City lights and starry skies mix and mingle at Cavallo Point Lodge. Nestled near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin County side, guests know they’re close to San Francisco. Unless the fog has rolled in, the proof is in the view. But that’s where the expected city-esque hotel similarities end.
Cavallo Point boasts a unique address that oozes history. Located at the mouth of the San Francisco Bay within the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), in a former life the Lodge was known as the Fort Baker military base. Established in 1897 to protect the Golden Gate, the post remained active through World War II. Today, the military buildings remain, but their mission has changed. Buildings that once served as barracks for enlisted soldiers have been meticulously restored and modernized creating accommodations that acknowledge its history and location make it the special location it is.
Guests can choose from two types of rooms. Cavallo Point Lodge offers 68 historic rooms and suites – former officers’ residences – that come with details only age can deliver. Authentic tin ceilings, fireplaces and big, beautiful front porches that typically come with a view. In addition there are 74 Contemporary rooms and suites constructed using green technology but including cozy touches like gas fireplaces, radiant heat floors, bamboo furnishings and that famous Golden Gate view. Housed in two-story buildings, I’d recommend a room upstairs. Rooms on the first floor can sometimes hear the rumblings created by those overhead.
When you’re so close to the Golden Gate Bridge, you can quickly learn it delivers more than just a pretty view. Foghorns are like soothing music to some ears. For others, earplugs can be found in the nightstand.
Complimentary yoga classes are offered on a daily basis. Accessing the endless miles of in the hiking, biking and other outdoor activities in the GGNRA is as easy as walking out your door, so it’s hard to imagine needing to spend time in the gym. If you must, the Fitness Room is open 24 hours a day.
If you want to feel stronger save time for a trip to the Healing Arts Center & Spa. A heated outdoor meditation pool that will keep you warm even on a winter’s night, two heated whirlpools , and two eucalyptus steam rooms (one for men and one for women) are complimentary for all guests 18 years and older. Non-coffee drinkers will appreciate the Tea Bar, located in the entrance area to the Healing Arts Center & Spa. Along with the expected selection of teas, it offers a selection of salads, sandwiches and healthy snacks like roasted nuts and organic hard-boiled eggs.
Smoking is not permitted at Cavallo Point Lodge but friendly, leashed dogs are welcome anytime. Doggie beds are provided for pampered pooches. Dogs and their owners are allowed to dine on the veranda of the onsite Murray Circle restaurant and Farley Bar. Water bowls are set up in assorted spots on the property.
Downtown San Francisco is just seven miles away. A complimentary Cavallo Point Lodge shuttle offers daily drop-off and pick-up in San Francisco.
Historic guest room rates range from $349 to $799 plus fees, depending on room type, availability and time of year. Contemporary guest rooms range from $419 to $859 plus fee. Book direct or go through the Travelocity or Expedia sites.
Dana was hosted by Cavallo Point Lodge, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.