Wednesday, June 13, 2012

San Francisco: Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio  42 Moraga Ave., (415) 800-7356. 22 rooms. Some gas fireplaces. Children under 12 free. Pets ok. Evening wine & cheese reception; continental breakfast buffet. Self-parking $6. This unfussy inn is the first public lodging to open in the Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark within the walls of one of the country’s oldest former military posts and within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is fitted inside historic Pershing Hall (previously the post’s bachelor officers’ quarters), allowing guests to experience a taste of the privilege once reserved for top brass. The check-in desk is an actual desk, and guests can also sit in a chair during check-in. Mellow ‘40s and ‘50s music softly sets the mood. Though the property has no restaurant or bar, several dining options are available an easy walk away within the Presidio gates. At the inn, the original mess hall and officer’s lounge serve in their original capacity at breakfast. And though the inn has no on-site fitness facilities, plenty are available nearby within the gates, including a golf course, bowling alley, YMCA gym with nearby indoor pool and hot tub ($12 fee), urban spa, fitness/Pilates/yoga studio, indoor rock-climbing studio, and trampoline park. An Ecology Trail begins behind the inn’s parking lot, and guests can additionally relax in an inviting army of rocking chairs on the front porch and balconies as well as in front of a gas fire-pit on an outdoor patio in the back. Guest rooms are contemporary in style and spacious, though they do retain their original old-time wavy glass windows.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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