National Park Lodge
Environmentalists, rejoice – not all new hotels mean the destruction of what’s come before. Just ask Rob Wallace of Architectural Resources Group, whose latest project, Lodge at the Presidio, takes this design maxim to heart: “When a building is re-adapted for use, it’s much greener than building new.”
Bearing the distinction of the closest lodging facility to the Golden Gate Bridge, the historic Lodge at the Presidio has been fully renovated and is now open to guests.
Once a part of the Montgomery Street Barracks complex built to house U.S. Army artillery companies, infantry and Calvary troops 1895–1897, the property has 42 rooms spread over three stories. Guests enjoy contemporary interior design, original art and views of the bridge and the 300-acre Presidio forest.
After nearly three years of construction and anticipation, the Lodge at the Presidio opens its doors Thursday.
Once part of the Montgomery Street Barracks, which were built at the end of the 1800s to house infantry, artillery, and calvary companies, the new boutique stay is an opportunity to shack up in one of the Presidio’s 470 structures listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, which incidentally also has panoramic views of the lush 300-acre forest, the San Francisco Bay, skyline and, of course, that big red bridge, which can be seen from most of the 42 guest rooms.
When it opens next week, San Francisco’s newest lodging will offer rooms with a well-stocked minibar, USB charging ports and contemporary styling. And a view that’s never been seen before by hotel guests.
Until now, the view had been reserved for soldiers. The Lodge at the Presidio is the result of the federal Presidio Trust taking a pair of 123-year-old Army barracks and turning the insides into a modern, 42-room boutique hotel. The Lodge opens to guests on June 28 but has begun taking reservations.
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Inn at the Presidio
For a less urban option, book a two-room King Suite at this 26-room inn located in the area’s forested parkland. With its 24 miles of hiking trails, 25 miles of biking trails, and an 18-hole golf course, the park feels like an extension of the Georgian revival-style inn, which features country-style décor and views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco’s Lodge at the Presidio will open its historic charm and bay views to guests this summer.
Come June 27, Lodge at the Presidio will open as San Francisco’s closest hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge. The three-story building was constructed between 1895 and 1897 as military barracks on Infantry Row for the U.S. Army. The exterior has been entirely preserved, and the renovated interior will have historical elements and spectacular views of the bridge, Alcatraz, and the city skyline.