here it comes with a side order of Golden Gate Bridge views: the Presidio has various trails, which you can walk, cycle and jog along. The Presidio Officers’ Club, which was inaugurated in 1776, is now the park’s official, free-to-enter museum – and, if you’re not a museum kinda guy, just go for the Mexican food. Crissy Field Beach is the perfect destination if you like your swims, cycles and seafront strolls to overlook that awesome feat of 1930s architecture, the Golden Gate. Marshall’s Beach gets you even closer. 

 

Local restaurants

Fellow barracks-set building the Presidio Social Club is a good idea for brunch, if you like your bakery selection to include brioche beignets, brown-sugar cinnamon rolls and cheddar-and-bacon biscuits, and require an extensive cocktail list at 11am. Arguello is the Mexican restaurant at the Presidio Officers’ Club, where you can mainline all the tacos, taquitos and empanadas you can manage, alongside plancha-cooked pulpo. At Sociale in Presidio Heights, Italy influences the menu of burrata, tuna crudo, braised-duck pappardelle and pici bolognese. Down the street at Spruce, the inspiration comes from all over the world, with New York steak, Loch Duart salmon and Spanish octopus all on offer.

Local bars

Craft beers and craft cocktails await at Sessions on Letterman Drive in Presidio, as do salty snacks to soak it all up: wagyu meatballs, fried calamari and fish tacos. Happy hour here starts at 2.30pm: it’s our kind of place. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic California hotel and unpacked their running shoes and takeout tacos, a full account of their barracks break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Lodge at the Presidio in San Francisco

The Presidio is the US’s national treasure, a 1,500-acre park (originally a military post) turned huge outdoor hub of recreation, with forests, miles of trails, a golf course – and, of course, plenty of Golden Gate-glimpsing potential. There are museums, brunch spots, Mexican restaurants and bridge-facing beaches within the greenery. George Lucas likes it so much, he has a Lucasfilm HQ here, complete with a Yoda fountain. The Lodge is the closest you can get to the bridge as far as hotels go in all of San Francisco. It’s on the park’s Main Post Lawn, beloved by picnic fans all over the city (this is a place that loves blanket-and-hamper-based banquets so much, it hosts mass ones every Sunday from late March to mid-October). There may not be a restaurant at the hotel, but the Presidio has a handful to choose from –  and on those spring and summer Sundays, food trucks pull up on the lawn to join the street-food revolution. And if you want to hit up San Fran, a free shuttle heads downtown every half an hour. Patience you must have, young padawans, but it’ll be worth it when you’re lodging at the Presidio.

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