“Former officers' quarters turned stylish inn, at the heart of the Presidio, a National Park at the top of San Francisco's peninsula”
Most guests are stationed in the 3-storey main building - former bachelor officers' quarters handsomely converted into a stylish garrison of 22 rooms and suites. Deep porches with rocking chairs run along its length (rooms on the first 2 floors open onto them); you get views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay from the top floor. Note that in the biggest rooms, prices increase with each floor.
Super comfortable, rooms are kitted out with high quality (yet unshowy) furnishings and fixtures. Smallest rooms, in the middle of the main building, were once the servants' lodgings: these Standard Queen and King rooms still feel spacious and luxurious with desk and chair plus sleek tiled shower bathrooms. Mostly, though, the Inn is comprised of 2-room Classic King Suites, where the officers once lived. These have the addition of a gas fireplace plus shower and tub combo in the bathroom, and a sofabed in the living room, as well as large wardrobes, chest of drawers, coffee table and armchairs.
A further 4 (Classic King and Standard Queen) rooms are across the road on 'Officers Row' in Funston House, built 1862, which housed army officers and their families. Guests share a living room, dining room and porch plus outdoor patio, and the whole house can be booked as one unit.
All artwork is themed to the Presidio - a shadow box of memorabilia has been created for each room, and every bathroom has a vintage postcard sent from or about the Presidio. Each room also has a photograph of a Presidio artefact or place, and its source is pinned on the map in reception so guests can head out to find it. Mine was of the view from Inspiration Point which I walked up to along the Ecology Trail to enjoy in person.
Mod cons include robes and slippers, EO toiletries, shaving mirror, flatscreen TVs with movies on demand, MP3 player docking stations, mini-fridges, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. High ceilings, big windows and original plasterwork enhances the heritage feel. And, most importantly, EuroTop beds are sublime, inducing the soundest of sleeps.
Breakfast is the only meal on offer, taken in the light-filled breakfast room towards the rear of the building. The buffet is laid out along the back wall: hard-boiled eggs, granola and cereals, fresh fruit salad, a tier of muffins, pastries and scones, sliced breads for toasting, condiments and a plate of cold cuts. OJ, tea, coffee and hot chocolate are the beverages of choice.
Early evening, further rations in the form of complimentary wine and cheese are set out - a chance to meet fellow guests. You'll need to head out for dinner (unless you order take-out for your room, which can be arranged), and there are 2 recommended restaurants within the Presidio, a 10-minute walk away: the Presidio Social Club serves 'California comfort food' brasserie-style and has a long bar, and Dixie offers fine dining with a fusion menu of Southern and Californian dishes. Staff will advise on other eateries and destinations within San Francisco - one of the foodie capitals of the world so you'll be spoiled for choice.
Inn at the Presidio is a good place for families to stay, and they are made to feel very welcome, although there are few facilities specifically designed for kids. The Inn is superbly located for family friendly activities, however, and older kids and teens will love staying here. Children up to 15 years of age are free of charge when sharing their parents' room. Extended families could take Funston House in its entirety.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra beds and baby cots can be added to the Classic King Suites.
Babysitting is available with advance notice, see Rates.
The breakfast buffet will have options to suit most. Milk and cookies are provided for kids at other times of day.